Newbie Playback Question

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JVH
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Newbie Playback Question

Post by JVH » Mon May 04, 2020 9:46 pm

Hi All,
We are a retail environment. Many times we are reviewing video of a shoplifter.
Our old software which was from netvision had a playback feature that I got use to using.
In playback we could select a grid of 1,4,9,16,32 cameras and then select which camera went in each box on the grid.
If we started playback on one camera at a specific time there was a button called "SYNC" which would make all the other cameras sync to the one camera. Obviously some would freeze and then jump if they had no motion recorded matching the sync master.
This allowed us to follow the thief through the store. We could also set a start stop time for the selected cameras and burn them to a dvd for the cops.

I am still learning this new BI5 system.
Currently I have to flip back and forth between clips on different cameras.
Does BI5 have a method to view multiple clips synced together?
This BI5 system is so superior to the old system and has tons of great features.
However it is taking me a while to figure out how to use them all.

John
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Re: Newbie Playback Question

Post by WmG » Tue May 05, 2020 12:31 pm

At the bottom of the UI is the Timeline bar. You can double click at the desired time to view all cameras displayed in the UI at that time and then play forward or back at the desired rate. If you need to zero in on time you can use the slider on the right of the timeline to expand or contract the view. Cameras that only record when triggered will show blank until an event. Page 93 of the current help file or search "timeline".
MikeBwca
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Re: Newbie Playback Question

Post by MikeBwca » Tue May 05, 2020 8:10 pm

Click on any camera & select the 'Layout'. It will pop out with options.
Unfortunately, BI only has a 2x2 grid. I use 1:9 and 4-up.

To view only certain cameras, define the cameras to a Group. Then in the BI console, select the group you want to view from the 'Groups' selector in the BI toolbar. Default is 'All Cameras'.

For example, I have 2 cameras defined as group 'Driveway'. And, those same 2 cameras an a few more are defined as group 'Yard'. And, so on...


As far as flipping back and forth between clips...
If your cameras are on continuous recording, you can view all cameras in the current group at the same time. BI Syncs very nicely. If you double click a camera to view it full, pressing the left ot right arrow key, will switch to the next/prev camera in the group.
JVH
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Re: Newbie Playback Question

Post by JVH » Wed May 06, 2020 7:53 pm

Thank you,
Both of those recommendations work.
I can see where setting up a group would allow me to set just the cameras I want to review.
I have several groups already setup and making a "Playback" group and just adding the cameras I need to review to it will work.

However we have several managers that want to check what happened when I am not around.
This only seems to work on the server for the playback viewer. We run in service mode so the BI program is not usually up.
The managers have the web browser login on there workstations, which they love.

I really don't want them messing with the main program if possible.
Is there a way to do this on the browser version?

John
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Re: Newbie Playback Question

Post by MikeBwca » Fri May 08, 2020 3:02 am

JVH wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 7:53 pm
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I really don't want them messing with the main program if possible.
Is there a way to do this on the browser version?

John
Not in the UI3. In the BI console, yes.

Does each manager/person have their own Login, or, do they share a common login?

In any event, define groups of cameras for these Users. In the BI settings, 'Users' tab, you can check 'Limit to camera groups'. Then define which Group(s) they can view.

If they all want the same cameras, your good to go. If they want different cameras, I would suggest prefixing the Group name with their ID - so that you know who the group belongs too. For example 'User1-Group, User2-Group', and so on.
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Re: Newbie Playback Question

Post by JVH » Thu May 21, 2020 7:32 pm

Just to talk a little more about this.
The previous program which as a netvision product had a separate playback program.
When you opened it you did the following:
1. selected the date
2. selected a display grid size 1,4,9,16,32
3. assign a camera to each square.
4. there was a time bar along the bottom so you select or drag to the viewing time.
5. there was a sync button that would sync all cameras in the grid to whichever one was selected.
6. you could save a picture of whatever camera was selected.

Once you had which cameras and the beginning and ending time of the incident there was a backup to disk function.

1. you selected the cameras you wanted and set the start and end date and time.
2. It would backup to a specific folder on the disk.

The last function was a burn to disk.
1. you would select the folder and it would burn it to dvd and add software for viewing the video similar to the playback program and allow you
to print stills.

We would then label the DVD and give it to the police which they loved.

In most ways the BI5 system is miles ahead of the old system.
However due to the nature of our business and what we use CCTV for, having an easy way to prepare the evidence for the police
would be very useful.

Thanks,

John
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Re: Newbie Playback Question

Post by MikeBwca » Fri May 22, 2020 6:19 am

BI will always synchronize the cameras in the group being viewed on playback. Nothing else you need to do.

For playback & recording...
What I do if I want to playback or record a specific set of cameras that are not in a group by themselves, is to make a temporary group for just those cameras. I ahve several groups, like... Driveway cams, Yard cams, Street cams...

BI does not currently have an option for recording multiple cameras synchronized together in a grid.
But... There is a way. And it's quite simple. I use the Windows 10 Game Bar (Press Windows+G).
- I make a new group for the cameras I want to record (If not already in a group by themselves). Position the window size so the cameras look good and are the size you want.
- Click in the time bar to view.
- Disable the Clip list & time bar. I leave the PTZ control visible and sometimes the time bar because it a good effect for time, and people are impressed.
- Start the playback about 10 seconds before you want to start recording
- Finally, initiate the Game Bar recording via Windows+Alt+R, and again to stop recording. It will also record the audio if a camera is selected. You can also switch cameras to change audio. The size of the recording will be the size of the BI windows your viewing. So, you can maximize the window to get a larger recording video size, and even stretch it out over multiple monitors.

I've use this many times and it works great.
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