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iSpy Software User Guide

iSpy Software User Guide, iSpy is the world's most popular open source video surveillance application. It's compatible with the the vast majority of consumer webcams and IP cameras. With more than 2 million users worldwide, iSpy works with more cameras and devices than anything else on the market.

Using iSpy you can do pretty much anything, from protecting your business and home with realtime SMS and Twitter alerts to scanning the skies for UFOs, nanny cams, machinery monitoring, neighbourhood watch, iSpy does it all! The best thing about iSpy though is that it's open source and can therefore leverage some of the best open source libraries around representing literally millions of man hours of work – code that isn't available to proprietary developers. No wonder iSpy is the most popular and downloaded home and business security and surveillance application in the world! It's not just us saying that – check out our feedback.

 

This manual is a detailed guide to how iSpy works, what it can do and how you can get the most out of it. New software can seem daunting at first so we've put a lot of effort in to cover the most common scenarios along with comprehensive coverage of every feature of the software. iSpy has been designed to be easy to use although that simplicity belies the complexity under the hood – iSpy is capable of much more than just !

 

Throughout this guide we assume you have an iSpyConnect subscription and so have access to remote services, alerts, remote commands and the full feature set of the web side of iSpy. Without an online services subscription you are missing out on a large part of the functionality available within iSpy and iSpyConnect. Choose a subscription.

Supported Operating Systems

iSpy currently works on Windows based PCs only (both x86 and 64 bit versions). iSpy has been tested on Windows 7, 8 and 10 but may work on other Windows variants that the .Net v4 Framework.

Recommended Hardware

Hardware recommendations vary a lot depending on how many cameras and microphones you are going to be using at any given time. A modern PC with 2GB of RAM and 200 GB of free hard disk space should be more than capable of running 4 cameras simultaneously at 320 x 240 resolution.

Performance Tips

iSpy will let you add an unlimited number of cameras and microphones – right up to the point where your computer cannot cope and will crash. Keep an eye on the performance counters on the status bar of iSpy as they will tell you when you are running out of memory or CPU. Note that CPU can spike when recording video and encoding. There are a number of things you can do to squeeze better performance out of iSpy:

1.You can increase the number of cameras by decreasing the framerate of each camera
2.You can increase the number of cameras by decreasing the resolution of each camera – one 1280 x 960 camera requires the same processing power of 4 cameras at 640 x 480 cameras or 16 cameras at 320 x 240
3.Having a dedicated PC running iSpy ensures that user interaction or other software won't interrupt the video processing tasks.
4.Use a 64 bit version of iSpy instead of a 32 bit version if you have a 64 bit PC (improves CPU and increases available memory)
5.Save to AVI files instead of MP4 files on the recording tab of your cameras – this takes a lot less CPU (approx. half). You can download the AVI videos through the website but you wont be able to play them over the web/ mobile.
6.Reduce the Max Redraw Rate in to save CPU on resizing the live video feeds.
7.Set Buffer Frames on the recording tab to 0 – any buffering means that ispy is converting frames to JPEG images even when not recording.
8.If using grid views minimise the video feeds in ispy using view – auto layout objects – minimise to save on graphics processing.

You can also set a maximum CPU target value in settings. By default this is set to 90%. This means that when your CPU usage goes over 90% iSpy will start reducing the framerates of your cameras to help protect against a crash. Once the CPU drops back below 90% iSpy will increase the framerates again. Common causes for this are multiple simultaneous recordings or scheduled tasks like disk defragmenting.

Of course the better the hardware the better results you will get from iSpy. Using iSpyConnect you can multiple computers to one online account with a web based management interface that allows iSpy to scale up to any number of monitored cameras and microphones. A few of our users are monitoring over 150 cameras simultaneously via iSpyConnect. To work with multiple computers you must assign each computer a different external port address. See Multiple Computers for more information.

Agent DVR USER Guide

About

Agent DVR is a standalone replacement for iSpy that runs as a service, uses less CPU and features a web user interface that is accessible from anywhere with no required!

