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IP Cam Viewer – Android – Help

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Table of Contents:

1.0 Viewing and Controlling

2.0 Manage Cameras

3.0 Application Settings

4.0 Recording Mode

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1.0 Viewing and Controlling

This application connects directly to your camera, DVRs, NVR, or Video Server.  It does not use any intermediate servers which can collect your information.  All settings are stored on your Android device.

The Gallery View and Matrix View are normally the first screens you’ll see when you launch the application.

The Gallery View focuses on displaying and controlling one camera while other cameras are selectable in a gallery strip. From here, you can switch to Matrix View or double tap on the image to enter Digital Zoom Mode.

 

The Matrix View focuses on displaying all cameras in a video wall fashion. Tap on a camera to enter Gallery View or double tap to enter Digital Zoom Mode.

 

 

Home Screen Widgets allow you to view camera(s) on your home screen (refreshed periodically).

The Digital Zoom Mode allows a user to zoom in/out using pinch to zoom gestures. It can be usual for cameras with and without optical zoom.

 

1.1 Gallery View

The Gallery View focuses on displaying and controlling one camera while other cameras are selectable in a gallery strip. From here, you can switch to Matrix View or double tap on the image to enter Digital Zoom Mode.

Touch Controls:

A – Name of camera.

B – Time of last update. Color of text indicates the status of last update. White means first connection being attempted. Green means last frame grab was successful. Red means last frame grab failed. Orange means motion detected (see More Options to enable motion detection per camera for viewers).

C – Tap to toggle visibility of PTZ commands (show at bottom).

D – Tap to take snapshot.

E – Switch to Matrix View.

F – Software Menu Key (same as phone’s Menu key).

G – Listen to camera.

H – Talk into camera.

I – Tap to toggle visibility of command buttons on left side and gallery strip at bottom. Double tap to enter “Digital Zoom” mode. Swipe left, right, up, down to pan/tilt camera.

Menu Options (press Menu Key):

Matrix View – Switch to Matrix View.

Manage Cameras – Add/Edit/Delete cameras.

SettingsChange application wide options.

Recall Group – Switch to a different group of cameras (see section on Grouping).

Enter Record Mode – Switch to Record Mode.

Email Camera – Send configuration for current camera to another person.

Toggle Auto Sequence – Auto rotate between enabled cameras.

Background Audio Mode – Switch to Background Audio Mode.

Help – Switch to Help Screen.

Launch Cam URL – Launch browser interface for current camera.

PTZ Command Strip (at bottom):

PTZ Panel

Icon Abbr. Label
Zoom OutZoom In Zoom Out / In (optical zoom, not digital)
Tilt UpTilt Down Tilt Up / Down
Pan LeftPan Right Pan Left / Right
Home/Preset Recall Home / Preset Recall (1-20)
Set Preset Set Preset
Relay On/Off Relay On/Off
Digital Zoom Mode Digital Zoom Mode
[1] – [5] Quick Preset Recall (1-5)
M+ Toggle 50hz/60hz/Outdoor
Mi Indoor Mode
Mo Outdoor Mode
Md Day Mode
Mn Night Mode
B-/+ Brightness – / +
C-/+ Contrast – / +
S-/+ Saturation – / +
H-/+ Sharpness – / +
F-/+ Focus – / +
AF Auto Focus
I-/+ Iris – / +
AI Auto Iris
L-/+ Light Off / On
Al Alarm
Ph Pan Horizontal
Pv Pan Vertical
Pa Patrol
St Stop
T-/+ Trigger Off / On
D-/+ Motion Detection Off / On (built into camera)
More Controls More Controls

DPAD Controls:

Center press – Pan to home position.

Left/Right/Up/Down – Pan/tilt camera.

Keyboard Controls:

0 – pan to home position

1-9 – pan to preset locations

a – pan left

s – pan right

w – pan up

z – pan down

n – zoom out

m – zoom in

o – relay on

p – relay off

k – switch to previous camera

l – switch to next camera

space – toggle on/off gallery strip

1.2 Matrix View

The Matrix View focuses on displaying all cameras in a video wall fashion. Tap on a camera to enter Gallery View or double tap to enter Digital Zoom Mode.

