Foscam Free H.264 Ip Camera Software

  • The client can monitor 16
    cameras at one page
  • Supports Playback
  • Supports Preset, you can set
    256 presets
  • Supports PTZ
  • Supports Group Switch
  • Supports five alarm types:
    Motion Detection, Input Alarm, Lost Connect, Hard Disk Full, Hard Disk
    Error
  • The Linkage Alarm has four
    types: Popup View Window, Electron Map Alarm, Linkage Record and Sound
    Alarm
  • Supports Logs
    Management
  • Multi-level users management
    with password protection

Installation Requirements

PC: Pentium IV or
above

CPU: 2.0G
or above

Memory size: 2.0G or above

Hard disk: 120G or
above

Display
screen:
1024×768 or higher
resolution

OS: Windows
2000/ Windows XP/ Windows 2003/ Windows Vista/ Windows 7 Suggested OS:
Windows XP

Software Installation

  1. Insert the CD in the CD drive
    of your computer. Open the CD; find the software per instructions;
  2. Double click H.264 Camera Client.exe and install the software.

Figure 1.1 (3) Click Next.

Figure 1.2

(4) Choose the destination location and then
click Next.

At the start program of PC, you
can see the icon too
.

Figure 1.4

2 The software operation

2.1 Login and Exit the client

Double click , you will see
the login UI.

Figure 2.1

Login: The default user name is
admin, no password. Click OK directly and you can see the following screen
(Figure2.2).

Exit: When you exit the
software, you should enter the user name and password, or else you can’t exit the
software.

Note: The client
supports three-level permissions: admin, user and guest. Only the admin user can exit
the client, other users can’t exit it.
Please
reset the user name and password at first using( for more details: see 3.7
chapter).

2.2 The software UI

Login the client and you can see
the following screen:

Figure 2.2

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2.2.1 The system buttons column

Whenyou experience some issues and
you want to see the user manual, click here.

Hide the client

Exit the client

2.2.2 The labels column

The LOGO of the software

Click it and back to the preview screen

Click it and back to the playback
screen

Click it and back to the Emap screen

Click it and back to Configure screen

Click it and back to the LOGS screen

Log off and switch users

Exit the client

2.2.3 Camera List

If
you have added cameras to the client (read 3.1 chapter about how to add cameras to the
client), you can see the following screen:

Figure 2.3 There are two modes: List and
Group.

List: You can see all cameras that have added to
the client and which area they belong to. Such as the picture above, 192.168.132:2012
belongs to “a” area. Click before the
device IP, you can see the device channel. And the tag changes to

.

Figure 2.4

You can see a icon before the
Channel. The icon has three statuses:

: This status shows that the
device has connected successfully,

This status shows
that the device has connected
connect failed.

This status shows
that
the camera is alarming. Make sure you have set Alarm.

Current Screen: Displays the current connected
devices, only under the list mode.

Group: Display the group information Make sure
you have configured the Group (read 3.2 chapter about how to configure
Group).

Figure 2.5

2.2.4 Real-time preview

Add cameras to the client and back to the device
list, double click the device channel then you can monitor the camera, such as the
picture below:

Figure 2.6

Magnifier. Click this button then drag the left
button of the mouse on the view, the area can be amplified. Click this button again,
stop the function.

Select one connected video by clicking on the
view. Click the button and you can see the icon at the connected video. Then talk to
the camera by the microphone that connected with PC. People around the camera can hear
your voice (the camera must have some audio output device such as the speakers).Click
the icon again, people can’t here your voice and the icon disappeared.

Figure 2.7 Note: You can only talk to one camera
at the same time.

Select one connected video, click the icon and
you can hear the sound around cameras.Make sure you have opened the audio and adjusted
the volume. You can monitor many videos at the same time.

Select one connected video, click this icon and
start recording. You can see a red icon at the video. Click it again, the camera will
stop recording and the icon will disappear.

Figure 2.8

Select one connected video, click the icon and
the client will capture the living picture automatically. If you click the capture
button many times at a short time, the client can capture a maximum of 2 pictures at
one second. Please set the storage path at ” Config-Other Settings”.

Select one connected video, click the icon and
you can see the files that stored at the SD card.

Note: The camera must have inserted SD
card.

The client can monitor many cameras at one page,
click the icon and choose the display number. For
example, click four pic, you can see the following picture.

