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exacqVision Version 2.10 Released

Version 2.10 of exacqVision NVR video surveillance software has been released. This latest release, compatible with all hybrid and NVR exacqVision systems, continues the quest for rapid, incremental releases to roll out new features and enhancements quickly. 

Version 2.10 can be downloaded here.  Key Features in the Version 2.10 Release:

  • ACTi Megapixel – Support added for the new line of megapixel IP cameras from ACTi
  • Vivotek – new Vivotek IP camera models supported
  • Axis & ACTi – New resolution modes supported
  • New Media Formats – DVD+R and DVD+RW formats now supported for exporting video
  • New System Configurations – New 4U chassis, up to 8 TB storage

Here are some of the new features in detail:

ACTi Megapixel Support
ACTiACTi has recently launched a new line of megapixel IP cameras.  We support this entire new line, which includes the following models:

ACM-5601
ACM-5611
ACM-3401
ACM-3411
ACM-4200

Vivotek New IP Camera Support
VivotekWe also have added support for the latest models in the Vivotek IP camera line, which includes these models:

IP7151
IP7152
IZ7151

Axis & ACTi – New Resolutions Supported
Axis CommunicationsexacqVision now supports 1280×1024 and 1280×720 resolutions on all Axis and ACTi megapixel cameras, in addition to all of the other previously-supported resolution modes. 

Both the Axis and ACTi megapixel cameras produce faster frame rates when running in the 1280×720 mode vs. higher-resolution modes.

New Media Formats
DVD+RWSupport has been added for the DVD+R and DVD+RW media formats for exported video.  exacqVision also supports DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW formats.

New System Configurations
We have expanded the chassis offerings for our exacqVision NVR servers and Hybrid Servers.  A new, matching 4U-height chassis configuration is now available, in addition to the 2U chassis and the space-saving desktop chassis.  The new 4U chassis allows for increased storage options up to 8 TB on storage, as well as RAID-5 storage options.  The spec sheet for this new offering is here, or you can click below.

Recent Releases
We have continued to make rapid progress with exacqVision, with incremental releases hitting about every 2 months.  Here are some highlights of the most recent releases:

exacqVision Version 2.9 release (January 7, 2008)
exacqVision Version 2.8 release (October 31, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.7 release (August 8, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.6 release (June 19, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.5 release (May 7, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.4 release (March 27, 2007)

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 version can always be downloaded from our Downloads page, or you can click on ‘Check for Updates‘ within the ‘About‘ box in the exacqVision software.

The next release, Version 3.0, will coincide with the ISC West show in Las Vegas, April 2-4, and will have some major feature additions.

exacqVision Version 2.9 Released

exacqVision Version 2.9 ReleaseVersion 2.9 of exacqVision IP video surveillance software has been released.  This latest release, compatible with all hybrid and NVR exacqVision systems, continues the quest for rapid, incremental releases to roll out new features and enhancements quickly.

Version 2.9 can be downloaded here.  Key Features in the Version 2.9 Release:

  • Megapixel Camera Cropping – save bandwidth and file size
  • Soft Trigger Event Buttons – Create user-defined event buttons on the client.
  • Linux Release – Now available in Linux or Windows across the entire product line, same feature set on each.
  • 48-Camera View – For wide-screen monitors
  • Right-Click Camera Properties – view/set camera properties with just one click
  • IP Camera Enhancements – expanded functionality with Axis and Panasonic
  • POS/ATM Enhancements – Definable in number of days up to two years

Here are some of these features in detail:

Megapixel Camera Cropping
The IP megapixel cameras from IQeye and Arecont Vision can produce spectacular images with great detail. With those increased-resolution images also comes increased file sizes and increased network bandwidth usage.

