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    Motion Detection Setup



    The motion detection of the camera works in a way that the camera is comparing every picture with each other. So that camera takes the last picture and compares it with the new one. This will also have the effect that the camera will notice a change of brightness in the picture in the same way as it notices a person or object moving through the picture. With the sensitivity you can set how many percentage of a picture has to change until the camera will cause an alarm.


    HD Camera Series

    To activate the motion detection, open the web interface of your INSTAR HD IP camera and click on the menu Alarm / Areas.

    Motion Detection in HD Cameras
    Open Alarm/Areas in your camera's web user interface.


    In the window Areas you can select in which area of the video the motion detection should be armed. Therefore please select the Area on the right side for which you want to do the settings. Next please click Active.

    Motion Detection in HD Cameras
    Activate a motion detection area.


    You will see that the area which you have set to Active is now showing a colour. Also on top the number for the area activated will light up in red to symbolize that this area is active. By simply clicking into the picture and dragging your mouse you can choose the area for motion detection. The motion detection will be armed in the area you have selected. In case you want to select the whole area you can click "Full Area" on the right side in order to activate the motion detection over the whole picture. Now you can use the slide bar to set the sensitivity for the motion.

    1 = Insensitive (almost no motion gets detected) 100 = Very Sensitive (almost every motion will be recorded)

    We recommend you so leave the motion sensitivity at 50 and slowly test which setting will deliver the best result.

    Motion Detection in HD Cameras
    Adjust the sensitivity to your need.


    Repeat the above steps in case you want to set more then one area. Each area will be given a different colour:

    Area 1 = red
    Area 2 = blue
    Area 3 = green
    Area 4 = yellow

    Submit the settings in order to save all settings in the camera.

    Motion Detection in HD Cameras
    Repeat those steps for the remaining detection areas if necessary.


    You will need to select an Action so that the camera knows what it should do in case of an alarm. Please open the menu Alarm / Actions.

    Motion Detection in HD Cameras
    Open Alarm/Actions to define an alarm response.


    Here you can now set if the camera should sent you an email with snapshots in the attachment or if the pictures should be saved to an SD card or an FTP server. In order to save pictures or videos to an SD card please make sure an SD card in inserted in your camera.

    Finally please Submit the settings.


    Motion Detection in HD Cameras
    Define a action that is carried out in case of an motion detection trigger event.


    Attention: If you have problems by receiving to many alarms you can solve that by doing different settings. Always set the sensitivity so the motion you want to detect can be detected by the camera. Usually this will be humans that need to be detected. Just simply use a setting so that the motion that is caused by a human will be detected soon enough to cause an alarm. So if the settings are currently 5 and you notice that sometimes that motion gets not detected simply change it to 6 as we recommend so that should solve the problem.

    To avoid unwanted motion detection please try to make sure that areas like the "sky with moving clouds, streets in the background or big reflecting areas and others are not part of the are the camera is protecting. To find the right camera position you can change the viewing angle a little bit or mount the camera on a different area which suits better to protects you home. This can reduce the quantity of false alarms enormously.


    VGA Camera Series

    To activate the motion detection, open the web interface of your INSTAR VGA IP camera and click on the menu Alarm / Alarm.

    1 = nonsensitive (almost no motion gets detected) 10 = very sensitive (almost every motion will be recorded)

    We recommend you so set the motion sensitivity to 6.

    Motion Detection in HD Cameras
    Define actions to be carried out in case of an motion detection trigger event.


    The cameras integrated motion detection only works over the whole picture. With our additional software "InstarVision" for Windows computers you can define different areas in the picture for which you want to use motion detection. That means not the whole picture will be included in the motion detection but only the areas you have selected.

    For other operating system we currently have to use third party developers such as the software "Motion, EvoCam, ZoneMinder, VitaminD and many others. The use of third party software is no problem with our cameras since they are integrated in most software versions. If you find that our cameras are not integrated you can contact us anytime so we can arrange the integration. Please note that the software of third party developers are only working with the livestream of the camera. So in order to use the functions offered by the third party software you need to have your computer running and the software opened.

    As soon as you camera is detection a motion you have 3 options in order to get a notification or to record the motion:


    1. Email: The IP camera will automatically sent you an email with 6 pictures in the attachment. The computer does not need to run for this function since the camera has a direct connection to the router.


    2. FTP Upload: The IP camera will sent pictures to your FTP Server. With this function there will be pictures saved for a time period of 1 minute in case of an alarm. The computer does not need to run for this function.


    Alternative: The FTP Upload gives you the additional function to upload pictures in a fixed time interval. With this function you can for example have one picture saved every 10 seconds for an unlimited time. The picture can either be saved with the same name or the name can be created by the camera automatically by using date and time as the picture name.


    3. Video: A 1 minute video can be automatically recorded. This function is only working if you are using the "Internet Explorer" as a webbrowser since a ActiveX Plugin is necessary to record the video to your computer. So in order to save the video the computer needs to be running and the IP address of the camera has to be opened in Internet Explorer showing the livestream. If you use our addtional software InstarVision you can also record videos. Also you can record them with a high compression and in different video formats in order to save space on your harddrive.

    Alternative: You can also make a continues recording with the Internet Explorer. Therefor just activate the recording manually by pressing the record button on the upper left side.


    Attention: If you have problems by receiving to many alarms you can solve that by doing different settings. Always set the sensitivity so the motion you want to detect can be detected by the camera. Usually this will be humans that need to be detected. Just simply use a setting so that the motion that is caused by a human will be detected soon enough to cause an alarm. So if the settings are currently 5 and you notice that sometimes that motion gets not detected simply change it to 6 as we recommend so that should solve the problem.

    To avoid unwanted motion detection please try to make sure that areas like the "sky with moving clouds, streets in the background or big reflecting areas and others are not part of the are the camera is protecting. To find the right camera position you can change the viewing angle a little bit or mount the camera on a different area which suits better to protects you home. This can reduce the quantity of false alarms enormously.


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