How to Use Record and Playback in VMS Enterprise
Modified on: Tue, 19 Apr, 2022 at 11:38 AM
For a VMS software, Live View, Record and Playback must be the three most important functions. Milesight VMS Enterprise has powerful video recording and playback, which are the critical parts of the forensic process. This document will introduce how to configure and use these two functions in order to solve some doubts and problems in use.
2. Disk Settings
Ensure that one or more of the server's disks are enabled and have space left before configuring record. In addition to local disks, NAS external storage is also supported.
Select Settings→System&Servers→Server Settings→Storage Management and enable one or more disks to save record. It is recommended that the hard disk is used for storing recordings only. Move the mouse to the capacity bar to display more capacity information of the disk.
3. Continuous Recording
3.1 Enable Continuous Record
Step1 Select Settings→Devices→Camera Record Schedule→Schedule;
Step2 Click Server List or Group List to show devices from different servers or groups. Click one camera to configure this channel’s record.
Step3 By default, the time bars in the schedule have been all selected. Click Select All or Clear All to quickly choose or clear all times. When the time bar is blank, you can select a time period by crossing over it. Click one time period and then you can modify its specific time. Click to copy one day's schedule to others'.
Step4 Enable Continuous Recording and do not forget to Click Apply to save.
3.2 Continuous Record Settings
Step1 Select Settings→Devices→Camera Record Schedule→Record Settings;
Step2 Click Server List or Group List to show devices from different servers or groups. Click one camera to configure this channel's record.
Step3 Configure specific settings of the camera after continuous recording is enabled.
Table1 Description of the settings
Set record stream as primary, secondary or both of them
Select whether the record includes audio or not
Pre Record Duration
Set the duration of pre-recording from 1s to 10s
Post Record Duration
Set the duration of post-recording from 10s to 60s
Archive Minimum Retention Time
Set minimum time for recording to expire: Auto(delete the oldest recordings based on the disk capacity); Preset times; Custom time from 1 to 365 days
Archive Maximum Retention Time
Set maximum time for the recording to expire: Auto(delete the oldest recordings based on the disk capacity); Preset times; Custom time from 1 to 365 days
Set whether to enable ANR which needs a SD card inserted in Milesight camera added via MSSP
3.3 Copy Record Schedule and Settings
Both Schedule and Record Settings support copy one channel's to others'. We take Record Settings as an example.
Step1 Click Copy to and then check the cameras you want to copy the configuration to.
Step2 You can also see all cameras from different Servers or Groups by selecting Server List or Group List.
Step3 Click Save and you will find the checked cameras' configuration is the same as the first one.
4. Event Record
Event Record of VMS Enterprise is based on Event Rules. So you need to set it in Event Rule Settings interface.
Step1 Select Settings→System&Servers→Event Rule Settings and click Add to set a new rule;
Step2 Select the event which you want to trigger the recording. We take Region Entrance in Front-end VCA as an example. Then click <Any Camera> and all cameras will show up in Server List or Group List. Check one or more cameras as the source and click save.
Step3 Click to bring up the window of schedule. The way to configure it is just the same as it in Continuous Recording. Don't forget to click Save.
Step4 Check Do Recording or Primary Emergency Recording in Action List. Primary Emergency Recording is based on recording schedule, which should be configured first at Camera Recording Schedule. Trigger primary stream recording when event occurs.
Table2 Description of the settings
Primary Emergency Recording
Set which camera to record: Source Camera(One-to-one means that event from a particular camera triggers recordings of not all source cameras but only this camera when there are more than one source cameras); Custom selected cameras
Set time interval between two Actions: Instant; 5s; 10s; Custom time from 1 to 3600s
Set the duration of pre-recording from 0s to 10s
Set the duration of whole action: While Trigger Happening; Custom time from 1 to 3600s
Set the duration of post-recording from 0s to 120s
Set record stream as primary or secondary stream
Description of Rule
A brief description as needed for easily finding this rule
Step5 Configure the event record rule as needed and click Save.
Step6 Click Apply to save the rule changes.
Take the following figure as an example, when Panoramic Dome Camera detects Region Entrance, it will trigger recording its video. Don't forget to click Apply in Event Rule Settings interface.
Note: All front-end triggers should be enabled on Milesight camera side first. You can configure it in Device Events module.
5. Basic Playback
Click Playback on the top. And then the playback interface will show up. Choose and double click a channel from Server List or Group List to replay your recordings. The icon means this channel has recordings to play.
(1) Toolbar on the top
Move your mouse to the video, and then the toolbar will show on the top.
Click to turn on Speaker, and you can adjust the volume of the speaker from 1~100. This item is available only for cameras which support built-in mic or Audio I/O.
Click to enable digital zoom. A thumbnail of the enlarged position is displayed in the lower right corner. Mouse dragging and wheel scrolling to move and zoom in/out.
Click to take a snapshot. The blue text will lead you to the snapshot storage path.
Click to open the Fisheye toolbox. Here are a list for each icon of Fisheye toolbox.
