View First Steps 02

Getting to Know vMax View

Login and launch

Remember that the login function in vMax View is optional. Login is disabled by default during installation. To enable login when installing review the Installing or Upgrading vMax View section.

To launch vMax View:

  1. Click the vMax View icon that was created on your desktop during installation.
  1. If the Login window opens, enter the User name and password provided to you by the system administrator.
  2. If needed, select a language from the drop down list.
  3. Optionally, select the box to have vMax View remember your user name and language.
  4. Click Login. vMax View will open.

TIP: User Name and Password

The default user name and password provided by Seon is “admin”. For security purposes, Seon recommends users to change default login and passwords. Seon is not responsible if the changed password is lost or forgotten.

vMax View user interface

Before moving on to Viewing DVR Video Files with vMax View, it is important to get familiar with the user interface.

vMax View presents a toolbar displaying File and Options drop-down menus where users can find some of the main functionalities, and a Help menu that provides access to further information.

Once vMax View opens, the screen is displayed as in the following figure. Let’s explore the software features:

  1. Load Video File: Displays the name, capacity, and DVR type of any hard drives and SD cards connected to the computer so that users can search and load the appropriate file. Clicking the file folder icon allows browsing for video through the File Menu window.

  2. Calendar month: Selects month and year. Clicking on the arrows moves to following or previous month. Clicking and holding the month being displayed shows a list of the 3 previous and 3 following months.

  3. Calendar day: Selects day of month. Days on the calendar are highlighted as follows:

    • Green – Day containing video
    • Gray – Data recorded
    • Red – Alarm recorded
  1. Time: Searches starting point of data on the selected day, including hour, minute and second. Time can be selected with the up/down arrows or manually entered in the corresponding boxes.

  2. Video Display: Several view options, including 1, 4, 6,13 or 16 channels are available. Scroll buttons allow cycling of camera views.

  3. Audio: Selects a source camera for audio output through the drop-down menu options. Volume can also be turned up and down with the slider or muted with the corresponding button.

  4. Video Data: Displays Events, Alarms and Telemetry through three separate menus under their respective tabs:

    • The Events menu presents a drop-down box listing:

      • Recorded Session Events.

      • DVR system Information clips.

      • All Events and Information recordings.

    • The Alarms menu lists alarms and associated video.

    • The Telemetry menu displays:

      • GPS and associated video.

      • Speed and associated video

      • Signals and associated video Idle and associated video.

      • G Sensor and associated video.

    • The Information menu is reserved for displaying custom solutions.

  5. Performance Meter: Presents a visual indication of how the CPU resources are being used, changing from green to yellow and finally red as the maximum capacity is reached. When the Performance Meter is full, a message that reads “Maintaining Real Time Playback” is displayed on the right. This feature helps users know that the application is limiting the channel frame refresh rate to what the computer can support, thus playing video without any delay.

TIP: Review System Requirements

It is important to review the Minimum System Requirements and make sure the PC complies with the recommendations in order to avoid unexpected CPU loading issues when running vMax View. Watch the meter whenever you want to check your computer’s performance. If necessary, you can improve the performance in vMax View by decreasing the number of channels being displayed on the playback screen or, if high definition files are being played, reduce the resolution of one or more camera views.

  1. Playback Controls: Enable Play and Pause, Seek Forward and Reverse, Fast Forward and Reverse, Frame Forward and Reverse, and Loop functions. The following figures identify each of these functions:
    • Seek Reverse – Jumps video to beginning of selected clip.
    • Fast Reverse – Reverses video at 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x or 32x speeds.
    • Frame Reverse – Reverses video slowly at 1/8x, 1/4x or 1/2x speeds.
    • Play – Starts video.
    • Pause – Stops video.
    • Frame Forward – Forwards video slowly at 1/8x, 1/4x or 1/2x speeds.
    • Fast Forward – Forwards video at 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x or 32x speeds.
    • Seek Forward – Jumps video to end of selected clip.
    • Loop – Continuously plays the same clip until further action is taken. By default, video plays from the selected starting point until the end of the archive.
  1. Select video segment: Allows entering start and end points of the video clip to be archived. Time data can be manually entered in the corresponding text boxes or selected by clicking on the Start Clip and End Clip icons while the video is being played.

  2. Archive: Allows saving the selected video segment. Once Archive is clicked and the save dialog is displayed, different types of file become available in the Save as Type drop-down menu.

  3. Day/Hour toggle button: Switches time scale on the Timeline (Segment Graph) between daily and hourly.

  1. Clip Time Reference: Displays initial time (left), exact moment being played (center-left), playback status and duration of the clip (center-right) and finish time of the clip.

  2. Daily/Hourly Timeline (Segment Graph): Tracks exact moment of video recording being played over 24h or within an hour. These two options (daily or hourly) are selectable through the day/hour toggle button (see feature 11). The hourly graph may display sections showing different colours:

    • Green: Continuous data clip.
    • Red: Alarm event.
    • White: Recorder information or system error event.
    • Magenta: GPS route information. This only applies to data recorded with DVRs with firmware version 2.0 or newer.
  1. Playback Window: Displays recording from 1, 4, 6, 9, 13 or 16 sections. This is based on the channel count of the DVR type used for recording.

Playback Window Menu

In addition to all the features that can be quickly accessed in the main screen, several other features become available when right-clicking on a viewing section of the Playback Window:
    • View Camera – Selects a camera channel from 1 to 16 to play in the selected viewing section.
    • This Camera‘s Audio – Plays the audio from this camera.
    • Display Mode – Selects from 1, 4, 6, 9, 13, and 16 video channel views. If no camera was assigned to a video channel, No Media Available appears over the black background.
    • Notice that this feature is also included in the main vMax View tool bar under the Options tab.
    • Display Telemetry – Selects from the following telemetry options:
      • GPS information on a map. Current Speed in MPH or KPH (as set in the DVR).
      • Vehicle Signal status (up to 10 signals).
      • Vehicle Idle status.
      • G sensor data.

This information is displayed in the selected view channel. Telemetry data may not be available on some DVR models.

    • Map Style – Selects from Streets, Satellite, Hybrid or Terrain views. This feature becomes active only when GPS data is being displayed.
    • Save jpg image – Saves video as a still image.
    • Print image – Prints saved image.