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JVC VR-N900U Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 NETWORK VIDEO RECORDER VR-N900U Please read the following before getting started: Thank you for purchasing this JVC product. Before operating this unit, please read the instructions carefully to ensure the best possible performance. For Customer Use: Enter below the Serial No. which is located on the body.
  • Page 2: Introduction

    Indicates a reference page or reference item. ■ Contents of this Manual ● The contents of this manual are the copyright of JVC. They may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the permission of JVC. ● All product names stated in this manual are...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction Introduction... 2 Preparation System Connection Example ... 5 Alphabet Input and Mouse Pointer... 6 Entering Characters with the Software Keyboard (Using a Mouse) ... 6 Operating the Mouse Pointer from the Front Panel for Character Entry (without Using a Mouse)... 6 Clock Display ...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction Defining a Preset Position... 44 PTZ preset positions on events... 45 Auto PTZ Patrolling ... 45 Camera Input/Output Port and Events ... 47 I/O Setup ... 47 Configuring Event Buttons ... 50 Specifying Generic Events ... 51 Event Notification Settings ... 52 Specifying an Output Port ...
  • Page 5: System Connection Example

    System Connection Example Preparation Analog cameras Supplied power cable AC 120-240V 50Hz/60Hz VGA monitor IP cameras Computer for configuring cameras The following operations are possible with this system. • Surveillance (live image recording/playback) by connecting up to 9 cameras • Checking recorded images on the VGA monitor •...
  • Page 6: Alphabet Input And Mouse Pointer

    LAN1 and LAN2 addresses. • If a single IP camera is registered to multiple VR-N900U units, recording may not be carried out normally or improper camera operations, such as PTZ control, may result.
  • Page 7: Clock Display

    Clock Display The VR-N900U has a clock display function that displays the current time on the screen. Press the [2/ ] button while holding down the [FUNCTION] button. Clock display appears on the screen. Note • To turn the clock display off, press the [2/ while holding down the [FUNCTION] button.
  • Page 8: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Switching the Power On/Off Basic Operation Switching the Power On Connect the power cable. Connect using the power cable supplied to an AC 120V - 240V 50Hz/60Hz outlet. Turn on the power switch on the rear panel. • A system check will run when the power is turned on. •...
  • Page 9: Switching Operation On/off By The Rear Input/output Terminals

    Switching Operation On/Off by the Rear Input/Output Terminals • For details on the rear input and output terminal layout, refer to “Rear I/O Terminals” (Page 9) in the STARTUP GUIDE. Switching Operation On (With operation off status) Press the [OPE ON/ OFF] button.
  • Page 10: Opening The Main Menu

    Basic Operation Wallpaper screen When login has been successfully completed, the wallpaper screen will appear. • If you select [Live Viewing Auto Start] as the startup window, the [Live Viewing] window is automatically displayed after the login has been successfully completed. Note •...
  • Page 11: Main Menu Contents

    • The VR-N900 Viewer logs into the Image Server in the VR-N900U (http://localhost or By default, [Auto Login] to the VR-N900U is set to [On]. For details on the log in, refer to “Log In to the VR-N900 Viewer”.
  • Page 12: Viewing Live Images

    • When live image is not displayed with VN-C625/VN-C655, reset the password of the camera and VR-N900U. As for setting method, refer to the Instruction Manual that came with the camera and setting method of the root password of the [Edit Device Setting] window of this book ( •...
  • Page 13: Using The Ptz Feature

    • You can change the camera number in the [Record ☞ Camera Setting] window. ( Page 38) If you press 0 first and then enter the camera number, you can specify numbers from 10 to 19. Use the mouse to specify numbers from 20 upwards.
  • Page 14: Using Preset Positions

