VMS / VSaaS Investigation Guide

By Sean Patton, Published Oct 12, 2021, 09:31am EDT

This 26-page guide provides an in-depth explanation of event investigation, searching, and exporting of video in VMS/VSaaSes.

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Inside we cover:

  • Simplistic Video Searching
  • Common Search Methods (Time, Motion, Object, Thumbnail, etc.)
  • Single and Multi-Camera Search
  • Exporting Video
  • Common Export Locations
  • Single and Multi-Camera Export
  • Video File Formats
  • Standalone File Players
  • Export File Management
  • Export Encryption/Watermarks

Investigation ********

***/******* ***** ********* ******* for ********* *** ***** events ** ********, **** the **** ** ******* the ******* ***** ** quickly ** ********, ** most ************** *** ****-*********. Each ****** *** ********** and ************* **** ****** be ********** **** ********* for *****. ********, ********, UI, *** *********** **** vary ***** ** *** VMS/VSaaS.

Simplistic ***** *********

************, *** **** ********** way ** ****** ******* video *** ** "*****" or ******** **** *** recorded ***** ** * recorder. *** ***** *** the ******** ** ****/**** forward/reverse ** *** ***** of *** ********.

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***/***** ******** **** ********** offer ***** ********* **** allow *** **** ** quickly ***** ******* *****:

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*******, ***/***** **** ***** video ****** ***** **** are ****** ******** *** looking *** ******** ***** and/or ******** ******.

Common ****** *******

***** *** ********* ****** types ****** ** **** VMSes, **** **** **** and ****, ********* ** what *********** ** *****:

  • ****
  • *****
  • *********
  • **** ** ********
  • *********
  • ******
  • ******* (******, *******)
  • ************

Time ******

****-***** ****** ** *** most *********** ****** *** can **** ************* ****** than **** ***** ****** types ******* *** **** to ***** ******* *** full ***** ** *****. Time ******** *** *** simplest *** ***** ** understand, *** ***** ** less **** ** *** missing ** ***** ** interest ** *** **** of *** ******** ** known:

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*******, ********* *** ** incident **** *** **** is ******* *** ****** in * **** **** range (*.*. *+ ***** overnight) ******* ** **, in ********, *** ***** useful ****** *** **** take *********** **** ** find *** ******* *****. For ***** ***** *** typical ****** ***** *** a **** ** ***** (e.g. * - ** minutes), **** ************ ** minimized.

Alarm ******

****** ****** *** ********* used *** **** **********, but *** **** ** searched ****-***** ***** *** is ************* ** ********. Alarms *** ** *******, effectively, ** *** ****** or ******* ********* ** the ***/*****, *** *******:

  • *******:******/********* *****, *********, *****/****** trigger
  • *********:******/********* *****, ******* *******, camera **********, *****/*******
  • ********** *******:****** ********** *******, **** login, ***** ********

***** ****** ********* ******* video **** *****, *** can ** ******** ** description ** **** ** alarm:

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************, **** ***** ******** include *********** ***** **** the ***** *** *********, when *** ***** **** acknowledged *** *****, *** what ***** *** **** may **** ******* **** the ***** *** *********. These ******* *** ********* used ** ***** ***** monitoring ** ******** *********** and *** ***** ***** companies, *** ******* ****** in ***** **********.

Thumbnail ******

********* ******** *** ** quicker **** **** ** motion ******** **** ** object (*******, ***) ****** or ****** *** **** of *** ******.

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*******, ***** ****** *** be ****** ******* * thumbnail ******, ********* ** how *** ****** ********* the **********. ***** **** VMS/VSaaSes *** *** ****** or ****** ********* ** generate ********** ** ********, many *** ********** ****-***** thumbnails (*.*. * ***** every */**/** *******).

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** ********, *** **** be **** ** **** the ******** ****** *-* clicks ** ********** **** a ****** ********** ********* search.

*******, ********* ****** ** moderately **** ****** *** finding ******* ******* (*.*. dropped ***** ** ******), or *********, ******* *** incident ** ****** ** the ***** ** **** must ** ******* ******* 2 **********.

Area ** ******** ******

***/***** ******** ***** * motion ** ****** ********* search ****** ***** ** a ******* **** ** the ***** ** ****. This *** ******* *** search **** **** ** is ***** **** ** incident **** ***** ** a ******** ******** ** ignoring ****** ** ******* from ******* **** ****.

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*******, ** ***** ** high ********, ** **** still ****** **** ***-*********** events ***** **** ** be ********, *** ***-***** searches *** ***** ***** to ****** *** ** noise/false **********. ****, **** of ******** ******** ***** missing ** ******** **** happened ******* *** ****** that ** *****, ** the *********** ***** ** incident ******** ** ************* is *********.

Bookmark ******

******* ************** ******** ******* multiple *****, ***/******* ***** 'bookmarking' ** * ****** to *** *** ***** with **** ** ***********, which *** ** ****** or ******** *** **** easily **** * ******** motion ***** ** ****** detection.

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******** ****** ****** ***** searching ** **** ****** for ****** **** **** been ***** *** ********** previously.