Touch Controls:

Fling left/right to switch between groups of cameras (see section on Grouping).

Single tap on camera to enter Gallery View.

Double tap on camera to enter Digital Zoom Mode.

Menu Options (press Menu Key):

Gallery View – Switch to Gallery View.

Manage Cameras – Add/Edit/Delete cameras.

SettingsChange application wide options.

Recall Group – Switch to a different group of cameras (see section on Grouping).

Enter Record Mode – Switch to Record Mode.

Toggle Auto Sequence – Auto rotate between different groups.

Mass Action – Perform an action of ALL enabled cameras. For example: “Turn all light on/off” or “Turn all device motion detection on/off”.

Help – Switch to Help Screen.

1.3 Digital Zoom Mode

The Digital Zoom Mode allows a user to zoom in/out using pinch to zoom gestures. It can be usual for cameras with and without optical zoom.

Touch Controls:

A – Tap to toggle visibility of control buttons. The buttons function the same as the buttons in the Gallery View.

B – Pinch to zoom to perform digital zoom. Swipe left, right, up, down to pan/tilt camera.

DPAD Controls:

Same as Gallery Mode.

Keyboard Controls:

Same as Gallery View.

Press the Back key to return to Gallery View or Matrix View.

1.4 Home Screen Widgets

Home Screen Widgets allow you to view camera(s) on your home screen (refreshed periodically).

A – Small size widget.

B – Large size widget.

Change the widget refresh rate in the app settings. To save battery, widget refresh rate will automatically slow down when screen is off.

If app is moved to sdcard, then widgets are not available (to re-enable, move app to phone and reboot).

1.5 Background Audio Mode

Some users have asked for an option to play audio even when app is not in the foreground and when screen is locked.

In this mode, and only in this mode, the app will continue to run in the background and play audio even when phone is locked (audio includes motion detection notification sounds if enabled).

To enter this mode, goto Gallery View, click Menu key and select Background Audio Mode.

Display Elements:

A – Camera name.
B – Last update date/time. Color indicate status of last update (white=initial load, green=successful, red=failed, orange=motion detected).
C – Background status information.
D – Start / Stop background audio mode.

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2.0 Manage Cameras

Commons tasks include adding, editing, and deleting of cameras. Users are encouraged to Export their cameras to sdcard for backup. In addition, grouping of cameras can be used to manage large number of cameras and to minimize amount of resource usage in the mobile app.

 

Touch Controls:

A – Enable/Disable camera for viewing in Gallery View and Matrix View. Also used to group cameras for quick recall.

B – Name of camera. Long press row for more options (e.g. Email Camera, Clone Camera).

CGroup(s) which this camera belongs to.

D – Select camera for Delete (D) and Edit (E) action buttons.

E – Delete selected camera.

FEdit selected camera settings.

GAdd another Camera.

H – Change display order of cameras.

Menu Options (press Menu Key):

Recall Group – Re-enable cameras by group name (see Grouping Cameras).

Save Group – Remember enabled cameras by group name (see Grouping Cameras).

Scan Camera – Automatically check unknown camera for compatible camera types.

Import – Import cameras from XML file (see Import and Export).

Export – Export cameras to XML file (see Import and Export).

Re-Order Cameras – Change ordering of cameras (see Re-Order Cameras).

Email Selected CamerasEmail enabled cameras (A) to someone.

Delete Selected Cameras – Deleted enabled cameras (A).

Delete Group – Delete an existing group (see Grouping Cameras).

SettingsChange application wide options.

2.1 Add/Edit/Delete Cameras

To delete an existing camera, open the Manage Cameras screen, select the camera to delete (C), and then tap the “Delete” button (D).  Alternatively, long press on the camera row to delete and select “Delete Camera”.

