[Camera] Setting Initial Camera Settings and External Device Name
Article ID: ART139577 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015
 

Description

[Camera] Setting Initial Camera Settings and External Device Name

Solution

[Camera] Setting Initial Camera Settings and External Device Name

The following can be set here.

  • Camera Name - Enter the name of the camera. The camera name is required for use with RM-Lite.

  • Initial Camera Settings - Sets shooting settings at camera start up.

  • Camera Control - Set the digital zoom, image stabilizer and AGC limit.

  • Day/Night - Set the day/night switching mode.

  • Installation Conditions - Sets installation conditions, such as LED settings.

  • Camera Position Control - Set whether or not to limit the pan, tilt and zoom operations to the preset positions. Also, set the camera position when nobody has control privileges.

  • External Device Name - Set the external input device name and external output device name

 

[Camera Name] - Be sure to enter [Camera Name (alphanumeric characters)].

Up to 15 ASCII characters (spaces and printable characters) may be used for [Camera Name (alphanumeric characters)].

Note

  • The camera name set here will be shown when the camera is registered for use with included RM-Lite.

 

(1) [AE Mode], [Slow Shutter], [Shutter Speed] - Set the exposure control and shutter speed for the camera startup.

[AE Mode] -

[Auto] - The exposure is controlled automatically.

[Auto (Flickerless)] - In this mode, image flickers caused by fluorescent lights, etc., can be reduced. The shutter speed is automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the environment in which the camera is used.

[Auto (Shutter-priority AE)] - In this mode, a desired shutter speed can be specified.

[Slow Shutter] -

Slow shutter can be used only if [Auto] is selected in [AE Mode].

Set the maximum slow shutter time to be used when in auto exposure mode when capturing video in a dark place. Select [Disable], [1/15], [1/8], [1/4] or [1/2]. As slower shutter speed generates residual images when capturing a moving subject, select an appropriate time according to the capture conditions

[Shutter Speed]

Shutter speed can be used only if [Auto (Shutter-priority AE)] is selected in [AE Mode]. Select a desired shutter speed from the 16 levels from [1/2] to [1/16000]. When capturing a moving subject, selecting a higher shutter speed can reduce blurry image capture.

(2) [Exposure Compensation]

The exposure compensation when the camera starts can be set in the range of [-4 (Dark)] to [4 (Bright)]. To brighten the image, set a positive value. To darken the image, set a negative value.

(3) [Metering Mode]

Set the metering mode when the camera starts.

[Center-Weighted]

The entire screen is metered by focusing on the center of the screen. Even when slightly darker/brighter areas are present on the periphery of the screen, an appropriate exposure can be achieved for the subject near the center.

Use this mode if the subject is positioned near the center of the screen.

[Average]

The entire screen is metered by averaging. A stable exposure can be achieved even in a capture environment where there are notable brightness differences within the screen. Use this mode to stabilize the exposure in locations where vehicles or people are moving.

[Spot]

The center of the screen is metered. An appropriate exposure can be achieved for the subject at the center of the screen regardless of the brightness/darkness on the periphery of the screen. Use this mode if you want to adjust the exposure to the center of the screen because the subject is receiving a spotlight or backlight, etc.

(4) [Focus Mode]

Set the focus mode when camera starts.

[Auto]

Automatically brings the subject into focus. Normally

[Auto] is selected.

[Fixed at infinity]

The focus can be fixed to near infinity.

(5) [Smart Shade Control]

Select [Disable] or one of the 7 levels from [1 (Mild)] to [7 (Strong)] for smart shade control at the camera startup.

(6) [White Balance]

Select the white balance according to the light source to achieve natural color in the image.

[Auto]

The white balance is adjusted automatically.

[Manual]

Set the values of red and blue gain according to the light source. Enter a value from 0 to 1023 for the [R Gain] and [B Gain].

[Daylight Fluorescent]

Select this option to capture video under daylight fluorescent lighting.

[White Fluorescent]

Select this option to capture video under daylight fluorescent or white fluorescent lighting.

[Warm Fluorescent]

Select this option to capture video under warm fluorescent lighting.

[Mercury Lamp]

Select this option to capture video under mercury lamps.

[Sodium Lamp]

Select this option to capture video under orange sodium lamps.

[Halogen Lamp]

Select this option to capture video under halogen bulbs or incandescent bulbs.

 

Important

  • The initial camera settings (1) to (6) define the defaults that apply when the camera is started. Setting changes will be reflected only after the camera is reconnected or rebooted. Specify the settings used in the actual operating environment from the Admin Viewer

  • If the subject is a traffic signal or electronic scoreboard, etc., the captured image may flicker. In this case, try changing the [AE Mode] setting to [Auto (Shutter-priority AE)] and selecting a shutter speed lower than 1/100 to see if the problem improves.

  • Setting a slow shutter speed may make it impossible for intelligent functions to work correctly. Select a shutter speed that suits the capture conditions and purpose.