Figure 2.9

Click the icon,
the client will be full-screen. Click ECS and exit the full-screen.

Click last page to preview the videos of last
page.

Click next page to preview the videos of next
page.

NOTE: Make sure you must have set groups for the
client and click start group switch before clicking last/next page.

If you have set group, click this icon, you can
see the page shown one by one. Click the icon again and stop group switch. (read 3.2
chapter about how to configure Group)

Click it and the camera list will be contracted
or extended.

Click it and the device information list will be
contracted or extended.

2.2.5 The device information list

Some information about the cameras, such as the
alarm information, the connect information and so on.

Figure 2.10

2.2.6 PTZ

Figure 2.11

Select
one connected video, through the cradle head, the camera will rotate at eight

directions. Make sure the camera has connected
with cradle head.

Drag
the slide bar to the left, the camera will rotate slower, and drag it to the

right, it will rotate faster.

Enlarge the aperture. The lens must support the
function
.
Shrink the aperture. Firstly the
lens must support the function

Zoom in. Firstly make sure the
lens support the function
.

Zoom out. Firstly make sure the lens support the
function.

Focus in. Make sure the lens support the
function.

Focus out. Make sure the lens support the
function.

Click
the icon, turn on the light on camera. Click it again, turn off the light. Make
sure

the camera supports the function.

Click
the icon, turn on the wiper. Click again, close the function. Make sure the

camera supports the function.

2.2.7 Preset

The client supports 256 preset points at most,
but how many presets you can set is decided by the camera you select.

Figure 2.12

Select one connected camera, once you have
determined the viewing location, click the button “set”. This location can be retrieved
by selecting the number assigned and clicking the “goto” button. Select one preset
number and click Del, you can delete the preset.

2.2.8 Color

Brightness, contrast, hue and saturation are
used to adjust the quality of the video.

Figure 2.13

Select one connected camera and adjust the
parameters, Click default and the camera will restore the factory default.

3 Configure the client

3.1 Device Management

Before using the software, you need configure
and add devices to the client. Click the icon and come to
the device management UI.

Figure 3.1

The default device list is null, you need add
the Area first and then add cameras to the Area. Click Add Area, you will see a dialog
box. Enter the area name and click OK.

Figure 3.2

The first area does not have the parent area.
You can add 128 areas at most.

: Add area to the device list.

Select one existent area and then modify the
area name.

Select one existent area and then delete it. The
deleted area cannot contain any

cameras, or else you cannot delete
it.

Add one camera to a area manually. Click it and
you will see the following screen.

Fill in the information about the added camera.
Click OK and you can see it under the corresponding area. Such as the following
example:

Figure 3.3

Name: The alias of the added camera. After you
have added the camera then back to the preview window, you can only see the name but
not the device IP.

Figure 3.4

Channel: If the camera has many channels, you
can choose one. But the current cameras only have one channel. You had better not
change it.

Port: The HTTP port of the camera.

User name: The login username of the camera. The
default username is admin.

Password: The login password of the camera. The
default password is admin.

Area: The display area of the camera.

Fill in the above information, click OK and you
can see the camera has been added to the area you set.

Figure 3.5

Modify the information about the added cameras.
First you should select it and then click Modify Device.

Figure 3.6

Select one added camera and then click delete,
the camera will be deleted form the

corresponding area.

Note: You should disconnect the camera before
delete it from the area, or else you cannot delete it successfully.

After
you searched some cameras, select one area, and choose the cameras then

click the icon, the camera can be added to the
area.

Click
the icon, the software will search cameras in LAN automatically.

Select all searched cameras.

3.2 Group Management

3.2.1 Add Group

Click the icon and it will pop up a dialog box,
enter the group name. Choose the split

number for one group, you can choose any one:
One Pic /Four Pic/Six Pic/Eight Pic/Nine Pic/Sixteen Pic.

You can add twenty groups at most.

: Select one group and then click this icon. You
will see the following screen:

Figure 3.7

Alter the group name and split number, after you
click OK, the group will be clear and you need configure the group again.

Select one group, click the icon and delete
it.

3.2.2 Configure Group

Figure 3.8

Add the camera channel to one group.

Remove one camera channel form one
group

Adjust
the display order of the camera in one group. The selected device will

change position with fore device.

