Amcrest Cloud Walkthrough

Amcrest Cloud Walkthrough

Amcrest cloud allows you to connect your IP camera to a cloud based service that allows you to store and access recorded events from a secure location from anywhere in the world. For more information on cloud setup as well as plans we offer please follow the instructions provided below. 

For more information about cloud plans and pricing click here.

For more information on how to set up and add a camera to the Amcrest Cloud via the Amcrest Cloud app, click here.

For more information on how to set up and add a camera to the Amcrest Cloud via a desktop or laptop, click here.

Amcrest Cloud App Walkthrough

Once you have created an Amcrest Cloud account you will be able to sign into your account on the Amcrest app. When you open the Amcrest Cloud app you will see the following screen: 

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Below is an explanation of each feature listed on the user interface for the Amcrest Cloud app:

Screenshot_20181015-125250__1_.png Use the Live button to access the live stream of a connected camera from the cloud. 

Screenshot_20181015-125250.png The Next button is used to play the next recording stored in the cloud. The Play button is used to play the current recording, and the Previous button is used to play the previous recording store in the cloud. 

Screenshot_20181015-125250__1_.pngUse the Calendar button to navigate to a specific date and time of a stored event. If you would like to save media for a longer period of time you can upgrade your storage plan. For more information how to upgrade your cloud storage plan click here.

Screenshot_20181015-125250__1_.png Use the Timeline bar to scroll through captured events stored on the cloud. 

Screenshot_20181015-125250.png Use this option to easily navigate the timeline bar to access events for a specific date from 15, 30 minute increments as well as 1, 6 hour increments.

Screenshot_20181015-125300.png Tap on the Screenshot_20181015-125300.png button to access additional features related to the Amcrest Cloud app. These features include: 

  • Delete: Allows the user to delete specific events stored in the cloud. 
  • Download: Allows the user to download and store events from the cloud. 
  • Tutorial: Allows the user to view a short tutorial of the key features of the app. 
  • Storage Location: Allows the user to choose a storage location to load events from. This includes from the cloud or from a microSD card. A microSD card will have to be installed and used on the camera for the microSD card option to be initiated.

Screenshot_20181015-125250.png Tap on the Settings icon to access specific settings related to your connected device. These features include: 

  • Camera Name: Allows the user to modify the name of the selected camera. 
  • Recording Mode: Allows the user to turn motion detection on or off in the cloud. 
  • Quality: Allows the user to set resolution quality in the app. Currently, the max resolution for Amcrest Cloud is 4MP
  • Notifications: Allows the user to set which notifications they would like to receive from the app. This includes both motion detection and camera health checks. 
  • Image Appearance: Allows the user to flip, mirror, or flip/mirror the camera's image. This is useful if the user has already mounted a camera and would like to flip/mirror the feed. 
  • IR Mode: Allows the user to set the IR functions for their camera. This can be set to Auto of night vision, or Off to turn the IR lights off completely. Please note, if you turn off the IR lights on your camera, night vision will not work properly. 
  • Username & Password: Allows the user to modify the current username and password for their camera. To save the modified information to your camera, make sure to tap the Screenshot_20181015-125348.png Save button to save and apply the settings to the camera. To cancel press the button. 
  • Motion Detection Area: Allows the user to set motion detection regions for the camera within the app. This option also allows the user to set the Sensitivity and Threshold of the motion detection settings.
  • Image Settings: Allows the user to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness of the image from the camera. To save the modified information to your camera, make sure to tap the Screenshot_20181015-125348.png Save button to save and apply the settings to the camera. To cancel press the button. 
  • Reconfigure Camera: Allows the user to automatically reconfigure camera settings within the app. 
  • Test Connection: Allows the user to test the overall connectivity of the camera to the cloud. 
  • Delete All Media: Allows the user to delete all media for the selected camera. Please note, once all media for the camera is deleted the media cannot be restored.

Screenshot_20181015-125321.png Use the Save icon to save and apply the desired settings to the cloud. The trashcan Delete icon is used to delete the camera from the cloud. The button is used to exit the settings menu and return to the live view screen. 