We recommend that you use either iSpy or Agent – you can use both but it may cause issues with device drivers and network access.

Tip: Click the Menu button above to show/ hide the userguide index.

Using Agent DVR

Agent does not have a windows forms user interface like iSpy does. The user interface is all browser based via the local portal, web portal or mobile applications

Agent runs it's own webserver. By default this is running at http://localhost:8090 on the PC running Agent (although it may be using a different port if that wasn't available or was changed when it was installed – see the link “Agent UI” on the desktop on Windows). Agent will also work over your local network – you can use private IP addresses or computer names to access Agent locally (examples: http://192.168.1.10:8090 or http://nvr:8090). You may need to open your firewall to Agent for your local network.

Getting Started

Once you have the local UI open you can start adding devices to Agent. To add your first device click on the red Edit button in the UI:

Agent DVR controls

You can use the top left menu to navigate Agent's interfaces. The padlock indicates whether Agent is armed or not (will generate alerts). Click it to toggle. A green unlocked padlock means it's disarmed. The  icon opens a menu to configure your Agent server settings. The menu next to that provides links to all the content views in Agent. The icon will change depending on which view you are currently working with.

Agent DVR main menu

Agent has help built into it – click on the “?” icon at top right of nearly all panels and menus to access contextual help.

Tip: Enable shortcut keys in Account menu – Theme Settings. “C” opens the Commands menu, “S” opens the server menu. Numeric digits open the various views. Enable Tool-Tips and mouse-over the bottom controls in the UI to show additional shortcut keys.

Any issues? First thing to check is the logs at /logs.html on the local server. That will give you details about any problems Agent is having. If that doesn't help please feel free to jump onto our Reddit group and ask a question – include the logs and steps to reproduce the problem if possible.

Pro Tip: Watch a video to learn how to add cameras into Agent DVR with the wizard. Be sure to read the Performance Tips to get the most out of your system.

Supported Languages

The Agent DVR application has been translated into English, Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Swedish, Mandarin and Taiwanese.

To change the language, click on Account  – Language.

Installing

Download Agent DVR from here and run the installer. Agent runs as a service or as a console application on Windows 7+, Linux X64 (tested with Ubuntu 18.04+), OSX (+M1), Arm and Arm64 based operating systems (like Raspberry Pi).

Follow the setup instructions for your operating system on the download page

Once Agent is running, you can access it via most web browsers at http://localhost:8090

Installing (offline/ manual) on Windows

If for some reason you can't use the installer from the download page (eg: no internet on the target device) then you can install AgentDVR on Windows offline instead. Note that the computer you install Agent DVR on will need to have network hardware installed and active for it to be able to start the server. Follow these steps:

 Get the download location by calling the API: Download Location (Windows). Copy the link in the response and paste it into the browser URL bar to download it (the link is the text starting with https://)
 Download the zip file (the download link in the response starts with https://…)
 Unzip this file on the target computer into a folder
 Run (double-click) agent-install-service.bat
 Double click AgentTray.exe to start the tray app (optional). To have AgentTray start on startup you will need to add it to the startup folder.
 For LAN access you will need to add an exception to the windows firewall for the Agent.exe application
 Open a web browser at http://localhost:8090 to start

Updating

Before updating Agent make sure you backup your configuration – either copy the files in Agent/Media/XML or export them via the web interface via server menu – backup/ restore.

You can check the update log for update inforrmation

If you have a business license or a subscription you can update Agent by clicking on the server menu and “Update Agent” at the top (will only display if an update is available).

To update Agent for Linux or OSX manually see the update instructions on the readme page of the install scripts

To update Agent for Windows manually just re-run the installer from the download page.

Uninstalling

If you installed Agent using the installer it will be in the add/ remove programs list on Windows. Use that to uninstall it. If it's not there:

If Agent is running as a service then stop the service:

 Windows: double click agent-uninstall-service.bat in the C:/Program Files/Agent directory. Right click and quit the AgentTray application in the task bar.
 Linux: Open a terminal and run
sudo systemctl stop AgentDVR.service
sudo systemctl disable AgentDVR.service
 OSX: Open a terminal and run :
sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist
sudo rm -f /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist

To remove the Agent DVR files just delete the Agent directory. By default Agent DVR is installed to C:\Program Files\Agent on Windows. On Linux/ OSX it will be installed wherever you ran the install script.

