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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. When you select a preset in the camera settings, the parameters from the preset are populated to the camera settings. A set of presets on the camera is defined by the set of presets selected for the camera's Organization.

The presets can be adjustable or non-adjustable. A non-adjustable preset will not allow any user to change the populated settings manually, and an adjustable preset allows that.

Purposes of the presets:

  1. If you are deploying a subscriber service, presets correspond to billing plans. In most cases, the non-adjustable presets are utilized in the subscriber services to forbid subscribers with permissions to edit cameras from changing DVR and analytics settings since these parameters are usually determined by the plan. 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. Typically, adjustable presets are used for video surveillance systems in order to be able to individually change the parameters on each camera as needed.

User permissions required to manage or use presets:

  • Watcher Administrator permissions to create, delete or change presets.
  • Permission to edit Organizations to add presets to Organizations.
  • Permission to edit cameras within an Organization to assign a preset to the camera within the Organization.

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.

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. This page also shows a non-editable preset summary: DVR parameters, adjustability and availability in all Organizations. These parameters are set via the form described below.

  2. Click Create preset.

    The form with preset settings opens:

    Creating a preset


    When you hover over the info mark, a pop-up box with the parameter 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 available for detected motion only (if configured, see next item below).

    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.

      The relationship between DVR parameters is explained in the diagram below:

    5. Precise event thumbnails is a number of days for which the precise screenshots of face recognition anr/or LPR events are available. These screenshots are displayed on the Events page. The object that triggered the detector is guaranteed to be present on the precise screenshot. If disabled or the precise screenshot storage time expires but there is an archive for the period, then the first frame of the five-second video segment in which the event occurred is displayed on the Events page. In this case, the object that triggered the detector may be present at any place in the video fragment, so you will have to search for it manually.


      The precise screenshots are stored in Flussonic Watcher database. Make sure your system complies with the requirements before selecting a long storage period.

    6. 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).

    7. 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.

    8. Enable recognition: if checked, one of the analytics type will be available on the camera with such preset: select license plates recognition (LPR) or face recognition in the list under the box.

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.