The camera list displays all added cameras for an easy configuration. Besides network IP camera, you can also add USB webcams and remote instances of the InstarVision Surveillance System. Just click on the + button at the bottom or right-click on Camera to open the Add Camera dialogue:
The Add Camera menu allows you to add three different types of cameras. A USB camera can be the camera on the laptop the Surveillance Center is installed on. Or Webcams connected to your servers USB interface. Network Cameras are IP cameras on your local network (e.g. local IP´s like 192.168.1.101) as well as cameras you want to connect to over the internet (e.g. DDNS addresses like abcd12.ddns-instar.de). The InstarVision Remote Access refers to a function of the Surveillance Center that enables you to connect to a second remote InstarVision installation. The list order defines the camera viewport arrangement on the video canvas.
Right-Click an added camera in the list to deactivate, delete or duplicate it. The properties option allows you to adjust its network and video parameters, which were set when you added the camera. Under Bitrate you can adjust the quality of the video stream that is retrieved from the camera. Please be aware that high quality settings result in high bandwidth requirements - as well as high demands on your computers CPU.
The InstarVision Surveillance Center automatically detects cameras attached to the PC or laptop. Just select the video and audio source from the list and click OK, to add it to your Camera List. If you are using video capture cards, please install a WDM driver for it to live stream the video. In case of camcorders or external USB Webcams, please attach them to your PC´s USB interface and restart your PC to make them available as a video source.
The video source you add here, will be available for all advanced features of the Surveillance Center - turning your laptop camera into a full-fledged Surveillance System. You want to know if someone uses your Laptop or enters your office without permission? The InstarVision Surveillance Center is the solution for your peace of mind.
The InstarVision Surveillance Center automatically detects INSTAR HD and VGA cameras on your local network. Open the Search window, select your camera type (HD or VGA) and click on search. Selecting a camera from the list automatically fills out the needed parameters above. Please adjust the camera model and your private camera login - you don´t have to change the Video/Audio Access or Ports anymore. Then click OK to add the camera to your Camera List.
If you want to add a camera that is not on your local network, it is best practice to simply add a local camera first, duplicate it in the camera list and then change the IP address to the Internet Address (DDNS) of your remote camera and adjust the Port and Login. The default Video Access Name for INSTAR IP cameras is
livestream/11?action=play&media=video_audio_data for HD and
videostream.cgi for VGA cameras.
If you want to add a third-party camera, please adjust the video and audio path according to your manufactures documentation. The Search function might work - if your third-party camera uses the same chipset as an INSTAR camera. But it is more likely that you have to type in the parameters manually. You can also check the iSpy Database for the most common third-party camera models.
The InstarVision Surveillance Center allows you to stream videos to the internet. You can use this function to stream video from one installation of the Software to another and add those streams as remote cameras. This enables you to stream all your cameras from site A to site B through one open TCP port in your firewall - if you would connect each camera directly via it´s DDNS address, each camera needs a unique port forwarded to its IP address. This also helps you to manage your network resources more efficient and secure by letting your local Surveillance Center access your local cameras. While your camera limits the amount of simultaneous streams to 3, the server you use to run the Surveillance Center will not confront you with such strong restrictions. Remember that you can still use the DDNS address of one of the remote camera to connect to the remote Surveillance Center. Just type in the camera´s DDNS address and add the port that you forwarded to the server IP address in the remote network. You can change the Surveillance Centers Server port in the System settings.
You can add up to 64 cameras to the InstarVision Surveillance Center (depending on your license type). Each camera will be displayed in its own viewport on the left of the side navigation. The amount of cameras displayed can be adjusted in the Layout menu. Each viewport offers you a couple of functions to control your camera.
The viewport on-screen display shows you the name of the channel and six channel status buttons.
You can double-click the video with left mouse to maximize the camera´s viewport or restore it back to the multi view. A right mouse click opens the viewport layout in a full screen mode - or restores it. Your mouse wheel allows you to digitally zoom in or out of the camera view. While zoomed-in, you are able to drag the image with your left mouse button to pan or tilt your camera virtually. The "virtual Zoom Factor" will be displayed above the live video, once the Zoom is active. The viewport further offers you the following control elements in the onscreen display.
IR LEDs Switch your camera´s nightvision LED´s on and off.
Maximize Viewport This button maximizes viewport for the selected camera or restores the video to normal. The function is can also be triggered by double-clicking the video area with left mouse.
Microphone This button activates the microphone on your PC/Laptop. Use this function to send an audio stream to your camera´s internal or external loudspeaker - if available.
Audio The audio button enables or disables this channels audio stream. The icon changes to if the stream is disabled.
Snapshot The button takes a snapshot of the current video stream and saves it as a JPG file. The file is placed in the current record directory inside the "Snapshot" folder.
Recording This button starts or stops a manual recording of the camera´s video stream. The colours green, blue and red display the current recording status of this channel. Once the recording function is started, this icon will flash every second. The colour signals a manual recording, which can be stopped by clicking the icon again. The stands for a scheduled recording that can be configured in the recording menu under Schedule. A means that the motion detection for this channel is active and triggered an alarm recording. The Alarm recording is configured in the Recording menu under Alarm.
Disconnect This button stops or starts the video stream of the selected camera.
Use an architectural drawing of your property or a snapshot from Google Maps as a location map for your surveillance. Load the image (jpg, png, etc.) file by right-clicking "Map" in the Camera List and choose "Add Map". You can rename your map by clicking on it with your left mouse button or delete it again by right-clicking it and choosing "Delete Map". Double-clicking the map opens it in place of the video canvas. Drag & drop cameras from your Camera List onto the map. The camera location pointer will change its appearance if the camera triggered a motion alert or if the software lost connection to the camera. Right-clicking the pointer gives you direct access to the camera´s live stream. You can go back to the video canvas by double-clicking any of your cameras in the Camera List.