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General Image Settings

Open the General Image Settings dialog to define the basic settings for image control in the camera.

Notes

Description of Parameters

Configuration of the Panorama view (D14D-180° and D15-Pano only)

Activates an OnScreen Control, which allows panning and tilting Panorama windows. This element also controls the trapezoid correction used for adjusting the perspective of the image.

Camera Selection

Select the lens that you want see on the Live and Guest screens or set the picture-in-picture mode to combine the images of both lenses (only for dual-lens cameras).

Right

Right lens (factory default setting, usually the wide-angle lens).

Left

Left lens (usually the tele lens).

Both

Combines the images of both lenses and displays them side-by-side (left: left lens, right: right lens, as seen by the camera).

Auto

Automatically selects the color sensor for daylight and the b/w sensor for night recording (only for Day/Night cameras).

Camera Night Switch (DY/NI) (only Day/Night models)

Day/Night camera models automatically switch between day and night lenses when the illumination falls below or exceeds the value set in Night Camera Level. The higher the value, the earlier the camera switches to the night lens.

Notes

  • This parameter is only available for Day/Night models.

  • Set the Night Switch Delay to the desired value. This delay prevents switching to the other lens when illumination increases or decreases for a short period of time (e.g. a car with headlights passing by at night).

Switching Source

Select the sensor or signal that should be used for switching:

Illumination from camera

Uses the illumination measured by the camera as criterion switching between the day and night lenses (default setting).

CS1 to CS5

The custom signals CS1 to CS5 are defined in the General Event Settings dialog (using one of them, you can use a key switch attached to the camera's signal input or a master camera for switching, for example).

CSL

The "logically combined" signal CSL is also defined in the General Event Settings dialog. It allows combining the two custom signals CS1 and CS2 using a logical operation (AND or OR) or to copy the CSL signal from the master camera.

Illumination from <device name>

If an additional MOBOTIX device has been attached that can also measure illumination (e.g., an MX-GPS-Box), the camera can use that device as a criterion for switching between the day and night lenses.

Tip

To determine the best possible value for defining the night camera level, proceed as follows:

  • Click on the More button at the bottom of the Text & Display Settings dialog to display all options.

  • In the same dialog, set the Text Display parameter to On.

  • In the Comment text box, enter the ^IR placeholder. The camera now displays the current illumination rate in Lux on the live image.

  • Set the Level Meter parameter to Bar, and select Illumination as source for the level meter. The camera now displays the current exposure rate as a red bar on the live image. The value for switching to the night lens is displayed as white vertical line.

Image Size

Select the display size of the image.

Dual images (right and left image sensor) automatically require twice the width.

When selecting Custom Size, the camera will use the image size specified in the Custom Size field (see below).

Camera Time Switch (all other models with dual lenses)

Switches to the other lens according to a Time Table, if the Camera Selection option has been set to Auto.

If a time table profile is active or set to On (the icon Time table profile active is visible), the camera uses the left image sensor. If the time table profile is not active or set to Off, the camera will use the right image sensor.

Custom Size (only displayed if Image Size has been set to Custom Size)

Enter the size of the customized image in pixels that is displayed if Resolution has been set to Custom Size. If the image size defined here has a different ratio than 4:3, you can click with the mouse near the borders of the image to move the image area within the standard image in the desired direction (panning).

It is recommended to set the coordinates of the custom size by creating a yellow frame on the live image of the camera and copying them into the required field. For additional information on this topic, see the Graphically Entering Image Areas help page.

If you have selected Custom Size, you can also crop the image. This feature will define a specific portion of the image, which will then be used for all other operations. This feature also allows an interactive definition of the yellow rectangle in the image. Next, clicking on the Adjust Custom Size button will adjust the image size to match the ratio of the selected image area, thus displaying the whole image at once.

Cropping of the image section is only possible if the display mode is not distortion-corrected.

Image Quality

Select the desired ratio of image quality to frame rate:

  • High: Read full image sensor to deliver the best image quality.

  • Default: Good image quality with high frame rates (this is the default setting).

  • Fast: Highest frame rate with some loss in quality.

Frames per second

Number of images per second that are recorded by the camera. If long exposure times are necessary to comply with poor lighting conditions, the frame rate decreases.

Playback has Priority

This option controls the camera behavior when playing back recordings via the camera. This is the case, if you are using MxManagementCenter for browsing the recordings, for example.

Since the playback creates extra processor load in the camera, this option can be used to give higher priority to the playback than to creating live streams. This results in smoother display of the video during playback. Note that both parameters of this function only work if no recording is running (continuous or event recording, see below):

  • Live and Pre-Alarm Images at 2 fps: If the camera plays back images, the frame rate of live streams and the pre-alarm frame rate of recordings will be reduced to 2 frames/s.

  • Live and Pre-Alarm Images at Recording Frame Rate: If the camera plays back images, both, the pre-alarm frame rate of recordings and the frame rate of live streams will be created with the selected recording frame rate, if it is higher than 2 frames/s. This settings only makes sense if you need a higher frame rate than 2 frames/s for pre-alarm images and the recording frame rate is considerably lower than the live frame rate.

Important

Recordings always have the highest priority! If an event recording or a continuous recording is running, the frame rate of the live stream is the same as the defined recording frame rate, if it is higher than 2 frames/s. This applies to both live image and full image recording.

