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About CamPanel

CamPanel is software for multi-camera video surveillance on your computer

CamPanel lets you keep an eye on many camera feeds at the same time. The cameras you use can be webcams or camcorders, directly connected to your computer or accessed via Internet or LAN. Sophisticated motion alarms and video capture tools help you automate surveillance tasks.

Features

  • Multiple Cameras Onscreen: See all your camera feeds onscreen at the same time in a flexible grid layout.
  • Remote Feeds: Integrate cameras located at remote sites and accessed via the Internet or a LAN.
  • Video Capture: Capture video to your hard disk. Capture on a regular schedule or when motion is detected. Capture multiple streams simultaneously.
  • Login Over the Internet: Keep an eye on things when you're away. View live video from your cameras or play back captured surveillance video.
  • Pager or Email Notification: Have CamPanel page or email you when it detects motion on one of your camera feeds.
  • FTP Upload: Have CamPanel upload still camera images to an FTP server automatically when it detects motion.
  • Sound Alarms: Have CamPanel play a sound to alert you of motion.
  • Camera Movement: Control TrackerPod® or PowerPod robotic Pan/Tilt bases directly from CamPanel.
  • Color and Movement Tracking: Have CamPanel automatically pan and tilt TrackerPod®/PowerPod bases to follow human skin tone or motion in a camera's field of vision.

About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





Requirements

Before You Begin

To run CamPanel, your computer system needs to meet the following requirements.

  • Computer: A PC running Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
  • Using Multiple Cameras of the Same Type: To use multiple USB webcams of the same type, the webcams must be of one of the following types: ADS USB 2.0, Watchport/V, or Logitech QuickCam 4000. To use multiple analog cameras simultaneously, the capture cards you use need to be Hauppauge WinTV GO cards.
  • Using Multiple Cameras of Different Types: The following types of cameras are supported: USB, Firewire, and analog cameras connected to capture cards. These are the only constraints when each camera attached to CamPanel is different from the others.
  • Memory: 128MB of system memory minimum. 256MB recommended for 4 camera feeds or less. 512MB recommended for more than 4.
  • Hard Drive: 20MB free space minimum. If you plan to capture video to disk, allow approximately 30GB per week per camera.
  • Processor: 400MHz minimum. 733MHz recommended for 4 camera feeds or less. 1.4GHz recommended for more.

About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





Getting Started

To get started, choose a password and set up the first camera feed

Before You Begin
Make sure the first camera you want to set up is connected to your computer and recognized by Windows.

Procedure
Complete the following steps the first time you run CamPanel:

  1. CamPanel prompts you to create a password. Choose a password and type it in both the Password and Re-type boxes.
  2. In the Security Question box, type a question only you are likely to know the answer to. In the Your Answer box, type the correct answer to the question. CamPanel uses this question/answer combination to verify your identity if you forget your password.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click the Add Camera button found in the control bar on the bottom of the screen.
  5. The Add Camera dialog is displayed. In the Name box, type a name for the first video feed, e.g., "Front Room."
  6. Click Add.
  7. A dialog is displayed indicating that no camera is selected. Click Select.
  8. A list of all cameras connected to your computer is displayed. Select the camera you want to use for this video feed and click Apply.
  9. A list of the TrackerPod®s connected to your computer is displayed. If the camera you are adding is not mounted to a TrackerPod® or PowerPod, then leave the selection blank. If the camera is mounted to a TrackerPod® or PowerPod, select it.
  10. Click Apply.
  11. Click Close.
Video from the camera should appear within a few moments in the top-left of the screen.

See Also
Adding Camera Feeds if you want to go on and add additional camera feeds now.
Adding Remote Cameras to add a remote camera accessed via Internet or LAN to your CamPanel screen.




Video from the camera should appear within a few moments in the top-left of the screen.
About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





Viewing Camera Video

Controls you can use while viewing video

While viewing video from one of your camera feeds, you can zoom in and out and also control the movement of a TrackerPod®/PowerPod robotic base if the camera is mounted to one.

Zoom Controls
The following controls change a camera's digital zoom.

  • + / - Increase and decrease zoom.
  • End Return zoom to starting positon.

TrackerPod®/PowerPod Movement Commands
The following controls let you move the camera if it is mounted to a TrackerPod®/PowerPod robotic base.

  • Direction arrows Hitting the direction arrows on the keyboard moves the camera in the corresponding direction.
  • Home Hitting the Home key on the keyboard moves the camera back to its starting position.
  • Clicking within the image Clicking a spot within the video image centers the camera on that point.