To edit an existing camera, open the Manage Cameras screen, select the camera to edit (C), and then tap the “Edit Cam” button (E).  Alternatively, long press on the camera row to edit and select “Edit Camera”.

To add a camera, click the “Add Cam” button (G). This will give you options to add using:

Add IP Camera (includes DVR/NVR)

Add Generic URL

Add Public Web Cam (Traffic Cams, Beach/College Cams)

Add using Scan Camera

2.1.1 Add/Edit IP Camera

Most network IP Cameras use some form of http/https protocol (unlike DVRs which tend to used custom network protocols).  The following screen show the common input fields for IP Cameras.

Touch Controls:

A – Camera Name.

B – Used to filter the selection of Models (C).  Select “All Brands” (at top of list) to show all Models.  Select “Generic URL” (near top of list) to enter a jpeg/mjpeg URL.  Select “Unknown Brand” (near top of list) for cameras that without any branding.

C – This camera type selects the driver used to communicate with your camera.

D – WAN IP address or Hostname of your camera.

E -  Select HTTPS if your camera is configured for encryption (self signed certificates are accepted).

F – Port where your camera’s HTTP or HTTPS web interface is located on the WAN IP.  Default is 80 for HTTP and 443 for HTTPS.

G – This field is normally not visible for cameras.  It is normally used to select the Channel number for a DVR.  In rare cases where a camera has multiple streams, this field allows you to enter a stream number (i.e. “1” for stream 1).

H – Camera username.

I – Camera password.

J – Bring up More Options like Invert Image/Pan/Tilt.

K – Abort changes and return to Manage Cameras.

L – Test settings by attempting to grab a frame from the camera. If successful, frame will be displayed below (P).

M – Save changes and return to Manage Cameras.

N – Initially displays tips. Displays frame grabbed in the Test function (L).

This app will accept any IP address (including internal IPs like 192.x.x.x) and will use any available network (included private internal networks).  However, IP addresses like 192.x.x.x are internal addresses and are not route-able over the Internet.  See the following post to setup with a free Dynamic DNS service.

If you have a webcam that is built into laptop/desktop, or have a webcam that plugs into a laptop/desktop, then see this post.

2.1.2 Add/Edit DVR, NVR, Video Server

Most DVRs use a custom network protocol.  The following screen show the common input fields for DVRs that use a custom protocol.  See section above for HTTP/HTTPS devices.

Touch Controls:

A – Camera Name.

B – Used to filter the selection of Models (C).

C – This camera type selects the driver used to communicate with your camera.

D – WAN IP address or Hostname of your camera.

E -  This describes which DVR Port you should enter.  Many DVRs have multiple ports (e.g. web port, media port, mobile port, control port, data port, TCP port).

F – DVR Port on WAN IP (see E for description of DVR port to enter).

G – Channel number of DVR to display (i.e. 1 for ch.1, 2 for ch.2).  In rare cases, a DVR will require a channel name or some other custom string.

H – DVR username.

I – DVR password.

J – Bring up More Options like Invert Image/Pan/Tilt.

K – Abort changes and return to Manage Cameras.

L – Test settings by attempting to grab a frame from the camera. If successful, frame will be displayed below (P).

M – Save changes and return to Manage Cameras.

N – Initially displays tips. Displays frame grabbed in the Test function (L).

Tip: To view multiple channels, just add a camera for each channel.  Use the same parameters except change the channel number in the “Ch.#” field.  Remember to export your settings to sdcard for backup.

This app will accept any IP address (including internal IPs like 192.x.x.x) and will use any available network (included private internal networks).  However, IP addresses like 192.x.x.x are internal addresses and are not route-able over the Internet.  See the following post to setup with a free Dynamic DNS service.

2.1.3 Add/Edit Pre-defined Traffic Cam, Beach/College Cams

UPDATE: This option is no longer available.

The application contains pre-defined traffic cameras from around the world (other types are included as well).

In Manage Cameras, click the “Add Cam” button and select to add “Traffic/Beach/College WebCams”.

Touch Controls:

A – Camera Name.

B – Type of webcam.

C – Region filter.

D – Sub-Region filter.

E -  Location selection.

F – Abort changes and return to Manage Cameras.

G – Save changes and return to Manage Cameras.

H – Displays preview of selected webcam.  Swipe left/right to switch Location.  Swipe up/down to change Sub-Region.

 

 

2.1.4 Add/Edit Generic URL

If you have a camera’s jpeg or mjpeg feed, then you can use the Generic URL camera type to enter this URL.

In Manage Cameras, click the “Add Cam” button and select the “Generic jpeg/mjpeg URL” option.

Type in, or paste, the entire URL of the image feed into the “URL” field.

Touch Controls:

A – Camera Name.

B – Select “Generic URL”.

C – Defaults to Generic URL.

D – Complete URL to jpeg/mjpeg feed.

E – Camera username.

F – Camera password.

G – Bring up More Options like Invert Image/Pan/Tilt.

H – Abort changes and return to Manage Cameras.

I – Test settings by attempting to grab a frame from the camera. If successful, frame will be displayed below (K).

J – Save changes and return to Manage Cameras.

K – Initially displays tips. Displays frame grabbed in the Test function (I).

In some cases, you can add a camera through browser integration.  Use the mobile browser to navigate to a page with an image that you want added as a camera.  Long press on the image, select “Share link” and choose “Add Web Camera”.

2.1.5 Add through Browser Integration

In some cases, you can add a camera through browser integration. Use the mobile browser to navigate to a page with an image that you want added as a camera. Long press on the image, select “Share link” or “View Image” and choose “Add Web Camera”.

2.1.6 More Options

Clicking on the “More Options” button in Add/Edit Camera Settings brings up this screen. Here, you can change per camera options like image rotation, ptz inversion, and recording settings.

Image/Sound Options:

A – Rotate image by 0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees clockwise.

B – Mirror, or flip, image from left to right.

C – For some cameras, this option will enable a higher resolution feed or an alternate image format or an alternate aspect ratio.

D – For some cameras with interlaced video (where image is doubled), this option will remove the bottom half of the image.

E – For cameras with 2-way audio, normally audio is half duplex, meaning you can either listen or talk but not both at the same time (this limitation is due to audio feedback loop issues). Enable this option to allow full duplex audio.

F – Enable this option to turn on in-app motion detection in viewers (gallery/matrix) for this camera. When enabled, text status will turn orange color when motion is detected. Optional audio alert (see App Settings) will sound when repeated motion is detected. This option can lower refresh rate on slower processors.

PTZ Options:

A – Invert pan direction (left/right).

B – Invert tilt direction (up/down).

C – Invert relay control.

D – Normally, clicking “relay on” turns relay on and click “relay off” turns relay off. However, some devices, like garage doors, want a pulse (quick on then off) signal. Check this option and clicking the “relay on” button will quickly turn relay on and then off automatically.

Record Mode Options:

A/B – Normally, record mode will record 24×7. Select a start/end hour to only record during a hour range.

C – Normally, record mode will record constantly. Enable this option to only record when repeated motion is detected (see Motion Detection).

D – Enable this option to play an optional alert sound (see App Settings) when repeated motion is detected in record mode (see Motion Detection).

E – Future feature: mobile notifications when repeated motion is detected in record mode.

2.2 Re-order Cameras

Changing the order of cameras is pretty simple.  In the “Manage Cameras” screen, click on the “Re-Order” button.

In the “Re-Order Cameras” screen, simply drag the icons (on the right side) up or down to change order.

Menu Options (press Menu Key):

Sort by Group/Name – Automatically sort cameras first by group name, then by camera name.

 

 

 

2.3 Grouping Cameras for Quick Recall

If you have lots of cameras, then you can group cameras by name for quick recall and to minimize resource usage in the mobile app.

- In Matrix View, fling left/right to quickly switch groups.

- In Matrix/Gallery View, click the Menu key and select “Recall Group” option to change groups.

Creating Groups:

- In Manage Cameras, enable the cameras you want in a group. Click the Menu key and select option “Save Group” to give the group a name.

Editing Group:

- In Manage Cameras, click the Menu key and select option “Recall Group” to restore a group.

- Change cameras in group by enabling/disabling cameras and then use Save Group to overwrite existing group.

Deleting Group:

- In Manage Cameras, click Menu key and select Delete Group.

2.4 Import / Export

Your camera settings are stored locally, on your device only, in an application database.  If you uninstall the application, then your camera settings will be lost.  Use the Import/Export function to backup and restore your camera settings to your sdcard.

Export:

In Manage Cameras, click the Menu key and select the Export option.

Import:

In Manage Cameras, click the Menu key and select the Import option.

Note: Import will NOT overwrite your existing cameras with the same camera name.

You can also use the Sharing function to backup and restore settings (by emailing cameras to yourself and then clicking on the attachment to import the cameras).

 

2.5 Sharing Cameras

Use the sharing function to send one or more camera settings to other people (or yourself) using email.

Share One Camera:

In Gallery View, click the Menu key and select option “Email Camera” to send this camera to a friend.

In Matrix View, long press on the camera row and select “Email Camera” to send this camera to a friend.

Share All Cameras:

In Manage Cameras, click the Menu key and select option “Email Selected Cameras” to send all “checked” cameras to a friend.

Your friend can click on the XML file in the email attachment to import the camera(s) automatically with IP Cam Viewer.

Note: Import will NOT overwrite your existing cameras if they have the same name.

 

2.6 Scan Camera

If you have an unknown camera or DVR, you can use this feature to automatically find compatible drivers in the app. Go to Manage Cameras, click Menu and Select “Scan Camera”.

Simply enter vital information like IP address or hostname (A), select device type (G), and press Test (I). After the test is complete, select a camera type (K) and click add (J).

A – Camera name is the name given to the new camera that is created when you click Add (J).

B – Check this box if the camera is using SSL encryption (e.g. HTTPS).

C – IP Address or hostname of camera.

D – Default port is 80 for HTTP and 443 for HTTPS.

E – Optional username for camera login account.

F – Optional password for camera login account.

G – Optional device type. Selecting a device type will short search time.

H – Cancel current test in progress..

I – Start testing.

J – Add currently selected camera type as a new camera.

K – Current selected camera type.

If multiple compatible drivers are found, some may work better than others. For example, if pan/tilt does not work, then try another compatible driver.

If cannot access your camera from outside your house, please visit this link on setting up with a free dynamic DNS service: http://hit-mob.com/ip-cam-viewer-android/faq/#2

 

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3.0 Application Settings

Application settings apply to the entire application.  The Application Settings screen is accessible from the Gallery View and Matrix view by clicking the Menu key and selecting “Settings”.

3.1 Application Password

The app password can protect your cameras from people that borrowed the device to play a game.  Once set, the application will ask you for this password before viewing.  Clear both fields to delete the app password.

App Settings - App PasswordOptions:

A – Enter desired application password here.

B – Verify desired application password here..

C – Don’t ask again for 5 minutes.

 

3.2 Viewer Settings

These settings affect the Gallery View, the Matrix View, and the Digital Zoom Mode view.

Options:

A – Enable to allow both landscape and portrait view in Gallery View and Matrix View (controlled by accelerometer).  Disable to force landscape mode only (default setting).

B – Normally, using PTZ will display status messages.  Check this option to disable PTZ status messages.

C – Normally, the controls in Gallery View will automatically disappear after a period of inactivity.  Check this option to disable auto-hide.  NOTE: you can also tap on the screen to toggle the visibility of controls.

D – Android normally dims the screen after a period of inactivity.  Check this option to force full brightness in Gallery View, Matrix View and Digital Zoom Mode.

E – When leaving app running overnight as a baby monitor, use this option to automatically dim the screen after a short period. Screen will un-dim if you interact with app and then auto re-dim after the timeout period.

