Setup MENU EXPLANATIONS
Lens Selection Options
The LENS menu selection is used when you have an auto-iris
lens. You can select two methods of aut-iris control, VIDEO and
DC. A third selection, MANUAL, is also available should you want
to use a manual iris lens or a lens w/o an iris.
NOTE: When you select MANUAL, you can select AUTO from the
SHUTTER menu. Other LENS settings will disable the AUTO setting
for SHUTTER (see below).
VIDEO is an automatic setting. If you select VIDEO there's
nothing else for you to do, just let the iris control circuitry
determine proper exposure settings.
If you select DC you get the sub-menu shown above. Using this
control you can adjust the brightness of the image. This creates
a preset threshold. DC control will adjust the auto-iris to the
best of its abilities to maintain the brightness level you
Shutter Selection Options
SHUTTER menu setting gives you up to three submenus, along with
one automatic setting, FLK.
FLK, or (anti-)flicker, is useful if you are experiencing
poor video due to fluorescent light or some other kind of
ambient light that is causing the image to flicker.
FIXED lets you adjust the shutter according to a value that
you select. Anti-flicker technology is automatic in this mode.
The MANUAL sub-menu gives you the ability to fine-tune
The AUTO setting gives you a brightness adjustment bar (as
shown above). This setting is available ONLY when the
LENS menu option is set to MANUAL (see above). If the LENS
setting is VIDEO or DC, then this AUTO setting will not appear
in the menu.
(Backlight Compensation) Options
This setting controls how the camera handles images that have
strong back light sources or very bright objects in the
Level control is available using the BLC RATIO slide bar in
the sub-menu, shown at left.
You can specify backlight compensation for the entire field
of view (FOV), or you can select specific areas of the FOV. When
you select BLC AREA you get a third sub-menu that shows a grid
overlay on the screen. Use the mini-joystick control on the back
of the camera to move left/right, up/down, and click the areas
where you want to apply BLC. Exit the grid by holding down the
mini-joystick. When you exit the grid, you get a fourth sub-menu
that lets you select the entire FOV, or set just the squares you
selected, or clear all selections in the grid. In practice it's
much simpler than it sounds.
AGC (auto-gain control) boosts the video sensor signal and
can be useful in low light situations. You can turn AGC off or
set it manually.
High settings of AGC can also create noise, so use with care.
The WHITE BAL. menu option present several settings. AWB
(Automatic White Balance) and ATW (Auto-Tracking White Balance)
are automatic settings and have no sub-menus.
Selecting MANUAL will present the sub-menu shown at left. Use
the RED and BLUE slider controls to set the AWB levels according
to your scene or the quality setting you desire.
The FIXED setting will present the sub-menu shown at left.
This sub-menu lets you select one of 4 different "modes".
Each mode gives you a slightly different combination of
automatic white balance settings and thresholds.
This sub-menu gives you the ability to fine tune a number of
video parameters. These include CONTRAST and SHARPNESS, and two
color settings that effect BLUE and RED saturation.
Function MENU EXPLANATIONS
Return and Reset Options
RETURN will save your settings and bring you back to the
RESET will return the camera to factory presets. Use it if
you get confused.
ID & Mirror Setting
This sub-menu allows you to create a name for the camera and
place it on-screen in a location of your choice. Creating a
meaningful and descriptive name for the camera can be very
helpful in any situation, especially a panic situation. Seeing
"Backyard East Crner" is far more descriptive and helpful than
seeing "CAM1" on screen.
The MIRROR setting has two selections, ON and OFF, and
reverses the image on screen.
The DAY NIGHT menu field has three possible settings,
AUTO, BW and COLOR. The first two settings present sub-menus,
shown at left and explained below. The third mode, COLOR, locks
the camera in color video mode and has no sub-menu or further
The AUTO sub-menu lets the user adjust how quickly the camera
switches into night mode (the DELAY setting) and lets the user
determine at what light level the camera switches modes, either
entering night mode or switching from night mode to day mode.
(Day mode is color video. Night mode is black-and-white video
and is IR sensitive, however you will need to
provide a radiant
infrared source in order to take advantage of this feature since
this camera does not contain any IR LEDs.)
BW option in the DAY NIGHT field locks the camera into
monochrome mode (grey-scale, b/w, etc.). In BW mode you can also
navigate to the sub-menu shown at right, which contains an
additional option called BURST. BURST is a from of video sensor
signal enhancement which can improve video quality in BW mode
under certain conditions. You may have to experiment with this
mode in your surveillance environment to see if it improves the
quality of the video. You can set BURST mode On or Off.
This setting allows the user to set a visual flag to alert
anyone monitoring the video that motion has occurred. This field
has two settings, On and Off. When On, you can reach the
sub-menu shown at left. Here you can select sensitivity (using
the THRESHOLD setting bar) and MOTION TRACE, which adds an
additional on-screen flag that follows the moving object around,
making it extremely unlikely that motion would be missed by
anyone watching a monitor.
The AREA option in the MOTION DETECTION sub-menu takes you to
an 8x8 grid overlay of the screen field of view. Using the
mini-joy stick, you can navigate around the grid and
select/deselect points of interest. In this way you can be
highly selective when applying motion detection settings. When
you exit these screens your setting are automatically saved.
As you probably suspect from the name, this setting allows
you to set up privacy masks in the field of view so nearby
property or people and objects in the background of your field
of view can be excluded from the video and any recordings you
may make. This setting can keep "invasion of privacy" lawsuits
at a minimum when properly observed.
The PRIVACY field has one sub-menu, shown at left. Using this
sub-menu you can create up to 4 mask areas, turn them on/off
individually, place them anywhere on the screen where you want
them, make them any size, and make each one a unique color.
Activity happening behind a mask cannot be seen or recorded.
Gamma, Language, and Reset Settings
These settings a fairly self explanatory. Gamma is a method
of enhancing video quality, and can be turned on or off
The LANGUAGE field gives you the ability to page through
alternative languages including several Asian selections. The
RESET field puts the camera back into factory default settings.