Overview of  the Live Preview Features in the MontavueGo Mobile app

In this guide, we will explore the various features within the Live View of the MontavueGo app for smartphones and tablets. This will help you learn the different functions that are available to view and adjust your Montavue Surveillance cameras. For your convenience, this guide is separated into sections. Simply click the tab for the feature you would like to learn more about

To add a camera to one of the 4 frames simply tap on the plus sign inside the frame you wish to add the camera too.

Select the NVR that you want to view cameras from.

This will bring up a list of cameras available on that specific NVR.  Tap on the camera you wish to view.

You will now see the camera that you selected appear in the section that you selected

You can also add multiple cameras at a time by tapping the icon in the upper right-hand corner.

This will bring up a menu where you can select the NVR that you want to add the cameras from or you can also add cameras from your favorites if you have created a group of favorites. Tapping in the circle on the right will add all of the available cameras from that NVR. If you tap on the name of you NVR it will give you a drop down to select individual cameras from the NVR.

Once you have selected the cameras that you want to view, simply tap the start live preview button at the bottom. You can see the number of cameras you have selected in parenthesis.

By default, the MontavueGO live preview screen will show 4 frames as pictured below. We can change this to view a single camera, multiple cameras or view them full screen.

If you want to see just this camera double tap the picture and it will now be the only camera in the view port.

Additionally, you can see this camera in full screen by rotating your device on its side. Note your device must have auto rotate turned on.

You can change how many cameras you can view on the screen at one time by tapping the four square icon in the lower left-hand corner. If you do not see this icon you can slide the row of options at the bottom by holding your finger on one of the icons and sliding back and forth. 

5. When you tap this icon you will be given the option to select a layout of 4, 9 or 16 cameras. Tap any of these icons to change the layout.

By default, MontavueGO streams at a lower resolution to help ensure smooth streaming. However, we can change this to a higher resolution. We can also make more specific adjustments to the high and low resolutions settings. Note: this will only affect the stream on your smartphone. It will not affect the record settings on your NVR or the stream on other devices.

The Icon that looks like a monitor displaying mountains will allow you to change the resolution of your stream. If you do not see this icon press and hold on any icon at the bottom of the screen and slide your finger left or right to reveal more icons. 

Tapping the resolution icon will bring up the screen below. By default, the mobile app streams a lower resolution. This is the icon that is highlighted in blue and looks like the mountains are cut up. To change to the high-resolution stream tap on the icon on the right with the solid mountains.

Additionally, we can change the specific resolution, frame rate and Bit rate for both the high and low-resolution streams. Simply click the pencil icon next to either the high or low icons. This will bring up the menu pictured below. To change each setting simply slide up or down on each setting. Once you have selected the setting you want press the green check mark. 

If you have cameras with a built-in mic you can listen to the live audio on your mobile device by using MontavueGO. By default, the sound is disabled in MontavueGO but it can be easily turned on by following the steps below.

To Turn enable audio simply tap the speaker icon as shown below. If you do not see this icon press and hold on any icon at the bottom of the screen and slide your finger left or right to reveal more icons. 

If you have a camera with Pan Tilt Zoom capabilities you can remotely control your camera using Montavue GO.

The circle icon with the four directional arrows will allow you to control the Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Focus, Iris, and Presets of your camera. If you do not see this icon press and hold on any icon at the bottom of the screen and slide your finger left or right to reveal more icons

When you tap on this icon it will bring up four more icons that allow you to control the various features.

To Pan the camera simply swipe right or left on the screen. To Tilt, the camera up or down swipe up or down. You will see a blue arrow appear on the side of the screen indicating the direction the camera is moving.

To zoom in tap on the magnifying glass icon with the addition sign in the center of it. This will bring up plus and minus icons in the lower right-hand corner. Tap the plus sign to zoom in and the minus sign to zoom out.

You can adjust the focus of the camera by tapping the icon that looks like a box with an addition sign in the center of it. This will bring up plus and minus icons in the lower right-hand corner. Tapping the plus sign will adjust the focus for distant objects. Tapping the minus sign will adjust the focus for closer objects.

You can adjust the Iris of the camera by tapping on the circular icon that looks like an iris. This will bring up an icon with an open iris and an icon with a closed iris. Tapping the open iris will open up the iris on the camera allowing more light to enter the camera and will inevitably brighten the image. Tapping the closed iris will close the iris of the camera allowing less light to enter the camera and ultimately darken the image.

If you have set up your camera with presets to view different areas you can access them by tapping on the icon that looks like a flag. This will bring up a dial where you can rotate the numbers to select the preset number you would like. Once you have selected the preset number you want tap the green check mark and the camera will move to the area you defined when you configured the preset.

You can adjust various image settings in MontavueGO by tapping the icon that looks like a paint pallet. If you do not see this icon press and hold on any icon at the bottom of the screen and slide your finger left or right to reveal more icons.