In many cases, there are areas in each megapixel camera image that are not necessary to view or record. For example, an exterior camera aimed at a parking lot may also include sky or buildings or landscaping in the view, which you do not need to record. With the new Cropping feature of exacqVision, you can crop out those areas you don’t wish to record, thereby maintaining the high-resolution for the areas you do want to see, but reducing file sizes and network bandwidth usage. This feature is particularly useful for systems that may have a large number of IP megapixel cameras connected.

Roger and Dan put together a video for this feature:

 

Soft Trigger Event Buttons
This is a feature that allows client buttons to be created that can perform any definable task, created through the exacqVision Event Linking feature. For example, on a client station monitoring a remote location, a soft trigger button can be created that lets the person monitoring that site unlock a door at the remote location to let someone in.  This is a powerful feature.  Roger and Dan put together this video to explain it:

 

Linux
Exacq at ASIS 2007 8The exacqVision Linux release is now out.  Beginning with Version 2.9, exacqVision software will be available in both Windows and Linux.  The Linux release, based on the Ubuntu 6.06 distribution, is identical in functionality and features to the Windows version.  The two releases are completely compatible: Windows clients can be connected to Linux servers, and Linux clients can be connected to Windows servers; you can have any mix of Windows and Linux clients and servers.

Ordering is easy: any exacqVision Hybrid server or exacqVision NVR server is available in either Windows or Linux; with a ‘-L’ added to the part number for the Linux version.  For software-only purchases to be installed on existing servers, the part numbers are the same; we generate a license key that is the same for either Windows or Linux.

Both the Windows software and the Linux software are now available on our Downloads page.


48-Camera View

exacqVision 48-camera viewA new 8×6 48-camera live view is available on all clients running on wide-screen monitors.  This is especially useful when running one or more large-screen monitors.


Right-Click Camera Properties

exacqVision Camera Properties windowA long-requested exacqVision feature had been added: the ability to see camera properties without having to leave the Live View page.  A right-click in any camera window now has the added feature to show that camera’s properties: 

  • system name
  • manufacturer and model number
  • IP address
  • MAC address
  • firmware version
  • Current resolution and frame rate
  • Direct link to camera’s setup page

Among other things, this feature is especially useful if you want to quickly change attributes or text overlay on a given camera.


IP Camera Enhancements
Panasonic
Panasonic: New support for the Panasonic NW-484S i-Pro Super Dynamic III Vandal Proof Network Fixed Dome Camera.  Version 2.9 also improves efficiencies and compatibilities across the Panasonic camera line.

AxisAxis: exacqVision now controls unique PTZ cameras on each input of the Axis multi-input video servers: 240Q, 241Q and 241QA


POS/ATM Enhancements

Improved POS and ATM data retention, now definable in days from 1 to 730 days (2 years).

Recent Releases
We’ve made rapid progress in the last year, with incremental releases averaging about every 2 months.  Here are some highlights of the most recent releases:

exacqVision Version 2.8 release (October 31, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.7 release (August 8, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.6 release (June 19, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.5 release (May 7, 2007)
exacqVision Version 2.4 release (March 27, 2007)

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 version 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 Version 2.8 Released

exacqVision Version 2.8 ReleaseWe have just released Version 2.8 of the exacqVision video surveillance software, for all exacqVision Hybrid and IP NVR systems. This latest release, compatible with all exacqVision systems, continues our quest to issue incremental releases (about every six weeks) in response to customer-requested features and enhancements.

Version 2.8 can be downloaded here.

Key features in the Version 2.8 Release:

  • Multi-Monitor Drag-and-Drop – drag any video camera into any monitor in a multi-monitor client
  • Instant Zoom Box – instantly zoom in on any selected area of the screen on both live and playback
  • New IP Camera Support – support added for Vivotek IP cameras, as well as the new Sentinel Series of external IP cameras from IQinvision
  • Exhanced Axis IP Camera Features – support for Axis’ new HTTP Digest Authentication
  • Expanded PTZ Procols – Bosch, GE-Impac, GE-ASCII PTZ protocols added
  • Searched Image Export Enhancements – quick copy searched image to clipboard

Here are some of these features in detail:


Enhanced Multi-Monitor Mode
Drag-and-Drop videos between monitors

exacqVision Multi-MonitorVersion 2.8 has significant enhancements for running multiple monitors on a client station.  Perhaps the most significant is the ability to drag any video camera – either the video window or the camera name from the camera tree – into any other viewing pane of any other monitor.