TrackerPod®/PowerPod Person or Motion Tracking
If the camera is mounted to a TrackerPod®/PowerPod, you can also have the camera move automatically to follow human skin tone or moving objects within the cameras field of vision.

  • Person Tracking To enable automatic tracking of skin tone, click the menu button (looks like this: ) in the camera window's top-left corner. Then select Tracking & Detection > Color Tracking.
  • Motion Tracking To enable automatic tracking of moving objects, click the menu button (looks like this: ) in the camera window's top-left corner. Then select Tracking & Detection > Motion Detection & Tracking.
  • Force a Target Clicking a spot within the video image while tracking is enabled forces CamPanel to attempt to follow the person or object at that spot.

See Also
Setting Feed Options for advanced tools like video capture and motion detection; also for changing the size of a camera's video image.


About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





Adding Camera Feeds

Use this procedure to add additional cameras to your CamPanel setup

Before You Begin
Make sure the camera is connected to your computer and recognized by Windows.

Procedure
Complete the following steps to add a new camera—connected to your computer by USB, Firewire, or analog capture card—to your CamPanel setup.

  1. Click the Add Camera button found in the control bar on the bottom of the screen.
  2. You are prompted for your password. Type it in and click OK.
  3. The Add Camera dialog is displayed. In the Name box, type a name for the new camera feed.
  4. Click Add.
  5. A dialog is displayed indicating that no camera is selected. Click Select.
  6. A list of all cameras connected to your computer is displayed. Select the camera you want to use for this video feed and click Apply.
  7. A list of the TrackerPod®s connected to your computer is displayed. If the camera you are adding is not mounted to a TrackerPod® or PowerPod, then leave the selection blank. If the camera is mounted to a TrackerPod® or PowerPod, select it.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Click Close.
The video feed from the camera should appear within a few moments in a new window on the CamPanel screen.

See Also
Adding Remote Cameras for directions for adding a remote camera accessed via Internet or LAN.



About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





Adding Remote Cameras

Use this procedure to add a remote camera to your CamPanel setup

In addition to monitoring video from cameras connected directly to your computer, CamPanel lets you integrate video feeds from remote computers. CamPanel accesses the camera's video over the public Internet or your private LAN. The remote computer needs to be running CamPanel or TrackerCam® software so that the camera's video is available over the network. Alternatively, you can use an IP camera connected directly to your network.

Before You Begin
Collect the following information about the remote camera: IP address, port number, user ID, and password.

Procedure
Complete the following steps to add a remote camera—accessed via Internet or LAN—to your CamPanel setup.

  1. Click the Add Camera button found in the control bar on the bottom of the screen.
  2. You are prompted for your password. Type it in and click OK.
  3. The Add Camera dialog is displayed. In the Name box, type a name for the new camera feed.
  4. Select the Remtoe Camera check box.
  5. In the IP Adress box, type the remote camera's IP address.
  6. In the Port box, type the port number for accessing the camera.
  7. In the User Id box, type the user ID for logging in to the camera.
  8. In the Password box, type the password for logging in to the camera.
  9. Click Add.
Tt might take a few minutes for the connection to be established. Video from the camera will then appear in a new window on the CamPanel screen.

See Also
Adding Camera Feeds for the procedure for adding cameras connected directly to your computer.



About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





Setting Feed Options

The Menu button in each camera feed window lets you set advanced options for that camera feed

Getting There: Click the camera feed's window to make it active, then click the menu button (looks like this: ) in the window's top-left corner.

Options
The menu lets you set the following options:

  • Hardware Settings: Changes the camera or TrackerPod®/PowerPod associated with the currently selected window.
  • Software Settings: Displays the Tuner window for changing TrackerPod®/PowerPod advanced settings. When prompted for a password, enter your CamPanel password.
  • Capture & Surveillance Settings: Controls features like scheduled or motion-triggered video capture and motion alarms. See Capturing Video and Using Alarms for information.
  • Change HTTP port: Changes the port number associated with the currently selected camera feed. See Remote Login for more information.
  • Video: Increases or decreases the video image size. Also lets you change camera device driver settings.
  • Tracking & Detection: Controls skin tone and motion tracking for TrackerPod®/PowerPod mounted cameras. Also, enables motion detection without tracking for CamPanel's motion-triggered video capture and alarm tools. See Capturing Video and Using Alarms for information.
  • Immediate Recording: Captures a screenshot (still image) or an A/V clip (movie in the form of an AVI file) from the current camera feed right away. Also lets you change the screenshot directory, which is the location to which CamPanel saves captured still images.
  • Online settings: Sets options that affect remote login to CamPanel. See Remote Login for information.
  • Surveillance Viewer: Lets you view captured video. See Playing Back Surveillance for information.