Display Mode

Sets the display mode of the selected image sensor:

  • Full Image: Shows the full image of the selected image sensor. When using 180° ("Hemispheric") lenses, the camera shows the uncorrected original image (circular shape).

  • Normal: Shows a corrected image from 180° lenses in 4:3 format.

  • Lens Correction: On all cameras with distortion correction (excluding 180° lenses) − shows a corrected image in 4:3 format.

  • Picture-in-Picture: Displays a small preview image inside of the other lens in the main image. If the resolution is lower than VGA (640x480 pixels), the camera suppresses the preview image.

  • Picture in Zoom: Displays a small overview image in the zoomed image. If the resolution is lower than VGA (640x480 pixels), the camera suppresses the preview image.

  • Event in Picture: Displays the last event image in the live image. If the resolution is lower than VGA (640x480 pixels), the camera suppresses the preview image.

  • Surround: Displays four images with independent views.

  • Panorama: Shows a corrected image in 8:3 format. This view mode shows a special 180° image.

  • Double Panorama: Shows two corrected images, which will be displayed differently depending on where the camera has been mounted:

    • Ceiling mounted: Shows two 180° views in a special projection, thus providing for full 360° surveillance. The upper image section shows "North" exactly at the center of the image (as set using the Installation Quick Control; the lower image section shows the opposite direction. Furthermore, the viewing directions of both images are linked with the second image trailing the first by 180 degrees. Note that you cannot change the tilt angle of this image as this disturb the image geometry of the projection.

    • Wall: Displays two Panorama 180° views pointing in the same direction.

  • Panorama/Focus: Consists of one panorama image in 8-to-3 format and two corrected 4-to-3 images below.

Notes

  • The display modes described above depend on your camera model and the installed lenses. Hence, not all modes are available on all cameras.

  • The width and height of the inset images are always a quarter of the width and height of the main image. The Enlarge inset image option in the General Image Settings dialog doubles the width and height of the inset image. The Position of the inset image options in the same dialog specify where the inset image will be displayed within the overall image.

  • The Panorama display modes provide the OnScreen Control, which allows panning, tilting and zooming the corresponding Panorama window. This element also controls the trapezoid correction used for adjusting the perspective of the image.

  • Day/Night cameras are using the display mode of the day sensor if the image sensor has been set to Auto.

Mirror & Rotate Image

Using these parameters, you can mirror the image (but not the displayed text) in horizontal and vertical direction or rotate it.

Note

These parameters depend on your camera model and may thus not be available in all cameras.

Caution When Mounting the Camera Upside-Down in Outdoor Scenarios!

  • When mounting a MOBOTIX M15, M25 or S15 upside-down in outdoor scenarios, the camera is not IP65-certified any more!

  • When mounting a MOBOTIX M15, M25 or S15 camera upside-down in outdoor scenarios (even though the camera is protected from rain), humidity from natural condensation cannot exit the camera properly. This will inevitably cause water to collect in the camera, leading to irreparable damages!

  • Mounting a MOBOTIX M15, M25 oder S15 upside-down in outdoor environments will automatically void your warranty!

Sharpness

In order to improve image quality, you can adjust the sharpness control value. A lower value results in a smoother (less crisp) image. The factory default setting is 4.

Automatic Sharpness Control

This parameter allows reducing the perceived image noise by automatically adjusting the sharpening of images in dark scenes to the image brightness. The factory default setting is activated.

Note

This feature is not available on cameras with 1MP and 3MP image sensors.

Image Noise Suppression

Growing darkness may result in the image quality getting poorer because of image noise.

The Noise Suppress parameter minimizes this effect:

  • Off: Deactivates noise suppression.

  • Low: As darkness grows, the camera will use temporal filtering and will reduce sharpness and color saturation (default setting).

  • High: As darkness grows, the camera will use spatial filtering in addition.

Obscure Image Area (OA)

In some applications, certain image parts need to be obscured. Activate this parameter and select a Time Table, the Obscure Image Color and the area that is to be covered.

Note

This parameter is only available for Secure models.

Obscure Image Time Table

Select a Time Table profile to activate/deactivate the obscured image areas in a scheduled manner.

Obscuring Image Areas

Defines the image areas that are to be obscured; every line in the definition box (e.g. 0,270,190,100,100,2) represents one window. The image coordinates' origin is the lower left corner of the image.

Format of one line:

lens, pos. x, pos. y, width, height, type

Parameters of one configuration line:

Image sensor

0 = right

1 = left

Pos. x

Number of pixels from the left edge of the image to the left edge of the window

Pos. y

Number of pixels from the lower edge of the image to the lower edge of the window

Width

Width of the window in pixels.

Height

Height of the window in pixels.

Type

0 = filled rectangle

1 = crossed-out frame

2 = mosaic (default)

Tip

For defining a new or additional window, follow the instructions in the Graphically Entering Image Areas help page.


Storing the Configuration

Click on the Set button to activate your settings and to save them until the next reboot of the camera.

Click on the Factory button to load the factory defaults for this dialog (this button may not be present in all dialogs).

Click on the Restore button to undo your most recent changes that have not been stored in the camera permanently.

Click on the Close button to close the dialog. While closing the dialog, the system checks the entire configuration for changes. If changes are detected, you will be asked if you would like to store the entire configuration permanently.


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