Creating video walls, or having specific functions in each monitor: viewing in one, search in another, event monitoring in another, the multi-monitor mode of the exacqVision client is very powerful.

Video Demo – We’ve created a video demonstrating the capabilities of the exacqVision multi-monitor mode, which you can view here:


Instant Zoom Box
Press Control-Z in the exacqVision client, and use the mouse to draw a rectangle around any area of an image for instant zooming to that section of the image.


Enhanced Axis IP Camera Support

Axis CommunicationSecurity – To further strengthen the security of their video products, Axis added support for HTTP Digest Authentication in most of their products. HTTP Digest Authentication is used for more secure authentication over both HTTP and RTSP.  exacqVision Version 2.8 now supports Digest Authentication in Axis cameras.

Enhanced PTZ Presets – Version 2.8 adds more robust PTZ preset modes for the Axis 212, 215 and 233D cameras.


New IP Camera Models Supported

VivotekVivotek – Added support for the entire line of 6000-series and 7000-series Vivotek IP cameras.

IQinvisionIQinvision – Added support for the new Sentinel Series of all-weather outdoor POE IP cameras.

exacqVision IP camera supportThe complete list of exacqVision supported IP cameras is available here


New PTZ Protocols Supported
Bosch and GEAdditional PTZ protocols for analog PTZ cameras for use on exacqVision Hybrid Servers have been added.  These new protocols include Bosch, GE-Impac, and GE-ASCII.


exacqVision Linux Status
Exacq at ASIS 2007 8We are getting closer to officially releasing the Linux version of exacqVision.  For our current Linux Beta Testers, we have updated the exacqVision Linux release to Version 2.8 as well, and you can download that using the same download links we provided you initially.

The first release of exacqVision Linux will be based on the Ubuntu 6.06 distribution, and will be identical in form and function in every way to our Windows version of exacqVision.  Both client and server will be available in Linux versions across our product line.  You can freely mix and match: Windows clients can be connected to Linux servers, and vice-versa.

We anticipate releasing exacqVision Linux by the end of November, 2007.


We continue to make a great deal of progress with our feature set.  We released Version 2.0 in December of 2006, and have had steady releases every few weeks since then.  Here’s our growing list recapping some of the recent release highlights:

Version 2.7 Release, August 8, 2007
– Virtual Matrix Switching & Event Monitoring
– Increased Data Authentication
– Playback Enhancements
– Panoramic Camera Support

Version 2.6 Release, June 19, 2007
– exacqReplay
– Joystick Support
– Shortcut Function Key Support
– New Wide-Screen Modes

Version 2.5 Release, May 7, 2007
– Bandwidth Throttling
– View Tour & Enhancements
– Enhanced exacqRecall

Version 2.4 Release, March 27, 2007
– Arecont & Panasonic IP Camera Support
– Audio support on Axis Cameras
– Time-Lapse Mode
– Pre-Motion Recording

Going back further, we had IP Camera Finder in Version 2.3 (Feb 07), Multi-Monitor support in Version 2.2 (Jan 07), and many, many other enhancements and bug fixes.

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.  Version 2.8 of exacqVision is available on our Downloads page.

exacqVision Version 2.7 Released

exacqVision Version 2.7 ReleaseWe have just released Version 2.7 of the exacqVision IP video surveillance software. This latest release, compatible with all exacqVision systems, continues our quest to issue incremental releases (about every six weeks) in response to customer-requested features and enhancements.

Version 2.7 can be downloaded here.