Click to close this channel’s playback.
(2) Right-Click Menu
Right click the video and the menu will show up.
The meanings of the items on the right-click menu can be referred to the table below:
Auto, Primary and Secondary supported. Auto means the playback video will automatically switch stream according to computer performance.
Choose to display stream information at Left or Right, or customize the position of info. You can also hide the stream information.
Divide the video files into several channels during specified time period. Users can watch playback videos of different time periods simultaneously.
Add Tag for
Add tag for the selected cameras or all cameras in the playback panel.
Choose Selected Views or All Views in Layout to remove the camera playback.
Save As Layout
Click it to save the current layout to Layouts list.
Set the cell spacing size among the live view windows in the layout. There are four options available, including None, Small, Normal and Large.
Choose 1:1, 4:3, 16:9, 3:4 and 9:16 to show the window aspect ratio.
Pause/Resume all playback in the current layout.
Turn on/Mute All Speakers
Enable or disable the speakers of all cameras in the current layout.
Stream Type for All
Set stream type for all cameras in the current layout.
Display Info for All
Set to display stream information of all channels in the current layout.
You can choose Layout to display all cameras in the layout to full screen. Click again the Exit Full Screen to restore the normal window.
Right click on a position in the layout where there is no video and the menu will change into:
There are two more items:
Add Tag for All
Add tag for all cameras in the playback panel.
Remove All Views
Remove all cameras' playback from this layout.
(3) Playback Toolbar
Select a certain channel in the current layout and click to show the calendar. The blue date and time both indicate availability of recordings. Click the date and time you want to locate to.
Clickto lock recording file, and you can set locked time duration and notes.
Click to add tags for selected channels, and you can set tag name, note and time duration.
Click to show Archive Management which can be used to check and retrieve tag and lock files.
Click to switch to Asynchronous Playing or Synchronous Playing.
Asynchronous Playing: The timeline only represents the recording of selected channel.
Synchronous Playing: Playback all channels in the current layout synchronously. The thick timeline bar represents recordings of currently selected camera, while the thin bar represents recordings of all channels in the current layout.
Click /to play previous or next event video.
Click/to play previous or next frame of the recording.
Click/to adjust the playback speed to 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1X, 2X, 4X, 8X, 16X or 32X.
Click//to rewind, play or pause the video.
Clickto move the current playback time to the center of timeline bar. The short white vertical line which represents the position of the current playback moment will move to the centre of the time bar.
Dragto zoom in/out timeline bar. Or you can just scroll the mouse wheel on timeline bar to do so.
(4) Right-Click Timeline Bar
Right-Click the timeline bar and hold down to drag to move the time bar sideways.
Right-Click the timeline bar, the menu will show up as follows. If there has been a part of video selected and it contains locked video and tags, right-click menu will have more items.
The meanings of the items on the right-click menu can be referred to the table below:
Start Selection/End Selection
Select start/end time of period on the timeline.
Clear selection on the timeline.
Zoom to Selection
Extend the selected period to whole timeline.
Add tag for the selected period.
Lock the selected period.
Export the selected period.
Unlock the locked video file.
Edit tag which you set.
Export tag which you set.
Play Tag Video
Play videos with tag you set.
Delete tag which you set.
Show thumbnail of the corresponding time. Users can also resize the thumbnail timeline as needed.
After setting the tags, you can choose the option to show the tag on the timeline
After setting the lock files, you can choose the option to show the lock file on the timeline
(5) Tags for Playback
Click the Hide/Show bottom to pop-up right side menu and click the tag icon to show Tags for Playback.
Select which channels to search tags from.
Select which types of tags to search.
Select the time duration for searching tags
Search keyword of tags' names and notes. Refresh the tag list and chose how to sort the tag list (Tag Start Time, Tag Name, Camera Name and Create Time).
Double click the tag you want, and the video of the corresponding channel then jumps to the time of the tag and flashes the window.
6. Event and Split Playback
(1) Event Playback
If the channel is configured with rule-triggered recording, the timeline bar of Playback will have different colors representing different events.
Click Show Event Mask to check event type to be shown on the timeline, the timeline will show different colors according to selected event type as below:
Click the button to enter Event Mask Colors Setting interface, it supports customizing different colors for different events according to the user’s requirement.
Click Event Only to exclude continuous recording.
(2) Split Playback
Split Playback allows you to divide a period time of recording into several parts when watching playback, so that users can watch videos of different time simultaneously.
Split Playback setting steps are as below:
Step1: Right click the playback window of a channel and click Split Playback, or right-click the selected time period on the timeline and choose Split Playback, and a window will pop up.
Time Period setting
Specific Number setting
Step2: Check a type to split the video file. If you choose the Time Period, and set Time Interval and Start/End Time, then the channels will be split automatically by VMS system as above. If you choose the Specific Number, and set channel number and Start/End Time, then Time Interval will be calculated and split automatically by VMS system as above.
Step3: After setting, click, and the selected video will be split to new channels to replay asynchronously on the playback layout as shown below:
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