Setup MENU EXPLANATIONS
Lens Selection Options
The LENS menu selection is not implemented in this model
since it does not contain an auto-iris lens. This explanation is
provided for the sake of completeness.
You can select one of two options under LENS - MANUAL
or AUTO. If you select AUTO you can reach the sub-menu at left.
You can select DC or VIDEO as a control signal.
MODE gives you AUTO, OPEN or CLOSE. The last two options will
lock the iris in the indicated state. AUTO lets the iris
SPEED governs how quickly the iris, when under AUTOMATIC
mode, reacts to changing light conditions.
NOTE: LENS options are not implemented in the ECL-580 camera.
Shutter/AGC Selection Options
This menu setting gives you up two
sub-menus, one for automatic gain settings settings and one that
effects shutter settings.
AUTO SETUP lets you change how the camera
reacts to high and low luminance using auto-gain settings.
HIGH LUMINANCE: Compensates the picture when very bright
images are in the field of view. This could be a brightly lit
scene or a stark white object - both situations create high
luminance. The MODE setting interacts with the LENS setting,
described above. When LENS is set to MANUAL you can adjust only
the BRIGHTNESS bar (numeric range of 1 to 255).
Note: When LENS is set to AUTO you can
adjust the HIGH LUMINANCE MODE as well as the BRIGHTNESS bar.
MODE options instruct the camera to compensate with the AUTO
IRIS or the SHUT+AUTO IRIS (shutter and auto-iris). In
this case the BRIGHTNESS bar skews the compensation accordingly.
The MANUAL sub-menu gives you the ability to manually set the
electronic shutter (in a range of 1/60 second to 1/10000 second)
and auto-gain control in 6db steps. This adjustment can be
useful in low light settings but being manual, it will not
automatically adjust if the scene gets brighter for any reason.
White Balance Options
This camera provides a wide variety of ways to effect white
balance. These multiple methods make this camera extraordinarily
flexible, increasing the range of surveillance environments
where this camera can be used. Some options include sub-menus,
some do not. The whole list includes the following:
- ATW: auto-tracking white balance (sub-menu)
- USER1 and USER2: individual settings that can have
unique R/B/G levels (sub-menu for each)
- MANUAL WB: self explanatory (sub-menu)
- PUSH: not implemented in this model
- ANTI-CR: anti-color rolling (no sub)
- PUSH LOCK: requires the user to present a color
(generally white) to the lens for "capture". White balance
compensation is then based automatically on that captured
ATW - Auto-tracking White Balance
Florescent light, sunlight, incandescent light and other
light sources have different color temperatures. Auto-tracking
white balance makes sure that as light color temperature changes
white objects are reproduced accurately. The additional controls
in this sub-menu (SPEED, DELAY CONT, ATW FRAME) can be used in
environments that present unique lighting challenges, such as a
public transit platform that is illuminated by combinations of
sunlight, incandescent light and florescent tubes.
ENVIRONMENT: INDOOR or OUTDOOR. Use this control to select a
baseline color temperature. Setting it to INDOOR tells the
camera the dominant color temperature will be that of artificial
lighting. OUTDOOR selects sunlight as the baseline color
USER1 & USER2
This sub-menu lets you make major changes in color
saturation. B-GAIN controls blue, R-GAIN controls red. Green
automatically adjusts as you change the blue and red settings so
no specific G-GAIN adjustment is provided. The OSD menu provides
2 menus (USER1 and USER2 - both work the same way) so 2
settings can be stored.
Vision impaired (color blind) users may find
USER1/USER2 sub-menu settings helpful. These settings can also
be helpful if you are monitoring an area that is always
saturated by a single color of light, such as entertainment
venues, bars or taverns, etc. Some people may attempt to use
such areas of unusual color for their own purposes - these
adjustments can negate such attempts.
This setting is the basic legacy white balance setting that
has been programmed into CCTV cameras since the setting was
first created. We added the ability to force some overall
compensation using a level adjustment.
Upon power-up, the camera will acquire a white balance value
from the whitest object in its field of view. When it reproduces
the color white it will refer to this value regardless of
changes in color temperature or any other factors. The slide bar
can be moved from extreme left (level = 0) to extreme right
(level = 255) to make manual compensation.
Options without Sub-Menus: PUSH, ANTI-CR and
PUSH is not implemented.
ANTI-CR (anti-color rolling) is essentially the
legacy white balance with anti-color rolling technology - if you
use the MANUAL WB setting and the picture exhibits intermittent
color bars rolling across the screen try using this setting.
PUSH-LOCK is a white balance method that
requires user intervention. To set white balance using
PUSH-LOCK, point the camera at a white object, make sure it
fills as much of the screen as possible, then click the
mini-joystick. The camera will reproduce colors using the white
color you presented as a baseline. While it can be very accurate
this white balance method is best left to professional
photographers who are adept at color adjustment and
There are 3 settings for backlight compensation
options and no sub-menus. Available settings are OFF (no
compensation), BLC (Back Light Compensation enabled), and HLC
(Back Light Compensation with High Light Compensation).
