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OSD Menu Options: ECL-553HQD Security Camera

Setup Menu

LENS - Controls the auto-iris support circuits. MANUAL, VIDEO and DC options available.

SHUTTER - FLK, MANUAL, and AUTO are available.

BLC - Backlight compensation. ON or OFF. When ON, you get a sub-menu. More information at right.

AGC - Auto-Gain Control. ON or OFF. When ON, you get a sub-menu. More information at right.

WHITE BALANCE - FIXED or MANUAL. MANUAL presents a sub-menu with more selections, and FIXED gives you some control over "white" levels. See full explanation at right.

FUNCTION - Presents the FUNCTION sub-menu. See below.

ADJUST - Provides a sub-menu where you can make video quality and color adjustments.

EXIT - Self explanatory. Saves settings and returns camera to operating mode when selected.





























RETURN - Saves your settings and returns you to the previous menu.

CAMERA ID - Presents a sub-menu that lets you name the camera and position the "name" on-screen.

MIRROR - Select ON or OFF.

DAY NIGHT - Select between COLOR,  AUTO (auto-switching, color video mode) and B/W, each with their own sub-menu (see more, at right).

MOTION - ON or OFF. When ON, you get a sub-menu that allows you to make the usual selections (sensitivity, threshold, location, etc.). For more information, see expanded explanations at right.

PRIVACY - This selection lets you set up a privacy mask. For details see expanded information at right.

GAMMA - Video quality correction method. Select USER or a range from 1.00 to 0.05.

LANGUAGE - Chinese, Japanese, and English selections are available.

RESET - Returns the product to factory default settings.





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 selected.

Shutter Selection Options

The 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 exposure settings.

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.

BLC (Backlight Compensation) Options

This setting controls how the camera handles images that have strong back light sources or very bright objects in the background.

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 Options

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.



White Balance Options

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.


The ADJUST Sub-Menu

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.





Return and Reset Options

RETURN will save your settings and bring you back to the previous menu.

RESET will return the camera to factory presets. Use it if you get confused.

Camera 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.

Day Night Settings

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 user settings.

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.)

The 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.

Motion Detection Settings

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.

Privacy Menu Settings

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.


OSD Menu Flow Chart