Troubleshooting Install

See offline install instructions for Agent DVR on Windows.

If the installer on Windows fails to complete and Agent doesn't start or you are having issues accessing Agent or you need to use functionality that isn't available when running as a windows service (like some GPU drivers and desktop monitoring) then you can run Agent from a command prompt:

 Stop the Agent service if it is running: Click Start – Run – Type “services.msc” – press enter. Right click “Agent” in the list and click Stop. You can prevent it from starting as a service when you reboot by right clicking on Agent, click Properties and set the startup type to “Disabled”. Click Apply and OK.
 Open a console window: Click Start – Type “cmd”, right click on “Command Prompt” and click “Run as
 Change directory to the Agent directory. Usually this would be “cd C:\Program Files\Agent”
 Run Agent DVR as a console application – type “Agent.exe” – press enter

Agent will then tell you if there are any problems starting and what local port it is running on. You can quit Agent at any time by pressing the enter key. When Agent is running in the console it is able to use more GPU devices and can from the Desktop.

If you get an error like The type initializer for ‘Emgu.CV.Cuda.CudaInvoke' threw an exception. on Windows you will need to install the Windows Media Feature Pack for your OS

If there is an anti virus app or firewall blocking Agent from listening on a local port then you may need to add Agent.exe to a safe list or open the port it is listening on in the local firewall.

If you are using a Windows N variant you will need to install the media feature pack for Windows N

On OSX, Linux and Raspberry Pi your system may not have some required libraries installed and Agent may fail to start with an error like libcvextern.so could not be found. You will need to use ldd or “objdump -r –dylibs-used /path/to/failed/library” on OSX to find which libraries are missing. To do this, open a terminal window, change to the Agent directory and run ldd libcvextern.so (or whatever library is causing issues). The output should tell you which dependencies need to be installed. Please let us know what's needed and what operating system you are using so we can update our docs.

Corrupted Video / Playback Issues

Agent defaults to using UDP to connect to cameras. UDP is a fast network protocol which prioritises real-time, low delay video. Unfortunately UDP doesn't have any error correction built into it so any electronic noise from faulty cabling to interference from power cables, amplifiers or other sources can result in corrupted video by the time the signal gets to Agent. You can switch to TCP instead which does have error correction built into it – but at the cost of some buffering and potential lag on the live feed. To switch to TCP instead, edit the camera, click to edit the Source on the General tab, select “FFMPEG” in the menu at top right and change the RTSP mode to TCP.

If you can't get a good connection other options to try are available under General – Edit Source Type:

 Set RTSP Mode to TCP and check Prefer TCP on the FFmpeg tab
 Try CPU decoding instead of GPU decoding on the Advanced tab
 Set the Decoder to VLC (if VLC is available) on the Advanced tab

Corrupted video can result from too much noise on the network or when your computer is under too much load to decode the live video stream. Other ways to avoid it are to use a lower resolution video feed from the camera or to check the Resize option on the Adjustments tab when editing the camera.

Reolink Cameras are known to be susceptible to corrupted RTSP streams. You may get better results by going into the camera's own User Interface and setting the encoder to use instead of H265 (if available). Reolink cameras sometimes have alternate video endpoints that use the RTMP:// protocol instead of RTSP://. You can try using the Add Camera wizard in Agent DVR to scan the camera for RTMP:// options instead.

Stuttering Video? Some cameras (notably Reolink) emit frames in groups of audio and video which can result in stuttering live and recorded playback. To work around this, edit the camera, click to configure the videosource settings, select the FFMPEG tab and set a value for Max Delay (for example 4 seconds) and a value for Max Reorder Queue Size (for example 500).