Amcrest Laptop/PC Walkthrough

Once you have created an Amcrest Cloud account you will be able to sign into your account via the Amcrest Cloud website on laptop or PC. The website can be accessed at amcrestcloud.com

Note: The Amcrest Cloud website can be accessed using either Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. 

When you have successfully logged into your cloud account you will see the following menu: 

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Below is an explanation of each feature listed on the user interface for the Amcrest Cloud via a laptop or PC:

Screenshot_20181015-125250__1_.png Use the Live button to access the live stream of a connected camera from the cloud. 

 The Next button is used to play the next recording stored in the cloud. The Pause button will pause the live feed from the camera. To return back to play the stream, press the Play button or click GO LIVE. The Previous button is used to play the previous recording store in the cloud. 

Screenshot_20181015-125250__1_.pngUse the Calendar button to navigate to a specific date and time of a stored event. If you would like to save media for a longer period of time you can upgrade your storage plan. For more information how to upgrade your cloud storage plan click here.

Use this option to easily navigate the timeline bar to access events for a specific date from 1, 6, 12, and 24 hour increments.

Use the Timeline bar to scroll through captured events stored on the cloud. 

 Use this menu to access additional features for your camera. To acces this menu, click on the small triangle icon to access the following menu:

 

The features in this menu include: 

  • Edit:  Allows the user to access specific settings related to their connected device. These features include: 
    • Camera Name: Allows the user to modify the name of the selected camera. 
    • Recording Mode: Allows the user to turn motion detection on or off in the cloud. 
    • Event Triggers Schedule: Allows the user to access motion detection trigger settings for their device. This setting will always be set to the Always On position since the cloud will always store events based on motion detection. 
    • Quality: Allows the user to set resolution quality in the app. Currently, the max resolution for Amcrest Cloud is 4MP
    • Notifications: Allows the user to set which notifications they would like to receive from the app. This includes both motion detection and camera health checks. 
    • Image Appearance: Allows the user to flip, mirror, or flip/mirror the camera's image. This is useful if the user has already mounted a camera and would like to flip/mirror the feed. 
    • IR Mode: Allows the user to set the IR functions for their camera. This can be set to Auto of night vision, or Off to turn the IR lights off completely. Please note, if you turn off the IR lights on your camera, night vision will not work properly. 
    • Camera Username: Allows the user to modify the username for their camera.
    • Camera Password: Allows the user to modify the password for their camera
    • Reconfigure Connection: Allows the user to automatically reconfigure camera connection from the camera to the cloud server. 
    • Test Connection: Allows the user to test the overall connectivity of the camera to the cloud. 

After editing your camera settings, click on the Save icon to save and apply the settings to your camera. If you do not wish to proceed with these settings, click Cancel

  • Pop-out: Allows the user quick access to their live view screen. When activated, the live view screen will populate in a separate, smaller window. 

In the pop-out menu you will notice a few additional icons. These icons are associated with the frame view of the live feed: 

Below is an explanation of each of the following items in this menu: 

 Used to turn the audio on and off on the camera.

 Used to minimize the pop-out menu. 

 Used to set the pop-out window to full screen. 

 Used to exit the pop-out window.

  • Download: Allows the user to download events from the timeline bar. Once selected, the timeline bar will display a red bar indicating the series of events that will be downloaded

To download, click on the  download button. When selected, a download link will be available on the settings page. This download link will be available for 24 hours. After that time another download link will need to be generated. If you do not wish to download an event, click the button to exit the download option. 

  • Delete: Allows the user to Delete the Camera from the cloud. WARNING: Deleting a camera from the cloud will permanently delete all media associated with the camera from the cloud. To delete the camera, click on the Delete button. To cancel, click the Cancel button. 

Add Camera: Allows the user to add an additional camera onto their cloud account. For more information on adding additional cameras to the cloud click here.

If you hover your mouse pointer over the live view screen you will notice an additional menu bar begin displayed. This menu bar allows you to access to the following settings: 

Below is an explanation of the following items in this menu: 

 Used to turn the audio on and off on the camera.

 Used to minimize the pop-out menu. 

 Used to set the pop-out window to full screen. 