About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





The Control Bar

The Control Bar on the bottom of the screen lets you set global options for CamPanel

The control bar is the strip of buttons running along the bottom of the CamPanel screen.

Control Bar Buttons
The Control Bar contains the following buttons:

  • Eye Menu: (Looks like this: ) Displays a menu letting you quit CamPanel, display Help, select a camera feed by name, and access list-based controls for camera feed windows.
  • Window Layouts: The window layout buttons rearrange the camera windows on your screen in different layouts. Use different layouts to give you more detailed views of some cameras or to temporarily focus on a particular camera.
  • Add Camera: Lets you set up another camera feed. See Adding Camera Feeds for information.
  • Resume Password Protection: This button only appears in the Control Bar if you have disabled password protection. Click to re-enable password protection.
  • Minimize: (Looks like this: ) Hides the entire CamPanel window so you can use other programs while leaving CamPanel running.
  • Hide Tool Bar: (Looks like this: ) Toggles display of the tool bar. Use if you need more space on screen for camera windows.


About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





Capturing Video

Configuring CamPanel to capture video to the hard drive

You can set up CamPanel to capture a camera's video to your hard drive on a regular schedule or when motion is detected. Video capture is configured separately for each camera feed. CamPanel can capture multiple camera feeds to disk at the same time.

Before You Begin
Decide how you want to use capture. You can:

  • Capture video on a regular schedule, without regard to motion detection.
  • Capture video only when motion is detected.
  • Capture video at a slow frame rate during stillness and at a higher rate when motion is detected.
       

    Procedure
    Complete the following steps to set up video capture.

    1. Click the camera feed's window to make it active,
    2. Click the menu button (looks like this: ) in the window's top-left corner.
    3. Select Capture & Surveillance Settings.
    4. If you want to be able to use motion detection to trigger capture, select Motion Detection.
    5. Click the Capture tab.
    6. Check the file locations CamPanel is set to save captured picture and video to. If you prefer different locations, type their paths in the boxes.
    7. The field Erase oldest saved pictures if free disk space is below __ sets the maximum quantity of captured video CamPanel stores on your hard drive before it begins overwriting the oldest video. Adjust the setting based on the storage capacity you have available and the quantity of video you want to be able to store. As a rough rule of thumb, one week of surveillance from one camera feed, using CamPanel's default frame rate settings, takes up about 30GB of disk space.
    8. Click the Motion tab.
    9. If you want CamPanel to capture video to disk even when it does not detect motion, select Capture a picture every __ second(s) during stillness and type the number of seconds in the box.
      Note: You can use this option together with motion-triggered capture to capture at a slow rate during stillness and a faster rate when motion is detected.
    10. If you want to capture video when CamPanel detects motion, select Schedule motion detection On/Off events. Then, in the On at and Off at boxes specify (using 24-hour format) the times of day you want motion-triggered capture to begin and end. Or, select On at startup to enable motion-triggered capture whenever CamPanel is running.
    11. For motion-triggered capture, you also need to select Capture motion videos at frame rate. Then type a frame rate in the frames/second box for video captured during motion and in the On at and Off at boxes specify (using 24-hour format) the times of day you want motion-triggered capture to begin and end. Or, select On at startup to for motion-triggered capture to be enabled whenever CamPanel is running.
    12. Click OK.

    Adjusting the Motion Threshold
    You can adjust CamPanel's sensitivity to motion. Click the green-colored number superimposed over the bottom of the video image. A dialog pops up. Holding down the mouse button, drag the green number to the right or left to decrease or increase the threshold respectively. When you are done, click OK in the dialog popped up.


    About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
    Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
    Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





    Using Alarms

    CamPanel can automatically notify you of motion in several ways

    You can set CamPanel to automatically notify you when it detects motion on a camera feed. Motion alarms are configured separately for each camera feed. CamPanel can perform any combination of the following actions when it detects motion:
    • Play an audio alarm
    • Capture still images and upload them to an FTP server
    • Send you an email
    • Call your pager

    Procedure
    Complete the following steps to set up a motion alarm.

