How do I use the Smart Search feature in DS ControlPoint?

Issue

How do I use the Smart Search feature in DS ControlPoint?

Product Line

Pelco Video Management

Environment

DS ControlPoint

Analog Cameras

Cause

Smart search is only supported by cameras using Integral Motion detection. When reviewing an IP camera with in-camera motion detection, the Smart Search option is not available. Smart search is a server side feature that takes advantage of the motion data generated by Integral Motion detection.

Resolution

To use Smart Search, perform the following from DS ControlPoint:

  1. Perform a Search.  From the Playback menu Click the "SmartSearch" icon.
  2. Click the "Search" button.
  3. Drag the camera you want to perform the Smart Search on into an available window pane.
  4. Using the timeline at the bottom, highlight the timeframe you want to search then click "Next".
  5. The next page will display your video, pause the video then right-click on the video and select "Smart Search".
  6. Using your mouse, mask the area you want to perform the Smart Search on then click "Next".
  7. DS ControlPoint will perform the search and display video that happened within the specified area.

Note: Cameras must be using Server Side motion to use the Smart Search feature. Update: IP cameras work as of 7.12. or greater.