Adjust
the display order of the camera in one group. The selected device will

change position with latter device.

3.3 Preview

Click the icon, you will
back to the view window. The default display mode of the client is the camera list
mode. Click the “list” or “group” and you can exchange the list or group information.
The default display Pic is four. The biggest Pic is sixteen.

Figure 3.9

3.3.1 Non-cyclical preview

Click
the
“+” before the device IP or double click the IP address, you can see the
channel of the device.

Figure 3.10

Figure 3.11

Double click the channel or drag
it to the view window, the camera can be previewed.

You can see the information about the camera
connection under the alarm information list.

Figure 3.13

Right click on the area name,
you can see a menu.

Figure 3.14

Connected all: Connect all
devices of the area.

Disconnect all: Disconnect all
devices of the area.

Arm all: All devices of the area
will alarm when they are detected.

Diarm all: All devices of the
area will not alarm even they are detected.

Start manual record of area: All
devices of the area will record at the same time. Select the option, you can see the
record icon at each view of the area. The default storage path is D disk.

Stop manual record of area: Stop
recording of the area.

Main stream all: All devices of
the area will start main/first stream.

Sub stream all: All devices of
the area will start sub/second stream. If the camera has connected with the main
stream, you should disconnect it first and then start the sub stream, or else the
camera will use main stream continue.

Auto adjust all: All devices of
the selected area will adjust the display proportion automatically.

Full display all: All devices of
the selected area will display the view base on the split screen size.

Check time all: The time of All
devices at the selected area will sync with PC. Right click on the IP address, you will
see the following screen:

Figure 3.15

Connected device: The channel of
the device will be connected.

Disconnect device: The channel
of the device will be disconnected.

Arm: The camera will arm when it
is detected.

Start/stop manual record of
device: The selected device will start or stop recording manually.

Main/sub stream device: The
camera will connect with main/sub stream.

Auto adjust device: The selected
camera will adjust the display proportion automatically.

Full display device: The device
will display the view base on the split screen size. Check time device: The time of the
camera will sync with PC.

Select one channel and right
click, you can see the following screen:

Figure 3.16

You can see a hook before the
main stream, that shows the camera is connected with main stream now.

Select one view and right click,
you can see the following screen:

Figure 3.17

Full screen: Select it and the
client will be full-screen. If you want one view shows full-screen, you need double
click the view again. Press ECS and exit the full-screen.

Auto adjust: Select it and the
camera will adjust the display proportion automatically.

Photo: Select it and the client
will snap a picture.

Record: Select it and the camera
will start recording and the default storage path is D disk.

Stop display: Stop
displaying the view. After you select it, the status of the camera is connected. If you
want to display the view again, you need drag the channel of the camera
again.

3.3.2 Group switch

Switch to the group window, if
you have set group you can use the group switch button (if you don’t know how to
configure group please read Group management.).


Note: You can set the switch
time in “Configure—Record management”. The default switch time is 5
seconds.

Figure 3.19

3.4 Parameter settings

Adjust the parameters of the
connected camera.

You should connect the camera
that you want to change the parameters by double click the device channel in parameter
settings page. Then you can see the view window.

Figure 3.20

3.4.1 Color

Adjust the quality of the video by
setting the image parameters.

Figure 3.21

Brightness,saturation,cantrast
and hue will restore the factory default if you click Default.

Flip & Mirror: You can
choose flip or mirror if you set up the camera to show a reverse image. Make sure the
camera supports the function.

Scene: There are three modes.
(Auto, indoor and outdoor). The default mode is auto. Make sure the camera supports the
function.

Infrared: There are two modes.(Auto and manual).
The default mode is auto. Make sure the camera supports the function.

Note: Make sure the camera supports Flip,
Mirror, Scene and Infrared If you want to use these function.

3.4.2 Video

Figure 3.22

Stream Type: There are two types: Main stream
and sub stream.

Resolution: Different camera has different
resolution.

Frequency: There are two types: 50HZ and 60HZ.
The default type is 50HZ.

Bit rate: Generally speaking, the larger the bit
rate is, the clearer video will become. But the bit rate configuration should combine
well with the network bandwidth. When the bandwidth is very narrow, and bit rate is
large, that will lead to video can not play well.

