How to search for recorded video on a MasterControl DVX system.


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Searching for recorded video on a MasterControl DVX system.

Product Line

Pelco Video Management


  • DVXi
  • DVXe
  • DVX500
  • MasterControl


Search to locate video for a specific time frame within all recorded video on the DVX system.


MasterControl provides a search function to allow you to find recorded video. To search for video, you must enter a time period (starting time and stopping time) and the type of video you are looking for (motion events, alarm events, or all video).

To perform a search, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the Search function button to go to the Search page (see Figure 38), and then select the Search tab.
  2. In the From: area, enter the starting date (month/day/year) of your search period in the first field by clicking the numbers and typing your date. You can also use the down arrow to call up a calendar of the current month and then click a date or use the side arrows to choose a different month.
  3. In the other field in the From: area, select a starting time (hour:minute:second:am/pm). You can click the numbers and type in your entries, or you can use the arrows provided to change the numbers incrementally.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 in the To: area to enter the stopping date and time for your search period.
  5. Click the Motion or Alarm boxes if you want to search only for video captured in Motion mode, Alarm mode, or both. You can also select Scene Loss to search specifically for video segments that contain the loss of video despite the presence of a video signal. If you leave these boxes blank, MasterControl will search for all types of video.
  6. In the Include Cameras list, click all the cameras whose video you want to search for. If you leave all inputs blank (or click the Clear button to make all of them blank again), MasterControl will search for video from all cameras.
  7. Click the Search button.

    Figure 38

    The search results are then listed at the bottom of the screen, organized on the following tabs:
    • Day - displays a single result for each camera for each day of the search period. If the search period was two days long for 16 cameras, 32 results are listed (assuming all cameras recorded video both days).
    • Camera - displays a single result for each camera. Each result represents a video segment containing all video captured by an individual camera input during the search period.
    • Events - displays a single result for each one-minute period that contained a motion or alarm event.
    • Alarms - displays a result for each camera that recorded each alarm event. Results contain the alarm name, the camera name, the type of alarm (hardware or software), and the times the alarm was activated and deactivated.
    • Bookmarks - displays all bookmarked searches. See “Bookmarking Video” in this chapter for details.
    • Archive - displays results for each video segment saved on an archive device (available only if an archive device was detected when MasterControl was started).

      Except on the Alarms and Archive tabs, the information displayed on all tabs includes the camera name; the date and time of the start and finish of the video segment; the number of motion, alarm, and scene loss images; the total number of images captured; and the location of the video (on disk or removable media). Click on a column title to sort search results based on that column’s information.

      You can also divide a long list of search results into separate pages for easier navigation. Select the number of results displayed per page and then use the left and right arrows to view the different pages, or select the double-left or double-right arrows to view the first or last page, respectively. You can choose from 5 to 500 results per page.

NOTE: If unable to playback recorded video, click on the Schedule icon and verify the record schedule is configured and the Record function is set to record.