Accessing Logs

Agent provides formatted live logs on the local server at /logs.html (so on a default install at http://localhost:8090/logs.html). As of version 3.5.6.0+ Agent also saves the 5 most recent raw logs in .json format to your Media location (on Windows that's C:\Program Files\Agent\Media). You can use these for debugging and getting more information on what Agent is doing. You can also download the raw logs remotely via the server menu in the web portal. Feel free to jump on our Community boards to ask questions!

Upgrading from iSpy

 Save your object list in iSpy (File – Save object list)
 Close iSpy (make sure it's not running in the task bar)
 Install Agent DVR
 Click on the Server icon in Agent DVR (top left), Backup/ Restore, Upload and choose the file you saved. Note this will only update your object list – you may need to adjust server settings manually.
 Click on the account menu in Agent DVR and Remote Access to pair it with the remote portal (optional)
 If you have multiple servers connected using the old version and the new version you'll need to swap between them using the account menu (top right of Agent DVR) and “Change Platform”.
 It's recommended you uninstall iSpy from Add/ Remove programs after you have setup Agent DVR as they may conflict for device access.

Moving to a new Computer

Windows
 Use Add/ Remove programs to uninstall Agent DVR or if not listed there then double click agent-uninstall-service.bat in the Agent directory (C:/program files/Agent) on your old computer
 Download and install Agent on your new PC
 On your new PC, click Start – Run, type “services.msc” press Enter. Find Agent in the list, right click it and click Stop.
 Copy the /Media directory from your old Agent directory to the new Agent directory. This might be very large so you may need to use a large USB drive to transfer it. To only copy the configuration you can just copy the Agent/Media/XML directory (excluding Media/XML/fileDB.db3)
 On your new PC, click Start – Run, type “services.msc” press Enter. Find Agent in the list, right click it and click Start.
 You can optionally delete the original Agent directory from your old PC when everything is running OK
Linux
 In a new terminal window run (on your old PC):
sudo systemctl stop AgentDVR.service
sudo systemctl disable AgentDVR.service
 Download and install Agent on your new PC
 On your new PC, open a terminal window and run
sudo systemctl stop AgentDVR.service
 Copy the /Media directory from your old Agent directory to the new Agent directory. This might be very large so you may need to use a large USB drive to transfer it. To only copy the configuration you can just copy the Agent/Media/XML directory (excluding Media/XML/fileDB.db3)
 On your new computer, open a terminal window and run
sudo systemctl start AgentDVR.service
 You can optionally delete the original Agent directory from your old PC when everything is running OK
OSX
 In a new terminal window run (on your old PC):
sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist
sudo rm -f /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist
 Download and install Agent on your new PC
 On your new PC , open a terminal window and run
sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist
 Copy the /Media directory from your old Agent directory to the new Agent directory. This might be very large so you may need to use a large USB drive to transfer it. To only copy the configuration you can just copy the Agent/Media/XML directory (excluding Media/XML/fileDB.db3)
 On your new computer, open a terminal window and run
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist
 You can optionally delete the original Agent directory from your old PC when everything is running OK
Important

If you have a subscription you will now need to connect the new instance to your account – click on the Server icon in the local UI and Remote Access to pair it with your online account.

If you have a business license you will need to copy the license code to the new PC. See your license receipt email for instructions.

If you have a basic subscription and have 2 instances of Agent connected to your account only one will be visible on the web portal – you will need to stop the first one for the other to connect successfully.

If you had setup drives and storage directories on your old PC you will need to go into settings on the new PC and configure the storage settings for your new environment

Remove an instance from my account

You can either just uninstall Agent or if you want to keep it running just not connected to your account then:

 Stop Agent:
Windows: click Start – Run – Type “services.msc” Find Agent in the list, right click -> click stop.
Linux: open a terminal window and run sudo systemctl stop AgentDVR.service
OSX: open a terminal window and run sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist
 Run agent-reset-account.bat on Windows or agent-reset-account.sh on linux/ OSX. If this file doesn't exist then delete the file Media/serial.txt and edit the file Media/XML/config.xml to remove the UserIdent element from that file and save it.
 Restart Agent:
Windows: click Start – Run – Type “services.msc” Find Agent in the list, right click -> click start.
Linux: open a terminal window and run sudo systemctl start AgentDVR.service
OSX: open a terminal window and run sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist

Using Claim Codes

99% of the time you won't need a claim code – they're only used if you have installed Agent DVR on an operating system without a GUI and have retrieved a claim code by using the command line options. To connect your server to website services you just need to click on the server icon in the local Agent DVR UI and Remote Access. This will pass through the code to the website automatically.

