Configuring camera settings - Security Center 5.7

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.7

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Security Center 5.7
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For optimal performance, configure your camera settings after the video units have been added in Security Center.

What you should know

Security Center provides default settings; however, we recommend that you go through the configuration of each entity to get the best results.
NOTE: For federated cameras, only the settings in the Identity and Visual tracking tabs are configurable.


  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the Video task.
  2. Select the camera to configure.
  3. Configure the video streams for the encoder to generate.
  4. Configure specific recording settings for the camera.
    If you do not configure specific settings for the camera, it follows the recording settings for the archiving roles (Archiver and Auxiliary Archivers) that control it.
    NOTE: If a camera has been configured for archive transfer, recording can only be configured using its web page.
  5. Configure the motion detection settings for the camera.
  6. (Optional) Configure the privacy protection settings for the camera.
    NOTE: The Privacy protection tab is only displayed if you have a privacy protection license.
  7. Adjust the camera’s video attributes (brightness, contrast, hue, saturation) to account for different times of the day.
  8. Configure Visual tracking so users can switch to adjacent cameras by clicking a camera in a Security Desk tile.
  9. Click the Hardware tab, and associate hardware devices to the camera if they are not built-in.
    PTZ motors
    Configure the PTZ motor.
    Select a microphone from the Microphone drop-down list.
    Select a speaker from the Speaker drop-down list.
    Image rotation
    Use this setting to correct the orientation of the image when the camera is mounted upside down or at a 90 degree angle. This method uses the camera's capability to perform image rotation.
    • This feature is only available if it is supported by the camera hardware.
    • The rotation options vary depending on the model of the camera.
    • Using the Image rotation feature is preferable to using the Video rotation feature, if it does not adversely affect video frame rate.
    Video rotation
    Use this setting to correct the orientation of the image when the camera is mounted upside down or at a 90 degree angle. This method uses Security Center to rotate the video.
    • Using Video rotation adds extra load on client workstations, so Image rotation is preferable if it is available for the camera.
    • This feature is not available for PTZ cameras or cameras that use panomorph (fisheye) lenses.
  10. If the camera includes interchangeable lenses, select the correct Lens type.
  11. Click Apply.
  12. Test the video settings you have configured.

After you finish

You can copy the settings you configured for this camera to other cameras of the same model.