Live View

You can view any of the cameras connected to you NVR in the live view window. You can also view cameras from multiple different NVR's if you have added the devices in MontavueGO. Please note that in order to view your cameras you must first add an NVR as a device. For instructions on adding devices please click on the following link Add a device

Your added device(s) can be viewed under the Organizations tab in the menu on the left. To see the cameras attached to a particular NVR click on the small arrow to the left of the NVR icon.

Once you click the drop down arrow you will see a list of all the cameras connected to that NVR. To view these cameras simply double click on the camera you wish to view. This will place the camera in the currently selected frame within the layout grid. Additionally, you can drag and drop cameras onto the grid to easily set up your camera layout.

The default camera layout in MontavueGO is four even frames as shown in the image below. To change this layout click on one of the 5 layout icons located at the bottom right of the screen. You can change the layout to either show one frame, 9 frames, 16 frames or create a custom layout.

You can create a custom layout by clicking the icon that looks like a pencil. This will bring up a small window where you can choose from one of the predefined layouts or we can create our own custom layout by clicking on the pencil icon located within that window

This will bring up the custom layout window where you can modify the layout. Select one of the pre-made layouts as a base to start. From there you can modify the layout to suit your needs.

The solid green lines define where the screen will be split. In this example, the screen is split into four even tiles. To remove a line hover over a solid green line with your cursor and the line will turn red. If you click on the line while the line is red the line will be removed.

To add a line hover over one of the dotted green lines. The line will become highlighted. Click on the highlighted line to create a new split.

Once you click OK your new custom layout will be displayed in the Live View window. You can now add cameras to your new custom layout. After you add the cameras that you want you can save the layout for easy access in the future. To do this click on the save icon in the lower left hand corner.

This will bring up the save view window. Enter a name for your custom view where it says View name.

You will now see your new layout in the view menu on the left under the default group. 

If you have a Pan Tilt Zoom or Varifocal camera you can control the camera in the  Live View of MontavueGO by clicking on PTZ from the menu on the left.

This will bring up the PTZ controls menu. From here you can control your PTZ or Varifocal camera. This will allow you to control things like zoom, focus, brightness, camera position as well as selecting presets, tours etc.

The circular icon with the for directional arrows will allow you to Pan or Tilt the camera by clicking on the directional arrows.

Clicking the icon in the center of the circular icon will allow you to drag out a box in the camera view. If you drag the box out from left to right you will zoom into that area. If you drag the box out from right to left you will zoom out of that area. This can be useful to quickly zoom into a specific area rather than using the directional arrows.

The two magnifying glass icons will allow you to zoom the camera in and out. 

The two box icons will enable you to manually focus the camera.

The two circular icons will allow you to open or close the Iris of the camera. This will brighten or darken the image.

Clicking on the icon that looks like a computer mouse will allow you to control the position and zoom using your mouse. Once you have clicked on this icon you can move the camera by clicking and dragging in the direction you want the camera to move. Additionally, you can zoom in and out by using the scroll wheel.

You can also create and select presets from this menu by clicking on more functions.

Tours allow you to create a layout and automatically cycle through a series of cameras. To learn how to create a tour click here

If you have already created a tour you will find it in the tour list at the bottom of the screen.

Once you have selected the tour that you want, click the icon to the right with the two circling arrows. Clicking this icon after the tour has started will end the tour.

You can save a picture of the image the camera is currently displaying in MontavueGO. To do this hover your cursor In the window of the camera you wish to record. You should see a black bar drop down at the top of that window with a row of icons on the right. From the row of icons click on the icon that looks like a camera.

After you click on the camera icon wait a few moments and you should see a window pop in on the right hand of the screen indicating that the snapshot was saved. Within that pop-up window are two icons a folder and an image icon. Clicking on the folder icon will open the folder where the picture is located. Clicking on the image icon will open the image.

You can record footage currently being displayed on a given camera directly to your computer using MontavueGO. To do this hover your cursor In the window of the camera you wish to record. You should see a black bar drop down at the top of that window with a row of icons on the right. From the row of icons click on the icon that looks like a video camera.Once you click on this the icon will turn blue and a red dot will appear on it. This indicates that you are currently recording. You will also see a pop-up window on the bottom left notifying you that local record has started.

To stop recording simply click on the video camera again. Your computer will take a few moments to write the information. You will then see another pop-up in the lower right-hand side of the screen indicating that the footage has been recorded. Within that pop-up window is a folder icon. Clicking on the folder icon will open the folder where the file is located. Note that MontavueGO records footage as a DAV file. In order to view these files, you must use MontavueGO or a program capable of reading DAV files. You can easily access these recordings by going to the playback window and selecting local files. For more information on playing and/or exporting footage please click here

If you have a camera with a built-in microphone you can listen to the live audio in MontavueGO. To do this hover your cursor In the window of the camera you wish to enable audio for. You should see a black bar drop down at the top of that window with a row of icons on the right. From the row of icons click on the icon that looks like a speaker Once you click on this the icon you should hear the audio from this camera.

MontavueGO will allow you to instantly replay the last 5 minutes of recorded footage of any given camera. To do this hover your cursor In the window of the camera you wish to enable audio for. You should see a black bar drop down at the top of that window with a row of icons on the right. From the row of icons click on the icon that looks like a play button. 

Once you click the icon that camera will begin to replay the previous five minutes of footage. You will see the timeline bar with a play button at the bottom of that screen. You can scrub through the footage by clicking anywhere on that timeline. You can pause the playback at any time by clicking the pause button on the far left side of the timeline. To end the replay and return to the live feed click the X icon at the end of the timeline.

MontavueGO will allow you to digitally zoom in on a camera view. Please note that zooming in digitally is different than physically zooming in the camera. When you zoom in digitally you are zooming in on the actual pixels of the image. So just like when you zoom in on a picture on your phone or computer the image will begin to look pixelated. If you have a camera with an optical zoom and want to learn how to zoom in optically please click on the PTZ controls section from the menu on the left. To zoom digitaly hover your cursor In the window of the camera you wish to digitally zoom in on. You should see a black bar drop down at the top of that window with a row of icons on the right. From the row of icons click on the icon that looks like a magnifying glass with an addition sign in the middle. Once you click this icon you can zoom into the image by using the scroll wheel on your mouse. While zoomed in you can move the image around by clicking and dragging anywhere within the camera view.

MontavueGO will allow you to view your cameras at the full size of your screen. This will hide all of the menu’s and show only the cameras. To do this click on the icon in the bottom left corner.

To exit full-screen mode simply press the escape key on your keyboard or right click and select exit full-screen at the bottom of the menu

MontavueGO will allow you to reduce the resolution of your stream. This is useful if your network is slow or you are viewing multiple cameras and are having streaming issues. Note: this will not affect the resolution of the footage being recorded to the NVR. This will only change the resolution of the stream you are viewing much like changing the resolution of a youtube video. To do this right click in the window of the camera that you wish to reduce the resolution of. From the drop down menu select Stream Type then select Sub Stream.

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