Viewing live video is the first and most fundamental feature of video management systems. In this study, we tested 7 VMSes, comparing and contrasting features and the ease of use of the offerings.
We evaluated Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone, Network Optix/Digital Watchdog, OnSSI and Video Insight to understand those differences and recognize what operators can expect using each VMS.
The image below shows a glimpse of each VMS side by side:
We found 9 main differentiators:
Screen Default - What is first shown to the user impacts their experience
16:9 vs 4:3 Aspect Ratios - How a VMS handles different aspect ratios (such as HD and SD)
- Creating/Selecting Views/Layouts - How sets of cameras can be accessed and displayed
- Dragging and Dropping Cameras - What ways cameras can be selected
- Camera Options in Live View - What information and tools are provided
- Instant Replay - How quickly or easily can a user access recently recorded video
- Camera Tours - How operators can watch multiple cameras over time
- Send Live View to Others - How operators can share important video feeds in real time
- Instant Manual Recording - How operators can immediately record key incidents