IPVM Camera Calculator User Manual / GuideBy IPVM Team, Published Sep 23, 2020, 08:46am EDT
Learn how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator (updated for Version 3.1). The guide below includes instructions, images, gifs, and videos demonstrating and explaining the Calculator's features. It will be updated periodically and you can ask questions or request new sections added in the comments.
Setting Up Your Project
- Changing / Setting Location
- Automatic Project Naming
- Selecting Map vs Satellite vs Blank Display
- Adding / Using Floor Plans
- Rotating Floor Plans
- Uploading & Rotating Satellite Image as a Floor Plan
- Locking Floor Plans
- Maximum Zoom Limits
- Navigating All Project Items
- Camera View Options
Configuring Cameras and Views
- Adding Cameras
- Positioning Cameras
- PPF/PPM Zones
- Setting Measurement System (Imperial vs Metric)
- Setting Latitude and Longitude
- Selecting Specific Camera Models
- Using Favorite Cameras
- Requesting a New Camera Model
- Show End-of-Life Camera Models
- How to Add a Camera (If Not In Specific Models)
- IR Display Line
- Using Simulated Person (PPF / PPM)
- Naming Cameras
- Changing Camera Color
- Toggling IR Range Display
- Adjusting and Locking Cameras
- Deleting Cameras
- Duplicating Cameras
- Switching Between Cameras
- Adding Markup Shapes
- Using Polyline as a Ruler
- Adding Labels
- Using Simulated View (Google Streetview and Scenes)
- Adding Your Own Simulated View
- Calculating Lens Requirements using Advanced Settings
- Simulating (Wireless) Network Links
- Simulating Radar Sensor Coverage Areas
- Enabling Blind Spot On Map
- Setting Camera Height and Tilt
- Renaming Projects
- Opening Projects
- Cloning Projects
- Exporting Projects
- Sharing Projects Via Permalinks
- Deleting Projects
- Supported Browsers
- Calculator Doesn't Load - Clear Browser Cache
- Calculator Doesn't Load - Check Network Connection
- Using Manufacturer Specific Links
- Manufacturer Specific Links List
The tutorial video below overviews the calculator:
Setting Up Your Project
Click on "Change Location" and enter the desired address or landmark then press enter. This is shown below, searching and navigating to Bethlehem, PA:
The calculator will automatically update a new project from the default name "New Project" when the first camera is added. It will change the project name to the closest mappable street address:
The Camera Calculator has three canvases to select from: Map, Satellite, and Blank. These are options are located in the lower-left corner of the canvas.
Floor plans are added at the top center of the calculator. The Add Floor Plan menu will confirm that the floorplan is a supported file format (JPG, BMP, PNG, PDF) and size.
Once the floorplan is uploaded, the right side control panel will change to scale the floorplan. Manually move the 2 ends of the green measurement tool on the floorplan, enter the distance, and click the Scale Floor Plan button.
Rotating Floor Plans
The floor plans can be rotated to align the building. Move the cursor to the edge of the floor plan and click the arrow appears, then drag to rotate and release when in position.
The Calculator map cannot be rotated, but a screenshot can be imported and rotated to achieve a similar result.
After a floor plan has been added and positioned, it should be locked so that it will not be moved. Just right click the floor plan and select lock floor plan.
There is a zoom limitation in the Google Maps API when in the satellite view. That limit varies depending on the imagery in any specific area. In most countries, major cities have much higher quality images and zoom capabilities than in rural areas. You can use a separate image as a floor plan (see: Uploading & Rotating Satellite Images as a Floor Plan), and using the Map or Blank background. In the lower right-hand corner on the below animation, you can see the zoom/scale limits by the red arrow. In this area, the closest Satellite scale is 5m, 2m for Map view, and significantly smaller for Blank.