 Used to access additional menu settings such as: Motion DetectionPan and Tilt, and Image Settings

  • Motion Detection: Allows the user to set motion detection regions for the camera within the app. This option also allows the user to set the Sensitivity and Threshold of the motion detection settings. Below is a screenshot of this menu: 

Setting Regions: To set the motion detection regions of your camera, click on Set Area and adjust the regions accordingly. You can adjust different regions using different colors such as, red, green, blue and yellow. Click on the Save button to save and apply the motion detection region to your camera. To reset the settings to default, click on Clear.

Setting Sensitivity/Threshold: To set the sensitivity and threshold settings for your camera, use the Sensitivity and Threshold sliders. Click on the Save button to save and apply the motion detection region to your camera. To reset the settings to default, click on Clear. For more information on sensitivity and threshold, click here.

 Use the button to exit out of the Motion Detection settings menu. 

  • Pan and Tilt: Allows the user to adjust pan and tilt settings for their camera. This is only applicable for cameras with PTZ functionality such as the, IP2M-841B and the IP4M-1051B for example. Below is a screenshot of the Pan and Tilt menu: 

Use the Pan and Tilt directional arrows to begin panning and tilting your camera. To reset the settings, click on Reset. To reset the camera to its original (home) position, click on Set Home. To exit the pan and tilt menu, click on the button. 

Image Settings: Allows the user to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness of the image from the camera. To save the modified information to your camera. Below is a screenshot of the Image Settings menu: 

Use the sliders in this menu to adjust the image settings. To exit this menu, click on the icon. 

Use this icon to refresh the live view screen. 

 Use this icon to access additional menu settings for your cloud account. 

Below is an explanation of the items listed in this menu: 

  • Upgrade: Use this menu as a quick reference point when upgrading your cloud plan. This option features all current cloud plans and the options to upgrade your cloud account. 
  • Schedules: Use this menu to set event preferences for your camera. Below is a description of the options listed in this menu: 
    • Notifications: This menu allows the user to add an email address. This will be the email address all of your notifications will be sent. 
    • Event Schedule: This menu allows the user to add a modified event schedule for the camera. To create a schedule, click on the Add Schedule icon. 
      • Step 1: Give the schedule a name
      • Step 2: Select the camera you would like to set the schedule to from the drop down menu. 
      • Step 3: Select the dates and times you would like the schedule to apply. Click YES in the All Day field if you would like the notifications to be turned on all day. 
      • Step 4: Click Save to save the schedule to your camera. You can also add multiple schedules by clicking on Add New Entry.
    • Downloads: Use this menu to access bulk media downloads. The download archives will be retained in the cloud for 24 hours. 
    • Camera Health Check: Use this menu to set notification health checks for your camera. This applies to notifications regarding, camera disconnects, failures, or other related camera issues the cloud can detect. 
  • Settings: Use this menu as a quick reference point when upgrading your cloud plan. This option features all current cloud plans and the options to upgrade your cloud account. 
  • Schedules: Use this menu to set event preferences for your camera. Below is a description of the options listed in this menu: 
    • Notifications: This menu allows the user to add an email address. This will be the email address all of your notifications will be sent. 
    • Event Schedule: This menu allows the user to add a modified event schedule for the camera. To create a schedule, click on the Add Schedule icon. 
      • Step 1: Give the schedule a name
      • Step 2: Select the camera you would like to set the schedule to from the drop down menu. 
      • Step 3: Select the dates and times you would like the schedule to apply. Click YES in the All Day field if you would like the notifications to be turned on all day. 
      • Step 4: Click Save to save the schedule to your camera. You can also add multiple schedules by clicking on Add New Entry.
    • Downloads: Use this menu to access bulk media downloads. The download archives will be retained in the cloud for 24 hours. 
    • Camera Health Check: Use this menu to set notification health checks for your camera. This applies to notifications regarding, camera disconnects, failures, or other related camera issues the cloud can detect. 
  • Edit Profile: Use this menu to modify your Amcrest Cloud account profile. This includes the username and password for your cloud account, email address, and time zone. Click Submit to save and apply the changes to your cloud account profile. If you wish to exit this menu, click on Cancel.
  • Add Camera: Allows the user to add an additional camera onto their cloud account. For more information on adding additional cameras to the cloud click here.
  • Turn Events Off: Use this option to enable or disable event notifications from the cloud.
  • Sign Out: Use this option to sign out of your Amcrest Cloud account.
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