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VideoPush for Mobile and Faster Camera Discovery Highlight the exacqVision 6.8 Release

The latest version of the exacqVision Video Management System (VMS), Version 6.8, is now available. The focus of this release centers around VideoPush for Exacq Mobile and faster camera discovery through EasyConnect. With added support for over 75 new cameras in this release and 250 new test records, the exacqVision VMS now supports nearly 2,300 IP camera models.

exacqVision 6.0 logoexacqVision 6.8 is available for download

Faster Camera Discovery

The EasyConnect feature on the exacqVision VMS allows users to find, assign, address and connect certain IP cameras to their network automatically. Camera scanning for EasyConnect in exacqVision 6.8 has been improved to find more cameras on busy and noisy networks, including cameras on different subnets.

  • More efficient: Scans complete in about half the time
  • Better performance: Find more cameras on busy networks
  • Hardened: Avoid conflicts with other services using discovery ports


 64-bit exacqVision for Windows®

Windows 64Use the exacqVision 6.8 64-bit version for improved operating system memory management for environments with high input/output (I/O) demands.

How to upgrade to 64-bit?

exacqVision Groups Enhancements

The exacqVision 6.8 groups page allows you to create logical groups of cameras and other items connected to one or more systems. This is useful when you have a large number of cameras spread across multiple buildings or a campus, and you would like to place cameras in logically named groups such as first floor or second floor instead of viewing your cameras in default groups based on their connection to the systems.

With exacqVision 6.8, you can now upload and assign custom icons to groups, making it easier to find groups of interest at a glance. You can now also sort items within a group.


VideoPush for Exacq Mobile

exacqVision 6.8 now supports video push to mobile devices. VideoPush gives exacqVision Enterprise users the ability to instantly push selected cameras, layouts, tours, groups or entire views to another exacqVision client monitor, such as a public view monitor (PVM), video wall and now to mobile devices.

This feature allows video to be sent and shared with officers on patrol or other remotely stationed personnel for on-the-go collaboration. For example, when users identify a suspicious event occurring in an area, the video can immediately be pushed directly to the mobile device of a person closest to that area.

video push mobile

VideoPush is available in the exacqVision Enterprise VMS at no extra cost, with no limitation on the number of public view monitors, video wall, or mobile device connections.

Exacq Mobile H.264 and other Mobile Improvements

Several usability improvements have been added to Exacq Mobile in this release including:

  • H.264 video compression format (also known as MPEG-4) playback support for iOS, Android, and Windows phone devices. This enhancement saves bandwidth and CPU on the server running the web service. The video is either streamed or transcoded to H.264 based on mobile device performance
  • Improved mobile device responsiveness, allowing touch-drag of cameras to display camera freeze frame while dragging
  • Pressed Exacq Mobile buttons now clearly show the pressed-button state
  • Exacq Mobile icons have been redesigned for better visibility and recognition

Exacq Mobile

  • View cameras by group, as defined in the exacqVision client. With support for groups, Exacq Mobile users can quickly view relevant cameras.
  • The Web Client now offers more configuration support of exacqVision recorders, including the System Information page and Add Cameras page, with the ability to enable/disable cameras and manually add new cameras.

Enterprise System Manager (ESM) Version 3.2

ESM Backup Configuration

Automate the backup of recorder configurations in Enterprise System Manager (ESM) 3.2. Administrators can schedule backups (exports) of multiple recorder configurations at once. These backups are stored on the ESM server and can be restored (imported) to the recorder to “reset” the recorder to a known earlier good state. This ability to configure and schedule exports on multiple servers simultaneously eases the management of large environments.

  • Export recorder configurations to ESM (backup)
  • Import recorder configuration from ESM (restore)
  • Exports are manually executed server by server
  • Imports (restores) can be scheduled and performed in bulk

ESM Event Duration Rules

Short events that occur frequently can result in hundreds or even thousands of entries in a batch email notifications. With ESM 3.2, you can filter those events from triggering multiple notifications using the new “lasts for at least” rule. This ensures that the event duration lasts long enough to warrant a notification.

Last for at least rule

ESM Bulk Server Edits

You can now edit all of the servers in the ESM server list using the new bulk edits option. Click on the new bulk edit iconbulk edit icon to update basic connection properties that should be the same on every recorder. The bulk edits feature also allows you to delete all servers in the list .

Bulk Edit

New IP Camera Support

We’ve added support for more than 75 new IP camera models in the exacqVision 6.8 release and updated over 250 new test records, bringing the total number of supported IP cameras to nearly 2,300!

