09-08-2011 01:39 PM
I just got a 2nd camera.
The Layout for 1 camera is great, I watched full screen.
The layout 2 cameras is really bad. Full screen you see two big grey boxes, 1/2 of the screen (and more with widescreens) is wasted.
If I could make my own layout I would see my wide screen monitor 2048x1152 split in half with no grey boxes.
Anyone else with 2 or 3 cameras really annoyed with the wasted space in the Layouts.
I would say, get rid of the layout buttons all together and do this.
1 cameras: full screen
2 cameras: split screen
3 cameras: ( all 3 split the same size ) or ( 1 large and two small )
4 cameras: yada yada....
but never any grey boxes. this software should be smart enough not to waste space on lame grey boxes...
please post a response if you agree..
09-10-2011 05:18 PM
I would be with you on that. I am actually thinking of getting a second camera and I have to say, that is how I would want it displayed! Even add in the option for it to automatically switch between the cameras every so many seconds (that should also be configurable).
09-10-2011 07:15 PM
I just returned my 2nd camera.
1) main reason was because of the full screen wasting 1/2 of the screen with 2 camers
2) first camera was outdoor, 2nd camera was indoor on a window - at night it can not see anything!
why would you show someone sticking the camera on a window when it doesn't have night vision? the indoor should also have night vision. who whould be happy getting something that doesn't work half the time as pictured on the box "on a window looking out" it just doesn't work at night. the box show have an astrick * on that picture saying such.
If they update the software not to waste 1/2 space on the layout, I might think about getting a 2nd outdoor cam. but this one is going back to amazon on monday.
09-11-2011 04:46 AM
I must not be understanding, as I have four cameras and can view any of them full-screen. All I do is double-click any camera in full-screen mode and I can view the single camera full-screen.
The "indoor" cameras are smaller and don't have night vision by design. You can stick the indoor camera on a window, but it doesn't have to face outside. FWIW, I have one facing outside towards my driveway. I have a motion-sensor light to anyone/thing walking in my driveway turns on the light - no problem at night. But I have the larger night-vision camera pointing towards an area that's dark at night. Both cameras make sense if used as designed.
09-11-2011 06:35 AM
Just FYI...Even if the indoor camera had night-vision, it really wouldn't work at night looking out of a window...the IR light coming from the camera would be reflected back and pretty much wipe-out any view of the outside.
09-11-2011 07:51 AM - edited 09-11-2011 07:53 AM
That probably one reason why they designed it without IR. The indoor camera is designed for indoor/non-IR use and the IR camera is designed to be mounted outdoors.
09-11-2011 08:21 AM
Well, I can certainly see where some would want IR option on the indoor camera ( what is that cat/dog doing in the middle of the night, sleep walking, intruder, etc. ), but that does add to the cost and/or number of part numbers to make/stock/sell. The outdoor camera can obviously be used for indoors...just no need for the weatherproofing ( and don't try to look out the window or have anything too close by with it in IR mode <g> ).
09-11-2011 11:09 AM
What he is saying is that there is no 2 camera display mode. Where you can have them being displayed side by side and not have any other boxes on the screen.
09-11-2011 11:39 AM
Yeah, that's something for the new feature/enhancement thread. In the mean time, as a workaround, one can always use VLC or similar player to view via rtsp...each camera can then be viewed whereever you want on the screen and whatever size...and just minimize Alert Commander.