Frame
rate: When the camera format is PAL, the maximum frame rate is 25 fps. When the video
format is NTSC, the maximum frame rate is 30 fps. 1 Frame spaced: The interval between
two frames.

Rate
control: It has two models: CBR and VBR. If you choose
CVR, video encoder will be coding on the basis of bit rate you set. If you choose VBR,
video encoder will be coding not only on the basis of bit rate, but also consider video
quality.

Rate quality: It has six grades. The smaller the
grade, the better the quality will become.

3.4.3 Audio

Figure 3.23 Stream
type: Main stream or sub stream.

Audio capture: On or off. You
had better choose on and the audio will be better.

Audio type: G711,
G726.

Input Mode: Mic or line in.
If the camera has connected with microphone, here you
should choose MIC.If the camera has connected with linear audio input signal device,
here you should choose Line in. Which one you choose is decided by the device that
connect with camera.

3.4.4 OSD

Add name and time on the
video.

Figure 3.24

Click Apply after finishing all
settings.

3.4.5 Network

Configure the network of the
camera. Click apply after finishing all settings.

Figure 3.25

3.4.6 MD

If the user wants to monitor a special region,
he should select motion detection.

Figure 3.26

Select one window then you can see a green box
with a number at living video. You can drag the box to any position that you want to
monitor in the video.

Figure 3.27

Then click apply and you can see a dialog
box.

Figure 3.29

You should set alarm type next. Go to”Linkage
alarm” and you can see the Alarm type, select Motion Detection.

Figure 3.30

Note:1 If you add the date&time to the
video,don’t put the alarm window on the time area or else the camera will alarm when
the time change.

2 If you don’t set the motion detection area,the
camera will not alarm at any time.

3.4.7 Alarm in

If the camera supports external
alarm, you need to configure the option.

Figure 3.31

3.4.8 PTZ

You can operate the cradle head
if you have set the right PTZ params. Make sure the camera has connected with the
cradle head. Keep the following params the same as the cradle head user
manual.

Figure 3.32

3.4.9 System

Figure 3.33

Alter the camera time: Adjust
the time and date manually or select sync with PC time, then click Set Time.

Reboot: Select it and the camera
will reboot.

Restore: Click it
and the camera will restore the factory default.

3.5 Record Management

Configure Record Management and
the camera you selected will start recording during the time you set.

Figure 3.34

First you need enable the plan
of record and then select the device channel.

Figure 3.35

Next set the time range for the
recording.

Figure 3.36

Click the mouse and drag it.
Then you can see the green record time range. You can cancel the time range by the same
way. Click save after finish settings.

Note: If you want all cameras
start recording at the same time range, you only need set one time range and select
copy, all cameras will record when record time is coming. Third: Set the record storage
path.

Figure 3.37

If you choose many
disks as the storage path,
the record file will be stored to the next disk
automatically when the current remaining storage space is less than the space you set
(the default space is 1G). If you select No hard disk cove” , when the total remaining
storage space of all disks that you selected is less than the space you set, the new
record file will cover the oldest file. (figure 3.38)

You can set 24 storage disks at most.

Finally set the length of the record
file

The default length is 5 minutes. You can set the
length between 1 and 60 minutes.

Figure 3.38 Click
Save after finish all settings.

3.6 Linkage alarm

There are five alarm types:
Motion detection, Input alarm, Lost connect, Hard disk full, Hard disk error, select
the suitable alarm type for yourself.

You can adopt four ways when
alarm happens. There are four types: Popup video window, Electron map alarm, Linkage
alarm and Sound alarm. You can select any one for Motion detection and input alarm. But
you can only select sound alarm for other alarms. If you select Electro map alarm, you
need configure map firstly.

Figure 3.39

You can set alarm duration time,
pre-recorded alarm length for one camera at Record Management page.

The default alarm duration time
is 10 seconds, you can set it between 5 and 60 seconds.

The default pre-recorded alarm
length is 5 seconds, you can set any time between 1and 15 seconds.

Figure 3.40

Note: 1 Back to the Preview
window, and select the list tree mode, you can see the alarm icon before the
IP address if you set alarm for the camera.

  1. All linkage
    alarm will take effect after you set the alarm for the camera.
  2. When one alarm has happened
    and another alarm happens again, the duration alarm time will last.
  3. When the camera is operating
    the plan of record and during the time the alarm record happens, the client will
    stop the plan of record and start alarm record.
  4. When the camera is operating
    the plan of record or alarm record and the manual record happens, the client will
    stop the plan of record and alarm record then the manual record starts.(You can
    start manual record by clicking the button at the
    preview page.