    • The recorded image(s) will not be recorded in zoom even when the digital zoom is used. • When the digital zoom is used, the recording frame rate may decrease because the load factor of VR-N900U becomes high. • To exit the digital zoom, unselect the [Digital Zoom] check box or click the [-] button until the image returns to normal size.
  • Page 15 ●How to Manually Trigger an Event To manually trigger an event, select the required event in the [Event] section, and click the [Activate] button. [Event] section [Live Viewing] window Note • For details of events, refer to “Camera Input/Output Port ☞...
  • Page 16: Playing Back Recorded Images

    (camera name)! Reconnecting to the server] appears on the [Browse] window ( is an IP address of the VR-N900U). • If you play back a recorded image that is not recorded at all, [Connection: [N900] Camera1 on] will display continuously in the [Browse] window.
  • Page 17: Selecting A View

    Selecting a View Press the [PTZ/PRESET] button until the [PTZ/ PRESET] indicator blinks. Press the [ZOOM IN/ENTER] or [ZOOM OUT/ CANCEL] button to select a view. Note If you connect a mouse, you are able to select a view in two ways: •...
  • Page 18: Playing Back, Skipping And Stopping Recorded Images

    Basic Operation ●Using the [Timeline Browser] You can browse through recorded images using the [Timeline Browser] on the right of the [Browse] window. The vertically extended timeline shows the recording status and reflects only the number of cameras displayed in the VR-N900 Viewer.
  • Page 19: Play Buttons

    Stopping Press the [STOP(PB)] button. Playback will stop. ●Playing back, stopping and skipping using the mouse [Master Time] area Browse buttons [Browse] window Time Slider Playback Slider Play buttons The buttons and sliders have the following functions. Browse Buttons Moves to the previous image of the selected camera (frame-by-frame playback in reverse mode).
  • Page 20: Adjusting The Playback Speed

    Basic Operation Adjusting the Playback Speed (Jog/ Shuttle Playback) You can adjust the playback speed by turning the jog dial/ shuttle dial on the front panel. Shuttle Playback • Rotate the shuttle dial during playback or when playback is paused to start fast forward, fast reverse or slow playback. Still x1/20 x1/20...
  • Page 21: Audio

    You are able to click the listed events to view recordings from the required event in the view. Note • The Alerts list displays events occurring in the time period (approx. 1 day before and after) set in [Time navigation]. Audio To listen to recorded audio, select the required audio source in the [Audio] section’s [Audio Sources] list.
  • Page 22: Exporting Images And Audio

    Basic Operation Click the [Next] or [Previous] button to search through data with motion detected in the selected areas. The Smart Search will begin. When motion is detected inside the selected area(s), it will be highlighted in the view. CAUTION •...
  • Page 23 Path: Select this with the VR-N900U. Do not manually enter the path on the VR-N900U. Select [Path] and select [C:\] to highlight, and then press the [9] button of the keypad while holding down the [FUNCTION] button on the front panel to automatically enter the path of the USB memory.
  • Page 24: Printing The Recorded Images

    Printing the Recorded Images You may print the playback image that is displayed. CAUTION • This function is not available with the VR-N900U. • This function is for the downloaded VR-N900 Viewer. Double click the [Print] bar in the [Browse] window.
  • Page 25: Operations In Case Of Power Failure

    Recording by EXT REC IN signal has priority over recording control mode or manual recording. When recording by EXT REC IN signal is finished, the cameras will return to the original recording mode. Note • The [REC CONTROL] indicator goes off and the [REC] indicator blinks during recording by EXT REC IN signal.
  • Page 26: Selecting The Manual Recording Mode

    Basic Operation Selecting the Manual Recording Mode Press the [REC/STOP] button. The unit enters the manual recording mode and starts recording from all cameras. The [REC] indicator lights up. • To stop manual recording, press and hold down the [REC/ STOP] button.
  • Page 27 ●The calendar uses colored bars to indicate active periods for each option (Online, E-mail, Patrolling.): ■ Online bar Pink: Indicates the period in which the VR-N900U always obtains images from the selected camera. Yellow: Indicates the period in which the VR-N900U obtains images from the selected camera when the specified event is input to the VR-N900U.
  • Page 28: Camera Administration