Move instance to another account

 Navigate to the local web interface. Click on the server icon, remote access
 Pair Agent with your new account

Reset local login

If you've forgotten your login for local Agent DVR you can reset it (back to no login):

 Stop Agent:
Windows: click Start – Run – Type “services.msc” Find Agent in the list, right click -> click stop.
Linux: open a terminal window and run sudo systemctl stop AgentDVR.service
OSX: open a terminal window and run sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist
 Run agent-reset-local-login.bat on Windows or agent-reset-local-login.sh on linux/ OSX (you might need to make this file executable by calling

chmod +x agent-reset-local-login.sh

).

 Restart Agent:
Windows: click Start – Run – Type “services.msc” Find Agent in the list, right click -> click start.
Linux: open a terminal window and run sudo systemctl start AgentDVR.service
OSX: open a terminal window and run sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ispy.agent.dvr.plist

Remote Access

Agent DVR uses WebRTC to setup remote connections so doesn't require any port forwarding setup and will work even over mobile internet connections. To connect remotely you will need to pair Agent with your iSpyConnect account. To do this, click on the server icon  in the local web interface and “Remote Access”. You'll be redirected to the online portal.

Important: You do not need to install Agent DVR on other computers or setup port forwarding for remote access. Just open up a web browser on any device at https://www.ispyconnect.com/app once Agent is connected. Remote access to Agent is a subscription service.

Subscription not applied?: Usually payment notifications come through immediately and you are good to go – but sometimes it can take a few days for things to clear. With Agent DVR you don't need a license code so no need to waiit for one to appear in your inbox – it's all automatically done on our side.

If your trial had ended before you subscribed you will need to use the local UI of Agent DVR and click on the server icon and Remote Access button. This will tell Agent to reconnect to your account.

Is Agent is connecting with the same account you have upgraded? If it isn't you will need to change it to link with the right account Any problems? Please Contact Us

No UI?: If you have downloaded Agent DVR to a VPS or a PC with no graphical UI you can still setup Agent for remote access by calling “Agent.exe register” on Windows or “agent-register.sh” on Linux/ OSX. This will give you a claim code you can use to access Agent from another PC.

Can't connect?: In rare instances a connection may fail due to content filtering on a VPN connection. You'll need to add exceptions in your content filtering software for *.ispyconnect.com and *.azurewebsites.net

Why use the website?: Agent uses webrtc for media connections which gets around most firewalls and port forwarding issues. On your local network your web browser can connect directly to Agent but for remote access web browsers can require SSL connections, STUN, TURN and relay servers for connection establishment which we provide via ispyconnect.com

Port Forwarding Access

Port forwarding is disabled with the free version of Agent DVR. To enable port forward access you will need to purchase a license. Note that port forward access isn't guaranteed to work as some networks and firewalls will block the traffic that webrtc needs to establish a connection. If you have issues accessing Agent via port forwarding check that your firewall is not blocking the application and you have forwarded the following ports (both in and out) and unblocked them from any firewall or antivirus:

 8090 TCP/UDP for the web interface
 3478 TCP/UDP for the STUN/ TURN server
 50000-50010 TCP/UDP for the Web RTC connections

See SSL for instructions on setting up SSL connections.

