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Sending Snapshots by E-mail From a DVR When Triggered by Motion Events

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

In this article we are going to use an HD-CVI system, particularly our 16CH HD-CVI DVR (DVR-CVI16480M), to send snapshots by e-mail when motion occurs.  Some people have expressed interest in receiving emails triggered by motion in a snapshot for their reference.  Keep in mind that any changes in pixels can constitute motion, so a bug could set it off.  Anti-dither and sensitivity settings can be adjusted to counter some of these unwanted motion creators.  Also, you can adjust the region to filter out a street with moving cars or other continuous motion areas, for example.  In the region area, you can unselect all boxes and select just one box to trip the motion as a means to filter out unwanted motion.  If the goal is to have motion detect a person, you can just use the region boxes that someone will likely walk through.  With all of that being said, let’s move on to the settings.

Network Email Section

We are going to take into account that the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) has internet access and has been set up with an Ethernet cable connected to a router so that it can send emails.  The Digital Video Recorder (DVR) needs to communicate with an SMTP server from a service like Gmail.  We are going to focus on using Gmail’s SMTP settings since the accounts are free.  Anyone that does not have an account can choose to set one up only for use with the DVR.  Most smartphones and devices allow for multiple email accounts, so having your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) separated from your main email is not necessarily a bad thing.


In the Network sub section “EMAIL,” needs to be set as the SMTP server on port 465.  The Encrypt type needs to be SSL as well for this to work.  The username and sender section should have along with your password for this account.  You can then choose any email recipient on any network like Gmail, Hotmail, MSN, AOL, etc.  Make sure the attachment box is checked so that the email service can send an attachment.  This is very important in order to send snapshots.  You can test your email account at this point to make sure it is working.  If it is not working, you may have to go into your Gmail account and enable it to send from this IP address.  There could be a security measure in place from Google that restricts you from sending emails from the Digital Video Recorder (DVR).  They are trying to prevent spam, and may think that you are a spammer until you allow it.  There may be a warning in the settings area of your Gmail account with this information.

Motion Detect Section

In the Detect area of Event, there are three checkboxes that are important to allow snapshots to be sent to an email address.  First off, it needs to be enabled for the channel that you want to send the email.  If you only want to receive emails from camera one and camera three, then you need to click the enable box for those channels.  Also, you need to make sure you check the Snapshot box and the send Email box for the desired channels.  If you ever feel like you want to start over with this section, just default the section in System > Detect > Event.  You can default any area of the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) in the Default section.


Schedule Snapshot Section

The Snapshot area under Schedule needs to be set to react to motion.  This is important in order for the motion snapshot to be created.  Make sure you set this for all days, and all channels that you want to send a snapshot based on motion.  Note that this tab is different from the Record tab where you set the recorded video options.


Record Section

In the Record area of Storage, some of the DVRs have a Snapshot option that needs to be enabled to allow snapshot recording on the desired channel.  This is required and works like master on / off switch.  It will use up some hard drive space, so only check it for the channels where you plan to send a snapshot to your email address.


Encode Snapshot Section

The Snapshot section of Encode is used to define the parameters of the snapshot.  The two most important fields in this section are the Mode and the Interval.  The Mode should be set to Trigger to indicate that the snapshot is created in reaction to a motion detection event.  The Interval is how often a snapshot should be created.  It is recommended to set that to 30 seconds since you do not need to generate more than one snapshot based upon an event in that time frame.


This article was created out of necessity since we discovered a strange issue when these step by step settings were not in place.  In that case from a particular customer, the snapshot from this Digital Video Recorder (DVR) was taken 5 seconds before the motion was created.  These settings produce results as you would expect where the motion creator is captured in the snapshot.  If you need to capture a snapshot of someone walking through a screen door for example, you may need to focus on the region area of encode for the desired camera.  You can set a very small region of one or two boxes to trip the motion, so you know that a person would be standing in a particular area.  You can be very creative with the region setting to control when the motion event is created.

An email snapshot of motion events is becoming a popular request.  While any SMTP information in the email networking area could work, our tests are always done with Gmail information.  We have heard some people having issues with the header time stamps while using some smaller Internet Service Provider’s SMTP servers.  We have not seen any issues with our Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) sending mail using a Gmail account.

If you have any issues with sending email snapshots from a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) or Network Video Recorder (NVR), contact our tech support team through a service request ticket, or calling directly at 866-573-8878, Option 3.


How to configure PSS to display motion events when motion is detected

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Monitor Motion with PSS For Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice if you can get a separate window in your monitoring system that will display Motion events when they are triggered? Well, look no further because you can do it with our Client Software PSS For Windows if connected to a DVR, NVR and even and IP camera.