To switch between specific cameras, labels or find a floorplan, click on the All Project Items link at the top of the camera settings panel:
To change the camera field of view display types, under "Camera View Options" in All Project Items, select one of the following options:
- Show Camera Views
- Show Only Current Camera View
- Show Camera Blind Spots
- Show PPF/PPM Zones
These can be toggled individual or in any combination, and will be reflected in the live view and on exports.
That means if you want to export a floorplan with just the camera locations, but no field of views showing, turn off "Show camera views" and export as a PPT or PDF:
Camera and Design Configuration
New cameras can be added to a project in 2 ways
- Clicking the Add Camera Button
- Right Clicking on the map and selecting "+ Add Camera Here"
Cameras can be dragged to the desired location, and then positioned / aimed by dragging the subject at the edge of the Coverage Cone as shown below.
PPF/PPM Zones visually displays 4 different regions within a camera's field of view to help build more accurate designs.
The zones are currently set to (from darkest to lightest shades):
- 100ppf+ / 328ppm+ for facial recognition
- 50ppf - 99ppf/ 164ppm to 327ppm to for identification and LPR/ANPR
- 10ppf to 49ppf / 33ppm to 163ppm for people and vehicle detection
- 9ppf / 32ppm and lower for general coverage/visibility
The measurement system will be automatically set to Imperial if your login is detected from with the US, and Metric if outside of the US. To toggle between Imperial and Metric Units, click the drop down menu and select the Unit type you need. The Calculator will remember your selection the next time you log in.
Lattitude and Longitude coordinates can be edited on the lower right side control panel of the Camera Calculator.
Selecting Specific Camera Models
Change from a generic camera to a specific model (out of 10,000+ models) by clicking on "Select Model" and then either browse or search for the desired model.
Your search can be filtered by:
- Brand (160+ Manufacturers)
- Form Factor
- IR Range
- Field of View
Many system designers have favorite camera models that they use repeatedly on projects. Rather than scan through all the 9,000+ models, you can now mark which ones are your favorites and they will be displayed at the top of the list for easy selection:
If there is a specific camera model not in our database of choices, click on the "Want us to add a missing camera? Let us Know" Link. It will open a new browser tab where you can request the manufacturer and model you need added. This is usually completed within 1 business day.
To show cameras that are End-Of-Life, when in the camera model selector menu, click the "Show EOL Cameras" at the top-middle of the menu:
End-Of-Life camera models are listed with a red EOL icon and will remain hidden by default with each new project, unless enabled.
However, if you search for an EOL model, the camera will be included with the search results, even with the "Show EOL Camera" disabled:
IR Display Line
If you add a specific camera model that has integrated IR, the Calculator will display a red line the distance that the IR is effective.
The Camera Calculator automatically displays example images (daytime, dark with IR, dark without IR, and super low light) that load automatically based on the selected camera's details. For a more detailed look at this, see our guide on PPF/PPM.
There are 3 ways to change the name of a camera:
- As soon as you add a camera, you can immediately type in the name of the camera
- Right click the camera, select rename and enter the new name and hit Enter
- Left click on the camera that you want to rename and then in the name text box to the right enter the new name
You can change the color of the camera and coverage cone by clicking on the paint can icon to the right of the camera name, and selecting between the 6 color options. Blue is the default color, but duplicated cameras will keep the color selection of the original camera:
Toggling IR Range Display
The manufacturer's specified IR Range is shown by default in the Camera Calculator. You can toggle this by using the control on the right side of the screen in the Advanced: Lens, IR panel:
Adjusting and Locking Cameras
The distance and direction of the camera can be adjusted by clicking and the subject at the edge of the Coverage Cone. The Field of View (FoV) width can be adjusted by clicking and dragging a corner of the Coverage Cone. The camera can be locked by right clicking and selecting "Lock Camera" or clicking the "lock" icon in the upper right-hand corner:
There are 2 ways to delete a camera from your project
- Right Click on the Camera and Select "Delete Camera". If you choose this method, the system will not prompt you if you are sure.
