IVMS-4200 is a powerful tool that allows you to monitor your camera system right on your computer. This post goes into detail about how to navigate and use it.

Note: This is not to be confused with the mobile app, IVMS-4500(Which I go into detail about here.)

Table of Contents

Opening the Program and Setting Up a View

Step 1: Click the IVMS-4200 icon.
Wait for it to load..
Step 2: Double-click your camera system. It will be in the same area as the red circle in this screenshot, but under a different name.
Step 3: This system only has 4 cameras on it, but the program loaded more slots than is necessary. To change this layout, click the icon circled in red.
Step 4: Now, click the icon that matches the correct number of cameras for your specific system. In this case, it is only 4, although this number could be higher on your system. Choose a higher number if you don't see an exact match. (Example: If you have 26 cameras, click on 32, as 25 is not enough slots to fit each camera. It's okay to have some empty slots.)
Step 5: Let's say that you would like to zoom in on just one camera. Double click the picture of any camera.
Step 6: Double-click again to return to a 4 camera configuration.


This section will detail how to review footage on your system.

Step 1: Click on the four-square icon, circled in blue in the top-left corner.
Step 2: Click on Remote Playback.
Step 3: Click on the Calendar icon in the circled red area. This is where you will set the parameters of your search.(Tip: Be sure to narrow down the date and time that you need to search before you begin this process, if possible.)
Step 4: Choose the day you would like the search to begin.
Step 5: Click on the box titled Start Time. Choose the Time that you would like the search to begin.
Tip: Clicking on each digit brings up a selection menu. Use it to make time selection a bit easier.
Step 6: Click on the day you would like the search to stop.
Step 7: Choose the time of that day you would like the search to stop. Click OK.
Step 8: Click on the Camera that you would like to search on. Important: Only choose one camera at a time. This program will run slowly if you decide to search more than one at a time.
Step 9: Now, click on the +/- icons (circled in the bottom-right) to zoom the time bar in and out. Right now, the bar shows from 04:00 to 04:00(a 24-hour span). Clicking this will make navigating footage much easier.
Now the time bar shows from 13:00 to 18:30, making it easier to scroll through smaller chunks of time.

Step 10: Click on the time bar(where the red arrow is), and drag to the left. This will scroll through footage. (You can drag the time bar to the right to go back, as well.)

You can now see that it is later on. Drag left and right in the time bar to go back and forth.

Playback Controls

Circled here is a pause button. Click it to pause playback.
Click again to resume playback.
The fast-forward button circled here speeds up playback.
Clicking it once results in playback at 2x speed.
Clicking again will result in 4x speed.
Once more will result in 8x speed, and again will finally result in 16x speed. Click the other arrows circled in blue to slow down playback again. One click will slow it down to 8x, and then 4x, then 2x, etc.
If playing at normal speed, clicking the back arrows again will result in playback at half speed.
You can continue clicking until it is playing at 1/16th speed. Use the fast-forward arrows to return again to normal speed.
The button circled here brings the current camera view into full-screen.
The button circled here closes all views currently on the screen.
Click this button to return to the Main View.

Exporting clips from footage

Sometimes you will need to show footage to a third party, such as the police. This will require you to retrieve the data directly from your system to place onto a USB stick. Detailed below is the process of exporting the data onto your computer, and then onto a USB stick.

Step 1: From the Remote Playback tab, click on the scissors icon, circled in red.

Step 2: Choose your start time. This process is identical to searching normally on Remote Playback, as described above and detailed in this link.

Step 3: Choose your end time.
Step 4: You will see a box appear telling you that the clips are being saved. There will be one file for every solid block of red on the time bar. It is therefore important to be as specific as possible when choosing the times to save, or else you could end up with many files to sort through. Click within the red circle where it says Open Folder.
Step 5: Click on Type, circled in red, to sort the files by type. All MP4 files are video clips.
Here I have explained how to decode the file names to make them understandable.

Step 6: You will now need to download the appropriate video player to view the files, as they will only play with specific video software. Click here.

Step 7: Right click on an MP4 file, hover over Open With, and then click on Choose another app.
Step 8: Find VSPlayer on this list and click on it. Then, click OK.
Step 9: You can see that VSPlayer has opened and the clip has started playing. Play through the files until you find the ones that you need to pass along.
In this example, I will move every file. Only move the files that you need.
Step 10: Select the files you need. If the files are not right next to one another, hold down the Shift key(the whole time that you are selecting files), and then single click each file.
Step 11: Right-click, and then click Cut.
Step 12: In the search bar at the bottom of the screen, type in File Explorer. Then, click on it(circled in blue).
Step 13: Click on your USB Stick.
Step 14: Right-click, hover over New, and then click on Folder.
Step 15: Rename the new Folder(by right-clicking and then choosing Rename) to Video Clips, or something similar. As long as you and your third party know what it is.
Step 16: Right-click, and then click Paste.
The files are now on your USB stick.

Step 17: Make sure your third party gets access to this link so that they can download the player themselves. They will not be able to view the clips if they do not have access to the program. If you are unsure of how to share this with them, you can just click the link yourself and copy down the address.

Renaming Cameras

Renaming cameras will save you a lot of headaches from trying to match the default names to the pictures being displayed. I highly recommend doing this if it hasn’t already been done for you, or if you lost the names from a technical issue.

Step 1: Click on the circled square, bottom-right. Next, Click the circled "1".
Step 2: Double-click on the first camera that needs to be renamed.
Step 3: The name we will give it is in the bottom-right of the picture.(Feel free to name it as you please if this name doesn't do the trick for you.) Click the 3 dots, circled in red on the left.
Step 4: Click Modify Camera Name.
Step 5: Enter the name, and hit enter.
Step 6: Follow steps 2 to 5 with every camera that needs to be renamed.
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