Configuring Sequential Viewing
FortiCentral can automatically switch groups of cameras on a single pane or multiple panes. On a single pane, this feature provides sequential viewing of cameras one after the other with defined switch time. If used on multiple panes, it provides a virtual tour by switching the next camera on the next pane in a round robin fashion. The advantage is a longer dwell time of each video thus giving a better situational awareness.
Sequencers can manage video streams from cameras, images and media clips.
There are advanced modes to simultaneously switch multi pane sequencers and to make sure content is displayed on the same position in every round. Multiple sequencers can be defined and played at the same time. They are synchronized from a common clock.
FortiCentral supports sequential viewing. Single pane sequential viewing provides users with a series of camera views that rotate in a single pane at specified intervals. For example, one pane can rotate between six cameras every ten seconds. With sequential viewing, users can monitor dozens or even hundreds of cameras in only a few panes.
To configure sequential viewing
- Select the Settings button.
- Go to Settings > Sequencers.
- Enter a name and how often the view will switch in seconds.
- Expand the Devices dropdown menu.
- Drag and drop the cameras you wish to view into the Camera and Media List section.
- Select Apply and then select OK.
To add your newly created sequencer to the viewing panes, expand the Sequencer dropdown menu in the resource column and drag and drop the sequencer into one of the viewing panes.
If you mouse over a video pane that contains a sequence of videos, five icons appear:
Start or pause the video sequence.
Stop and close the video sequence.
Go back to the previous camera in the sequence.
Go to the next camera in the sequence.
Drag and drop the current video from the sequencer to another pane. If during the sequential playback you see a video of interest, use the drag and drop cursor to bring it to a new video pane. The original sequential video will continue playing while the new pane will play only the selected video.
You can add video clips or pictures to the sequencer rotation list by selecting Media from the Application Settings, uploading the media files, and then adding them to the Camera and Media List under the Media Library dropdown menu in the Sequencers section.