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Quick Start on Using Watcher for webcam surveillance

What to do after the installation of Watcher? The following are the few things you can try to give you a quick start:

1. Try the system menu and browse through settings dialog.

Please click on the round button at the top left of the window and  choose "Settings". All Watcher's settings can be set in this single dialog box by navigating through the different settings pages. Please browse through the all the settings to get a rough understanding on how Watcher can be configured. The settings dialog also comes with many hint texts and basic explainaiton of Watcher's functions. You can also refer to the settings manual where detailed explanation of each settings page is documented.

From the same system menu, you can choose "View all Status". This function is helpful when Watcher is performing a lot of tasks and the status bar is being refreshed quickly. The "Status Log" window will show all the previous status displayed on the status bar. This is useful to the understanding how Watcher perform various tasks.

2. Try to take a Snap Shot image.

Please make sure Watcher is running the "Capture" mode (The tabs at the top of the windows will toggle Watcher to operate in either "Capture" or "Log" mode). Click on the little button which looks like a camera lens, besides the system round button, a snap shot will be taken immediately, and you will be prompted to enter the name of the image file that will be used to save the snap shot. If there is a problem with snap shot, please refer to the troubleshooting page.

3. Try recording a video into a file.

In Capture mode, click on the start button right under "Record", you will be prompted to enter the name of the video file that is going to be produced by Watcher. Enter the file name and click 'Save', the video recording starts right away until you press "Stop" button. If recording has problem please refer to the troubleshooting page.

4. Play the recorded video

Please click on the "Logs" tab at  the top of the window. That will switch Watcher from Capture Mode to Log mode. Click on the file open icon at the left bottom of the window and choose the file just recorded. (Or, you can directly hit the system menu, find "Play dgw video clip".) While it is playing, you can also try to click around to pause it, play it faster or slower, zoom in or zoom out.

5. Try the Monitoring function of Watcher.

Please make sure video logging is turned on. For a start, please make sure ftp alert and email alert is not enabled, so that your will not be confused by too many activities.

In "Capture" mode, please click on the small start button right under "Monitor", the program will tell you that the monitoring will start in 5 seconds. Try to move around, your motion will be detected and recorded into a video log file.

6. View the video clips that were logged (recorded) during monitoring mode, in the log window.

Please click on the "Logs" tab at  the top of the window to go to the log window (Log Mode). In Log Mode,  there should be one or more log files. Double click on one of them and the program will start playing the video which was just recorded. While it is playing, you can try to click on different buttons under the video window. You can try pause it, play it faster or slower, zoom in or zoom out. You can also right-click on the file, to convert it to windows AVI video file or do a multiple selection and right click to merge multiple files into one video file.

Note that the 'logs' tab also list video files that are automatically created during continuous recording session (e.g. every 20 minutes); the manually created video files (when you are promoted to select a video file name) will not be listed there.

An alternative way to view the list of video log files is to click on Watcher menu and select 'view video log list with preview (html)'.

7. Try adjusting monitoring sensitivity.

Now go back to Capture Mode by clicking on Capture Tab on the top of the window. Go the Settings dialog box and choose "Monitor Settings -> Motion Sensitivity". You can choose the sensitivity level, ranging from "very insensitive" to "very sensitive",  by dragging your mouse along the sliding bar. Choose a different sensitivity level and click on "OK". Start monitor again, try to move yourself around to test whether Watcher can detect you. Get more tips on this sensitivity setting here

You could also try out the masking feature to mask off the unwanted area. 

8. Try alert settings

Choose the same "Monitoring Setting" page. There are four settings page designed for alert. The first one is the video logging, which we have already tried. The second and third is ftp alert and email alert. These alerts required internet connection and more information. You could try the "Other Alerts" which is simpler and get back to the more sophisticated alerts later.

The "Other Alerts" are some events to be triggered after motion is detected. For instance, you can choose a wave file to play to deter the intruder. You can also choose an application or a file to open, for example, a WinWord file. This is useful if you are playing game at office, and you want to automatically switch to WinWord when your boss comes in. What's more, if you are a registered user, you can choose phone-alert function, so that Watcher can call your hand-phone when a motion is detected.

9. Toggle audio settings

You can toggle the audio setting of Watcher by following helps on this page. Try to record a video file again with audio on, and play the file to verify that audio is also recorded.

10. Listen to RemoteView 

You can try to set Watcher to listen to RemoteView. Firstly you need to determine how RemoteView will connect to Watcher by changing the Listening Settings 

Tip: You can actually try out the TCP/IP connection with Watcher and RemoteView running on the same PC. Please specify the IP address/hostname to be "" or "localhost" (both of them mean the current PC) in RemoteView's connection setting dialog

After the listening setting is specified, you can go ahead to start listening by clicking on the small start button under "Listen". Please refer to quick start on how to use RemoteView to connect to Watcher

Note that if you have XP default firewall on, it might ask you to whether block or unblock Watcher software, please click on unblock, because Watcher needs to listen on TCP/IP port for incoming RemoteView connection.

If your Watcher is running behind a firewall, and you want a TCP/IP connection,  please make sure your firewall opens the listening port - 5003 by default.

11. Try Broadcasting to local web server

If you not familiar with the broadcasting concept, you could get a bit of background information here.

Now that you are ready to test it out by yourself. Firstly you need to set the Broadcasting to local web server setting, make sure you check the option to "Launch the internet explorer...". Go to Watcher's capture mode and click on the start button under the text "Broadcast". Your internet browser would then be launched with the url "" and you will see live images from your camera being refreshed almost real time. 

Note that if you have XP default firewall on, it might ask you to whether block or unblock Watcher software, please click on unblock, because Watcher needs to listen on TCP/IP port for incoming Internet Browser connection to retrieve live image of Watcher.

If you are uncomfortable using digital IP address, you can, do some more setups such as obtaining a permanent host name for your PC

Of course, you could also broadcast the image to a remote server and the broadcasting will just work in a similar way.

12. Try the Auto-start option

Click menu->Auto-start options. For details, refer to here. The auto-start settings are essential if you want to scheduler Watcher, or run Watcher as an NT service.

13. Try the Hidden-mode option

Click menu->Hidden mode options. For details, refer to here.

14. Try to run Watcher as NT service.

If you are familiar with NT service, and want Watcher to run as a service, click here for more details.

15. Try the scheduler.

If you want Watcher to start and stop at specified time, please refer to here.

16. If you want to try the multi-cam solutions.

Though Watcher by itself is a single-cam application, you can still use it for multi-cam scenario.

17. Parallel run of operations.

This is where Watcher becomes complicated, and this is also why other webcam software can't compare. Watcher can do the following tasks simultaneously, monitoring and broadcasting, or monitoring and listening, or recording and broadcasting. Snap Shot can be taken at anytime even when recording/monitoring is going on. All these operations can be auto-started when Watcher is auto-started by Scheduler, or NT service or Windows. With all these combinations, Watcher can almost do everything you can think of.

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Last updated 03-Feb-2007.

   -- Watcher QuickStart
   -- Remoteview Quickstart
Help on Watcher
   -- Capture Mode
   -- Log Mode
   -- Settings Manual
       - Part 1 - General
       - Part 2 - Video
       - Part 3 - Monitoring
       - Part 4 - Listening
       - Part 5 - Broadcast
   -- Multi-cam Solution 
   -- Scheduling
Help on Remoteview
DGW-AVI Converter
How to Register