    20ips or less. • Recording frame rate may fall below the setting depending on the signal processing condition of the VR-N900U. • Recording frame rate may fall under the following conditions: -during exports...
  • Page 29: Setting The Image Quality

    [Number of] seconds pre/post recordings on motion/ event: You are able to store recordings from periods preceding and following detected motion and/or specified events. Specify the number of seconds for which you want to store images from before and after the recording. Please do not set it at 0 (zero) second.
  • Page 30: Screen Setup

    Basic Operation Screen Setup About Groups and Views Multi-view setting from multiple camera(s) is called “view”. All views are placed in folders called groups. ● Groups can be private or shared. ■ Private: Views in this folder can only be accessed by the user who created them.
  • Page 31 Enter a group name of your choice. ●Creating a [View] in a [Group] Select the group in which you want to create the view. Click the [Create New View] button. [Create New View] button A new view is created under the group you selected. Main Menu CAUTION •...
  • Page 32: Adding Cameras To A View

    Basic Operation Click the [Rename] button. [Rename] button Overwrite the existing group or view name with a new name of your choice. ●Deleting Group(s) or View(s) Select the group(s) or view(s) that you want to delete in the Views section. Click the [Delete] button.
  • Page 33: Adding Carousels

    Maintain Image Aspect Ratio: If this check box is selected, the cameras’ original image aspect ratio will be maintained. CAUTION • The recording frame rate may decrease when the image quality is set to [High] or [SuperHigh (for megapixel)]. Note •...
  • Page 34: Adding Matrix Content

    Drag and drop the [Image] icon to the required position. [Open] window Select the required image file. CAUTION • When connected to a surveillance computer, the fixed images that were set with a different computer will not be displayed. • Static images cannot be added to the VR-N900U.
  • Page 35: Using Html Pages

    Using HTML Pages Click [Html Page] in the [System Overview] section. [Html Page] [Screen Setup] window Drag and drop the [Html] icon to the required position. The [Open URL] window will appear. [Open URL] window Type the URL and click the [OK] button. Select the HTML page in the view and specify its properties in the [Properties] section.
  • Page 36: Using Your Views On Different Computers

    Play a sound alert each time an event related to the camera occurs. CAUTION • Set the VR-N900U so that the total frame rate that appears on all surveillance computers is 30 ips or less. • The recording frame rate may decrease when the image quality is set to [High] or [SuperHigh (for megapixel)].
  • Page 37: Customizing Joystick Setup

    Customizing Joystick Setup Click the [ ] button on the right side of the window’s tool bar. From the menu that appears, select [Joystick Setup]. Select the required joystick in the [Selected Joystick] list. In the [Axis Setup] section, specify settings for the available axes.
  • Page 38: Applications

    Applications Camera Record Setting Window Applications Display the [Camera Record Setting] window Select the [Camera Record Setting] in the Main Menu. The [Camera Record Setting] window will appear. [Camera Record Setting] window ● Device Manager Section The [Device Manager] section lists all added devices and attached cameras.
  • Page 39 Exit: Closes the [Camera Record Setting] window. ● Analog Cameras In the VR-N900U, analog input circuitry is considered a network encoder (IP video server) and the IP address has been set. The registered address [N900 (] will appear in the [Device Manager] section on the [Camera Record Setting] window.
  • Page 40: Adding Cameras

    Applications Adding Cameras Camera are connected to devices, so first it is necessary to add the required devices such as network camera or network encoder (IP video server) to the system. Devices have their own IP addresses or host names and the system identifies the devices based on their IP addresses or host names.
  • Page 41: [edit Device Settings] Window