***** ******* **** **** users ****** *** * common ***** ****** ** description ******* ** *** in *********, ** ******** searches *** ***** ****** text ******** *** *** require ***** **** *******.

Motion ******

****** ****** ** ********* quicker **** ****-***** ****** because ** ***** **** motion ****** **** * camera ***** *** ******** the **** ****** ** find * ******** ********. Motion ******** ******** ***** manual ******* *** ******* motion ***********/********** *** ****** times (*.*. ****** * motion ***** **** ******** 5 ******* ***** *** previous). **** ****** *** to ********* ** ****** motion ***** **** ************* sources (*.*. *****, *******, etc.)

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*******, ****** ******** *** not ***********, ******* ** the ****** *** *** detected ** *** ******, or ** ***** *** many ****** ****** ** a ******, **** *** take ** **** **** to ****** ** ****-***** searches.

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****, ***** ** * higher **** ** *** filtering *** ****** ** setting *** ****** ********* too ****, ******* ***** is *** ***** **** size ** ********* ** motion **** ** ******** out ** *** ******** setting (*.*. **** ***** ignores * **** ******* in *** **** *** still ***** **** ******** a ******* ***).

Object ******

****** ******** ******* *** deficiency ** ******-***** ******** (e.g. ****** ******, ***** motion ****** *** ** light *******, ***.), *** because **** *** ****** searches *** **** * long **** ** ** through ******* ** **** people, ********, ** *******, analytic ******** *** ******* increase ****** *****:

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***/******* ********* ******** ********* support ********* ** ******, vehicles ** ****, *** will ******* * ******** box ****** *** ******** object. ***** ** * risk ** ******* ** event *** ** * missed *********, ** *** to ****** *************** ** searching **** *** * person ** *******.

Human-Detected-As-Vehicle

********* ****** ********* **** vary ******, *** ***** are * ****** ***** of ***/***** ********* ****** offerings:

  • ******-****** *** *** ***** cameras:******* ********** ****** ********* search, ******** ****** ******* for *** ***** *******
  • ******-****** ****** *********:******* ********** ****** *** metadata ******
  • ****** ********** *** ***** plugins:***-** ****** ********** ** the **** *********, *** independent **** ****** ******/*****/***** search
  • ******* *** ***** *** integrations:********** *** ******* ****** embedded ** ***/***** ******, independent ** **** ****** interface

*********** ** *** ***** analytics ****** ** ***** limited *** ** *** fully ********** **** *** VMS/VSaaS ****** *********, *** use ********** *** ******* or *** **** *******:

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Advanced ****** ******** / ********** ******

******** ****** ********* *** offer * ****** ***** classification ** * ****** or ******* ************, ***** can ** ***** ** an ****** ********* ****** to ************* ******** *** number ** ******* *** needs ** ******.

********* *** ****** ** larger ******* ** ********* the **** ********. *** example, ***** *** ***** body ******** ****** *** commonly ******** ** ****** and ******** *** ***** (~1-5 ***). ******** ****** are *** **** ******** (red, ******, ******, ****):

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*******, ********* *** ******** in **** ****** **** integrated ** ** **** result ** **** ******* as *** *******'* *****(*) can *** ** **********:

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********, *** **** ******* the ******, *** ****** the **** **** ************** errors (*.*. ******, ***** vs ***, * ******'* age). *** *******, **** gender ************** ********* ******** weigh ********** ******* **** hair ******, ***** **** return **** ****** *******:

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Multiple ****** ****** *** ********

********* ******** ******* ************** can ************* ******** ************* time, ** ********* *** often ******** ** ******** cameras ** *** **** area (*.*. ****** ******, cafeterias, ******* ****), ***/** subjects *** ******** ** multiple ******* ** **** move ******* * ********.

***** ********* ***** ********* and ************ ****** ** multiple ******* *** ******, object, *****, ********, *** demographics.

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***** ******* ************ **** offered ******-****** ****** *** playback, **** ***** ******** camera ****** *** ******** in ****. *******, ***** web ********** *** *****-****** playback ***** *** ******* or **** ****** ********, like ***** ***-**** *******, which ********** *** ******* for *****:

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Exporting *****

**** ******, *********, ** problems *****, ********* ***** from ***'* ***** ************ system ** ******** ** proving *********.

***** *** ******** ****** to **** ***/*******, ********* export **** *********, *********** video *******, *****-****** ******, exported **** *******, ************/********** support, **** **** ******* support.

Export *********

*** **** ****** ********* users ****** ***** ** are ***** **, ******* network *****, *** *****.

***** **

********* ** *** ****'* local ** ***** ** the **** ****** **** location **** ********* *****. It **** *** ******* any ********** ******** *** can ** ****** ******* email, ** ****** ** a *** ********* ******* drive.

*******, **** ****-********** ****** are ******** ******** *********, which *** **** * long **** ** ******** directly ** * ****** client, *** *** ********* to ***** **** **********.

******* *****

******* ** ***** ***********, enterprise ***** *** ****** to ****** ***** ** a ****** ******* *****, which ** ********** ** virtually ******* ******** ** the ***** ********. **** decreases ****** **** *** offers ****** ******* ******* users.

