1 A quick user guide for your LX Apollo DVR
2 The LX Apollo series of DVR s is designed specially for the security and surveillance field and is an outstanding digital surveillance product. It has an embedded LINUX operating system which is very stable. It introduces, as standard, the H.264mp video compression format and the G.711A audio compression format, which insures a high quality image and low error coding ratio. Strong network services greatly enhance the network data transmission capacity and remote control capabilities. Part 1: Basic Operations 1 Basic Installation 1.1 Hard Disk Installation Before using your DVR for the first time, please ensure a hard drive is installed. The number of hard drives (HDD) your DVR can have installed is shown below. No of HDD Model 1 LXZEUSL ch, LXZEUSHD 16ch 2 LXZEUSHD 4 Ch, LXAPOHDRT 8-16ch, LXAPOPROLITE 8-16ch, LXAPO32 32Ch 8 LXAPOPRODC 8-16ch Note: All DVR s can run and monitor normally without a hard disk, but they can t record and playback. 1.2 Mouse Connection The DVR s have 2 USB sockets either 1 in the back and 1 in the front panel, or 2 in the back panel. The 2 USB sockets can be used for the mouse, a flash stick, a 3G & WIFI module, a movable HDD or a USB DVR-RW. 2 Turning the system on Plug in the power supply and turn on the power supply switch. If the power supply indicator light shines then that indicates the video recorder is also on. When the startup is complete you will hear a beep, and the default setting screen which is a multiple-window output mode will show. Note: If you restart the power after an abnormal power turn off, the DVR will automatically recover to the position it was in before the power went off.
3 3 Turning the system off There are two methods to turn off the DVR which are the soft switch off and the hard switch off. Entering [Main menu] and choosing [Logout] in the [turn off the system] option is called the soft switch off. Pressing the power supply switch is called the hard switch off. Note: All information must be saved before replacing the battery otherwise the information will be lost. 4 Login When the DVR boots up, the user must login. There are two user settings which are Admin, and Guest, they have no passwords but can have one set. Admin is the super user preview, Guest is the common user preview. Password protection: If the password is continuously entered incorrectly three times, an alarm will start. If the password is continuously wrong five times, the account will be locked. (By rebooting or after half an hour, the account will be unlocked automatically). Picture 1 Login For your system security, please modify your password after first login. 5 Preview Login normally and choose the multi-menu preview status. The system date, time and channel name are shown in each viewing window. The surveillance video and the alarm status are shown in each window. 1 Recording status 3 Video loss 2 Motion detect 4 Camera lock Table 1, Preview icon
4 6 Recording Config To set the recording parameters in the surveillance channel. You can enter [Main Menu]> [Record]> [Record Config] to set this. The system s default is set to 24 hours continuous recording. Note: There must be at least one read-write hard disk if the DVR is to record normally. (Refer to chapter HARD DISK Management). Picture 2, Record Config (Channel) Choose the corresponding channel number to set the channel. Choose the all option to set all the channels. (Redundancy) Choose the recording file and backup in two hard disks. One is a read-write disk, the other is a redundant disk. (Length) Set the time length of each video file. 60 minutes is the default length. (Prerecord) Record 1-30 seconds before the action. (file length is decided by the code stream) (Record Mode) Set the video state: schedule, manual or stop. Schedule: Record according to the set video type (Regular, Detection or Alarm) and the time section. Manual: Click the all button and make the corresponding channel recording no matter what state it is in. Stop: Click the stop button and the channel will stop recording no matter what state it is in. (Period) Set the time you want to record, the recording will start and finish at the times set. (Recording Type) Set the recording type: Regular, Detection or Alarm. Regular: Will record to the time set in the period section. The video file type is R. Detect: Triggered on the motion detection, camera mask or video loss signal. When one of the above alarms is set as the recording trigger, the detection recording state is on. The video file type is M. Alarm: Trigger the external alarm signal in the set time section. When above alarm is set as opening recording, the detection recording state is on. The video file type is A.