    ● Adding an Analog Camera analog camera “” as the IP address in the [Device Setup Wizard]. As no password has been specified, leave the password entry field blank and continue to the next step. Note • By default, analog cameras are already added. [Edit Device Settings] window The [Edit device settings] window lets you edit the settings of an already installed device.
  • Page 42: [camera Settings For Device Name] Window

    ● [CAMERA CONTROL] terminal on the rear panel The VR-N900U is considered a network encoder (IP video server) in the system and a device name [N900] has been set. The [CAMERA CONTROL] terminal on the rear panel is displayed as [COM1] on the [Camera settings for N900] screen.
  • Page 43: Defining A Ptz Preset Position

    Defining a PTZ Preset Position Pausing the Recording Server When defining PTZ camera settings, it is necessary to pause the recording server. Select the [Camera Record Setting] in the Main Menu. Main Menu [Camera Record Setting] window Click the [Service Manager] button. The [Service Manager] window is displayed.
  • Page 44: Defining A Preset Position

    Note • In order for preset positions from the camera or network encoder (IP video server) to work with VR-N900U, the names of the preset positions must contain only the characters A-Z, a-z and 0-9, and must not contain spaces.
  • Page 45: Ptz Preset Positions On Events

    To define another preset position, repeat steps PTZ preset positions on events This feature lets you make the PTZ camera automatically go to a particular preset position when a particular event occurs. Display the [PTZ Preset Positions] window. [PTZ Preset Positions for Device Name] window Click the [Setup] button in the [Preset Position on Events] section.
  • Page 46 Applications Copy: Let you create a new patrol scheme based on an existing one. Select the required patrol scheme to copy in the [Patrol Scheme] list beforehand. Rename: Let you change the name of an existing patrol scheme. Select the required patrol scheme to rename in the [Patrol Scheme] list beforehand.
  • Page 47: Camera Input/output Port And Events

    Events The input/output port is the input/output terminal which is equipped in each device that is registered to VR-N900U. The input port as can be registered as “Input Event” and for the output port as “Output” can be registered. As for the registered input/output port, it is associated with the following explanation and which can be linked to this event.
  • Page 48 Page 6) or the mouse. ● Input/Output Terminal on the Rear Panel The VR-N900U is considered as a network encoder (IP video server) in the system and a device name [N900] is set by default. The input/output terminals on the rear panel have been assigned to the [N900] device by default.
  • Page 49 Specify a VMD event Select the required camera to specify VMD event from the [Enabled Input Event(s)] list in the [I/O Setup] window. Click the [Add new VMD event] button. If the selected device is a multi-camera device, such as a network encoder (IP video server), a simple dialog in which you select the required camera will appear.
  • Page 50: Configuring Event Buttons

    Applications Select the output connection destination and specify the amount of time for which the output should be maintained and the name of the output. External output connected to: Read-only field, displaying the name of the device on which the output event is defined. Output connected on: Lets you select the connections of the device’s output ports.
  • Page 51: Specifying Generic Events

    The priority must be specified as a number between 0 (lowest priority) and 1000 (highest priority). Note • VR-N900U listens for generic events on the port specified as [Alert Port] in the [Advanced] window.
  • Page 52: Event Notification Settings

    Applications ● Event Rule String Event substring: Lets you specify the individual items for which VR-N900U should look out when analyzing data packages. Specify one or more terms, then click the [Add] button to add the specified term(s) to the [Event message include] field.
  • Page 53: Specifying An Output Port

    Specifying an Output Port A specific event or the clicking of an event button can be associated with a particular output port. To do this, specify the output port from which output will be triggered when a specific event or manual action occurs. Select [I/O Control] in the [Camera Record Setting] window.
  • Page 54: Motion Detection Settings

    Applications Motion Detection Settings You can configure the camera’s motion detection. You can specify when images from the camera are transferred, when alerts are generated and when external outputs (the switching on of the lights or the sounding of a siren) are triggered.
  • Page 55: Other Settings

