Hints and Tips – How to export clips in Mirasys Spotter

To export a video in Spotter click the Export button in the bottom left of Spotter. Then double click to open the camera(s) you want to export, then drag and drop them into the Export section in the bottom left. Select the times you want to export between by dragging and dropping the Start and … More Hints and Tips – How to export clips in Mirasys Spotter

Securing IP video surveillance systems from hacking

A number of concerns have been raised recently regarding the security of IP video surveillance systems. In this blog we discuss these concerns as it is extremely important that they are taken seriously. The great irony for companies is that implementation of security may, in fact, become their most vulnerable asset. Therefore, it is critical … More Securing IP video surveillance systems from hacking

Video analytics settings

Video analytics are used to examine particular data and events in order to increase your security systems  efficiency. It is important when creating an effective system to create accurate VCA settings and to customise the design based on each scenario and security objectives.  In this blog we will examine best practices for different scenarios. People … More Video analytics settings

Video analytics and camera calibration

Following years of slow market penetration due to low performance against high expectations, video analytics adoption is growing. Faster processing, more effectively designed algorithms and a more accessible price levels have seen an increased use of these technologies, not only for gathering security-related infomation and loss prevention information but also to provide valuable data to … More Video analytics and camera calibration

What you need to know when choosing an ANPR system

Many of the ANPR solutions up until recently have been based on closed systems with a specially designed camera and a box that outputs number plates to a screen or ticket. Right now many of the VMS manufacturers have found it easy to incorporate number plate recognition software into their recording platforms and offer it … More What you need to know when choosing an ANPR system

Storage Options

Building a functional and secure surveillance system requires a clear and detailed understanding of storage solutions and the network. Storage options depend hugely on what type of cameras are used as well as FPS, resolution and codec. The best way to work out storage is to use the camera manufacturer storage calculator as each camera … More Storage Options

How to make sure that your security system is working effectively?

It is important to be aware of any fault that can make your surveillance system vulnerable and to understand if it is working properly. Potential faults: Poor lighting Site audio not working No camera image Camera image distorted Detection triggered by foliage Loss of connection Server problems Alarms not working correctly The above are just … More How to make sure that your security system is working effectively?

How the H.265 camera codec can affect storage requirements

When designing an IP surveillance system storage is an important part of the design, which if overlooked can cause a number of technical problems. The move away from analogue cameras and the rapid increase in video resolutions and image quality for IP surveillance systems has created a need for more storage. A few years ago … More How the H.265 camera codec can affect storage requirements

How to keep your surveillance system running smoothly while you are away this summer

You may be taking some annual leave this summer to relax and enjoy the sun. Before you go away, there are few things that need to be checked to ensure that your surveillance systems run smoothly. 1. Check for existing faults Before you leave for your holidays, check the state of your system and make … More How to keep your surveillance system running smoothly while you are away this summer

Contingency planning – best practices to reduce disruption in your surveillance system

In the last post we highlighted the main aspects of a contingency plan as a tool for any organisation to prevent system failures and mitigate their impact on daily operations. In this article we analyse how these principles apply to a Video Management System to address threats and possible failures. VMS contingencies are linked to … More Contingency planning – best practices to reduce disruption in your surveillance system

Contingency planning

The goal of contingency planning is to be prepared, so that in the event of an emergency you can respond efficiently; building a resilient infrastructure minimises the impact of any disruption of critical functions. The process to develop and maintain an IT contingency plan is based on the following steps: – Develop the contingency planning policy … More Contingency planning

Easy integrations possible with Mirasys VMS

To make integration with third party devices easy and to help expand your surveillance system with new functionalities, Mirasys provides you with a Software Develop Kit (SDK).  Mirasys SDK package includes programming applications to control, communicate and exchange data with multiple systems such as access control, intruder alarm, fire alarms, POS, ATM and alarm monitoring … More Easy integrations possible with Mirasys VMS

Bandwidth – getting it right to maximise your IP system

When dealing with security systems you will often find yourself working with large amounts of data that has to be transported across networks from camera to server to viewing station. All of this data has to be managed and accounted for or viewing and recording quality will drop. A number of tech support calls result … More Bandwidth – getting it right to maximise your IP system

Mirasys Storyboard – export one single video and reduce bandwidth

In the previous blog we covered how to export media in order to preserve the data or to hand it over to the authorities for evidence. The way we present the exported footage has become increasingly important. With high resolution cameras and digital zoom being used to enhance footage within our interface Spotter, often it … More Mirasys Storyboard – export one single video and reduce bandwidth

Searching Footage

Most security cameras are  unmonitored, they are there to record events and not used to alert security of events in progress. This makes it important that any user can search footage at increased speeds and search for events that they may have otherwise missed. If a car is broken into at a  car park then … More Searching Footage

Backing Up Settings

To back up everything you need to locate and copy the key files shown below to a pendrive and keep the pendrive in a safe place separate from the machine: The ‘Mirasys VMS X.X.X – Full Setup’ This could be ‘Mirasys VMS X.X.X – Minimum Setup’ where the X.X.X refers to the version number installed. … More Backing Up Settings

RAID Setup

Modern CCTV systems require lots of storage so we often get asked a number of questions about different RAIDs; which is best, how to manage them and how to silence the infernal alarm beeps. When selecting the right RAID for your system cost and redundancy is always important. Of course most people would like the … More RAID Setup

Master/Slave set up

Setting up the master-slave recording system is useful to show all recorders and all cameras which are connected to all the recorders, so they are visible from one location. Our master-slave setup is very easy as you only ever have to log onto the Master Server and it will show you all the cameras and recorders on-site. When using … More Master/Slave set up

Using MegaRAID

In this blog we will look at what to do if your server has been  making a dreaded bleeping noise and you want to silence it! If this is happening you might have a failed disk that will need to be replaced. Normally these disks can be hot-swapped but please consult the manual for more … More Using MegaRAID

Common reasons for jerky videos: Drivers and Firmware

This blog will continue on the theme of networks and reasons why your video might be jerky and not smooth! Once you have ruled out network issues the next step to solving this problem is looking at camera drivers and firmware. There will be a camera driver that is installed in Mirasys and it will be designed … More Common reasons for jerky videos: Drivers and Firmware

Common reasons for jerky videos: Graphics Adapters

Carrying on from our last two posts which looked at reasons such as Network and CPU issues that could be making your video streams jerky.  Another reason for jerky and not smooth video – could be your graphics card. Video display requires specialist hardware to optimise frame rate, image quality and refresh rates, so use … More Common reasons for jerky videos: Graphics Adapters

Common reasons for jerky videos: CPU

With the increasing numbers of Megapixel/HD cameras, designing an efficient recording video surveillance system is crucial. There are a lot of components that can affect the video quality: cameras, network, storage systems and CPUs. When it comes to choosing servers for VMS applications, ensuring an adequate server CPU and memory for both recording and viewing … More Common reasons for jerky videos: CPU

Common reasons for jerky videos: Network issues

A common problem which we get plenty of support calls for but is very rarely ever a problem to do with the VMS software or hardware –  is jerky (not smooth) video! Mirasys spends huge amounts of time testing and re-testing to ensure that video can be displayed to the user as smoothly as possible.  However, … More Common reasons for jerky videos: Network issues