LAN Access

To access Agent over your LAN you may need to open up several ports in your firewall/ antivirus as Agent uses Web RTC for connections:

 8090 TCP/UDP for the web interface
 3478 TCP/UDP for the STUN/ TURN server
 50000-50010 TCP/UDP for the Web RTC connections

To secure LAN access setup a login under Server Settings – Users. If you forget this password you can reset it by stopping Agent and calling “Agent.exe reset-local-login” on Windows or “agent-reset-local-login.sh” on OSX and Linux.

Some browser extensions can also block access so if you have issues connecting locally try a different browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox and the latest version of Edge should all work). Also try disabling any extensions and clearing your cache.

Passing in Parameters

You can add parameters to the url of the Agent DVR UI to customize it:

Set default theme options (theme options are available in the account menu – theme settings):

 ?theme=darkly&variant=dark&large=false
 ?theme=sketchy&variant=primary&large=true

Auto play audio on load (v3.7.7.0+ may also require changing browser settings):

 ?playaudio=true

Start in minimised mode (top and bottom UI bars hidden) (v3.8.7.0+):

 ?mini=true

Pass in local username and password for auto login (v4.7.6.0+) (caution – this will expose your credentials to the network):

 ?un=username&pwd=password

Start on a specific view and select a device (v4.9.8.0+)

 ?viewIndex=1&oid=2&ot=1&max=true#Live

Adding Cameras

Click on the Server icon  at the top left of the Agent UI and “Add Device” under Devices. Or in Live View click on the Edit icon  at the bottom right and “Add New Device”

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Choose from the available list. To start the wizard, which walks you through discovering devices on the local network and uses the Agent camera database to connect to your camera click on “IP Camera Wizard”. If you have an ONVIF compatible camera click on “ONVIF”. If you have an RTSP or MJPEG or other URL already for your camera click on Video Source or if you are adding an audio source like a local USB microphone or other network audio source click on “Audio Source”.

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Configuration

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The second step when adding a new device is to setup some basic features. If you check “Alerts” Agent will setup your camera with a simple motion detector so it's ready to raise Alert events. To record when Agent detects motion check the “Record on Detect” option. If you have a high resolution camera you can check “Resize” to reduce the resolution of it and save some CPU usage. “Record Raw” means that Agent will record the stream directly from the camera to disk without encoding it which can dramatically reduce resource usage. Raw Record is only available for network video sources (not USB cameras or other local devices like Desktop streams). All of these options can be edited later.

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Using the Wizard

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Start by typing the name of your camera manufacturer. Agent will provide suggestions. Click on a suggestion to select it

Next enter your camera username and password. These should be the details you enter into the web or app interface to login to your camera (not your iSpyConnect.com login details!)

Enter the Channel (usually 0 for IP cameras but if you have a DVR with multiple cameras attached to it this might be a different number)

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Next you will need to find or enter the Network Address of your camera. Agent can discover local addresses automatically. There's usually not a lot of information available about the devices from the network scan unfortunately so this might take a bit of trial and error. Click on the Device name to open the address up in a web browser (if you're on the same network Agent is running on) and if it's your IP camera click “Use” next to it. Alternatively you can enter your network address manually. This should be formatted like http://IP-ADDRESS:PORT or https://WEB-ADDRESS:PORT if you are adding a camera from an internet address. Click the  icon to make Agent re-scan your network for devices.

Tip: It's important to setup your IP cameras with static IP addresses on your local network. If the IP address changes then Agent won't be able to connect to it. You can usually do this via your router configuration. There's a good guide for this here 

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When you have selected an address Agent will use the information you provided to scan the camera for available video endpoints. The ones it finds are provided in a list. Click “Use” to select it and finish adding the camera.

Tip: Try to choose an IP Camera option (instead of MJPEG or JPEG). IP Camera options frequently have audio and better framerates.

If nothing is found double check the details you entered are correct. You may need to contact the manufacturer and ask them connect directly to their camera video streams and then add a device using “Video Source” and manually configure the video stream URL instead of using the Wizard, or if it supports ONVIF then add it as an ONVIF device instead.

Live View

The live view is where you watch live streams from your devices. You can setup multiple live views in Agent and add whatever devices you like to them. Agent will intelligently arrange your devices to maximise the available space on whatever device you are using.