    Left click and drag the mouse pointer over the grid sections in the preview image to select the areas in which motion detection will be disabled. Selected areas are highlighted in blue. To clear areas in which motion detection has been disabled, right click and drag the mouse pointer over the required grid sections.
  • Page 56: Email Settings

    Applications Create default schedule for new cameras: If selected, a schedule specifying that the camera is always online will automatically be created in the [Camera/Alert Scheduler] window. ● [Email Settings] This lets you enable and configure the use of e-mail alerts. [E-Mail setup] window The following items can be specified.
  • Page 57: Archiving

    Max. records in database: Select this option to limit the database size based on a maximum allowed number of records in the database. Specify required maximum number of records in the neighboring field. If [Automatic archive when database is full] is turned off and when the maximum number of records in the database is reached, the oldest record in the database will be automatically overwritten.
  • Page 58: Unit Setting

    Password] field. Enter the new password once again for confirmation purposes. Click the [Change] button to enable the settings. Note • To log in automatically when the VR-N900U is switched on, select the [Auto Login] check box. [Live Viewing Auto start] [Live Viewing Auto Start]...
  • Page 59: Os Setting

    When specifying analog camera network settings Select [Enc Board Driver] in the [Network adapter interface name] field, then specify address. In the VR-N900U, analog input circuitry is considered an network encoder The analog camera network IP address of the VR-N900U is by default.
  • Page 60: Flash Memory Utility

    • Do not change the analog camera network settings unless absolutely necessary. If changes are unavoidable, consult your nearest JVC dealer. • When a host name is modified, it is necessary to “Add the Windows user” with the [User Administration] of the ☞...
  • Page 61 VR-N900U, it will be preceded by Other Machine. This will be followed in parenthesis by the MAC address of the VR-N900U at the time the data was saved. This in turn will be followed by the date/time when the data was saved in the form [yyyy –...
  • Page 62: Auto Detect Setting

    Click [Up] and [Down] to change the order of priority. Deselect any camera you are not going to use. [Analog-Input] is the built-in analog input for the VR-N900U whose channels have priority. Click the [OK] button to open the [Camera Record Setting] window.
  • Page 63: Hdd Utility

    CAUTION • Deselecting [Analog Input] disables the [ALARM IN 1 to 4] signal input terminals on the rear panel. • When operating the auto detect function and “Do not detect in the future.” is selected in the [Detecting Device] window, [Detecting Device] corresponding camera will not be displayed with...
  • Page 64: Language Setting

    Select [Language Setting] in the Main Menu. • The [VR-N900 Language Selection] window is displayed when the VR-N900U is switched on for the first time. Click the [?] button and select the language you want to use in the [VR-N900 Language Selection].
  • Page 65 This includes the number of users that access the VR- N900 Viewer [Browse] window and the [Live Viewing] window of the VR-N900U. Do not set a number of clients larger than 11. ● User Administration Section Accounts and rights for users are configured in this section.
  • Page 66 Applications Full Access for All Users: Select this option to give all the users access to all VR- N900 Viewer features and all available cameras. Restricted Access: Select this option to use restricted access. Then click the [User Access] button to define access rights for each user. ●...
  • Page 67: Connecting To A Computer

    • Settings for cameras connected to the LAN1 network cannot be specified from a computer connected to the LAN2 network. • When you login into another VR-N900U after logging out from a different VR-N900U, the PTZ operation may not operate normally and the timeline may not be displayed.
  • Page 68: Computer Network Settings

    Applications Computer Network Settings The following example is for building a small-scale LAN using Windows XP professional and the VR-N900U settings at the time of shipment. (All screens shown below are Windows XP SP2 setup windows.) Click the [Start] button and choose [Control Panel].
  • Page 69: Installing The Vr-n900 Viewer On Your Computer