Key features in the Version 2.7 Release:

  • Virtual Matrix Switching & Event Monitoring – a powerful new feature for alarm monitoring and assessment
  • Increased Data Authentication – secure, accurate and defendable video authentication
  • Panoramic IP camera support – support for panoramic cameras from Arecont Vision and CBC America
  • Playback Enhancements – more FF/RW control
  • ePlayer enhancements – substantial feature enhancements to ePlayer, the player that is automatically included with video exports
  • Enhanced audio support

Here are some of these features in detail:


Virtual Matrix Switching & Event Monitoring
Version 2.7 adds full virtual matrix switching functionality, plus event monitoring and acknowledgement to exacqVision. Whether you’re running exacqVision in a single-monitor mode or in a multiple-monitor mode, the new feature enables video pop-up alarms, immediate playback and assessment, and acknowledgement of alarms.  This is a powerful new feature, and is best explained in the video clip we posted a couple of weeks ago:


Increased Watermark Authentication
exacqVision Data AuthenticationVersion 2.7 adds a substantially increased secure level of watermark authentication on exported video using the industry standard, NIST-approved Hash Message Authentication Code, or HMAC.  For any export of video, regardless of the number of cameras, types of cameras (analog or IP), or length of export, the entire export is authenticated with HMAC.

This is a highly secure, accurate and defendable means of verifying the authenticity of any frame of any camera in the video export.  The authentication would not pass if any frame of any camera had been modified, deleted or added. 


New Panoramic IP Camera Support


Arecont Vision – Added support for the Arecont panoramic cameras, models AV8180 and AV8360.


CBC America – Added support for the CBC America MP8D panoramic camera


The complete list of exacqVision supported IP cameras is available here


Playback Enhancements
exacqVision FF/RW enhancementsPlayback of video is now enhanced through unlimited acceleration forward of backward by pressing the FF or RW button. Go from 1x to 2x to 4x to 8x to 16x and on and on.


ePlayer enhancements
exacqVision ePlayer Substantial improvements have been made to ePlayer, the program that accompanies exported video.  ePlayer is included with all video exports and allows the viewer to play back exported video in the same way it was recorded without needing the exacqVision client or system. 

ePlayer allows for simultaneous camera playback, just as it was recorded, and allows the viewer to perform additional searches and exports, as well as save and print individual frames, and more.  Numerous enhancements have enabled ePlayer to have most all of the functionality of the exacqVision client, including:

  • Digital PTZ – zoom in and pan around any video frame while the video is playing
  • Status information – new options to enable display of camera names, time stamps, alarm mode, and more.
  • Enhanced FF/RW – clicking on Fast Forward and Rewind buttons now allows unlimited speeds forward and backward, just like the new feature in the exacqVision client.
  • HMAC Authentication – ePlayer allows the viewer to quickly verify that the video is authentic using the enhanced HMAC authentication added to exacqVision.

Numerous Enhancements
A long list of enhancements accompany the 2.7 release, including:

  • improved audio playback support for Axis and ACTi IP cameras, as well as exacqVision Pro Hybrid audio inputs
  • enhanced Arecont Vision IP camera performance
  • various bug fixes

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.  Version 2.7 of exacqVision is available on our Downloads page.

exacqVision Version 2.6 Released

exacqVision Version 2.6 ReleaseWe’ve just released Version 2.6 of the exacqVision IP video surveillance software. This latest release continues our quest to issue incremental releases about every six weeks to continually add customer-requested features.

Version 2.6 can be downloaded here.

Key features in the Version 2.6 Release

  • exacqReplay – instant right-click replay from any camera view
  • Joystick support – added support for all USB joysticks for PTZ functionality
  • Arecont 5100 support – 5 Mpixel IP camera
  • Improved Axis integration
  • New 6×5 widescreen view
  • Shortcut Function key support – function keys for help, hide navigation panel, hide toolbar, and full screen.

