Mobotix – Export Video Using MxControl Center

It’s incredibly easy to export video recorded by a MOBOTIX camera, using MxControlCenter. We will show you how to master this important aspect of the MOBOTIX system within minutes.

Step 1. Player View
Launch MxControlCenter, then in the live view click on the camera that you wish to export the recordings from. Now click the Player button (it’s an icon which looks like a cassette tape). This will change the main view from Live to Player mode, and you can see the Player panel appear, on the left hand side.

Step 2. Using The Player Panel
The Player panel, shows two times and dates either side of a yellow box. The time/date on the left of the box represents the first event sequence recorded by the camera. The date in the yellow box represents the current event sequence displayed in the main view. And the date on the right of the yellow box represents the last event recorded by that camera. A very quick way to define the recorded video sequences you wish to export is by using the slider in the Player panel. You can drag the slider to any point within the entire sequence of events and set a start point. When you find the right start point within the event range, right mouse click and select Set Start Position. This will automatically create a green bar with triangular handles on either side, which are like bookends indicating a start and finish point. The green bar between the handles represents the export range, which is the range of events that will be exported. You can adjust the start and finish points to further refine the export range.

Step 2. Export Dialogue
Once you have selected the export range, click the Export button and you will be presented with the Export dialogue box. This shows the current export list ready to be exported to your hard disk or for convenience to portable media such as a USB flash storage device or DVD. If you want to add more exports to the list, you can close the Export List dialogue, by clicking the close button, select the camera you want to export video from and simply repeat the process. There is another slider within the Export dialogue box that allows you to further adjust the export range as required.

Step 3. ”Export As” Option
This drop down box allows you to select which codec you will use to export the video. All three of these options allow exporting both video and audio, (if audio has been enabled and recorded by the camera).

File Server Structure:
When exporting video for legal purposes, it is recommended to export the video using File Server Structure, as this keeps the video files in the original format as recorded by the camera, and to check the “copy application files” box. If you check this box before exporting, it will export the video and copy the application so that the video file becomes a self-contained auto-playback file that can be played within the MxControlCenter viewer, without any additional software needed to be installed. Use this option if you intend to burn the exported video to DVD, creating a playvideo.cmd file, simply double-clicking the file automatically starts the playback.

The camera’s public key file cert.pem that is required for checking the integrity of the data is automatically included in the export. This ensures that the exported video has maintained its integrity, is absolutely authentic, verifying it has not been tampered with.

This guarantees high quality video export, but has the additional flexibility of being able to be played back in MxCC, MxEasy and Windows Media Player. Playback in Windows media Player requires an installation of the MxPEG DirectShow plug-in at the computer where the video will be played back. As a side note, when playing back an MxPEG video in Windows Media Player, the data integrity cannot be verified.

The advantage to exporting to AVI, is that it’s convenient, and is supported by most players, so any Windows user can open and playback the exported video immediately. The downside to AVI is that the export video quality is nowhere nearly as good as MxPEG.

Export Settings
This provides a number of options that can be tweaked to improve the video export. An important note on the “File Size Limitation” tab – if the file size limit is set too low, you will just get numbered files, with no video, after the maximum file size limit is reached. To ensure all the video clips are exported, you need to increase the file size limit in MxCC, before exporting video. It is also recommended you export smaller numbers of clips, at any one time.

Check Digital Signature
Selecting “Check the digital signature” in the Export dialogue will check the integrity of the video data while exporting to make sure that the video images have not been manipulated. This is especially recommended when exporting video for legal purposes.

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