    Select [Use next IP address]. Specify for the IP address. Specify for the subnet mask. Specify for the default gateway. Click the [OK] button. Click the [OK] button in the [Local area connection properties] window. CAUTION • Do not use the same IP address in the same network environment.
  • Page 70 Applications Click the [Run] button. The VR-N900 Viewer Setup Wizard begins. Click [Next] follow instructions. installation Installation ends and a shortcut to [VR-N900 Viewer] is created on the desktop.
  • Page 71: Log In To The Vr-n900 Viewer

    Windows user name and password. Basic authentication, with which you must specify a user name and password for accessing the VR-N900U. When you log in to VR-N900U for the first time, select [Windows authentication]. User name: vr-n900...
  • Page 72: Using The Vr-n900 Viewer

    • When multiple computers are connected and audio is played back, the audio may be distorted. • When you logout from a VR-N900U which is in the midst of connecting and reconnecting with another VR-N900U, ☞ reboot ( Page 11) the VR-N900 Viewer.
  • Page 73: Compatible Equipment

    ● Switch on the power to the UPS, then switch ● on the power to the VR-N900U. CAUTION ● ● • Consult your nearest JVC dealer for details on the UPS ● ● that can be used. ● ● ●...
  • Page 74: External Hard Disk Drives

    • It is recommended that a UPS is used to ensure stable operation of the system. • It is impossible to disconnect an external hard disk from the VR-N900U and connect it to a personal computer to view the recorded images.
  • Page 75: Recording Time Schedule

    Recording Time Schedule The actual recording time varies depending on the camera settings, input image contents and condition of the hard disk. Use the tables below as a guide to the recording time. • 9 channel recording without audio recording or additional HDD upgrade Image Data/Image Size...
  • Page 76 Others • 4 channel recording without audio recording or additional HDD upgrade Image Data/Image Size [kB] QVGA • 4 channel recording with 2 channel audio recording and without additional HDD upgrade Image Data/Image Size [kB] QVGA • 4 channel recording without audio recording and with one additional 1 TB HDD upgrade Image Data/Image Size...
  • Page 77: Default (initial) Value List

    Default (Initial) Value List Scheduler (Specifying a Scheduler, Page 24) Online Speedup E-mail Patrolling Camera Record Settings ([Edit Device] - [Camera Settings], Page 42) PTZ Camera Settings Pan/Tilt/Zoom(PTZ)Camera is connected Camera Type Camera Administration (Camera Recording Setting, Page 28) Speedup Settings Framerate Frame/ Recording Settings...
  • Page 78 Others Other Settings (Other Camera Settings, Page 53) Milestone XProtect Central Settings Section Enable Milestone XProtect Central Connections Patrolling Settings Resume Patrol after Manual or Event PTZ (sec.) Logfile Settings Logfile Path Days to log Event Recording Settings Path Days to keep Advanced Don’t send e-mails on camera failures Start cameras on remote live request...
  • Page 79 Mail Server Settings SMTP Server POP Server SMTP Authentication Emergency Recording Time of Record Encode Mode Interpolate Serial Settings Speed Data Length Parity Stop Bit Comment OS Setting (OS Setting, Page 59) Network adapter interface name Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC: LAN1 (Camera network) Obtain an IP address automatically IP address Subnet mask...
  • Page 80 Others Intel ® 8225xER PCI Adapter: LAN2 (Intranet) Obtain an IP address automatically IP address Subnet mask Default gateway Preferred DNS server Alternative DNS server Host name DNS domain name Date and Time Properties Automatically synchronize with an Internet server Time zone Auto Detect Setting (Auto Detect Setting, Page 62) IP Lease...
  • Page 81: Troubleshooting

    Possible cause and solution The HDD seems to be no longer serviceable. Replacement is recommended. Consult to your nearest JVC dealer. Check the temperature of the operating environment. Check that the fan unit operates properly. If the temperature of the operating environment is appropriate, consult to your nearest JVC dealer.
  • Page 82 ©2007 Victor Company of Japan, Limited LST0497-001A...

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