    1. Click the camera feed's window to make it active,
    2. Click the menu button (looks like this: ) in the window's top-left corner.
    3. Select Capture & Surveillance Settings.
    4. Select Motion Detection.
    5. Click the Motion tab.
    6. If you want CamPanel to play an audio alarm when it detects motion, select Enable Sound Alarm when Motion is detected. Then, click Browse and browse to the sound file you want to use.
    7. If you want CamPanel to upload images to an FTP server when it detects motion, select Send images to FTP Server when motion is detected. In the FTP Server box, type the address of the server. If you need to specify a particular directory on the FTP server to save to, type its path in the Directory box. In the User and Password boxes type the logon information for the FTP account. In the Images field select how many images to send for each motion event. (Frame rate is determined in the Motion panel of the Surveillance dialog, in the field Capture motion videos at frame rate).
    8. If you want CamPanel to email you when it detects motion, select Send an E-mail when Motion detected. In the E-mail address box, type the email address you want the alert sent to. Int the Outgoing server box, type the name of the outgoing mail server (e.g., SMTP.MYISP.NET) for the computer CamPanel is running on.
    9. If you want CamPanel to page you when it detects motion, select Call Pager when Motion detected and type the number to dial in the Dial box.
    10. Click OK when you are done to save your settings.

    Adjusting the Motion Threshold
    You can adjust CamPanel's sensitivity to motion. Click the green-colored number superimposed over the bottom of the video image. A dialog pops up. Holding down the mouse button, drag the green number to the right or left to decrease or increase the threshold respectively. When you are done, click OK in the dialog popped up.



    About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
    Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
    Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





    Playing Back Surveillance

    You use Surveillance Viewer to view captured video

    Surveillance Viewer plays back the surveillance video CamPanel has captured to your hard drive.

    Procedure
    To play back surveillance video, complete the following steps:

    1. Click the window of the camera you want to play back surveillance for.
    2. Click the menu button (looks like this: ) in the top-left corner of the window.
    3. Select Capture & Surveillance Settings.
    4. Click the Playback tab.

    See Also
    Remote Login for information on playing back surveillance video over the Internet when you're away from home.


    About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
    Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
    Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login





    Remote Login

    CamPanel lets you login over the Internet when you're away from home

    You can remotely access live video from any of your camera feeds and play back captured video.

    Enabling Remote Login
    To allow yourself or others to login to your CamPanel setup over the Internet, complete the following steps:

    1. Click the Eye Button (Looks like this: ) on the Control Bar.
    2. Select Remote User Account Management.
    3. In the window that is displayed, right-click on a blank line and select Add an empty record.
    4. In the record created, right-click the UserID column and select Edit this item.
    5. Type a user ID for remote access, e.g., your first name.
    6. Right-click the Password column and select Edit this item.
    7. Type a password for CamPanel to use to authenticate remote logins. Re-type it in the second box.
    8. Right-click the Group column and select Edit this item.
    9. Choose the level of privillege the remote user should have: just seeing camera video, seeing and moving, seeing and controlling tracking, or all of the above and accessing the tuner. If you do not use a TrackerPod®/PowerPod, only the first option is relevant.
    10. Click OK.

    Determining Your URL
    The URL you need to browse to from a remote computer to view live camera video is http://IP:Port/Remote6/, where IP is your computer's IP number and Port is the port for the camera feed you want to see. You can view and change a camera feed's port by selecting Change HTTP Port in the menu of the camera's window.

    If your computer has a dynamic IP address (usually the case with dial-up ISP's), complete the following steps to get a fixed URL from TrackerCam® to use for access to your computer:

    1. Click the menu button in any camera window.
    2. Select Online Settings.
    3. In the Online Settings dialog, select I have dynamic IP. CamPanel displays a fixed URL for you. Copy this to your clipboard
    4. Click OK.
    The URL you copied to your clipboard is the one you need to browse to for remote access to your CamPanel set up.

    Playing Back Captured Video
    You can remotely access Surveillance Viewer to play back captured video. To do so, browse to http://IP:Port/Surveillance/, where IP is your computer's IP number and Port is the port for the camera feed you want to see.



    About CamPanel || Requirements || Getting Started || Viewing Camera Video
    Adding Camera Feeds || Adding Remote Cameras || Setting Feed Options || The Control Bar
    Capturing Video || Using Alarms || Playing Back Surveillance || Remote Login







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