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Camera settings

Having added and arranged your cameras, you might want to change some of their settings in Watcher. All the available parameters are described below.

Camera management

See also Camera Remote Setup via ONVIF.

Camera properties > General settings

  • Title. The camera name, which you see in the list of cameras. Use only Latin characters and numbers, as the name will be used in URLs.
  • Stream URL. The camera URL. For example: rtsp://mycam.local/stream0. If you know the camera URL, you can import the camera from the Flussonic server or use auto-search to add the camera.
  • Substream URL. Additional address(es). For example: rtsp://mycam.local/stream1; rtsp://mycam.local/stream2. The substream parameters are usually different from the main stream, for example, they may have different resolutions or fps. This allows a multi-bitrate stream from the streamer to a client application, i.e. dynamic adaptation of the video stream to the network bandwidth.

Camera properties > Administration

  • Streamer. A Flussonic Media Server that is used as a streamer for this camera.


    If the camera was connected to one streamer for some time and then you change the streamer, the archive already recorded by the camera remains on the old streamer. The new archive is recorded to the new streamer. However, the user (subscriber) will be able to access both new and old DVR seamlessly without having to think about where the archive is actually stored. This feature is called "seamless archive" or "seamless DVR".

    The streamers can also switch automatically in the Failover mode.

  • Organization. The Organization to which the camera will be added. A camera can belong to only one Organization. If you do not select Organization, the default Organization is used.

  • Folder. A hierarchical node of the camera tree within the Organization. Tha camera will be added to this node called folder. If you do not select a folder, the root folder in the selected Organization is used.

  • Preset. Select a previously created preset with DVR settings that will be applied to this camera.

  • The following settings are unavailable and/or overwritten when you select a non-adjustable preset:

    • DVR depth. The archive depth. In other words, it’s the number of days after recording during which the video archive is available (then it is purged).


      If you see a message saying that archive recording is not supported on the server when trying to change this parameter, configure the DVR path in the Streamer(s) settings.

    • DVR days limit for records with detected motion. The number of days during which it is necessary to keep records of motion events. This limit is set in addition to the archive depth. If you select not set, then all motion events are stored.

    • DVR space. The maximum storage space for camera's archive, in Gigabytes.


      This parameter may depend on DVR Limit set for the Organization to which the camera is added. See this page for details.

    • Enable recognition. Turning on or off license plate detection and recognition (ANPR) OR face recognition. When the box is checked, you can select the recognition type in the drop-down list under it as well as click the button to set the detection zone.

Camera properties > Additional settings

  • Enabled. Turning the camera on and off. It means whether video from this camera will be transmitted or not to Watcher.

  • PTZ. Turn this check box on for cameras with PTZ feature to enable camera PTZ controls in the UI. The camera must be connected to Watcher via the ONVIF protocol.

  • Collect events. Enables collecting motion events from a camera via ONVIF. The camera must be connected to Watcher via the ONVIF protocol and you should enable motion detection in the camera's web interface. You can view detected events on the Events page.


    Watcher can also receive events via SMTP.

  • On-demand. Turn this check box on to make the camera transmit video only on request, turn off to make the camera work constantly.

  • Thumbnails. This flag enables creating and saving JPEG thumbnails (screenshots) from the camera. This is a resource-intensive operation.

    When the flag is set, the Thumbnails URL (optional) field appears. If the camera supports sending thumbnails separately from the video and you want to reduce the load on the server, in this field you can enter the URL address where Flussonic can obtain screenshots from the camera. Look it up in your camera's manual. See this page for details about the thumbnails.

  • Note. The text that describes camera positioning or gives any other information.

Camera properties > Location

  • Coordinates. The coordinates of the camera location. Define the camera placement on the map. You can change its placement. We recommend that you place all cameras to their actual locations on the map to help users find them.
  • Address. The postal address of the camera.

Saving camera settings

After you have edited the camera settings, click Save. The camera will appear on the management page in the list of cameras: