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Mirasys VMS 7.5 Spotter for Windows User Guide CONTENTS Introduction... 7 New Features... 8 Installing Spotter... 9 Installing Spotter With Spotter-Only Installer... 9 Installing Spotter With VMS Installer...
Mirasys VMS 7.5 Spotter for Windows User Guide CONTENTS Introduction... 7 New Features... 8 Installing Spotter... 9 Installing Spotter With Spotter-Only Installer... 9 Installing Spotter With VMS Installer Using Spotter From Outside A Firewall Starting Spotter and Logging In Adding a New Master Server Address DNS And DynDNS Use Spotter User Interface Components Profile Control And Device Tree Work Area And Tabs Device Tabs Camera Grids Custom Camera Grids Camera View Autocrop, Virtual Zoom And Quick Zoom Other Types of Devices Full-Screen Mode Camera Toolbar Camera Settings Exporting And Printing Camera Control And PTZ Control PTZ Control View Two-Way Audio View Menu And Virtual Cameras MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 2 VCA Highlights Image Control Plugin De-Warping Plugin Layouts Time Slider And Status Bar Zoom Controls Time Slider And Date/Time Controls Export Mode Time Slider Date And Time Controls Playback Controls Mixed Playback Mode Camera Tour Controls Alarms Alarm List Alarm Filtering Signal Lost Alarms Alarm View Tab Alarm Export Alarm Search Alarm Popup Storyboard Adding Clips to Storyboard Editing Clips In Storyboard Descriptions And Comments Preview Drafts And Sharing Settings Exporting Storyboards Viewing Storyboards MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 3 Other Viewing Modes Profile Maps Motion Search Review-Playback Mode Thumbnail Search Camera Carousel Agile Virtual Matrix Operator Console Agile Virtual Matrix Configuration AVM Operator Console Configuration Adding, Moving And Copying Cameras In AVM Using Numeric Keypad For Camera And Monitor Selection In AVM PTZ Control In AVM Camera Tours In AVM Layouts In AVM Monitor Manager Settings General Settings Default Layout Data Export Settings Image Export Settings Storyboard Settings Alarm Settings Plugin Specific Settings Streaming Settings Display Settings Advanced Display Settings (Queue Performance) Advanced Settings Archives Create Archive On Local PC MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 4 Open Archive or Video Clip In Spotter Archives In Layouts SpotterPlayer Bookmarks Fast Bookmarking Joysticks And Other Input Devices Device Numbering Locking The User Interface Help Keyboard Shortcuts Windows Alarms Dialogs Show / Hide Components Moving Focus Full Screen Window Tabs Profile Window Playback Time And Speed Miscellaneous Camera Selection In a Tab Export time controls Camera Controls PTZ Camera Control I/O Control Camera Tour About Screen How-To-Videos General Videos MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 5 Version 7.5 Features Version 7.4 Features Version 7.3 Features Features In Earlier Versions Version 7.2 Features Version 7.0 Features MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 6 INTRODUCTION Mirasys Spotter is a modern, easy-to-use application for viewing live and recorded video and exporting video clips. Mirasys Spotter can be used to create multi-monitor configurations with multiple independently operating device tabs and windows. Spotter supports camera tours, alarms, audio, and I/O feeds, text channels, opening of video archives and clips, as well as layouts for storing and accessing desired configurations. Spotter is expandable with various extensions or so called plug-ins and it can also be used to control the Agile Virtual Matrix (AVM) video matrix Enterprise option (add-on). MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 7 NEW FEATURES The following features are introduced in the latest 7.5 release: Storyboard Custom camera grids Profile Maps can react to alarms with switching of the view Spotter plugins can reside in a camera grid cell A specified layout can be loaded from user lock or login Camera grid zero bezel border Fast Bookmarking The device description can be shown in the device tree Image stretch option for fixed and custom grids Cameras that are exported in clips or storyboards will now retain their 360 de-warping or virtual camera zoom settings Ultra-fast exporting with new Secure Export Format (V7.5.2) Motion Search plugin improvements and Review-Playback mode (V7.5.2) Thumbnail Search plugin (V7.5.2) Camera Carousel plugin (V7.5.2) Saving, sharing and loading Device tab contents with Tabshare. (V7.5.2) MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 8 INSTALLING SPOTTER Spotter is installed with other applications when the normal VMS installer is used. If a user wants to install only the Spotter client, he can use the dedicated Spotter-only installer. Spotter is also available as a standalone executable file (SpotterPlayer.exe), which does not require any installation. This version of Spotter can be used to review video clips, Storyboard clips and video archives. INSTALLING SPOTTER WITH SPOTTER-ONLY INSTALLER The Spotter-only installer installs only the Spotter application. You can start the installer by double-clicking it. Pressing Install will start the installer. The first component to be installed is SlimDX. When the SlimDX installing is finished, press Next. The installer will ask where it should place the installed files. If you do not want to change the default location, press Next. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 9 Next the installer will ask for the Master Server s IP address (if you only have one recording server, it is the recording server s IP address). Enter it to the dialog and press Next. After this, press Install to install Spotter. After the installation is finished, Press Finish to exit the installer. INSTALLING SPOTTER WITH VMS INSTALLER Spotter can also be installed as part of the normal VMS installation. This process is very similar to the one described in the Spotter-only installer, the main difference is that you have a selection screen where you can select if you install the Recorder service or not. If you are only installing the clients and not the Recorder service, you do not need a license. In this case, deselect the Recorder option and proceed with the installation. By default, the installer will install Spotter on all Recording Server installations. With the VMS installer it is also possible to choose the option that Spotter is started automatically. See the Mirasys VMS Installation Guide for more details. USING SPOTTER FROM OUTSIDE A FIREWALL The recommended way to use Spotter from external networks or through a public Internet connection is to first establish VPN connection to the company intranet. This way, the Spotter outside the firewall can use the intranet IP address of the master and slave servers (nodes). MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 10 It is also possible to use VMS system without a VPN. In this case, user should connect to the master server with the outside IP address and port combination. Please refer to your system administrator for more information. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 11 STARTING SPOTTER AND LOGGING IN Spotter is started by double-clicking the Spotter icon on the desktop. It is also possible to start Spotter automatically when the computer boots up. See Installing Spotter With VMS Installer. When Spotter is started, it contacts the System Management server (SMServer, Master Server) and checks if it needs to download new plugins or a new version of Spotter. When a system is upgraded or new plugins have been added, it is important to exit the Spotter clients and start them again from the desktop shortcut so that this check can be made. Next, the log in screen is displayed. The user can enter here his/her username and password and then press Continue to log in. It is possible to configure Spotter to log in automatically, please see Settings. It is also possible to use Spotter in offline mode. This mode is accessible by pressing the Offline button in the Spotter login screen. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 12 ADDING A NEW MASTER SERVER ADDRESS The IP address in the login screen is the one that was entered during the Spotter installation. If a user wants to edit the IP address or change the name of the server, he can select the Edit button. A new Master Server (SMServer) address can be added with the plus button. Servers can be removed with the minus button. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 13 The icons on top of the server show if the connection to the servers is OK or if the server is not reachable (offline). If you are connecting to an server of a different version to the Spotter instance that is currently installed, the icon will change to red to indicate that you should restart Spotter either by pressing the Restart button or by closing the login screen and starting Spotter again from desktop link to download a new Spotter version that is compatible with the selected server version. DNS AND DYNDNS USE Mirasys VMS supports the usage of Dynamic Domain Name System (DNS) services (DynDNS, DDNS). Since there are many service providers for Dynamic DNS we suggest to review their installation and configuration documentation. In most cases MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 14 the router which is connected to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) has to be configured accordingly. Port forwarding for the VMS and the camera streaming ports have to be configured independent from the Dynamic DNS configuration. Some Dynamic DNS services provide a local client which can be installed on the VMS server to improve the Dynamic DNS performance. NOTE: Most Dynamic DNS services require up to 48 hours of updating time which might delay the connectivity. For testing we suggest using the current public IP address instead of the Dynamic DNS name. The public IP can be found by browsing on the VMS server to, e.g., MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 15 SPOTTER USER INTERFACE COMPONENTS Here you can see overview of the different Spotter user interface components. PROFILE CONTROL AND DEVICE TREE The profile control is the topmost item in the device tree. It contains all profiles that were added to the specific user group in the System Manager application. A profile can contain cameras, I/O s, audio and text channels. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 16 The default position for the device tree is on the left side of the Spotter window. The device tree can also be docked to the right side of the screen by drag and drop. There is also a pin in the title bar of the device tree. By default the device tree is always visible, but clicking on the pin changes the device tree to auto-hide mode. In this mode the device tree is hidden until the user accesses it, allowing for more room in the work area for cameras and other devices. Below the dropdown profile control is a search window, if the user wants to search certain devices in the device tree. Spotter uses the search text to show only those profile nodes (devices or folders) which name contains the search text. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 17 After entering text to the search field, the device tree list is filtered. The user can now interact with the filtered list with a mouse or by pressing the keyboard down arrow. Pressing down and up arrows moves focus to the filtered device list. It is possible to select an item with the Enter key. It is possible to move back to the search field by using arrow keys. Esc will clear the search field and return the full unfiltered device tree. User can open one or more devices or a folder to the work area. A device is opened by drag and drop or by double-clicking on the device. Selecting a folder will open all the contents of the folder to the work area. Selecting many devices is possible by pressing Shift or Ctrl keys when selecting the devices. If devices are linked in the profile, all linked devices are opened when one of them is opened. Cameras, audio devices and text channels are opening by default in real-time view, if not specified otherwise in the System Manager application s profile settings. Digital input and output (I/O) are opening in closed state. Digital output states can be changed from the device tree as well by pressing the button in the device tree. In addition to showing the device symbol, also device state is shown in the device tree. A device is indicated with a white icon if it s in normal state. When the device is MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 18 in another state, for example no signal, connecting, no connection, there is an icon on top of device symbol. Normal Recording No signal Not in use Connecting No connection If a device is used as an alarm trigger or an alarm action, it has a yellow highlight color. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 19 The user can change the device name in the System Manager application and give a device a description. The name and the description are visible in the device tooltip. The user can also define special icons for the devices in system Manager Profile Settings. The device three can also show the device description. To enable showing this feature, select Description in the Spotter menu. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 20 WORK AREA AND TABS The work area is where the content of the devices can be viewed. When cameras and other devices are added to the work area they automatically open the stream to the playback position or live position of the work area. DEVICE TABS The work area can have multiple device tabs. New tabs can be created by clicking the New tab control or from the tab pull down menu on the right side of the Spotter screen. The tab pull down menu also offers possibility to jump to a tab if there are lot of tabs and some of them are not visible anymore. Only cameras that are on the currently visible tab are streaming. Cameras that are on the hidden tabs are not streaming, but will resume streaming instantly when the tab is activated. Tabs can be reordered by dragging them to a different position. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 21 Tabs can be also dragged outside the Spotter window to move the content to a new, automatically created window. If the Ctrl button is pressed when dragging, a copy is made instead of moving. The same applies for moving or copying cameras. New plugin tabs or saved shortcut tabs can be opened also by hovering the mouse cursor on top of the plus button that creates new device tabs, and accessing the menu that appears. The tab menu can be accessed with a mouse right-click. It also offers the possibility to select a tab and create new tab, as well as change the name of the current tab and close a tab or several tabs. The automatic cropping and camera grid settings for all cameras on this tab can be controlled from here. Also the tab menu offers the possibility to reset the virtual zoom and VCA visualization settings for all cameras on the tab. It is also possible to add a plugin to a tab. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 22 This allows for example the Profile Map plugin and the Alarm Popup plugins to reside in separate cells on the same camera grid. Any plugin can now be added to any grid cell, which gives lots of possibilities. Tabs can be closed from the X control or from the tab menu. It is possible also to close all tabs to the right of the current one, or all tabs but the current one. It is possible to save and share tab contents with the Tabshare feature. A tab is saved by first configuring the tab, then right clicking the tab title to reveal the tab menu and then selecting Save tab option. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 23 This displays a dialog where the tab name can be entered. It is also possible to define whether the tab is shared to other users and whether the tab is added to the quick access menu. The tab quick access menu is displayed when the mouse is taken on top of the new device tab plus icon. Existing saved tab contents can be removed from the Saved contents.. menu MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 24 To update an existing saved tab, user can create the new version, and then write the same name as an already saved tab. The dialog will change to indicate that user is now updating the tab. The tab share feature is useful for Spotter Monitor Manager and Agile Virtual Matrix (AVM) use, since it allows to open a saved and shared tab in the Monitor Manager and AVM management plugins. Saved tabs can be accessed also with keyboard shortcut numbers using the, option. Frequently Used Keyboard Shortcuts: Shortcut Description Ctrl+Shift+T Open tab menu. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 25 Ctrl+Shift+W Close current tab. Ctrl+Tab Select next tab. If currently selected tab is last tab, select first tab in the window. Addition (+) tab is not selected. Ctrl+Shift+Tab Select previous tab. If currently selected tab is first tab, select last tab in the window. Addition (+) tab is not selected. CAMERA GRIDS The default view mode of the work area is automatic. In this mode, cameras appear all using the same size, and the position and size changes automatically as more cameras are added. There are also fixed grids available, where some cameras can be larger than others, and cameras stick to the fixed view mode grid and do not move around like in automatic mode. The fixed grids are available from the tab menu. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 26 For example, a view mode 4 x 4 / one large will have one large camera cell and 12 smaller camera cells. CUSTOM CAMERA GRIDS In addition to the pre-formatted fixed grids, it is now also possible for the user to create custom camera grids. To create a new custom grid, first right-click to show the tab menu, then select Camera grids, then Custom and then Edit custom grids. This opens the grid editor. The grid editor is used to create new custom grids and edit custom grids that have already been saved before. There are two sections: MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 27 Creating new grids section: Edit existing grids section The grid editor opens by default in 5 x 5 mode. The number of rows and columns can be adjusted using the controls It is a good idea to design the layout on paper first. After the design is finished, user can create the starting grid size. The range for the starting grid size is For example, a grid of 4 rows and 6 columns can be created like in following pictures MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 28 The base grid cells can now be merged with mouse and left button drag. For example, we can create 4 large camera areas like in the following picture. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 29 Now if the remaining cells can be left the default size, the user can save the grid as it is by entering a name for the grid and pressing the save button. Pressing save changes all the grid cells black. The grid is now useable and appears in the custom grid list. Deleting an existing advanced view is possible by opening the grid editor, selecting the grid from the pull down menu, pressing Delete and then Save. If save is not pressed, the grid is not deleted. Advanced grids are user-specific, and they cannot be shared as such. It is however possible to create a layout using the advanced grids and share the layout. Other users can then access the shared layout and use it. Please note that when an advanced grid is saved into the layout, it is not deleted or changed, if some modifications are done to the grid later. CAMERA VIEW When the mouse cursor is placed on top of a camera on the work area, the camera toolbar, maximize and close buttons become visible. Cameras can be closed from the close button or maximized to fill the whole work area from the camera maximize button. The functionality of the camera toolbar is explained in the next chapter of this guide. When a camera is on the work area, it can also be maximized by doubleclicking it. Double-clicking a maximized camera will make its size normal again. MIRASYS VMS 7.5 MIRASYS LTD PAGE 30 The camera name and timestamp are shown on the top left corner of the camera. The visibility and color of name and timestamp can be controlled from Spotter Settings or the camera toolbar. There are various other information that can be configured to show in addition to the name and time, such as frame rate, codec, bandwidth, buffering queue size and content. These are used in system troubleshooting and can be controlled from the Spotter Settings. The camera recording indicator is a small blue dot next to the tim
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