Zooming in and out of video

To get a better view of the finer details of what you are monitoring, you can zoom in on the live or playback video that is displayed in a tile, regardless of whether you are using fixed cameras or PTZ cameras.

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What you should know

There are two types of zoom mode as follows:
  • Digital zoom mode (software zoom)
  • PTZ mode (hardware zoom)

The maximum zoom level that a camera can attain depends on the model of camera that you have. For more information about the zoom capacity of your camera, contact your service provider.

To zoom in and out of video (HTML5 video player):

  1. Click a tile that is displaying live or playback video.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click and drag the digital zoom slider up or down to zoom the video in or out. Use this slider to choose your desired zoom level for the image inside the tile.
    • In Digital zoom mode, you can position the digital zoom by moving the red rectangle in the digital zoom thumbnail or by clicking and dragging the cursor in the tile. Also, you can zoom in and out of the video in a tile as follows:
      • Using the Digital zoom controls (, )
      • Using the mouse's scroll wheel, with the tile selected
    Example: HTML5 video player

    The following example shows the digital zoom mode at default 1.0x and 2.4x resolution.

    A zoom thumbnail of the full image is displayed in the upper-left corner of the tile, and the zoom level is displayed in the tile.
  3. In the zoom thumbnail, you can do the following:
    • Click and drag the red box to reposition the zoom area.
    • Click and drag the mouse cursor on the zoomed-in image to reposition the zoom area.
    • Use the zoom slider to increase or decrease the zoom level.
  4. To stop zooming, do one of the following:
    • Click in the digital zoom thumbnail.
    • Click and drag the zoom slider down to its default zoom level (1.0x).

    The zoom thumbnail disappears and the image in the tile returns to its default zoom level.

To zoom in and out of video (Silverlight video player):

  1. Click a tile that is displaying live or playback video.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click and drag the zoom slider up or down to zoom the video in or out. Use this slider to choose your desired zoom level for the image inside the tile.
    • Click and drag your mouse to create your desired zoom area (blue rectangle), and then release the mouse button.
    Example: Silverlight video player

    The following example shows the zoom mode at default 1.0x and 2.4x resolution.

    A zoom thumbnail of the full image is displayed in the upper-left corner of the tile, and the zoom level is displayed in the tile.
  3. (Optional) Click to enable PTZ mode.
    In PTZ mode, you can position the PTZ camera by clicking the mouse pointer in the direction that you want the camera to move. Also, you can zoom in and out of the video in a tile as follows:
    • Using the PTZ zoom controls (, )
    • Drawing a zoom area (blue rectangle) around the area that you want to zoom in on
    • Using the mouse's scroll wheel, with the tile selected
  4. In the zoom thumbnail, you can do the following:
    • Click and drag the red box to reposition the zoom area.
    • Click and drag the mouse cursor on the zoomed-in image to reposition the zoom area.
    • Use the zoom slider to increase or decrease the zoom level.
  5. To stop zooming, do one of the following:
    • Click in the zoom thumbnail.
    • Click and drag the zoom slider down to its default zoom level (1.0x).

    The zoom thumbnail disappears and the image in the tile returns to its default zoom level.

Example

As shown in the following image, if you want to zoom in to the car at the center of the image, you can click and drag your mouse to create your desired zoom area. The zoom area is defined by the blue rectangle that appears in the tile once you click and drag your mouse cursor. Once you release the mouse button, the zoom thumbnail appears at the upper-left corner of the tile.

Creating a zoom area
  • A. Zoom level
  • B. Zoom slider
  • C. Zoom area
  • D. Zoom thumbnail