Flussonic Watcher documentation

Watcher Quick Start Guide

This quick start guide tell you how to do the most common tasks in Flussonic Watcher.

First, you'll need to install Flussonic Watcher.

You will learn about:

Adding cameras Anchor Anchor x2

After Watcher is installed, you will see no cameras in the Watcher UI, even if they are present on Flussonic Media Server. To add a camera to the system, click Add a camera:

Camera management

In the dialog that opens, choose New camera:

Camera management

Camera settings

Specify camera settings:

Camera management

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. For example: rtsp://mycam.local/stream1; rtsp://mycam.local/stream2


  • Streamer. A Flussonic Media Server that is used as a streamer for this camera.
  • Owner. The camera owner. Owners are configured in the [Users and Groups] menu (manage-users). The owner can access a camera always, regardless of access rights.
  • Access. The camera availability: to all users, only to registered users or to specific users:

    • Public (public) — the camera is available to all users of Flussonic Watcher, regardless of the settings of groups and users. When setting the value of public source appears in the list of cameras for all users of your server. Also, without restrictions on access, the camera can be published on a web page with permanent access without authorization.
    • For customers (authorized) — the camera is available to all users, but you need to authorize them on your Flussonic Watcher.
    • Private — the camera is available to a user only after the user was given access to it in the Users and Groups section.
  • 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). To enable this option, configure the repository in the System settings or Streamer settings.

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

Additional settings

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

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

  • License plate recognition. Turning on or off license plate detection and Russian car number recognition.

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


  • 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

Click Save. The camera will appear on the management page and on the dashboard:

Viewing the camera's DVR archive Anchor Anchor x2

You can open the DVR archive of a camera in a number of ways:

  • In Cameras in Tile mode click the camera name.

  • In Cameras in List mode click the More icon and then click View. If the camers has DVR, the player will show it as the green part of the timeline.

  • In Cameras in Tile mode click the Play button on the picture from the camera (in version 19.08 and higher).

Viewing the camera list is described in Dashboard

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Dashboard is is a primary webpage for users to access cameras. In the Dashboard you can see preview images of the video received from each camera. Technically speaking, it is a table that contains screenshots from cameras in its cells.

To open the dashboard, go to Cameras.

On the screenshot of each camera there are buttons that allows you to manage a camera:

  • Add the camera to favorites (will appear in Favorites)
  • Edit camera settings
  • View statistics of server resouce usage by the camera
  • Delete the camera
  • Go to the camera's DVR archive

You can select different modes for viewing the camera list in Cameras. To change the view mode, click one of the icons in the upper part of Watcher page.

  • Small tiles
  • Large tiles
  • The list
  • The Video Surveillance mode. In this mode you can drag cameras to mosaics and immediately see them there. This mode is a convenient alternative to managing mosaics in the Mosaics section.

Learn more about mosaics in Mosaics.

In List mode the following access filters are available:

  • Any.
  • Public.
  • Authorized.
  • Private.