Here are some of these features in detail:

exacqReplay
We’ve implemented one of the key usability features we’ve wanted in exacqVision. With exacqReplay, you can right-click on any live window window and see the last few seconds or few minutes of video recorded on that camera.

exacqVision client - exacqReplay menu 1

Here’s a close-up of that right-click menu:

exacqVision client - exacqReplay menu 2

exacqReplay then pops up a window showing that camera’s video for the selected time:

exacqVision client - exacqReplay window 1

That window can be resized and displayed in-line or on another monitor. The video selection can be “scrubbed” back and forth, and you can step thru the clip frame by frame, both forward and backward. You can also right-click to bring up a menu where you can save individual images, video clips, and even burn directly to a CD-R or DVD-RAM.

exacqVision client - exacqReplay window 2


Joystick Support
Axis 295 USB Joystick ControllerWe’ve added support for USB joysticks to control the PTZ functions within exacqVision client. Using a USB joystick, you can control not only specific PTZ cameras, analog or IP, but also control fixed camera PTZ using our Digital PTZ functionality.

Any USB joystick will work, including gaming joysticks. However, we recommend the Axis 295 Professional USB Joystick. We will list additional professional-grade USB joysticks on our website soon.



Arecont Vision 5100 5 Mpixel IP Camera Support

We now support the Arecont 5100 5 Mpixel IP camera. This unique high-resolution camera delivers spectacular images, at 15 fps, at a resolution of 2560×1600.


Improved Axis IP Camera Integration
Axis 223M 2 Mpixel IP cameraWe have improved the integration with many of the newer Axis IP cameras, adding support for unique frame rate, resolution and audio support.

  • Axis 221 – We now support 45 ips in D1 resolution, and 60 ips in CIF mode from this camera
  • Axis 223M – We now support the 2 Mpixel mode of this camera
  • 207MW – We now support the AAC audio format from this camera
  • Corrected maximum frame rates for all Axis cameras

exacqVision New 6x5 View
New 6×5 Widescreen View

When running exacqVision client on widescreen monitors, an additional widescreen live view mode, 6×5 appears


New Shortcut Function Keys
The following new Shortcut Functions have been added, conforming to standards used in popular Windows programs:

  • F1 = Help (just like all Windows apps)
  • F4 = Hide Navigation Panel (just like in Adobe Acrobat)
  • F8 = Hide Toolbar (just like in Adobe Acrobat)
  • F11 = Full Screen (just like in Internet Explorer)

We have made a great deal of progress with our feature set so far this year. We released Version 2.0 in December of 2006, and have had almost monthly releases since then. Here’s a recap of some of the recent release highlights:

Version 2.5 Release, May 7, 2007
– Bandwidth Throttling
– View Tour & Enhancements
– Enhanced exacqRecall

Version 2.4 Release, March 27, 2007
– Arecont & Panasonic IP Camera Support
– Audio support on Axis Cameras
– Time-Lapse Mode
– Pre-Motion Recording

Going back further, we had IP Camera Finder in Version 2.3 (Feb 07), Multi-Monitor support in Version 2.2 (Jan 07), and many, many other enhancements and bug fixes.

Version 2.6 of exacqVision is available on our Downloads page. As always, new versions of both client and server can be installed on top of previous versions while fully retaining all user settings.

exacqVision Version 2.5 Released

exacqVision Version 2.5 ReleaseVersion 2.5 of exacqVision software has been released, part of our continued commitment to rapid, incremental releases. 

Version 2.5 incorporates a number of new features and improvements, and is available for immediate download on the Exacq Downloads Page.