To adjust the brightness of the image tap on the icon that looks like a sun. This will bring up plus and minus icons in the lower right-hand corner of the image. Tapping on the plus icon will brighten the image and tapping on the minus icon will darken the image.

To adjust the contrast of the image tap on the circular icon that is half black and half white. This will bring up plus and minus icons in the lower right-hand corner of the image. Tapping the plus icon will increase the contrast of the image and tapping the minus icon will decrease the contrast of the image.

To change the Hue of the image tap the icon that looks like a paint pallet. This will bring up plus and minus icons in the lower right-hand corner of the image. tapping the plus icon will add more red to the image and tapping the minus icon will add more blue to the image.

To change the Saturation of the image tap the icon that looks like an ink bottle. This will bring up plus and minus icons. Tapping the plus icon will increase the saturation and tapping the minus icon will decrease the saturation.

To reset all of these settings to default simply tap the icon with the circular arrow in the center of a circle. This will remove any image settings you have applied and restore the default settings.

With MontavueGO you can take snapshots and record video directly to your smartphone or tablet. You can access these images by tapping menu and then local files

The camera icon will take a snapshot of the camera that is currently highlighted and store the image locally on your device. If you do not see the camera icon press and hold on any icon at the bottom of the screen and slide your finger left or right to reveal more icons. 

The video camera icon will allow you to record the streaming video from the highlighted camera locally to your device.

The MontavueGO app will allow you to instantly replay the current footage you are viewing. If you wish to review older footage or footage from other cameras please refer to our support page for information about MontavueGO playback features.

To replay the live stream from the camera you are currently viewing simply tap the circular icon at the bottom of the screen. If you do not see this icon press and hold on any icon at the bottom of the screen and slide your finger left or right to reveal more icons. 

MontavueGO will allow you to store your favorite camera arrangements. This will allow you to quickly recall cameras that you like to view most often. To begin tap on the star icon 

This will bring up a dialogue box at the bottom of the screen. Tap on Create New Favorite Cameras

Next, name your favorite group and tap OK

This will add the camera in the frame that was highlighted in blue to the group. To add more cameras to the group tap on the frame to highlight it then tap on your favorite group. Note do not tap on the play button in the group when adding cameras to it. This will load the cameras already in the group.

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Gary Zito

8 Responses to “Overview of features in Live Preview”

  1. Steven Heeter

    I am using the VGA port on my MontavueGO with a pair of VGA port extenders. This lets me use a remote monitor without a PC controlling it. What I cannot seem to find is where I can control what is displayed on that view. I am currently seeing a 4up layout. I want to see just the #2 cam. Suggestions?

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    • Gary Long-Zito

      Hi Steven, If you are using the VGA port on your NVR then you will need to change the layout on the NVR itself since this is where the feed would be coming from not your PC. Connect a USB mouse to the NVR then right-click anywhere on the screen. You will see a menu that will give you different layout options such as 4, 8, 16 etc. To change to a single view double click on the image of the camera you wish to view full screen. I hope this is helped answer your question. Please contact me at garyz@montavue.com and let me know if you need more information or if you have any other questions.

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  2. James Okeefe

    How do you change the stream type on Mac software?

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    • Gary Zito

      Hi James,

      To change the stream type in the live view you will right click on the camera in the device list on the left and select substream. This will open the live view of the camera as the substream. I hope that is the information you were looking for. Let me know if you are trying to do something else.

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  3. eebest8 best

    “Very good blog.Thanks Again. Cool.”

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  4. KENNETH ABRUZESE

    Can I add a Geovision 4711 IP Camera to Montavue Go software?

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    • Gary Zito

      Hi Kenneth,
      This may or may not be possible. You will need to add the device manually in MontavueGO. To do this you will select devices from the main menu. Then in the upper left-hand corner, you will click Add. You will then enter the IP address of the camera as well as the port information, username, and password. You will likely need to reach out to Geovision to find information regarding what port# their cameras use. We use TCP port 37777 but they will likely be using something different. I hope this helps answer your question.

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    • Gary Zito

      If you are trying to add this camera in the mobile app then you will need to set a static IP address for the camera and port forward your router ( refer to the camera manufacturer’s instructions for port forwarding your camera). You will then add the camera by tapping the menu icon in the upper left. Then select the device manager, then tap the plus icon in the upper right-hand corner. You will receive a pop up that says “befor adding…” just click OK. Then tap the icon that says wired device. Then select IP/domain. Enter the IP address that was issued by your ISP (note: your ISP likely issued you a dynamic IP which means this address may change periodically) as well as the port that you forwarded. Then enter the username and password then click start Live Preview. Again you may need to contact the camera manufacturer for further instructions on setting your specific camera up to work remotely using a third party app.

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