In this article I will show you how to setup this feature using one of our DVRs.

Video Detection Events

This feature on PSS For Windows allows you to see alarm events when they are triggered. The software is also capable of displaying events when there is video lost (Camera goes Blank) and video masking (Front of the camera gets covered by hands or spray).

You will have the option to display these events in the main window, or a separate window if you like. The window popup that is dedicated to show the alarm events will never go full screen, therefore you may want to set the video in the main window instead.

Where to download and Install PSS For Windows

You can download the latest version of PSS For Windows here.

Install PSS For Windows and click the desktop shortcut to run the software. The default user and password of the software is admin.

NOTE: This password is not the one that you use to access your DVR, it is just to access the software alone.

PSS-Login Screen
PSS-Main Screen

How to add a New Device to PSS

In this example we are going to add our 16ch Ultimate Mini DVR (DVR-LT16480MHD) to the Software.

Click on “Setting Manage”, “Device Manage”, on the right side menu.\

PSS-Device Manage

In the Device Manager, click the “Add” button.

PSS-Device Manager Screen

Enter the Title of the DVR and an optional description.

Enter the IP or Domain Name of the DVR, and the Port Number.

Select “DVR” from the “Type” drop down box.

Enter the user and password for login, and also enter the password in the “Confirm password” box.

Click “Save” to add the new device and “Ok” to close Device Manager.

PSS-Device Manage Screen2

Your DVR is now added and you can watch Live Video.

Test and connect to your DVR.

Click on “Device List” on the right side menu to show the list of devices.

PSS-Device List

To login simply double-click the name of your DVR. Another way to login is right-click and “Login”.

Once logged in, the red mark on the icon will disappear and a list of cameras and alarms will be available.

PSS-Device List Expanded

To view the live video, select the first video window, right-click on a device and then choose “Main Stream” or “Extra Stream”. This will load all cameras from that device into the video windows and will connect using the selected stream type.

PSS-Device List Extra Stream

Another way to add the cameras to the window is by dragging the device into the first video window to load all cameras; this will connect in “Main Stream” by default. Or you could select each video window individually and choose “Main Stream” or “Extra Stream” for the camera you want to add.

PSS-Drag and Drop

To logout right-click on your DVR’s name, “Logout”, or just exit the Software.

How to configure Alarm Monitoring

Click on “Config Manager”, “Alarm Config”, on the right side menu.

PSS-Alarm Config

Select the “Arm/Disarm” tab in the “Alarm Config” window.


In the “Add arm by type” frame check the “Motion Detect” box.
Select your device and check “Motion Detect” for each channel you want to activate. Do the same if you have multiple devices.

Select the “Activation Strategy” tab in the “Alarm Config” window. Select a device channel to be activated by clicking the + next to the device name.

PSS-Activation Strategy

In the “Type” drop down box select “Motion Detect” (default).

In the “Activation action” frame select the “Channel” to activate when there is a motion detection event for this device channel. For example, if channel 1 picks up motion you can have it activate channel 1 from this device or any channel from any device. You can add multiple channels to be activated.

Set the default video “Window” for this channel. This will auto adjust based on the activation order. For example, if channel 1 and 2 are set to window 1 and 2 and both are activated then they will be in the windows you selected. If only channel 2 is activated then channel 2 will be in window 1.

Change the “Stay time” to the length of time for the activated video to stay open. Click the “Add” button to add the action.

To edit an existing action double click on the action in the list, make changes, and then click “Modify”.

Click “Apply” to save the changes to.

Check “Alarm arm enable” to start the video monitoring, and click “Ok” to exit.

This will be the default action when the software starts up.

PSS-Alarm arm enable

NOTE – logout and then log back in to the device to enable the changes

Optionally you can use the Top menu or the System Tray menu to arm the alarm.

These menu options are linked to the global settings in the “Alarm Config”.

If “Motion Detect” is unchecked it will also disable all motion events.

PSS-Motion Detect

PSS Alarm Window

By default the alarm video will show in a dedicated pop-up window.

PSS-Alarm Video Default

To change the Alarm Video window settings click the “Config” icon, and select “Option”.

To use the main window instead of the pop-up then uncheck “Use pop-up window to display alarm video”.

To set multi-view for the alarm video, change “Alarm video window amount” to your desired multi-view.

PSS-Alarm Record Basic Setup

Set all devices to login on startup (optional).

PSS-Login All devices

Click “Ok” to save the changes.

Restart the Software (Close the software and open it again).

To show the alarm pop-up window manually you can use the Top menu or the System Tray menu.

You can also click on “Tools”, “Alarm Video”, on the right side menu.

PSS-Tools-Alarm Video

I hope this article helps you create this simple task to maximize the productivity of this feature.