3.7 User management

The client has three-lever
permissions: admin, user and guest. The admin user has the highest permissions, he can
do anything. The guest has the lowest permissions. The default user name is admin, no
password. After the administrator logged the client then he can add or alter or delete
the other users.

Figure 3.41

Add: Click it and you can see
the following screen. Fill in the user name, password and permissions then click Save.
You can see the added information.

Figure 3.42

Figure 3.43

Modify: Select the user by click
it at the left of the Information and then you can modify the password and
permission.

Figure 3.44 Delete: Delete one user.

You can see the user name after
one person logged the client, such as the following screen:

Figure 3.45

3.8 Other settings

Figure 3.46

Check time: Fill in one time.
Select Check time and all cameras that the client connected with will sync with the
time.

Log retention time: There are
four modes: one month, two months, three months, six months.

Capture format: The picture
format of the client captured. There are two modes: JPG and BMP. Image capture path:
The picture storage path of the client captured. Click Save after finish all
settings.

4 Other settings about the client

4.1 Playback

Click the icon and go to the
Playback page.

4.1.1 Searching the records by time

You can do as the following steps:

  1. Select the record type and
    searching time.

The
record type has four modes: All record, Manual, Alarm and Plan.

Figure 4.2

  1. Select one view window by
    clicking it. Select one channel by double click it.

Figure 4.3

Figure 4.4 4 Double click the channel and play
the records.

4.1.2 Searching the records by file

Select the file mode first and then search the
records.

Figure 4.5 You can do as the following
steps:

  1. Select the file type and
    channel.

Figure 4.6

  1. Fill in the date and time,
    then click search. You can see some files that matching the search
    conditions.

Figure 4.7

  1. Choose one window and then
    double click the file name, the file will play. Note: You can playback one record
    file at four windows at the same time.

4.2 EMap

If you want to use the Electron
Map Alarm, you need to configure EMap first.

Figure 4.8

4.2.1 Add the map

Click the button “Add map”, it
will pop up a dialog box.

Figure 4.9

Enter the map name and load the
map, then click OK. You can see the map at the client. Such as the following
picture:

Figure 4.10

4.2.2 Edit the map

Click the button “Edit map” and
then drag one device channel to the map. You can see the icon in the map.
Double click the icon , you can
see the living view of the device. Click Stop

Note: You should choose “Electro
Map Alarm” in “Config،inkage Alarm” page, or else when the device alarm, the icon
can not
blink.

4.3 Logs

Figure 4.12

There are four kinds of logs:
All logs, System log, Operation log and Alarm log.

All logs: All information about
the client, such as alarm information and login/exit information, operation information
and so on.

System log: Keep track of the
login/exit information and other user matching information.

Operation log: Keep track of the
operation that users have done.

Alarm log: Keep track of all
alarm information.

After you select the main log
type, you can choose a detail log type.

Sub log type: There are nine
kinds: All, User logs, Connection logs, Recording logs, Capture logs, Talk logs, Listen
logs, Group logs and Data logs.

The steps of searching
logs:

  1. Select the Log
    type and Sub log type.
  2. Select the
    searched device.
  3. Fill the start
    and end time.
  4. Click
    Search

You can see the searching
result, such as the following screen:

Figure 4.13

If you want to backup the
searching result, click Export and set the storage path.

Note: 1 You must search logs
first and then backup it.

  1. The format of
    the export logs is .xls
  2. Each excel
    file can save 5000 pieces of logs, if the searching result contains more than
    5000, the client will save the other logs to another excel file
    automatically.

4.4 Logout user

When you leave
your PC for a while, you had better logout the client for
Illegal intrusion.
When you come back, you need enter the password again.

Figure 4.14

4.5 Exit

When you exit the client, you
need enter the password again.

Figure 4.15

Note: Only admin users can exit
the client, other users cannot exit it.

5 OBTAINING TECHNICAL SUPPORT

While we hope your experience with the client is
enjoyable and easy to use, you may experience some issues or have questions that this
User’s Guide has not answered. Please contact your reseller and ask for help first, if
they could not resolve your issue, please contact our company.

 

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