  • In conditions where an outdoor scene is captured from an indoor location through a glass window, the camera may focus on the glass surface if there is dust or water there. Install the camera at the shortest possible distance from the glass surface.

 

Note

  • When using an infrared lamp, the camera may be out of focus.

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  • Focus ranges (rough guide) are shown in the following table according to the settings of [Day/Night], etc.

 

(1) [Digital Zoom]

Set digital zoom to [Disable] or [Enable]. The higher the digital zoom ratio, the lower the image quality becomes.

(2) [Image Stabilizer]

Select [Disable], [On1] or [On2] for image stabilizer. Image stabilizer has the effect of correcting blurry images. Try [On2] if the image is still blurry after selecting [On1]. If you have selected [On1] or [On2] as the image stabilizer setting, the viewing angle will be smaller and the image more coarse than when [Disable] is selected. This is not a malfunction

(3) [AGC Limit]

Select one of 5 levels from 1 to 5 to automatically set the upper gain limit. The greater the value, the higher the sensitivity becomes. If you do not want to use the automatic gain adjustment, select [OFF]. Setting the [AGC Limit] allows you to record dark scenes without gain adjustment.

Important

  • If [On2] is selected, it is best to select a video size smaller than Ó¹60 x 540Ô®

  • The image stabilizer is not effective when the subject is shaking.

  • The image stabilizer is not effective beyond a certain level of vibration or against momentary vibration.

  • [AGC Limit] is disabled when [Exposure] is set to [Manual] or [Auto (Flickerless)] in the Admin Viewer.

  • Minimum subject illumination may change when [AGC Limit] is set.

 

(1) [Mode]

Set Day/Night mode to [Manual] or [Auto]. It is also possible to switch between [Day Mode] and [Night Mode] using Admin Viewer Night Mode function

If you have selected [Auto], set [Switching Brightness] and [Response (sec.)] according to the environment in which the camera is installed as well as the desired switching conditions.

(2) [Switching Brightness]

Set the brightness at which [Day Mode] and [Night Mode] will be switched. Select [Darker], [Slightly Darker], [Standard], [Slightly Brighter] or [Brighter].

Select [Darker] if you want to capture video in color as much as possible.

Select [Brighter] to reduce noise. Note that this mode switches to black & white sooner.

(3) [Response (sec.)]

Set the time in seconds needed for judgment on switching between [Day Mode] and [Night Mode]. Select [60], [30], [20], [10] or [5].

The mode will switch between [Day Mode] and [Night Mode] if brightness remains above or below the level set in (2) for the number of seconds specified.

Select [30] or [60] if brightness changes frequently, such as when a light source passes in front of the camera. Select [5] or [10] if change in brightness is minimal.

 

Important

  • If [Auto] is selected for [Day/Night], conduct a thorough operation test to check the effectiveness of the setting beforehand.

  • If [Auto] is selected for [Day/Night], set [Exposure] of the Admin Viewer to [Auto], [Auto (Flickerless)] or [Auto (Shutterpriority AE)]

  • To use with infrared illumination, set [Day/Night] to [Manual].  Infrared illumination cannot be used with [Auto].

  • When [Day Mode] and [Night Mode] are switched, the image may not focus correctly depending on the brightness.

  • If [Day/Night] is set to [Auto], the infrared cutoff filter may move several times while the mode is switching between [Day Mode] and [Night Mode]. Pan, tilt, zoom and manual focus will not work during this period.

 

(1) [Dome]

Select whether or not a dome is used. To use the camera with a dome housing unit, select [Use].

(2) [LED Setting]

Select [Turn Off] or [Turn On] for the LED operation status on the camera. Set to [Turn Off] if you do not want to turn on the LED.

Set to [Turn Off] if the separately sold indoor dome housing (DR41-C-VB/DR41-S-VB) will be used, if reflected LED light enters the capture area or otherwise interferes with image capture, or if you do not want to show that the camera is operating.

(3) [Image Flip]

Select the orientation of the camera image. The factory default setting is [Disable] (ceiling mounted). Select [Enable] when installing in upright positions.

Note

The LED will light for several seconds when booting even if the [LED Setting] is set to [Turn Off].

 

Camera Position Control

(1) [Restricted to Presets]

Set the camera control preset to [No Restriction] or [Preset Only]. The administrator can limit camera control by non-administrators to preset angles by selecting [Preset Only].

(2) [Camera Position without Control]

Select either [Do not return to Home Position] or [Return to Home Position] as the action when no control privileges are requested by users and the home position has already been set. When [Return to Home Position] is selected and no users have control privileges, the camera moves automatically to the home position. This function requires the home position of the camera be set in advance. Set the home position using Preset Setting Tool

 

[Device Name] for external input device/external output device

Be sure to enter each device name in order to identify the corresponding external device being connected. Enter [Device Name (alphanumeric characters)] using up to 15 characters (ASCII characters (space or printable characters) excluding the double quotation mark (Ó©).

Note

The external device name set here will be shown when the Admin Viewer or included RM-Lite is used.