- Click on the Trash icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen while you have the camera selected
When working on a project with multiple cameras the same model it can save time to duplicate a camera. Right Click on the camera you wish to duplicate and Left Click "Duplicate Camera"
There are several markups that can be added to projects: circles, polygons, poly lines, rectangles, labels, and color coding.
The Polyline tool will display the total length of the line when you draw it and have it highlighted. To use it like a ruler, select the Polyline tool, click where you want to start your measurement, and then click twice where you want to measure. The Calculator will display the length in feet or meters.
The Calculator does not support a multi-segment line, just a single line.
On the top right of the canvas there is a label button. Click the button and the label is created in the middle of the workspace. You can then click and hold to drag the label to another location or double click to edit the label.
Changing Label Text Size
Label text sizes can be increased and decreased using the Size slider control on the right side label control panel:
When working on a project with multiple labels with similar text, it is quicker to duplicate the label and update in the right side control panel. Right Click on the label you wish to duplicate and Left Click "Duplicate Label"
Changing Label Color
You can change the color of the label text and fill by clicking on the icons below the Size slider, and selecting between the 9 color options:
Using Google Streetview, the Calculator provides panoramic street views for many locations. Additionally, several Scenes have been added for parking lots, conference rooms, entrances, hallways, and more.
Images of the site can be uploaded if you want a view of what the camera will be seeing when installed (using a picture taken at the install location). You can select the image and give it a name. The Uploaded Scene is per camera. You will also need to set the Angle of View of the picture. If taken with a cellphone, the average FoV is between 50-70 degrees, so move the slider below 90, but not more than halfway to 0.
The Camera Calculator can be used to calculate the required lens length by clicking on the Gear for Advanced Settings. By adjusting the Width of FoV and the size of the image sensor, it will return the length of lens required in millimeters.
Use the polyline tool along with the label markup tool to show a wireless or fiber network link to a camera:
Radar Sensors like the Axis D2050-VE have a coverage area that is different to the coverage cone of a camera. You can use 2 generic cameras and the polyshape tool to simulate the coverage.
First place a 180 Degree Generic Camera, a 120 Degree Generic Camera onto the map where the Radar detector will be located, and set the distance of coverage to 50m (or the distance of coverage for another detector):
This overlap area is the coverage zone of the camera. Use the polyshape tool to draw the coverage zone of the detector:
You can now delete the 2 generic cameras. You can also change the color of the coverage area, and add a label if you want:
The Blind Spot panel is located below the Simulated Person panel on the right-hand side of the Calculator:
To toggle on Blind Spots for all cameras, click the "Show camera blind spot"
Blind spots are not shown by default.
To set the camera height and down tilt, open the Blind Spot panel below the Simulated Person panel on the right-hand side of the Calculator.
Manually type the camera height in the input box labeled "Camera Height" or use the up/down arrow keys to incrementally adjust:
The default camera height is set to 10 feet or ~3 meters. Scene height (top of the camera field of view) is also set to 10 feet by default.
Scene height and tilt can also be manually entered or use the up/down arrows to incrementally adjust. Negative Tilt values represent a downward angle for the camera field of view. A tilt of zero degrees means the top of the field of view is parallel to the horizon.
To rename a project click on the current project name, when the field becomes editable type the new name.
Existing projects can be opened clicking on "Open Projects" at the top center of the canvas.
To make an exact copy of a project (i.e. to create 2 similar designs with optional cameras), click the Clone button:
The Calculator can export to PDF, PowerPoint, Word, Snapshot, ZIP, and CSV. The export feature is located at the top middle of the Calculator. To export your project click the Export button and select the file option you are looking for:
Exports can be opened or saved in your Downloads folder.
Below we cover the different types of exports.
