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This guide covers the basic functions of the Vivotek live camera capture facility at UQ.

Accessing Vivotek

To access the Vivotek facility, you will need to request a login account to be set up for you. You will also need to have the Vivotek software installed on your computer. Please email help@its.uq.edu.au to submit a request.

The Vivotek software package consists of two applications, which can be found within All Programs > VIVOTEK Inc > ST7501 once the software has been installed. LiveClient is used for viewing live camera feeds and initiating recordings. Playback is used for reviewing and exporting recordings.

Viewing a camera feed

  1. Launch the LiveClient application, enter the server address, and then enter your login credentials within the fields provided. The server address used will depend on which Vivotek cameras you have been given access to, though the server address will be one of the following:
    • uq-vivotek.av.its.uq.edu.au
    • uq-vivotek1.av.its.uq.edu.au
  2. Once logged in, LiveClient will show a list of available cameras on the left side of the interface. To view a camera feed within the Live View pane, either double-click on the camera or drag the camera to the desired Live View panel.
    • The number of panels visible within the Live View pane can be changed by selecting the Layout icon (  ) from the top menu, then selecting a layout for the list of available options. A single camera feed can be viewed full-size within the Live View pane by double-clicking on the desired panel.

PTZ functions

Some Vivotek cameras offer PTZ functions, which allow you to pan, tilt, or zoom, the camera from the LiveClient interface. The PTZ functions are located under the PTZ tab in the lower left pane of the interface. Button options that are greyed out are not available on the selected camera.

Recording a camera feed

The option to record a camera feed can be a little hard to find at first. Please follow these steps:

  1. Under the list of available cameras on the left of the interface is a folder titled Recording Storage. Find the camera you wish to record, right click on the camera, then select Manually Begin Recording. The green circle within the camera's Live View panel will also turn from green to red to indicate that a recording is in progress.
  2. To stop recording, right click on the title of the camera within the Recording Storage folder, then select Manually Stop Recording.

Reviewing a recording

  1. Launch the Playback application, and log in with the same credentials and server address used to access the LiveClient application.
  2. Within the list of cameras on the left of the Playback interface, double-click on the camera used to make a recording to reveal the recording events associated with that camera.
  3. Double-click on a recording event to load that event into the viewing pane.
  4. Use the Play/Pause button option below the red timeline bar to review the recording event. You can move to a specific point on the timeline by moving the slider directly above the timeline bar.

Exporting a recording

Follow the Reviewing a recording instructions above to load your recording within the Playback application, then follow these additional steps:

  1. If this is your first time exporting a recording from Playback, you may wish to define a new Save to location, so that you can more easily find the exported video.
    • Select the Configuration button option from the menu at the top of the Playback interface, select Client Settings, then select Export Settings.
    • Select the icon next to the Save to: field, select the desired folder on your computer's file system, then select OK.
    • Select OK to exit the Export Settings menu.
  2. Select both the Marker I and Marker II icons (  ) found below the timeline bar to place markers on the timeline. These markers are used to encapsulate the segment of video you wish to export.
  3. Drag Marker I to the desired starting point of your recording, and then Marker II to the end point.
  4. Select the Export EXE icon (  ) to begin exporting the selection of the recording you have selected. A new window will appear to show you the status of exporting process.
  5. Once completed, you'll be able to find your exported file at the Save to: location defined in Step 1.
    • The file produced is a self-contained executable (EXE) that includes both the video file and a basic media player. If you would prefer to export an AVI video file, first select the Configuration button option from the menu at the top of the interface, select Client Settings, then select Export Settings. Select the AVI bullet point to change the export format to an AVI file, then select OK. If the quality of the exported video file is not suitable, these setting can be adjusted within the Video Compression Settings found within the Export Settings menu.