Additional Arecont camera image settings - Security Center

Security Center Video Unit Configuration Guide

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The following additional camera image settings are available in the Hardware tab of Arecont cameras in Config Tool.

Picture settings

Adjusts the image crispness.
Adjusts the blue tint. This setting changes the automatic white balance of the camera. Valid values are from -64 to +64 for panoramic models, and -10 to +10 for other camera models.
Adjusts the red tint. This setting changes the automatic white balance of the camera. Valid values are from -64 to +64 for panoramic models, and -10 to +10 for other camera models.
NOTE: It takes a few seconds for the camera to adjust to the new settings.

Illumination settings

Illumination mode
Adjusts the camera’s white balance settings based on the illumination in the scene. From the drop-down list, choose one of the following options:
The camera’s white balance is adjusted automatically.
Assumes the camera is located indoors with tungsten or fluorescent lighting.
Assumes the camera is located outdoors with natural lighting.
Assumes the camera is located somewhere where there is a mix of tungsten or fluorescent lighting, and natural lighting.

Exposure settings

Auto exposure
When this option is ON, it maintains the user-defined image brightness under changing lighting conditions.
Exposure Window
If the camera is not a panoramic model, you can specify the auto exposure window size and position.
Low light mode
Adjusts the exposure to increase performance under low light conditions. Exposure time is the amount of time the sensor is exposed to light. Short exposures result in less light, creating darker images, and longer exposures create brighter images.
High speed
Allows you to set a fixed exposure time from the Short Exposures slider.
NOTE: Low values reduce motion blur, but may result in noisier video. Make sure you have enough illumination to improve the image quality.
Enables short exposures ranging from 10 to 80 ms. The exposure time increases in low light conditions.
Enables medium exposures ranging from 20 to 80 ms in low light conditions, resulting in a higher exposure time.
Enables longer exposures ranging from 40 to 200 ms. Motion blur may increase, but video contains less noise under low light conditions.
Moon light
Enables exposures of up to 500 ms if necessary. This mode results in more motion blur for fast moving objects.
Short Exposures
Sets the fixed exposure time when you set the Low light mode to High Speed. The range is from 1 to 80 ms.

Day/night settings

Day/night settings are only supported on dual-sensor cameras (for example, the AV135 and A3130), and cameras equipped with an IR filter (DN and IR models).

Day/Night mode
Determines whether the camera operates in daytime or nighttime modes, which adjusts the amount of light.
Allows the camera to switch from daytime to nighttime conditions automatically, based on the Switching Gain and Toggle Guard settings.
Forces Day mode, and disables Night mode.
Forces Night mode, and disables Day mode.
Switching Gain
Determines the level of darkness required for the camera to switch from Day to Night mode when the Day/Night mode is set to Auto. Small values cause the camera to switch to Night mode when there is still a lot light in the scene, and larger values cause the camera to stay in Day mode much longer.
Tip: For AV3130 and AV3135 units, you can set the gain from 0 to 18, and for other units you can set it from 64 to 512.
Toggle Guard
Adjusts the level of brightness required to switch from Night to Day mode. This setting should be adjusted to prevent the camera from toggling modes during transitional lighting periods.
NOTE: Setting this option to 0 corresponds to the camera switching at 100%. For AV3130 and AV3135 units you can set the toggle guard value from 0 to 6, and for other units you can set it from 1 to 4.