F – When Auto Sequence is enabled, this settings adjusts the rate at which cameras/groups are auto rotated.

G – Check to show phone’s status bar in Gallery View (default is to hide status bar to maximize screen real estate).

H – Check to show phone’s status bar in Matrix View (default is to hide status bar to maximize screen real estate).

I – Sound to play when connection to camera is lost.

J – Sound to play when motion is detected repeatedly (may slow down refresh rate if on).

K – Disable touch gestures to pan/tilt/zoom camera.

L – Use newer h.264 dvr code (default is on).

3.3 Network Settings

These are network related settings.

Options:

A – Normally, the app pretends to be Internet Explorer because most cameras have an Active-X user interface.  However, some mobile carriers (i.e. SFR in France) block IE traffic so you can select a different User-Agent here.  NOTE: some cameras are only accessible using IE user agent.

B – Amount of time waiting for connection to camera before giving up.

C –Normally, the application checks for network availability before trying to access a camera. However, some Android devices do not report network availability properly. In this case, check this option to disable network availability check.

D – Force close network connections because some cameras/routers will keep connections until a timeout period (default is on).

3.4 Home Screen Widgets

These settings are related to Home Screen Widgets.

Options:

A – Normally, widgets will not update if you are roaming on another carrier network. Check this option to always update widgets.

B – Set the Home Screen Widget refresh rate.  Actual rate may be slower because 1) network is not available, or 2) the screen is off (app throttles back refresh rate if screen is off to save battery).

C – Controls the display of camera name in Home Screen Widgets.

D – Show date/time of image capture in widget (uses system default date/time format).

 

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4.0 Recording Mode

Record Mode turns your spare android device into a solid state, battery backed, digital video recorder (DVR) for your standalone IP cameras.

In this mode, the app will record all enabled cameras as fast as possible to sdcard (adjustable in the record settings).

Disk space usage is automatically managed (older content is discarded to free space as needed).

NOTE: Do NOT use this mode on your daily-use android phone because it’ll drain your battery.

To enter record mode, run application, click Menu key and select “Enter Record Mode”.

For each camera, you can change recording schedule and enable “record only when motion detected” in the Edit Camera -> More Options screen. This will greatly reduce the amount of disk space usage.

System wide motion notification settings are configured in the Record Settings screen. Per camera motion settings are set in the Edit Camera -> More Options screen.

Use the Playback screen to search for past footage and then convert clips to video file.

To sync recording folder with dropbox or google docs, use the free FolderSync Lite app. Select the 1-way sync to a remote folder. Turn off “Sync hidden files” and turn on “Sync deletions”.

 

4.1 Record Settings

Changing record settings while record mode is on will re-start record mode.

Change recording schedule per camera in Edit Camera -> More Options. Motion detection can take 1-2 minutes to start working.

Storage:

A – Set the location to store recordings. Make sure to press the “Test” button after changing the recording path.

B – Restore the default record path. Default location is “/sdcard/IpCamViewer/Record”.

C – Test the record path to check if it’s writeable and for its free disk space.

D – When the free disk space reaches this threshold, the application will start deleting old recordings to free disk space.   Default is 500MB which means the application will try to leave at least 500MB free on the disk that contains the recording path.

E – Delete old recordings until above free space is reached.

F – Delete all old recordings.

Quality:

A – Set the recording frame rate for each IP camera.

B – Set the recording frame rate for each public web camera like traffic cams.

C – Set the quality of recordings (100% means very little compression, 60% means heavy compression).

Motion Notification:

A – Enable or disable motion detection system wide (for all cameras). You can also control motion detection per camera in the Edit Camera -> More Options screen.

B – Email address to receive motion notifications.

C – Check when notification was last sent to email address, how many notifications are remaining, and how to add more notifications.

* For SMS, use carrier’s free Email to SMS gateway, like 4085551212@txt.att.net (see http://hit-mob.com/email2sms.html).

4.2 Record View

The record view is where you can start record mode, stop record, view record status, and view current frames in a matrix/grid while still in record mode.

