Documentation for Axxon Next 4.2.2. Documentation for other versions of Axxon Next is available too.

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Creation and configuration of the Video camera object is done in the Hardware tab. The object tree of a video camera is generated automatically according to its functions which are integrated into the Axxon Next software package (the presence of alarm inputs, relay outputs, PTZ unit, etc.). 

Note

You can configure recording options for a camera in the corresponding tab (see Configuring Archives).

When you have added a camera via the IP Device Discovery Wizard (see Adding and removing IP devices),  you can edit the camera's parameters. The camera parameters are grouped as follows.

In the Object ID group, you can enter the camera's name and see its ID, which is automatically assigned.

Also, you can disable the camera by selecting No in the Enable field.

Attention!

In terms of licensing, every camera enabled is one channel.  Disabled cameras are not subject to licensing (see Licensing of the software product).  If you run out of camera licenses, disable offline / unused cameras.

In the Object Properties group you can see the following camera properties:

  1. The IP address (assigned automatically and can be changed if necessary).

    Note

    The port used to transmit data between the camera and the Axxon Next VMS (this value is set to 80 by default but can be changed if necessary).

  2. At first the port number is set through the camera's Web interface.
  3. The MAC address.
  4. Manufacturer, model, firmware.
  5. The number of the video channel (for an IP Server).

In the Authentication group, you can set the username and password to connect to the camera.

If the username and/or password for connecting to the camera are different from the factory settings, select No in the Default field and enter the current credentials.

Attention!

If the camera supports the Digest HTTP-authorization, add the symbol " : " to the last character of the password.

To enable video buffering on Clients, set the buffer length in milliseconds in the Video buffering group.

This value should be between 50 and 1000 milliseconds. If the value 0 is selected, video buffering is disabled.

In the Camera settings  group you can see video image parameters (contrast, brightness, color saturation, etc.). When configuring these, you can look up short parameters' descriptions in Axxon Next GUI. For more detailed information, please refer to the camera manual.

Note

If you set up a camera via its web page, you cannot edit the parameters in the VMS (see Adding and removing IP devices).  To configure the camera in the VMS, select the Send settings to device checkbox.

You can configure fisheye cameras in the Panomorph group.

Select a standby / substitute camera from the current Axxon domain in the Alternative view list. The sub camera shows in the layout when the main camera is offline.

Then you can configure them to show the nearest cameras to the alerted one (see Configuring Alerted Cameras layouts).

You can configure video streams under the viewing tile. If a camera supports multistreaming, you can configure two video streams separately: high quality and low quality. When creating an IP device with a high quality video stream, a stream with a higher resolution is selected.

To configure video streams, you should make sure that the Send settings to device checkbox is selected.

An adaptive video stream can be configured if necessary (see Configuring an Adaptive Video Stream).

Note

In most cases, the following parameters are set for video streams: bit rate, compression rate, frame rate, and resolution. Detailed information on configurable parameters can be found in the official reference documentation for the video camera

Note

To configure video streams, use the settings available in the Axxon Next interface, not the web interface of the camera itself.

Important

If you are using the web interface to configure camera's video streaming, you have to set the expected fps value to have the stream parameters correctly displayed (see Viewing camera status).

Important

You can any select any stream for live view or recording (see Selecting video stream quality in a viewing tile, Binding a camera to an archive).

If a camera does not support multistreaming, the parameters of the video streams are identical. In this case only the parameters of the high-quality video stream are editable (the parameters of the low-quality video stream are adjusted automatically).

Note

When some video stream parameters are changed, the video camera may automatically restart, in which case it will become unavailable for some time (depending on the video camera)

Image from the camera will be displayed in the preview window.

Note

The indicator in the upper right corner displays the current time and recording status (see Time Display).

To switch between streams in the preview window, click the High-quality stream and  Low-quality stream tabs.

Note

When a stream is selected in the preview window, the settings for the relevant stream are displayed; settings for the other stream are hidden.