|Security Monitor Pro: Recording Video/Audio|
Security Monitor Pro records video and audio in Windows Media Formats. Video files are recorded as WMV (Windows Media Video) and audio files as WMA (Windows Media Audio). The Video/Audio Recording Alert records video and/or audio for a specified duration when Motion/Noise is detected or a specified time interval is reached depending upon the selected Alert category. Every device has its own alert configuration and must be configured individually.
- Select a device by clicking on its preview window. Click the Camera Monitoring Options button for the selected device.
- Under Select Alerts check the Video/Audio Recording option.
- Click Configure to open up the settings window.
- Configure recording using the instructions below.
- Click OK.
After this alert is selected and configured, you can start monitoring. Security Monitor Pro will record video or audio when an Alert is triggered by motion or noise detection.
Configuring the Alert
Location of the recording folder
Select the folder to which you want to save all video recordings. When motion or noise is detected, Security Monitor Pro will create a new file in this folder.You may wish to create a separate folder for each device, in order to make it easier to locate recordings.
File Name Options
The Video/Audio Recording alert generates file names that start with the prefix specified here. You may append a date and time or a sequential number to this prefix. You should assign a meaningful prefix (for instance, "storeroom" or "frontdoor") so that it's easy to identify which files come from which camera.
Append date and time to file name
When you select this option, then the Video/Audio Recording alert will append the date and time when it generated the file to the Prefix specified above. This can make the recordings more useful as evidence.
Append sequential numbers to file names
If you select this option, then the alert will append a sequential number to the Prefix specified above.
EXAMPLES: if you select the Prefix door and "Append date and time to the file name", two file names that Security Monitor Pro could create are door-7-29-2008_16-29-52 and door-7-30-2008_01-48-22. If you choose "Append sequential numbers to file names" two file names that would be created are door-1 and door-213.
Overwrite existing file
When you select this option, the full name of the file is the Prefix. In this case, every time a recording is made, the previous recording is deleted and replaced by the new one.
Save recordings as n minute segments
Whether the recording is alert triggered or it is manual, the complete recording will be saved as segments of the specified duration. If the total recording duration is 6 minutes and you have specified a segment size of 2 minutes in this option, the complete recording will consist of 3 segments (files). One advantage of this system is that you can view the previous segment even before the final one is recorded. Another is that earlier segments can be uploaded while the later ones are still be being recorded.
Select bit rate for recording
You can choose the bit rate as 45 kbps, 123 kbps or 248 kbps. The quality of recording will depend on the bit rate you select. Higher bit rates result in clearer and sharper recordings, but the file size of the recording is larger. Lower bit rates result in reduced file size, but the quality is also reduced. Generally, you should use higher bit rates with higher-resolution images and higher frame rates. With low-resolution video and low frame rates, lower bit rates may be more acceptable.