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iCatcher Help

Learn how to set up and use iCatcher's features to their full potential.

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The Playback windows allow you to review the recorded footage for a camera. You can also perform some processing on the images to improve the quality, and create independent videos for periods of interest.

The top of the window consists of the tool bar. Taking these buttons in order, they perform the following:

  • The tools button toggles the display of the controls section below the image.
  • The next three buttons control the magnification of the image, reducing the size, setting the size to default, and increasing the size respectively. By default, these will zoom into the image, but holding CTRL will cause the window size to be changed. This can also be changed in the Look & Feel settings.
  • The next button is the audio button which is available if the camera and recording supports audio and turns on and off the audio from the recording.
  • The next button is copy, which puts the current image on the Windows clipboard from where it can be pasted into any suitable application as a file or an image.
  • The printer button simply prints the current image with its date and time.
  • The image enhancement button will toggle the display of two sliders at the bottom the of window which will allow you to alter the gamma correction and brightness of the image.
  • The video/clapper board button will allow you to create an AVI video from your recorded footage. Once opened, select the range of images by finding the first image using the controls in the Playback window, and pressing the 'Now' button to the right of the 'Start' box, then move to the last image and press the other 'Now' button. The times can be adjusted manually and click clicking OK when you're ready will ask you for a location to save the video and a codec.
  • The last button allows the current image to be added to the gallery for archival purposes and for viewing later.

The area below the recorded footage contains a time line, a date and time, a speed, 'video style' playback buttons and, on some cameras, a loop play button.

  • The time line is a graphical display of when movement has occurred in the image over a 24 hour period. A red line indicates there has been motion, and the height of that line indicates the amount of motion in the period that line covers.
    A full height green line shows a tripwire cross event allowing you to see more important events easily. Clicking near a tripwire cross will snap to that event but can be disabled by holding the Ctrl key.
  • The date and time allow you to select the day you wish to view, and to jump to a particular time during that day. If there is no image for the exact time you entered, the closest image to that time will be displayed.
  • The Speed slider allows you to change the speed at which the footage is played back relative to real time speed, indicated with with a marker underneath it.
  • Some feeds (JPEG and Motion JPEG) have the ability to operate in loop play mode. When this is available, there will be another button on the end of the playback controls. Pressing this button will change the playback windows into 'Loop play' mode, disabling the date selector buttons and instead the window will play, by default, the last 5 images in a continuous loop. This number can be altered in the 'Loop count' box. This mode can be useful to ensure that any motion is not missed if you look away from the screen briefly as the last motions will be replayed in the window.
  • Some feeds will also have an option to show "Motion only" or "All video". This allows you to skip periods when no motion has occurred on feeds that use video stream recording to save direct to disk.

Synchronised playback across several feeds

If you right click on a group in the feed tree or the `Local console` item, there is a 'Synchronised playback' option which will open a playback window showing all feeds in the group.

These can be controlled using the controls at the bottom as you would normally with a single consolidated timeline.

Feeds can also be rearranged by dragging from one view to another, and new feeds can be added by dragging the feed from the Console tree or a folder from Explorer onto a view.