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Presets management

A presets in Watcher is a set of DVR and analytics parameters that you can use as a template when creating and configuring cameras.

Purposes of presets:

  1. If you are deploying a subscriber service, presets correspond to billing plans (tariffs, rates) allowing you to forbid your subscribers from changing DVR and analytics settings. Create and configure the presets before or in the same time with the billing system integration to provide your subscribers with flexible and affordable plans.
  2. If you are arranging CCTV on a secure site, presets facilitate DVR and analytics settings for a bunch of cameras.

Any camera must have a preset selected for it. When you have just installed Watcher, there is a Default preset in it. The Default preset is available in all organizations.


If you are using Watcher as a CCTV system, the Default preset would be enough. However, feel free to use presets as you like to facilitate DVR settings for many cameras.

You may choose to create presets in Watcher web UI or via API request from a third party billing system. Please refer to this article for details about the billing system integrations. You should discuss the process with your billing provider.

This page shows how to create presets in Watcher web UI.

Creating a preset

To create a preset:

  1. Select Camera presets in the main menu on the left of the page.

    The list of presets opens:

    List of presets


    You may select an existing preset to edit or delete some presets here.

  2. Click Create preset.

    The form with preset settings opens:

    Creating a preset


    When you hover over the info mark at the DVR Days Limit for records with detected motion field, a pop-up box with the parameters explanation opens.

  3. Change the following preset parameters as needed:

    1. Title is the name of the preset.

    2. DVR Depth is a number of days of continually recorded archive. For example, if you select 1 day here, then records older than 24 hours will be unavailable.

    3. DVR Days Limit for records with detected motion is a number of days for which the motion detection records are available. For example, if you select 2 days here and 1 day DVR depth, then all records will be available for previous 24 hours and only motion detection records for 25-71 hours. If you select not set, then all motion events are stored.

    4. DVR GB Limit is a disk space limit in gigabytes. When the camera archive size becomes greater than this value, the oldest records are overwritten by the newer ones.


      Please note that if DVR GB Limit is exceeded, the DVR Depth and DVR Days Limit for records with detected motion may be ignored.

    5. Available in all organizations: check the box to allow selection of the preset for any camera in any organization (i.e. any subscriber), or uncheck it to make the preset available only for the organization(s) where it is selected (see Adding organizations).


      Presets with this box checked are highlighted in the list as DEFAULT.The alphabetically first preset with such label is assigned to the camera at creation.

    6. Adjustable: if checked, allows changing the DVR settings for each camera with such preset individually; if unchecked, the DVR settings become disabled for the camera where such preset is selected.

    7. Enable recognition: if checked, one of the analytics type will be available on the camera with such preset: select license plates recognition (ANPR) or face recognition in the list under the box. You can also set the detection zone by clicking the button below the field.

After adding a preset you can select one or more of the created presets in the organization settings so that the presets become available in the camera settings (unless the preset is available in all organizations, then just select it for some cameras).

Please note that these selections should be made in accordance with the billing system integration: in some cases the billing system can forward all the settings to Watcher while in other cases only cameras are added using the billing system as a proxy with all presets, organizations, users settings made in Watcher.