The key highlights of exacqVision Version 2.5 are as follows:

New Features

  • Bandwidth Throttling
    New setting in System Setup page to limit bandwidth usage of each server.  As with everything in exacqVision, this can be fully administered remotely
  • View Tours
    New View Tours allow for touring through a list of Views, with user-defined dwell time on each View
  • View Enhancements
    Enhanced features in Views allow for saving of audio channels, digital zoom and pan settings, and POS/ATM overlays
  • Enhanced exacqRecall
    User defined export sources, start and end times greatly enhance the ease of use of the exacqRecall button

Improvements

  • Consolidation of IP camera configuration pages
  • Faster server log search with lower CPU usage
  • Added support for Sony SNC-DF50N and SNC-DF80N IP cameras
  • Audio capture from ACTi IP cameras

Fixes

  • Fixes for a number of minor issues, including issues with some ATI and Intel VGA devices; IP Camera Finder and IQeye cameras; error handling from SMTP servers; start and stop events from POS/ATM profiles; and more.  A complete list of fixes is in the readme.txt file that accompanies the file download.

The latest versions of exacqVision client and exacqVision server can be easily installed on top of existing versions while retaining all of the previous user-defined settings.

exacqVision Version 2.4 release @ ISC West 2007

exacqVision Version 2.4 release @ ISC West 2007One of the major things we’ll be showing at the ISC West conference in Las Vegas this week is our latest Version 2.4 release of the exacqVision IP video surveillance product line. 

Version 2.4, which will start shipping next week, has a number of new features and enhancements, including:

Arecont Vision IP Camera Support
Exacq and Arecont VisionexacqVision
now supports the wide range of Arecont Vision megapixel cameras.  Our complete list of supported cameras in 2.4 is here.

Audio Recording on Axis IP Cameras
Exacq and AxisAudio recording is now supported on all Axis cameras with audio input capabilities.  Audio can be recorded by alarm event, by schedule, or free run.

Panasonic Analog PTZ Support
Exacq and PanasonicSupport added for the “new protocol” Panasonic analog PTZ cameras, including the WV-CS954.

Time Lapse Mode
Global time lapse mode, definable in minutes per image, for purposes of proper system operation verification on searches.

Pre-Motion Recording
Support added for pre-motion recording, definable in seconds.  Enables a more fluid playback on motion-related events.

Enhanced Search Usability
Finer graphical granularity on alarm and motion flags on search page, and other usability enhancements.

Enhanced Group Setup
Groups can now contain audio and serial inputs in addition to video inputs.  Selectable icons per group now available for easier visual distinction.

System Log Enhancements
More robust system log searches, with enhanced sorting, selecting, copying, and user feedback.

As always, the latest versions of exacqVision client and server software can be easily installed on top of existing versions, with all user info, settings, and video remaining the same. 

If you’re coming to ISC West, come by and see us at Booth #6049.  The show runs Wednesday – Friday, March 28-30, 2007.

exacqVision Version 2.3 Released Today

exacqVision Version 2.3 was released today.  This is a fairly substantial update, incorporating new camera support, new features, the DST patch, and numerous performance enhancements and bug fixes. Both the exacqVision Client and the exacqVision Server have been updated to Version 2.3, and the documentation has been updated as well.  Highlights of this release include:

New IP Camera Support – ACTi and Panasonic IP cameras are now supported, joining Axis, IQeye, Sony and others.

New IP Camera Finder – An automatic IP Camera Finder is now built into exacqVision.  It will scan a network, report back on the cameras found, and automatically add the ones you select into the system.  This makes adding IP cameras about as plug-and-play as you can get.  And with exacqVision, there is no per-camera licensing issues, no camera MAC address entry required, no DLKs needed to make it work.  exacqVision makes working with IP cameras very easy.

DST PatchexacqVision Version 2.3 incorporates the necessary patch to correct for the new Daylight Savings Times that will occur in 2007.

Search Enhancements – Significant tweaks in exacqVision Search for better performance and more intuitive interaction. Greater reliability for very large video exports, more interactive user feedback during video export process, and more.

exacqVision Version 2.3 client and server can be installed easily and quickly on top of any existing version without affecting any settings or user parameters.  Version 2.3 client, server, and User Manual are all available on our Downloads page.