To enter record mode, run application, click Menu key and select “Enter Record Mode”.

While record mode is on, launching the application will show this screen first.

Options: 

A – Status text display.

B – Total frames per second being captured (see Record Settings to adjust recording rate).

C – Free space remaining in recording path (set recording path in Record Settings).  When free space runs low, the application will automatically free space by deleting old footage (set low threshold in Record Settings).

D – Select camera to view current frames being recorded.

E – View current frames being recorded.  Swipe left/right to switch cameras.  Tap to switch into matrix view of all cameras being recorded.

F – Soft Menu key to bring up options.

G – Start / Stop Record Mode.

When record mode is on, tap the image of the last frame to enter a matrix view.  Tap an image again to return record view.

 

 

4.3 Record Playback

Click the Menu key in Record Mode to select this Playback screen.  This screen allows you to search and playback previous recordings.

This screen has menu options to export recordings to a video file (NOTE: TBD in a future release).

NOTE: You can always use a file browser like Astro to view captured frames on the sdcard but this screen (and the export to video file function) is an easier method to access this data from within the app.

Options:

A – Camera to search.

B – Date to search.

C – Hour to search.

D – Minute to search.

E – Click to perform search of recorded data nearest to the given search criteria (fields A-D).  The results are populated into fields F-H.  Use buttons J-N to play back recordings starting from the search result.

F – Last modified date of the frame displayed in H (will be slightly later than date embedded in the frame filename due to the time required to finish writing data).

G – Filename of the frame displayed in H (formatted as YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_MILS_CAMERANAME.jpg).

H – Current frame.

I – Rate of playback.  “0” is stopped.  Positive is forward playback.  Negative is reverse playback.  The larger the number, the faster the playback.

J – Speed up reverse playback.

K – Start reverse playback or slow down reverse playback.

L – Pause playback.

M – Start forward playback or slow down forward playback.

N – Speed up forward playback.

4.4 Export to Video File

This screen allows you export recorded frames to a single video file.  The video file can be replayed using Windows Media Player and RockPlayer Lite for Android (media players buffer before displaying so short clips and beginning of clips may not display).

From the Record Playback screen, find the desired starting position, click the Menu key and select “Convert to File”. On this screen, select a duration, enter an export file path and click “Export Now”.

Depending on the amount of data, this process can take a very long time and create a very large file. Please be patient.

Options:

A – Duration of clip to export.

B – Export path including filename.  File should end in “.avi”.

C – Start export.

 

 

 

 

4.5 Motion Detection

Regarding motion detection, there are 2 different offerings: 1) in-app motion detection for all cameras made available by my app and 2) in-camera motion detection available in some cameras.

This section covers in-app motion detection which this app provides. For in-camera motion detection, which some cameras offer, see each camera’s native admin web interface to setup.

To enable in-app motion detection per camera:
- goto Edit Camera -> More Options
- there you’ll find an option to only record when motion is detected (affects record mode)
- you’ll find an option to play sound in viewers when motion is detected (affects viewers)

Motion detection algorithm is a learning algorithm, which means:

1. on initial startup (or after connection loss), it’ll take ~1 minute to learn before it starts working.
2. over time, it will ignore areas with consistent motion.
3. over time, it will monitor areas with decreasing motion.

4. Orange text color will show when motion is first detected (but no alert sound will play yet, assuming sound is configured).
5. Alert sound will play (assuming sound configured) after repeated motion is detected (to minimize false positives, future mobile notifications will work same way).

6. In record mode, if you configure the per camera More Options to only record when motion is detected, then recording will happen immediately when motion is detected (regardless if alert sound is triggered). In addition, a 5-10 second period of pre-event frames are recorded as well. Post event recording continues for ~15 seconds (extended if more motion is detected).

7. mobile notifications is a future feature… TBD

Finally, Background Audio Mode will also play motion alert sound assuming the PER camera More Options screen has the option for viewer to play sound when motion is detected is enabled AND an alert sound is configured in App Settings.

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