IP Cameras

New IP Cameras

New native driver IP camera support and updates for the following cameras models are included in this release:

IllustraIllustra Flex

Now supported with Illustra3 plugin

  • Enables 4 motion windows in upcoming firmware version 3.0.X

Illustra EssentialsIllustra Essentials

  • IPC-HD1100CN
  • IPC-HD2200CN
  • IPC-HFW1100SN
  • IPC-HFW2200SN
  • IPC-HDW1100SN
  • IPC-HDW2200SN

AxisAxis Communications

  • P3365
  • Q3505
  • P3214
  • Q8414-LVS
  • Q6045-MKII PTZ
  • Digest authentication support


  • Client-side dewarping now available on the following camera models:
    • E919
    • E923
    • I51
    • I71
    • E98
    • E15
    • E16
  • Native driver support for the following models:
    • B24
    • B45
    • B27
    • B44
    • B41
    • B25
    • B84
    • B47
    • B81
    • B21
    • B85
    • I71


  • WV-SPW631(LT)
  • WV-SFV611(L)
  • WV-SPN311
  • WV-SPW611(L)
  • WV-SPN310
  • WV-SPN631
  • WV-SPN611


  • P1220 PTZ


  • Support for receiving analytic events


  • SNC-VB632D


  • FE8180
  • FD8154
  • FD8367
  • FD8169
  • FD8373
  • FD8165
  • FD8155
  • FD8173
  • FD8167
  • FE8391
  • SD8364E PTZ

 Other Integration Partners Recently Added

Download and Installation

The latest versions of exacqVision client and server software can easily and quickly be copied over existing versions while retaining all user settings. The latest versions are available through “Check for Updates” in the “About” box in the exacqVision software.

exacqVision Server software is available in both Windows and Linux versions, and the exacqVision client software is available in Windows, Linux and Macintosh native versions. Any version of exacqVision client can connect to any version of exacqVision server.

Download exacqVision Software here: http://exacq.com/downloads

Try exacqVision software for free here: http://exacq.com/try


exacqVision 3.2 Released

exacqVision 3.2 ReleaseVersion 3.2 of exacqVision Video Management Software has just been released.  This latest release, compatible with all exacqVision Hybrid and IP video surveillance systems, incorporates new features and enhancements, and continues our quest for rapid, incremental updates.

Version 3.2 is available for download here.  Key features in the 3.2 Release:

  • Arecont Vision H.264 IP Camera Support
    Support for the latest H.264 Megapixel IP cameras from Arecont Vision
  • Axis H.264 IP Camera Support
    Support for the latest H.264 IP cameras from Axis
  • Sony Megapixel IP Camera Support
    Support added for the new 4th-gen line of Sony IP and megapixel cameras
  • ePlayer Enhancements
    Detailed camera and video playback information available via right-click
  • Proportional Pan & Tilt
    Added control of IP cameras when using USB joystick controllers

Here are some of the features in detail:

H.264 IP Camera Support
Recently both Axis and Arecont Vision announced sweeping new additions to their IP camera lines.  In both cases, support for H.264 video compression was a primary technical feature in the new models.  H.264 is emerging as the standard for video compression in video surveillance, due to its high video quality, low file size and reduced bandwidth requirements.

Arecont Vision
Arecont Vision H.264Arecont recently added H.264 versions to their entire line-up of IP megapixel cameras.  The new H.264 compression-based models that are now shipping are the AV1305 (1.3 MP), AV2105 (2 MP), AV3105 (3 MP), and the AV5105 (5 MP).  exacqVision 3.2 supports these new models, and with their H.264 compression we’re seeing up to a 10x average image file size reduction, faster frame rates, and lower server CPU requirements when compared with the similar Arecont MJPEG-based models. 

(Update: This week at the Security 2008 tradeshow in Essen, Germany, Arecont announced H.264 versions of their panoramic cameras: the AV-8185 and the AV-8365.  No release date was set, but we expect to be supporting them when they do begin to ship).

Axis Communications
Axis H.264Axis recently announced a complete revamping of their product line, based on using H.264 as the primary compression standard.  Over the next few months they will be releasing a broad range of products to replace the current product line.  Several models have already been announced and have begun to ship, including the P3301 and P3301V network cameras and the Q7401 encoder.  Several additional announced models will be coming out in the coming weeks.  This new Axis IP camera line uses a common API, and exacqVision 3.2 supports the entire new product line.  With these new cameras we’re seeing up to a 2x average image file size reduction over the similar MPEG-4 models, with very good image quality.