HLC - High Light Compensation - is a method of
backlight compensation that also masks areas of intense light.
Some thieves and unsavory individuals have learned that you can
momentarily disable some CCTV cameras by shining bright lights
directly at the lens. HLC is one of several methods developed to
combat this threat. When HLC is active it will mask the
source of the bright light with a dark shape, thus allowing the
area to the side of the light source to be viewed and recorded.
People who think they are concealed in a halo of hazy white
light will be revealed.
PICT (Picture) ADJUST Options
This sub-menu contains common user controls associated with
video picture adjustments.
MIRROR - ON/OFF. Flips the video picture left/right.
BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST, SHARPNESS, HUE and GAIN - All of these
settings are self explanatory. The slide bars can be adjusted
from a numeric value of 0 (extreme left) to a value of 255
ATR - Adaptive Tone Reproduction - is an Effio™
technology video processor enhancement designed to accurately
reproduce color tones in a scene that includes areas of high and
Color tones are sometimes washed out or shadowed in non-Effio
equipped CCTV cameras when the scene includes areas of high and
low luminance. Standard video processors simply can not adjust
fast enough to accurately reproduce subtle tones, including skin
tones, in that type of lighting situation.
LUMINANCE - This setting will control how bright areas of
high luminance appear without effecting the areas of low
luminance or dark areas of the scene. Options are MID, HIGH, or
CONTRAST - This setting changes the amount of emphasis
to areas that have subtle changes of tone or contrast. Higher
settings bring out subtle changes in tone more clearly.
Available settings are LOW, HIGH, MIDHIGH, MID and MIDLOW.
MOTION DET Options
There are two ways for users to set up motion detection.
DETECT SENSE - Slide bar sets sensitivity of motion detection
to 0 or 255 (maximum sensitivity).
BLOCK DISP - Settings are ON, OFF and ENABLE. When ENABLE is
selected, the user will see a grid pattern on screen. Using the
mini-joystick, each square on the grid can be
selected/deselected for motion detection. When finished move the
cursor to the lower right corner, click and hold, and the
grid will disappear and this menu will return.
MONITOR AREA - This option works with the AREA SEL
selections, described below. It enables the "areas" or turns
AREA SEL - Lets you select up to 4 rectangular sections (1/4,
2/4, 3/4 and 4/4), defined by the TOP, BOTTOM, LEFT and RIGHT slide controls.
This camera allows sophisticated privacy mask creation and
control. You can make up to 4 separate privacy masks of
different sizes, shapes, colors and qualities.
AREA SEL - 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 - Like the AREA SEL
described under MOTION DETECTION, above. Refers to a different
privacy mask under your control, defined by TOP, BOTTOM, LEFT &
RIGHT slide controls.
COLOR - Mask color red, green, blue, black, white, purple,
turquoise and olive. These colors let you identify each privacy
mask you create.
TRANSP - Privacy masks can be completely opaque or
transparent. Use this control to set level of transparency.
MOSAIC - This creates a mosaic pattern in the privacy mask
region. This can be useful if you want to mask an area for
privacy but still monitor it for movement.
This sub-menu governs how the camera handles color and how it
changes between day and night mode and back.
BURST - Alters the color burst information passed to
the video monitor. If your monitor is showing poor color
reproduction (or no colors) and you are using long runs of
cable, changing this setting from OFF to ON may improve the
DELAY CNT - Controls the delay before the camera switches
from one mode to the other (color mode in daylight,
black-and-white mode at night when infrared is on).
DAY->NIGHT - Determines the level of light necessary to
switch from day mode to night mode.
NIGHT->DAY - Determines the level of light necessary to
switch from night mode to day mode.
NR (Noise Reduction) Options
You can set noise reduction values on luminance and chroma
components of the video signal.
NR MODE - Select Y/C to adjust luminance and chroma, C to
adjust only chroma, Y to adjust only luminance, or OFF for no
adjustments. The Y LEVEL and C LEVEL adjustment slide bars will
appear or disappear depending upon your selection. Their
behavior is self explanatory. The display will show a numeric
value when you adjust the slide bars, for your convenience.
This sub-menu lets you name the camera using standard
alphanumeric characters and symbols. You can also position the
camera name anywhere on the screen. CAMERA ID - ON turns the
name on, and CAMERA ID- OFF turns it off.
Several languages are available including English, Spanish,
French, Portuguese, Italian and several Asian languages and
Reset camera to production default values. This camera has
the PrePro feature, so it is good to note that a simple RESET
will place the camera in an optimal operating state with all
selections and sub-menus pre-programmed for user convenience.
Testing has shown that these settings are perfect for the
majority of normal environments. Used judiciously, this feature
can be a powerful time saver for installers and maintenance
Back, Exit and Save All
BACK - Returns you to the previous menu.
EXIT - Takes out of the menu structure completely.
SAVE ALL - Saves settings. You must click this setting to
save any options you changed in this menu or the camera will
lose all your changes if it loses power.