Exporting a project to PDF
To export your project via PDF click the Export button and select PDF. Once your project is exported to PDF you will have both an overview of the project along with a breakdown of each camera used. This format shows 2 cameras per page but, does not allow for easy edits:
Exporting a Project to Powerpoint (PPT)
To export your project to PPT format click the Export button and select Powerpoint. Your file with start with the project title, camera count, and date exported. The following slides list one camera per page. Powerpoint format allows for easier edits and is more appropriate for presentations:
Exporting a project to a Word Document (Docx)
To export your project to Word Document click the Export button and select Word Doc. This format opens with Microsoft Word and starts with an overview of the project and continues with a breakdown of each camera used. This format shows 2 cameras per page and allows for easy editing.
Exporting a Snapshot
To export your project to a Snapshot click the Export button and select Snapshot. A Snapshot is a quick look at your current screen similar to a screenshot and includes the Simulated View and Person Panels. It will only display the current camera and specifications selected in your project:
Exporting a project to a ZIP
To export your project to ZIP file click the Export button and select ZIP. This export consists of an overview picture and each camera as its own JPG. After opening you can extract all of the pictures to your computer or select individual cameras:
Exporting a project to CSV file for use with Excel
To export your project to CSV format click the Export button and select CSV. Exporting your project to a CSV format allows for a simple list of the cameras used in your project along with your set specifications:
This format allows you to add installation details like IP address, serial number or what server it is connected to.
Permalinks are used to share projects. It will provide the recipient with a replica of the original.
To delete a Project, click on the "All Projects" button, and then click on the "Trash Can" next to the project Date. The system will prompt you to confirm the deletion.
Calculator Appendix and Troubleshooting
The Camera Calculator can run in most browsers without any issues, but there are version requirements:
- Firefox 29+ (Including Firefox OS and Firefox for Android)
- Chrome 30+
- Safari 5+
- Internet Explorer 10+
- Opera 21+
- Android 4.0+
- iOS 7.1+
- Windows Phone 8+
If the Calculator page does not completely load in the browser, this can be caused by excess temporary files being held in your browser cache. To fix this problem, try clearing your browser cache, and relaunch the Camera Calculator.
Here are the instructions for clearing browser cache in the most common web browsers:
The Camera Calculator can be blocked by a company firewall if the following 2 sites are blocked. If you can load the Calculator from your home network, but not at work, check with your IT department:
- https://ipvm.com - Check login credentials for permissions
- https://e7164728-9328-4911-8cf0-7607d6d34ef5-bluemix.cloudant.com/ - where the Calculator is hosted
When one enters a manufacturer-customized URL, it shows that manufacturer's name:
When the user picks models, it displays the number of models available:
Then the user can select among that manufacturer's models:
Also, you can still see all camera models in the IPVM calculator by clicking on the 'Show Other Manufacturers' link.
The full list of manufacturer specific Camera Calculator Links:
- 2M Technology Camera Calculator: 3 cameras
- 360 Vision Camera Calculator: 10 cameras
- 3xLogic Camera Calculator: 35 cameras
- ABUS Camera Calculator: 29 cameras
- ACTi Camera Calculator: 203 cameras
- ATV Camera Calculator: 32 cameras
- Advidia Camera Calculator: 35 cameras
- Alarm.com Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Alibi Camera Calculator: 71 cameras
- Alphafinity Camera Calculator: 27 cameras
- Amcrest Camera Calculator: 73 cameras
- Arecont Camera Calculator: 337 cameras
- Aventura Camera Calculator: 147 cameras
- Avigilon Camera Calculator: 286 cameras
- Axis Camera Calculator: 379 cameras
