MOBOTIX Camera Overview
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Available options depend on the camera model. For additional information on the different MOBOTIX camera models, see www.mobotix.com.
Remarks on this page:
- highlights new camera features.
- highlights camera features, which have been expanded or improved significantly.
Screens of the Camera
- Guest screen: Live images without the possibility of influencing camera features.
- Live screen: Live images with access to certain control features and pre-defined softbuttons. Button for saving the current image to the local computer.
- PDA screen: Live images on a screen that has been adapted for PDAs, smart phones and similar devices.
- Player screen: Video management system with access to stored images and event stories recorded by this and by other cameras. Button for saving the current image to the local computer.
- MultiView screen Multiple display of live/event images from this and from other cameras with softbuttons for accessing pre-defined and custom settings.
- Multiwatcher: for displaying the live/event images and the alarm list of this and other MOBOTIX cameras.
- Preview mode displays the camera's images as small preview images and uses a lot less bandwidth than the regular images.
- Controlling the camera using the freely configurable softbuttons.
- Simplified operation of the camera using the expanded Arm & Record, Audio On, Fast Mode (30 fps), Quality Mode and Play Last Event softbuttons.
This version of the camera software has the following main features:
- Live Images at 2048x1536 pixels resolution (QXGA, 3 megapixels) via network, ISDN, GSM, WLAN with up to 30 fps, also adapted for PDAs.
- Custom image sections and resolutions can be defined easily by drawing a rectangle over the desired image section ([Shift]-click, then click) and selecting Zoom > Custom Size in the Quick Controls of the Live screen or directly in the General Image Settings dialog.
- New Picture in Zoom and Event in Picture display modes besides the regular Full Image display mode.
- Preview images with 160×120 pixels resolution (320×120 pixels resolution on dual camera models) for image transmission with reduced network bandwidths.
- Automatic switching from day lens (color) to the eight times more light-sensitive night lens (B/W, Secure Day/Night models only).
- Digital zoom with three stages (1x, 2x, 4x) and integrated panning (from 2x zoom level), which can be configured differently for the different image sensors. The zoomed image section can be moved by clicking into the image.
- Obscure Image Area (OA) feature for privacy protection at the workplace or other areas (only Secure models).
- Object Tracing for analyzing the paths of objects that are moving in the image.
- Exposure control using pre-set or freely definable exposure measurement windows and the possibility to exclude certain areas within these windows (e.g. street lamps).
Event Control and Detection
- Use the Event Logic dialog to create a logic event only if other events occur in a certain sequence and within the specified time frame. This allows detecting direction of motion when using the video motion detectors VM and VM2 ()Event Settings, for example.
- Video motion detector with freely definable detection windows recognizes movements depending on the
a= (% changed area) and
am= (% maximum changed area) as well as
s= (sensitivity) parameters. Reference windows, which must not change, for avoiding false alarms.
- Event sensors recognize and process the following events: PIR sensor, video motion detector, microphone, Signal Input, three additional signal inputs, periodic event, time tasks, user click, recording start, recording end, history image recording, recording terminate, camera buttons, network message, RS232 message, temperature, illumination, random event.
- Event filtering using the Event Counter, which will only process an alarm, if e.g. more than five events are detected within 10 seconds.
- Time Tables with handling of custom days for holidays and vacations. The time tables are used to control the camera's arming, messaging, logo, obscure image and other features.
- The Master/Slave mode allows arming state and custom signals of a master camera to be distributed throughout a set of slave cameras that can then use this information to control their own arming.
Messaging and Actions
- Full-fledged VoIP integration using the SIP protocol for all features that were only available with ISDN: Manage Voice Messages, Phone Profiles, Phone Call-In and Camera Phone as well as Messaging and Messaging 2 for phone calls by the camera upon recognizing the specified events.
- Event Notification by e-mail, SMS (using a provider), phone calls (voice), sounds and by visual means using two separate messaging paths (Messaging and Messaging 2).
- Actions, Messaging and Messaging 2 now have their own activation switches and can be controlled using different Time Table profiles.
- Enhanced network (IP) messages with transmission of text, image data (MxPEG clip of JPEG files), image information or system messages, as raw TCP/IP data or with HTTP header.
- When sending an alarm using Phone Profiles, the camera can call several numbers using VoIP or ISDN until the alarm has been acknowledged.
Image and Sound Transmission
- Transfer profiles for improved handling of FTP, E-Mail and IP Notify transfers.
- MxPEG video compression using the free MxControlCenter for Windows. The ActiveX plug-in for Internet Explorer users brings all advantages of MxPEG (including the camera's audio stream) to the browser-based user interface.
- Realtime transmission of the camera microphone's sound using MxControlCenter or the integrated ActiveX plug-in for Internet Explorer on Windows computers.
Telephony (ISDN and VoIP)
- Speaker Phone with speak, listen and intercom modes using the microphone and speaker, now also possible using VoIP and SIP telephony.
- Phone Call-In to remotely control the camera using a touchtone telephone (retrieve camera information, establish Internet connection, announcement of retrieved IP address, intercom feature, etc.), now also possible using VoIP and SIP telephony..
- VoIP (VoIP Settings) has been expanded to include video telephony.
- Test Current Network Configuration for testing the interfaces, all defined messaging, network and selection profiles.
- Error Notification sends messages and information via e-mail, FTP and network messages.
- Routing allows using other connections besides the default connection. This feature provides ways and means to use different gateways and ISDN data connections for different tasks.
- DynDNS client for accessing the camera using a symbolic name (e.g.
mymobotixcam.dyndns.org) although the provider is assigning a new IP address every time the camera connects to the Internet.
- Enhanced startup options for the camera (obtain IP address via DHCP, announcement of IP address and other network data, reset to factory default settings) using the blue R and L keys on the camera's front.
- Using Zeroconf/Bonjour (see Ethernet Interface), MxControlCenter can find and configure other MOBOTIX cameras on the subnet.
- Logo generator for displaying logos in the camera's image with the following dialogs: Manage Image Files, Image Profiles and Logo Profiles for controlling logo display.
- Logos can have transparent areas and can be displayed partially transparent (watermark effect), banner rotation and animations are also possible.
- FTP Profiles have been expanded by Streaming FTP, providing for shorter update intervals of images on web sites.
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