Tag Archives: Release Notes

exacqVision 3.3 Released

exacqVision Version 3.3 ReleaseVersion 3.3 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 3.3 is available for download here. Key features in the 3.3 Release:

  • Time Expiry per-camera
    Set unique dates for expiration of recorded data on a per-camera basis.
  • ioimage Support
    Video analytics capability added through ioimage IP cameras and encoders
  • International languages support
    Support for several European and Asian languages with additional localizations underway.
  • IP Camera updates
    Enhancement and support for Axis, Arecont, Panasonic, ACTi, StarDot
  • Integration updates
    Lenel, DSX, RS-2, ICT, PCSC, Micros XBR

Here are some of the features in detail:



Time Expiry per camera

exacqVision Storage SetupNumerous installations have specific requirements on the maximum number of days that can be stored per camera. Still other installations may have requirements for the minimum number of days a specific camera’s data must be retained.

Version 3.3 adds the ability to assign a maximum number of days of storage on a per-camera basis, and also a minimum number of days of storage on a per-camera basis. This features is accessed on the Storage Setup page.

exacqVision Time Expiry



Ioimage Video Analytics Support

ioimageVersion 3.3 adds support for the ioimage line of IP cameras and encoders with integrated video analytics. ioimage devices embed the analytics capability “at the edge”, within the camera or encoder. Included with each ioimage device is a host of analytic functions, detailed here.

By incorporating the analytics in the camera, adding analytic functionality is as simple as adding another IP camera, and does not require any additional software or hardware to be installed on the server.

Analytic routine configuration is done through each IP camera’s browser page. Once configured, exacqVision reads the analytic alarm information in the same way as motion detection information is read. Through the event linking function of exacqVision, any ioimage alarm can be mapped to any user-defined activity on exacqVision, such as record-on-alarm, alarm e-mail generation, video output switch at a monitoring station, and more.

Models supported in Version 3.3 are the wdc100dn IP camera, the mmp100dn megapixel IP camera, the xptz100dn PTZ IP camera, and the entire trk Series encoders.

ioimage search in exacqVision



International Language Support

exacqVision international supportSupport for a number of languages has been added, including German, Polish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Japanese, and Chinese. Many additional localizations are in process.

We utilize a Pootle translation server for collaborative localizations, the same method used by software packages such as Firefox, WordPress and OpenOffice. This enables our international partners to have specific localized versions for their markets; for example, Chilean Spanish vs. Castilian Spanish.



IP Camera Enhancements & Additions

StarDot Support Added
Support has been added for the NetCam SC and NetCam XL line of hybrid, IP, and megapixel IP cameras from Stardot.

Arecont IP Camera Plug-in Improvements, New Cameras
The Arecont Vision megapixel IP camera plug-in has been completely rewritten. Supports both JPEG and H.264 cameras; TFTP enhancements for higher framerates; improved “smart search” capability; and enhanced input trigger processing. Support has also been added for the new H.264 MegaDome line, the AV1355, AV2155, AV3155, and AV5155.

ACTi IP Camera Plug-in Improvements, New Cameras
ACTi PTZ responsiveness has been substantially improved in Version 3.3. In addition, support has been added for the ACTi ACM-8511 and ACM-8211/8201 series of IP PTZ cameras.

Panasonic 4-channel IP Encoder Support Added
Support has been added for the Panasonic WJ-NT304 4-input MPEG4/MJPEG encoder. The up-the-coax feature of this encoder makes it particularly attractive for connecting to legacy analog PTZ cameras.

Axis HDTV IP Camera Support Added
Support has been added for the Axis Q1755 HDTV H.264 IP camera.  Full 16×9 resolution is supported.



Integration
Integration has been completed with exacqVision for access control systems from Lenel (more info here), DSX, RS-2, PCSC and ICT (application story here) and for the Micros/DataVanatage XBR retail analytics package.  Contact us for projects requiring this integration.

exacq and Lenel, DSX, ICT, AMAG, RS2, PCSC, Micros XBR



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.

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.

exacqVision 3.1 Released

exacqVision 3.1 ReleaseVersion 3.1 of exacqVision 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 3.1 is available for download here.  Key features in the 3.1 Release:

  • Definable User Permissions & Privileges – Create custom classes of users, each with unique privilege and permission levels
  • Multi-Camera Search Enhancements – Search and playback any number of cameras easily & simultaneously without having to define a view first.
  • Arecont 8180 & 8360 Motion Detection – Motion detection now available on Arecont Panoramic cameras
  • Enhanced Audio Export – Export audio along with video to AVI files
  • POS Display Enhancements – Display ATM & POS data in real-time on playback
  • Ubuntu 8.04 Linux Support – Added support for latest Ubuntu Linux distribution

Here are some of the features in detail:


Definable User Permissions & Privileges
We’ve added the often-requested ability to define custom user classes, defining each user class with incremental permissions and privileges.  This is a significant expansion of user privilege definition over our previous default user classes of Power User, User, Restricted User, etc. 

In 3.1, the administrator can now create any number of user classes, each with its own specific permissions and privileges for things such as live viewing capabilities, searching capabilities, saving images, exporting video, smart search, etc.  Below are screen shots of the new Users screen, showing the addition of the Custom User Permission and Custom User Privilege sections.

exacqVision User page full

exacqVision User page cutout


Enhanced Multi-Camera Search
Multi-camera search and viewing has been made even easier.   In 3.1, any combination of cameras can be selected for search and playback, and the client will automatically bring up a view to accommodate all of the selected cameras.  It is not necessary to define a view first.  Our software engineer Jim Bauerle gives a brief demonstration of this capability in this YouTube video clip:


Arecont Vision 8180 & 8360 Motion Detection
Arecont 8180 and 8360Arecont Vision has recently updated the firmware for their AV8180 and AV8360 panoramic cameras.  This new firmware revision now fully supports motion detection at the camera, and exacqVision 3.1 supports this new firmware and motion detection capability. 

