How To Setup Views and Tours Using Surveillance Pro

How To Setup Views and Tours Using Surveillance Pro

When creating a tour, at least 2 devices must be available or created. For more information on how to add a device into Surveillance Pro, click here.

It is highly recommended to create a view first in the software before creating the tour. If you wish to add additional views or cameras to a tour this can be performed at a later time via the tour and task settings page. This page will be detailed 

For multi-monitor setup, it is possible to have different tours on each live view window on different displays that are connected to the same PC.

Once all initial setups are done, you can begin creating a view. Views are beneficial when you have a large number of cameras and prefer to see a specific set of cameras without having to search for them each time.

How To Create a View

A view is a collection of cameras/channels shown in a window. This can be a collection of devices from the same DVR/NVR or a collection from different devices in a single view. For efficiency purposes, it is recommended to keep cameras from the same NVR in the same view. Conversely, this is not mandatory and each view can be customized based on your needs. 

Step 1: On the main menu, click on the Live View option. 

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Note: Views can be customized to a range of a single camera to 64 cameras simultaneously. Please keep in mind the more cameras that are opened the more network resources are being used. 

Our recommendation is to set a max of 9 camera views or less but in our example, we will use a wide variety to show the flexibility of the feature.

Step 3: Select the view that is necessary. In this example, we will be using a 4 camera view.

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Each box highlighted represents a camera. In the device group menu, you can begin to group the cameras. In most cases, your devices are initially added to the Default group area. Use the “mceclip1.png” icon to expand and see the devices listed under the group. If you created additional groups with the devices or renamed them, this may look a little different.

Please note, if you are using a DVR/NVR with multiple channels, it is necessary to expand the device to show the individual channels associated with your device.

If you are performing this procedure on multiple computers, the process will need to be redone on each desktop/laptop. For this reason, we recommend renaming the cameras in a way to know which cameras/channels go together. 

Step 4: Once the quantity and proper channels are selected, click on the Create View icon to save the current cameras to a view that can be used to see the same channels in the future without having to find them all over again.

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A new small window will appear in the middle of the view to allow the naming of the view. The name can be renamed as you prefer but we recommend using a name that describes the collection. In our example, we will call it Test_3. Click OK.

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The view will be saved and found under the “View Layout." Clicking on the group dropdown menu will display the view.

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In our example, this would be Test_3. How quickly the load of the camera will depend on a number of different sources such as; the number of channels opening simultaneously, network resources available at the time, type of resolution stream chosen, and other factors associated with the local network.

Any type of failure to load errors or lag to populate the channels at this point is a good indicator of the number of network resources that are being affected with simultaneous connections opening. In this case, you will want to consider reducing the number of channels opened or adjusting some basic settings in the live feed.

In some cases bringing the channels down to substream may help provide larger quantities to load.

Some settings like the different types of streams are available by right-clicking on any channel. A small setting window will appear.

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Tour Setup:

When you have finished creating your views you can now start configuring a tour.

Step 1: Navigate to the main menu and select “Surveillance Center".

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Step 2: From this menu, select Add to begin adding a tour. 

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Step 3: Enter a name for the tour (cycle), for our example, we will call it Tour_2 The name of the tour will be displayed in the interface. 

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Note: If you have more than one plan, ensure that you are on the correct tour indicated with the highlighted area before starting to add views.

Step 4: Add the views to a tour by clicking on the “+” button

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A new menu will appear called “Display Editor”. This interface will be used to bind the channels to a view.

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Step 5: In the Display Time field, enter the duration in which each channel will be displayed (this is represented in seconds), then highlight the window in which the tour would be applicable. Double click the channel to bind it to the view. Once the channel has been bound it will be displayed in the editor. Click Save.

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The tour will be saved to the surveillance center interface. 

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The pencil icon will allow you to make changes to the view, name, and stay time for any future adjustments. The trashcan icon will delete the view. Click and drag the view on top of another view allows you to change the order to be seen on the tour.

Step 6: To activate the tour, exit the surveillance center, and go back to the live view screen. On the live view interface, you will notice the tour and view represented in the lower portion. Click on Start Cycle to run the tour. 

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The tour will begin to play in the interface. To stop the tour, click the mceclip6.png icon. 

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