How to add Oncam Evolution series cameras to VideoXpert.

Issue

The Oncam camera's primary and secondary streams need to be configured in order to provide two streams for VideoXpert OpesCenter.

Product Line

Pelco Video Management

Environment

VideoXpert Enterprise Storage
VideoXpert Professional
Oncam Grandeye Evolution series cameras

Cause

The default settings for Oncam cameras need to be changed.

Resolution

When adding cameras to the VideoXpert Enterprise or Professional systems, the resolution and frame rate settings must be adjusted in order to provide two streams for VideoXpert OpsCenter for viewing: one high quality stream for recording and display in a 1x1 or 2x2 grid layout, and a secondary stream sutiable for viewing in higher camera density layouts, such as 3x3 or higher.  In order to properly configure the camera the following settings must be adjusted:
  • Camera IP settings
  • Camera NTP settings
  • Camera settings
  • Stream settings
  • Second Camera must be enabled
  • Resolution and frame rate for the "Primary" stream
  • Resolution and frame rate for the "Secondary" stream

The following process must be followed to configure the camera
  1. Configure the camera's network address
    1. Make sure the PC is in the same subnet or VLAN as the camera
    2. If there is a DHCP server available on the network, use Oncam camera configuration utility
    3. If no DHCP server is used on the network, use the camera's default IP
      1. Make sure the PC's IP address is in the same range as the camera's default address: 192.168.0.x
        1. subnet mask = 255.255.255.0
      2. Connect to camera's default address: 192.168.0.200
    4. Log in when prompted (default user name = admin and default password = admin)
    5. Select ADMIN, then click Network
  2. Configure time sync settings
    1. Enable NTP and configure the NTP server address in the network settings page
  3. Configure camera settings
    1. Click Camera Settings in the ADMIN section
    2. Select Fisheye / 4M Pixel / H.264 and set the FPS, Bit Rate, and GOP settings
      1. Follow the max frame rate settings listed on the camera's spec sheet
      2. These are the current max settings 4MP = 12 fps, 2MP = 15 fps, 1MP and 0.25MP = 30 fps
    3. Click "Save H.264 Settings"
    4. Select each resolution and program the frame rate accordingly, click "Save H.264 Settings" after configuring settings for each resolution
  4. Enable second camera in the cameras's web interface (admin\stream settings)
    1. Click "Stream Settings" under the ADMIN section
    2. Select H.264 for the stream and select the resolution for "Main Camera"
    3. Place a check in the "Enable Second Camera" box
    4. Select H.264 and select the resolution for the "Second Camera"
    5. Click "Set Video Stream"
  5. Configure the ONVIF video profiles
    1. Download and install ONVIF Device Manager
      1. https://sourceforge.net/projects/onvifdm/files/latest/download
      2. Open ONVF Device Manager
      3. ODM will automatically scan the network for ONVIF devices
      4. Log in with the camera's credentials (admin / admin)
      5. Select the camera to be configured
      6. Select Profiles
      7. Click on Fisheye1 and click "Select"
      8. Click "Video Streaming"
        1. When the camera is displayed, verify the correct frame rate and resolution settings are shown
        2. these should match the camera's settings shown in its web interface
      9. Change settings as necessary and click "Apply"
      10. Click "Profiles"
      11. Click on Fisheye2 and click "Select"
      12. Click "Video Streaming"
        1. when the camera is displayed, verify the correct frame rate and resolution settings are shown
        2. these should match the camera's settings shown in its web interface
      13. change settings as necessary and click "Apply"
      14. Click "Profiles"
      15. Click on "VideoXpert0P"
        1. if it does not exist, create it
      16. With VideoXpert0P selected, click "Edit"
      17. Click "..." button
      18. Select Fisheye1 and click "Select"
      19. Click "Apply"
        1. this will associate the "Fisheye1" settings to the "Primary" stream
      20. Click "Video streaming" and verify the correct frame rate and resolution settings are shown
      21. Click "Profiles"
      22. Click on "VideoXpert0S"
        1. if it does not exist, create it
      23. With VideoXpert0S selected, click "Edit"
      24. Click "..." button
      25. Select Fisheye2 and click "Select"
      26. Click "Apply"
        1. this will associate the "Fisheye2" settings to the "Secondary" stream
      27. Click "Video streaming" and verify the correct frame rate and resolution settings are shown
  6. Add the camera to the VideoXpert system Using VxToolbox or Admin Portal
    1. Admin portal will not discover the camera, so it must be added manually
 
Multicast Note:
Although the Oncam cameras offer a multicast video stream, VideoXpert is not compatible with this feature.  VideoXpert storage will request the unitcast streams from the cameras.  If your system is configured for viewing multicast video, the VXS storage server will create the multicast group and re-stream the video.
 
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