Sony Megapixel IP Camera Support
SonySony also recently announced new additions to their IP camera lineup, including three megapixel IP models: the SNC-DM110, the SNC-CM120 and the SMC-DM160, and two new minidome IP models:  the SNC-DS10 and the SNC-DS60exacqVision 3.2 supports this entire new “fourth-generation” IP camera product line from Sony.

ePlayer enhancement
The exacqVision ePlayer is a feature-rich portable player that can be embedded with exported video for use by law enforcement or others.  It offers many of the features of the exacqVision client, including multiple camera views, digital zoom, video authentication, additional export of video clips and still images..  exacqVision 3.2 adds additional video channel information.  A right-click on any video window displays the entire properties of that video clip, including camera type, resolution, compression format, total number of images, average image size, time length, and total percent of motion. In the case of MPEG-4 or H.264, additional information is displayed on the various key frames in the clip.

exacqVision ePlayer right-click 1

exacqVision ePlayer right click 2

Axis 295Proportional Pan & Tilt using USB Joystick
exacqVision 3.2 now supports proportional Pan and Tilt using USB video surveillance joystick controllers like the Axis 295.  Using the capabilities of the joysticks, the harder you move the stick the faster the the pan and tilt occur.

Recent Releases
With this release we continue to make rapid progress with exacqVision, and incremental releases have hit about every 2 months. Through these releases over the last year we’ve added a large number of new features.  You can see our release history here

As always, the latest versions of exacqVision client and server software can easily and quickly be copied over existing versions while retaining all user settings. The latest versions can always be downloaded from our Downloads page, or you can click on ‘Check for Updates‘ within the ‘About‘ box in the exacqVision software. 

exacqVision Server software is available in both Windows and Linux versions, and the exacqVision client software is available in Windows, Linux and Macintosh native versions.  Any version of exacqVision client can connect to any version of exacqVision server.

Report from Security 2008 Australia

Security 2008 AustraliaThe Security 2008 Australia show was held last week at the Sydney Convention Centre.  This is the largest physical security trade show in Australia, and our agent for the entire region, Zone Advanced Protection Systems, had a prominent booth on the show floor.

Zone was showing their full line-up of products, including ICx thermal imaging, intelligent sensors and radar surveillance systems; ioimage video analytic cameras; and ACTi IP video cameras. But certainly a highlight of their booth was the exacqVision IP video surveillance systems combined with the new Arecont Vision h.264 megapixel IP cameras.  These new h.264 compression-based megapixel cameras (Arecont models AV5105, AV3105, AV2105 and AV1305) provide a tremendous benefit in reducing both storage space and network traffic.  Since these cameras have become available, we’re seeing upwards of 10x average file size reduction with the h.264 models vs. the corresponding MJPEG models.

Bill Nolan, Managing Director of Zone, reported that the new cameras with the exacqVision software were a hit: “The customers GOT it and so it made megapixel much more interesting.”  One visitor to the booth said this combination was “the first real megapixel management system I’ve seen.”  The fact that the exacqVision software runs natively on Windows, Linux and Macintosh, as well as browsers and mobile devices, was also a big draw.  Bill summed up the exacqVision response at the show by saying “it was instantly understandable by the trade and will migrate IP systems to the forefront of the buyers mind by its great management of megapixel cameras.”

Our congratulations to the crew at Zone for yet another successful show.  Zone will exhibiting the exacqVision products at two additional trade shows this month, the JAA Australian Jewellery Fair 08 in Sydney next week, and the Security in Government 2008 show in Canberra in two weeks.  Zone can be reached as follows:

Web: www.zoneaps.com.au
Phone: +61-2-9894-7025
E-mail: sales@zoneaps.com

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Here Come the H.264 IP Cameras

H.264 and exacqVisionAt ISC West next week we will see some new IP camera models that will use the H.264 compression standard.  Arecont Vision announced their new H.264 megapixel camera lineup earlier this year at the Intersec show in Dubai, and will be showing them at ISC.  ACTi will again be showing pre-release versions of their H.264 megapixel cameras.  We may see some other new H.264 IP camera announcements as well.

H.264, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10, offers advantages for digital video surveillance applications.  It generally produces smaller file sizes with video quality that is as good or better than video compressed using other methods.

The exacqVision VMS software was built to be compression-independent, supporting standards-based video compression formats.  exacqVision makes extensive use of the Intel Integrated Performace Primitives for optimized video decompression on the latest processors.  As such, exacqVision is fully H.264 capable and it is ready for the upcoming H.264 IP cameras.  And all supported IP cameras can coexist together in an exacqVision system, even if they are different in compression formats and resolution.

When these new H.264-based IP cameras start shipping from the various vendors, we will have support for them.  We’ll see you at ISC West.