*******, ****** ******* ****** are ********* **** **** for ******** *****, *** the ***** **** **** often **** ** ** copied ** * *** removable ******* ***** *** sharing **** ******* *******. This *** ****** ** multiple ****** ** *** same ******** *****, ***** risks ********* ***** ***** viewed ** ****** ***************.

*****

******* ******** ***** *********, or '*********', ***** ******** in *** *****, ******* the ***** ** ******* being ****** *****, ** remote ***** ********* *** connected *** ********** *** viewing. ***** ******* **** a **** ********** ********* that ********* ****** ******** file ********, ******* **** another **** ** ***** account, ** ******** *** clip.

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*****-***** ****** *** ******* are ********* ******** **** hosted ************-***** ***** ******* of *** **** ** cloud *******.

***** *********** ***** *** managed ***** ** *** typically ***** ****** ***** export, ****** ***** ******* (e.g. *******, ******) *** be **** ** ******* sharing *** ********** ** an ******** ***** ****.

Single *** *****-****** ******

***** ** ********* ********* from *** ****** ***** an ****** ****. ***** export **** ******* ****, they ********* ***** ******* for ****** *** ***** clip, ********* *** ***** and **** **** ** the ****, ********* *** format ** *** *****, password **********, *** ********* a ********** ***** ******.

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***** ***** ***** *** quickly ***** **** ******* export **********, ********** ***** may ******** ** ****** the ******* *******, ********* additional **** ******* ***/** delaying *** *************.

****** **** ****** ** export ***** **** **** camera ************, *****-****** ****** can **** *********** **** by ******** ***** ** export ******** ***** ***** from ********* ******* **************:

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***** **** ** **** efficient **** ******-****** ******, multi-camera ******* ******** *** complexity ** *** *********, when ********* *** **** management.

Video **** ******

***** ******* *** ********* offered ** * *********** formats; **** **** ******* (e.g. ".***") ** *** File *******.

*** *********** **** ****** exports *** **** ****** in ****-*** *****, ***** Open **** ******* *** typically **** ** ***-**** NVRs, *****, *** ******-***** recording. *******, ***** ********* offer ******* ** ***** proprietary ****** *** **** file *******.

********* ***** ** *** VMS's *********** ****** ** quickest *** **** *** require ***** **********/**** ******** to ********** ** ****-*******. A *** **** ****** is * ******* **** contains * ******** ****** video (*.*. *.***) *** metadata, ***** ******** **********, bounding *****, ****** *******, bookmarks, ***. ** ****, VMS **** ******* ******* specialized ******** ** ******/****.

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*******, *********** ***** *** only ** ******** ** the *** ****** ** standalone **** ******, ***** can ** ********* *** 3rd ******* (*.*. ****** departments, *******). **** **** Formats ******* *****, ** metadata, *** ** *** require ******* ******** ** view. **** **** ********* do *** ***** ********** or ************, ********* **** in **** ********/***** ********** environments.

*** *******, *** ** Windows ***** ****** ******** support ******** ** **** file ****** *******:

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Standalone ******

******* *********** ***** ******* require ******* ******** *** playback, ****** **** ******* offer ******** ******* ************ of * *** ****** and ***-**** ******** (*.*. zoom, *********, ******* ******, events, *** *********):

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***** *** ********** ******** to ******* **** ** open-format ******* (*.*. ******* Media ******, ***, *********).

*******, ****** **** ******* can ******** *********** ******** of ******** ****** ** their ****** *****, *** automatically ****** *** ***** playing *** ******** ***** when *** **** ****** executable ** ********:

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Export **** **********

***** **** *** ***** is ******** **** *** system, ********** *** ********** of *** ***** ***** are **** **** *** client. ** ******* ****, some ***/******* ***** ****** file ********** *****. ** the **** ** * VMS, **** ** ******** a ****** **** ******* in *** ******* ******, which ************* ***** ** a ***-******* ****** *********:

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**** ******* ***** ****** or ******* ********** ***** that ***** ********** ** one's ***** **** *** saved ** ***** ******* for *********** ** *******:

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Export **********/*********

******* **** *** ***** have ** ****** **** exported ***** ** *** tampered ****, ************ *** encryption *** ** ***** to *** ***** ** ensure ** *** *** been ****** ** ******** with. ********** ****** ***** adds *********** ************* ****, 20-30% ****** **** ***-*********:

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**** ***** ********** **** and ********** ** ********* and/or ******* ***** **** exporting *** **** ******* back.

***** ***** ************* ********* market ***** ******* "***-**-***" encryption, ******* *** ***** is ********* ** **** as ** ** ******** by *** ******, ** is ******** *** ***** to ***** ********** ** video ***** **** **** been ******** **** ***** cloud.

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******* *********, ***** ** frame (******* *** *******), trick ******** ** *** speed (******* *** *******), OSD ****, ******* ******* (adding ** ******** *** masking), **** ******** (** addition ** **** *** comment ** *****-****** ******) H.265 ********, ******* *** multi-screen ****...

** ***** **** **** vendors ******* * *** client *** ****** ************* and * ***** ****** to ******* * **** investigation ********** (**** *** features *****).

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