Example live panel

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Panel markers

The live view has some markers to provide device state and recording status:

Panel markers

 Blue border on left and bottom – This signifies which device is currently selected. The controls at the bottom left will apply to this device. Click on a device to select it.
 Red “REC” symbol at top right – This device is currently recording
 Red flashing border at top and right – The device is in an alert state
 Orange flashing border at top and right – The device has detected motion

Buttons/ Icons

The live view has icons along the bottom for controlling the selected device and the view itself. Buttons on the left control the current active device in the UI and on the right control the current View. The buttons on the left can change depending on what type of device is selected and what state it is currently in. Mouse-over the buttons to see a tool-tip explaining what they do and optional shortcut keys.

Buttons you may see in the device (left) section include:

  – Power on / off the device (enable / disable it in Agent)
  – Edit the device
  – Start/ Stop manual recording
  – Take a photo
  – Trigger a manual alert
  – Open tasks for the device
  – Go to this devices recordings
  – Go to this devices photos
  – Play back last 20 seconds from the current recording (only works if the device is currently recording in Raw mode)

Buttons you may see in the view (right) section include:

  – Open the volume control
  Edit the view (arrange devices)
  – Start/ Stop playback of the live view
  – Open the views menu
  – Start/ Stop talk
  – Show/ Hide the PTZ controller (you can change the type of PTZ controller that is displayed in the account menu – theme settings)
  – Show PTZ presets
  – Previous View
  – Next View

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Using Views

Editing views

Click the views icon  at bottom right to open the views menu. Each view shows a preview of the layout that is associated with it. Click on a view button to switch to that view. If you set Cycle to a non-zero number like 3, Agent will automatically cycle through any views containing devices every 3 seconds. Default View sets the view that Agent first displays when you open the browser.

To edit the view (add devices to the view, rename, change layout etc) click on the edit icon  at bottom right.

To manually cycle through configured views from the live screen use the  and  controls (note: these will only show views you have added devices to)

See layouts for more information on using and customising layouts.

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Using the PTZ Controller

Click on the  icon to show/ hide the PTZ controller. Click on a device in the live view to select it and then you can use the PTZ controller to control it. Make sure you have configured PTZ on the device – edit the device and see See PTZ.

 Click and drag on the background of the control to move it around the live viewer.
 Click and drag the round joystick controls with the mouse or touch and move them to control the PTZ on your camera.
 With the PTZ controller displayed you can use the numpad arrow keys and numpad +/- to zoom.
 Click or tap on the blue arrows or + / – on the zoom control for step movements.
 You can show/ hide the PTZ control with the middle mouse button.
 For digital PTZ you can use the mouse wheel on desktop to zoom in and out or pinch and swipe gestures on touch devices without the PTZ control showing. When zoomed in you can click and drag to move the zoomed area around.

Gamepad/ Joystick control:

As of v3.9.7.0+ Agent supports PTZ via gamepad controls:

Controlling Agent DVR with a joystick

Tips:

 To maximise a device click on it to select it then click it again. If you have setup your camera with a high res record URL and a low res live URL you can set Agent to use the High res stream when your device is maximised – to do this edit the device, click to edit video source settings (“…” button next to Source Type on the General tab) and select the Advanced tab. Check the option “Use record stream when maximised”.
 Click on a device to select it. When a device is selected you can use the device controls at bottom left to switch it on/ off, start/ stop recording, take photos, trigger manual alerts or edit and run custom tasks.
 You can add microphones as well as cameras to the live view – Configure how the microphone displays by editing the “Display Style” when editing the Microphone on the General tab, you can choose from Analyzer, Level or Historical.
 Use the  menu at bottom right to access other features like RTMP broadcast, start talk, play/ pause live video and lock/ unlock the layout positions.
 Agent indicates which device is selected with a highlight line around the left and bottom of the device. Alerting devices will also have red flashing lines around the top and right.
 If you assign a location to your camera it will also show next to the camera name and the background and border color will be set to the location color.

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