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Viewing Archives from Deleted Cameras in DW Spectrum IPVMS

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Viewing Archives from Deleted Cameras in DW Spectrum® IPVMS

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Affected Roles:  Administrator, Owner

Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps:  DW Spectrum® IPVMS

Complexity:  Medium

Software Version:  DW Spectrum v4.2 or newer

Last Edit:  February 18, 2022

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Deleted Cameras

The View Archive from Deleted Cameras feature allows operators to recover and keep archives from cameras which are no longer in the System for whatever reason - e.g. camera replacement, camera died, etc. 

This article will outline how to view the video archives from offline cameras that including those that still appear in the Resource Panel and or cameras that have been recently deleted/removed from the system.

How to View Archive from Deleted Cameras

For Cameras That Still Show in the Resource Panel:

A camera that has associated archives stored within a DW Spectrum Server will be shown as offline (with a red x) after the camera has been powered OFF or is otherwise disconnected from the network.

To view the footage archive of the offline camera:

  1. Drag the offline camera from the Resource Panel into the viewing grid. A viewing window will display.
  1. You can view and control the archived footage by directly clicking on the green sections of the Timeline or by using the viewing controls (play, pause, etc.) at the bottom of the client.

For Cameras That Do Not Show in the Resource Panel:

To view the footage archive from a camera deleted camera:

  1. From the Resource Panel, right-click on the DW Spectrum Server of the deleted camera and select “Server Settings”.
  1. Click on the “Storage” tab then click on the “Reindex Archive button.

Allow the system to finish scanning the archive. This might take few minutes to few hours, depending on the size of the archive files that are being recovered.

  1. After the index scan process is completed any cameras with associated archives on the target server will appear as offline cameras (with a red x) in the Resource Panel.

To view the archive of an offline camera, drag the offline camera from the Resource Panel into the viewing grid. A viewing window will display.

You can view and control the archived footage by directly clicking on the green sections of the Timeline or by using the viewing controls (play, pause, etc.) at the bottom of the client.