Version 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 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 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
Sony 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-DS60. exacqVision 3.2 supports this entire new “fourth-generation” IP camera product line from Sony.
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.
Proportional 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.
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 â€˜Check for Updatesâ€˜ within the â€˜Aboutâ€˜ 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.