Hikvision iVMS-4200 Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 14, 2015

Though best known for their camera and recorders, mega Chinese manufacturer also makes their own VMS software.

In this report, we share test results of Hikvision's iVMS-4200, their VMS that works with their own cameras and recorders.

In a future report, we will test their 5200 VMS offerings, which works with 3rd party cameras but is not released in North America now.

We tested their iVMS-4200 client software to see how it compared to mainstream VMSes in live viewing and event management, playback and search, configuration, and more.

Inside we have 5 videos and detailed analysis. Here is the first overview video that reviews the basics of the client and what each common tab is used for:

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Comments (25)

iVMS-4200's successor, iVMS-5200, has been available outside North America for some time. Hikvision informs us that it is running in field trials currently, but has no firm release date.

Given that we are coming up on 6 months where 5200 has been available in other English speaking countries, and the fact that a future date has not even been announced, what is Hik is telling you the reason for the delay is?

The fact that 5200 supports third party cameras would have to make top notch VMS companies concerned, as certainly some would choose to try it first, especially if it is free.

If no plausible reason can be given for the delay, nor is one even offered, I don't think it's out of line to suggest there may be a intentional delay in the rollout to not spook N.A. VMSes with a direct competitor at a time that they are trying to grow their camera business. What do you guys think?

Certainly plausible. It could also be that it's "not ready for primetime". Perhaps, unlike other VMS they want to remove all of the mistranslations and bugs which would cause distaste in North America.

I should have said "unlike some other VMS from Asia". I don't mean to imply all VMS have translation issues or that all from overseas do.

Disclosure- I am from Hikvision USA Product Management

A couple points. Hikvision USA is taking a conservative approach to the iVMS-5200P. While the feature and performance demands on a free software are quite high, on a paid product, the expectations are much higher.

The 5200P will be a licensed (fee based) VMS package that will be sold to specially certified Dealer Partners thru our distribution channel. We are in beta test right now with multiple projects that are testing out different aspects of the system. In parallel, we are developing the certfication training program and other necessary materials to support the product.

For a free software, the iVMS-4200 is well featured, but due to its architecture, it is really a client software. The iVMS-5200P will be positioned as a VMS for a Hikvision solution, with higher end features, better support of Hikvision IP cameras and NVRs, etc. It will support 3rd party cameras, but the 4200 does as well when managed by the Hikvision NVR. Our system design approach will still revolve around our NVRs and IP cameras.

Firm release date is not set but it will be in 2016.

Regards

Bob Germain

Bob will 5200 software be free for Hikvision and paid for 3rd party cameras or paid for any camera? Thank you

Michael- at this time, all cameras/devices will have a connection license. Final pricing will be deetrmiend prior to launch.

Bob

Thank you!

what version of IVMS-4200 have you tested ?

We tested using version 2.3.1.3, the latest available from Hikvision in North America.

We have used this software , but I have flagged a problem to Hikvision, that when you are trying to review recorded footage frame by frame , it does not work very well.

Normally you would just hit pause , and use the frame advance button to slowly move through each frame, but it does not work very well with hikvision , it jumps around, this is no good when you are reviewing, detailed footage

Have you tested trying to review footage , frame by frame ?

One thing worth mentioning is that iVMS 4200 is available for both Mac and PC - which is a huge benefit over some more expensive PC-only VMSes (so pretty much every VMS except Exacq).

There is also a Linux iVMS 4200 that we were able to successfully install on Ubuntu, but I believe it's in beta and not officially supported by HIKvision.

NxWitness/DigitalWatchdog Spectrum also has a Mac and Linux client. While it doesn't have a Mac Server, it does have a Linux Server.

Jon, side question... who developed DW Spectrum/NX Witness first? Is is Digital Watchdog's product renamed by Network Optix or the other way around? Just curious.

NX Witness is first.

Resolving IP Camera / VMS Time Sync Problems link doesn't work. Says "This post has not been published. Check back later."

Hmm, seems to work for me. Try this link: Resolving IP Camera / VMS Time Sync Problems

Maybe your admin privileges allow the viewing of posts marked as unpublished?

Same error for me. I think it may be a old-style commenting article. It shows up in search, but same link.

FWIW, Ethan's NTP article has a small section on VMS timestamp sync.

CMS software having a PC and MAC client isn't as rare as one might think. See Dahua.

Scott and "Undisclosed 5 Manufacturer", I am also noticing more and more VMS/CMS softwares available for Mac. I personally have tested DW Spectrum on the Mac and it works just like its PC counterpart.

I used HV Server and Cms/vms software for the last 3 years, software had limitations, and kept dropping out , after about a year of these unknowns , I switched to Exacqvision.

No Drop outs and the system always reboots to online status. Customer can use these features to expand and review details that are important .

The standalone recorders work fine , but have too many software limitations.

Need more features to change and work with, But for low end solutions they are just like all the rest in industry.

I found the HV camera software works great and out performs the standalone recorders. 4,8,16 ch. just ok , seams like all the others

The software has a lot of learning curves and takes a lot of time to set up .

Am I correct in assuming the downloaded video files don't have any form of watermarking or encryption to confirm they haven't been tampered with?

Not sure about IVMS-4200 but some Hik NVR's support watermarking, better yet some HIK cameras support it as well.

Have you needed it much?

Most standards, specifications and guidelines for deployment of CCTV in Australia stipulate primary evidence should be backed up in the native file format with a form of watermarking or encryption that can be validated and a self executable player. There are legal precedents to support use of back ups in native file formats and exports being rejected.

Disclosure- I am from Hikvision

The watermark is part of the stream from the IP Cameras

You can check the watermark in the IPC record file by opening it with Hikvision's VS-PLAYER. The 4200 itself does not have the ability to check whether there’s watermark in the record or not.

To my knowledge, you are correct. I've asked Hikvision to confirm in case I'm missing something.

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