- Basler Camera Calculator: 8 cameras
- Bolide Camera Calculator: 55 cameras
- Bosch Camera Calculator: 234 cameras
- Brickcom Camera Calculator: 3 cameras
- BridgeVMS Camera Calculator: 3 cameras
- CP Plus Camera Calculator: 8 cameras
- Canary Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Canon Camera Calculator: 25 cameras
- Cisco Camera Calculator: 15 cameras
- ClearView Camera Calculator: 41 cameras
- Cohu Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Costar Camera Calculator: 2 cameras
- D-Link Camera Calculator: 45 cameras
- DVTel Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- DW Camera Calculator: 83 cameras
- Dahua Camera Calculator: 669 cameras
- Dali Camera Calculator: 4 cameras
- Dallmeier Camera Calculator: 51 cameras
- Dropcam Camera Calculator: 2 cameras
- Extreme Networks Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Ezviz Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- FLIR Camera Calculator: 234 cameras
- Foscam Camera Calculator: 4 cameras
- GW Security Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Ganz Camera Calculator: 84 cameras
- Geovision Camera Calculator: 287 cameras
- Geutebrueck Camera Calculator: 15 cameras
- Grandstream Camera Calculator: 10 cameras
- Hanwha / Samsung Camera Calculator: 293 cameras
- Hikvision Camera Calculator: 969 cameras
- Honeywell Camera Calculator: 116 cameras
- Huawei Camera Calculator: 3 cameras
- I-View Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- IC Realtime Camera Calculator: 122 cameras
- IDIS Camera Calculator: 88 cameras
- IQinVision Camera Calculator: 43 cameras
- Illustra Camera Calculator: 187 cameras
- IndigoVision Camera Calculator: 61 cameras
- Infinova Camera Calculator: 16 cameras
- Intelbras Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Interlogix Camera Calculator: 168 cameras
- JVC Camera Calculator: 8 cameras
- LTS Camera Calculator: 147 cameras
- LaView Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Lilin Camera Calculator: 97 cameras
- Lonix Camera Calculator: 14 cameras
- Lorex Camera Calculator: 12 cameras
- March Networks Camera Calculator: 16 cameras
- Meraki Camera Calculator: 5 cameras
- Messoa Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Milesight Camera Calculator: 40 cameras
- Mobotix Camera Calculator: 228 cameras
- Nelly's Security Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Nest Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Netgear Camera Calculator: 6 cameras
- Northern Camera Calculator: 12 cameras
- ONIX Camera Calculator: 4 cameras
- Oncam Camera Calculator: 36 cameras
- OpenEye Camera Calculator: 23 cameras
- Panasonic Camera Calculator: 190 cameras
- Pelco Camera Calculator: 398 cameras
- Pixelab Camera Calculator: 2 cameras
- Provision-ISR Camera Calculator: 23 cameras
- Q-See Camera Calculator: 3 cameras
- RVI Camera Calculator: 11 cameras
- Razberi Camera Calculator: 6 cameras
- Reolink Camera Calculator: 15 cameras
- Ring Camera Calculator: 9 cameras
- Scallop Camera Calculator: 4 cameras
- Sentry360 Camera Calculator: 3 cameras
- Shany Camera Calculator: 36 cameras
- Siqura Camera Calculator: 15 cameras
- SnapAV Camera Calculator: 65 cameras
- Sony Camera Calculator: 132 cameras
- Speco Camera Calculator: 6 cameras
- StarDot Camera Calculator: 12 cameras
- Sunba Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Swann Camera Calculator: 5 cameras
- Trendnet Camera Calculator: 10 cameras
- Ubiquiti Camera Calculator: 9 cameras
- Unitoptek Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
- Uniview Camera Calculator: 170 cameras
- Uniview Tec Camera Calculator: 22 cameras
- VISION Camera Calculator: 9 cameras
- Verkada Camera Calculator: 2 cameras
- Vicon Camera Calculator: 86 cameras
- Videotec Camera Calculator: 8 cameras
- Vivotek Camera Calculator: 168 cameras
- W Box Camera Calculator: 24 cameras
- WAMA Camera Calculator: 31 cameras
- Y-Cam Camera Calculator: 5 cameras
- Zmodo Camera Calculator: 1 cameras
Is there still a feature or function of the Camera Calculator that you would like more details on? Post your comment or question on our Dedicated Discussion Post, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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