My Top 5 Dahua Interface Gripes

I have been in the process of switching to a 32ch Dahua NVR from a 'real' VMS platform, despite several warnings about the shortcomings of non-western recorder software.

They have definitely put a lot of work in trying to make a usable interface, however there are a few things that I am finding to be fantastically short-sighted. And I don't mean in a way where they were cutting corners or are making some trade-off, I'm talking things that are extremely basic.

This is not really a rant, and hopefully someone will point out that I am wrong. That would be great. Note, I am only referring to the NVR console UI experience at present. I know the both the web and mobile client have remedies for some of these issues, but I like to use the console in a lot of cases.

1. There doesn't seem to be any dynamic view creation at all. As far as I can tell, the order that you initially number your cameras dictates what will be on a given quad. For example camera 4 and camera 5 cannot be put on the same 4 window view.

2. The double click in a quad to solo is almost impossible to do because if there is even the slightest movement between clicks it brings up the menu instead. The mouse sensitivity slider does not seem to help this.

3. The direction of the scroll wheel control for PTZ zoom is reverse that of digital PTZ. It's hard to explain how lame this is without experiencing it.

4. The NVR comes with no default alert audio. You must import your own files. The format must be raw PCM, not wav, good luck with that.

5. Cameras can not be reordered without deleting and re-adding.

Am I wrong about any of these things?

Thanks.

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