To utilize motion detection on the 8180 and 8360 the cameras must be running Arecont firmware version 64118 or newer.  This firmware is available directly from Arecont Vision or you can request it from Exacq Support.


Enhanced Audio Export
Audio export has been enhanced to allow both G.711 and ADPCM compressed audio to be exported to AVI files along with the video.  ADPCM (Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation) is the audio format used on the analog inputs of our eDVR video compression boards in the Hybrid Servers, and G.711 is the audio format used by Axis in their IP cameras with integrated audio audio.


POS/ATM Display Enhancements
exacqVision POS displayNew in 3.1 is the ability to display POS and ATM data in real-time along with video playback, and have it scroll through the transactions along with the video. 

New vertical scrollbars allow for both fast scrubbing through the POS/ATM tape display with the video playback advancing or reversing right in sync, or the normal horizontal bar that allows for the fast scrubbing through the playback video, with the POS/ATM data tape scrolling up or down right in sync.


Ubuntu 8.04 Linux Support
Ubuntu
We’ve added support for the latest 8.04 distribution of Ubuntu.  This newer distribution adds support for the latest motherboards and processors. exacqVision now supports both 6.06 and 8.04 releases, which are the two Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) releases.


IP Camera Updates
Various functionality enhancements have been added to several models of the supported IP cameras, including models from Axis, ACTi, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek. Details are in the release notes.


Recent Releases
We’ve been making rapid progress with exacqVision, with incremental releases hitting about every 2 months. You can see the details of the past year’s releases 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.

exacqVision 3.0 Released

Version 3.0 of exacqVision has just been released.  This latest release, compatible with all exacqVision Hybrid and IP video surveillance systems, incorporates a number of major new features and enhancements.

Version 3.0 is available for download here.  Key features in the 3.0 Release:

  • Mac Client – Native support for Mac OS X!
  • Web Viewer – Support for all browsers, desktop and mobile
  • New Cameras – New IP cameras from Sony, Panasonic and Vivotek
  • Export Enhancements – Windows ePlayer embedded in all Mac & Linux video exports
  • Masking Enhancements – Improved, easy interface for creating motion masks, video masks, cropping masks
  • Enhanced Client Performance – Optimized support for the latest Intel processors

Here are some of the features in detail:


exacqVision Mac Client
exacqVision Mac ClientVideo Surveillance for the Mac is finally here!  The new exacqVision Mac client is now here, and is identical in functionality and performance to the Windows and Linux counterparts.  The exacqVision Mac client is freely distributable, and completely coexists with Windows and Linux exacqVision servers and clients.  You can have any combination of Windows and Linux servers, with any number and combination of Windows, Linux and Mac clients connected.

The exacqVision Mac client has been highly requested by the education market, among others.  Full administration, control and viewing of exacqVision video surveillance systems is now available on a Mac. No need to purchase additional Windows computers just to administer the security system.  Use existing Mac computers for lower deployment costs and more widespread usage. 

The exacqVision Mac client can be downloaded separately here.


exacqVision Browser Viewer
View all exacqVision cameras through web browsers, both desktop and mobile!  Immediately assess alarm conditions from any computer or mobile device.  Provide public law enforcement officials access to school video systems utilizing the standard equipment in their vehicles.  Security personnel can assess alarms anywhere, any time, without requiring a site or office visit.

Desktop browsers: Using full-function Javascript-capable desktop browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, others), as well as the Safari browser on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, the exacqVision web viewer functions similar to the desktop client: choose from a variety of multi-camera views for live video viewing.  Best of all, you get multi-camera viewing and no ActiveX controls are required.  As such, any browser can be used. It can safely be used with public-access computers. It can be used by law enforcement officials. You can even give select viewing access to employees, clients and customers.

Mobile Phone browsers: The exacqVision web viewer also works with ANY mobile phone browser. The user selects individual cameras to view from a list of available cameras.  Resolution, quality, and refresh rate are easily adjustable.  Set up exacqVision systems to generate a text message with a link on specified alarm events.  The recipient can then immediately view the associated cameras on their mobile device and assess the alarm.


New IP Camera Support
Support for a number of new IP cameras has been added, including the third-generation Sony IP cameras RX570 and RX530, the new Panasonic WV-NF302, and new models from Axis, Vivotek, and ACTi.  The full list of supported IP cameras is here.


Export Enhancements
The exacqVision Windows ePlayer, which mimics the client, is now embedded with video exports from the Linux and Mac clients as well as from Windows clients.  Video exports from any platform can now be easily viewed on any Windows computer. Export to a flash drive or CD, and view on any computer.


Masking Enhancements
Motion Mask, Video Mask, and Megapixel IP Camera Cropping now all utilize the same intuitive mouse-drawn rectangles to set their parameters.


Client Performance Enhancements
Version 3.0 incorporates optimizations for the latest Intel processors via the newest version of the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives.


Recent Releases
We’ve been making rapid advances with exacqVision, with incremental releases hitting about every 2 months. You can see the details of all of the the past year’s releases 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 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.