5 7.Snapshot Storage. (partial devices supported) To setup snapshot parameters for different channels. The first time it s set the default is for 24 hours continuous snapshots, please go to Main Menu->Record- >Snapshot Storage to set the appropriate settings. Note: If normal snapshot storage, please setup Snap at MainMenu->Advanced- >HDD Manage->Snapshot (please refer to chapter HDD Manage) 8 Video Playback Picture 3, Snapshot Storage There are two methods for you to play the video files on the hard disk. 1. In the desktop shortcut menu. 2. Main Menu>Record>Playback. Note: The hard disk that saves these video files must be set as a read-write or read-only state. (Refer to HARD DISK management) Picture 4, Video Playback 3 1. File option 2. File information 3. File searching 4. File Backup 5. Operation hint 6. Playback control
6 (File option) Choose the file to playback/backup. (File information) Start time, end time and size. Note: The storage space must be large enough before the file backup. (File searching) Search the file according to the various parameters. (File Backup) Backup files from HDD (Operation hint) Display the function of the cursor place. (Playback control) Refer to the following sheet for more information. Table 2, Playback control key Note: Frame by frame playback is only performed in the pause playback state. Special functions: Accurate playback: Input time (h/m/s) in the time column and then click playback. Local zoom: When the system is in single-window full-screen playback mode, you can drag your mouse in the screen to select a section and then left click mouse to activate the local zoom. You can right click mouse to exit. 9 Network Setup Picture 5, Network Setup
7 Network setup through Main Menu>System>Network (IP address) Set the IP address. Default: (Subnet Mask) Set the subnet mask code. Default: (Gateway) Set the default gateway. Default: Enter the equipment s IP address and the router in the same network segment. For example, if the router IP address is , and the subnet mask is According to the default setup, generally the default gateway is the router IP address, so if you enter the IP address in the IE browser to achieve visiting LAN equipment such as operating image surveillance in the public network remote access equipment for monitoring. Detail setup refers to Network setup reference. 10 Alarm Setup Picture 6, Motion Detection Motion detection setup. Set the DVR equipment to making it alarm, linked recording and make the PTZ turn to a preset position where there is a moving object in a designated areas during Monday to Friday. Step 1. Choose (Main Menu) > (Alarm) > (Motion Detection), then enter the setup interface; Step 2. Choose one channel and adjust the sensitivity level, then set the time period of the alarm surveillance. Set the monitor area (click the set button, choose the areas you want, and the default means choose all areas, then right click to choose up window. Step 3. When in the alarm state, the DVR can show linked measures. Alarm output, recording, tour, PTZ activation, snapshot, show message, sending and buzzer. Step 4. Set the other channels alarm parameters following steps 2 and 3. Note: video block, video loss and alarm input s setup method are similar with motion detection.
8 11 PTZ Control Easy set up to do PTZ operations. Step 1. Set the basic parameters such as channel and protocol. (Main Menu) >(System) >(PTZ Config) Step 2. At this state of the menu preview, enter the PTZ operation menu. Step 3. right click the mouse, and choose the PTZ control to set the PTZ general operations. The other method is right click the mouse and choose High Speed PTZ. Click the left button and move it to control the PTZ direction of travel. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in/out with the controlled camera.
9 Part 2: Remote Control 1 Network Connection Before web operations, you need to connect the equipment to the internet. Step 1. Connect the equipment with the internet correctly. Step 2. Setup the LAN as in Part 9, Network Setup in the first part of the reference manuals. Step 3. When the Lan is connected, it needs to set up port mapping for public network access. Step 4. DDNS Application. You can apply for the DDNS at org/ or Step 5. DDNS Setup. Make sure to fill the right info in the Main Menu- >System->NetService->DDNS Note: The device must be in the same network as the PC, if it fails to connect, please check the device IP is working. 2. Remote Monitoring After connecting to the network, there are two methods that can be used for remote monitoring: they are client software and common browser. Client software (CMS) is professional software used in multi-equipment monitoring, which is safe, convenient and stable. It is the best choice and we advise customers to use it. The browser comes with systems such as IE browser. 2.1 Client software CMS software is used in a computer, and manipulates several DVR s at the same time. Step 1. Please download the CMS software from our website at The CMS software will be found in the lower left corner of the page under the heading LX DVR Series --- Remote viewing software Step 2. After installing this software on your local PC, then open the operation system as in picture 6, enter the add device interface through (System) >(Device Manager) >(Add area/device), and enter the DVR information which is needed following the prompts, in that way, you can manipulate any specified equipment. The method is the same with web manipulation. Step 3. You can add several DVR s by repeating this operation.
10 3. Basic Web Operation Picture 7, CMS Interface Picture 8, WEB operation interface Web operations in picture 8, web operations interface. 1) Screen Split Choose image preview mode; 2) Playback Enter playback mode, which supports multi-channel playing back simultaneously. 3) Log Display log information, 4) Local Config Alarm and System setting 5) Channel operation Open the videos. Left click and choose a window in the left, and choose the corresponding channel in the right, then double click the video. Open the second channel s video, choose the left window, then select the corresponding channel in the right, after then, double click the video.
11 Opening other channels is the same way. If you have chosen the window of opened video, then open other channels in the right, the system will close all the channels and open new channel. Customers can adjust image mode upon opened video channels. Close the channel. Rightclick mouse at the channels which are needed to close. Or choose to close all the windows to close opened video channels. Part 3: Special Functions This series allows a more personalized design and visualization operation press key, local enlargement in any areas of the preview interface, timing start up and shut down, FTP upload, 3G&WIFI and so on. Now let s introduce Encode, Multi channels playback and mobile monitor setup. 1 Coding Config DVR achieves the functions such as high quality playback and remote monitoring by coding parameter config. 1.1 Encode setup for every channel Picture 9 Encode setup Note: Only part of DVR mode supports resolution switch. Step 1. Local operation through (Main Menu) > (System) > (Encode) (remote setup click right mouse and choose config in (System) > (Encode). Step 2. Choose channel 1, set the resolution as D1 (25fps, 1536Kb/s) Step 3. Choose channel 2, set the resolution as CIF (25fps, 512Kb/s). Click right mouse or choose Advanced then click Copy button. Step 4. Choose channel 3, click the right button or choose the local Advanced, then choose Stick. Channel 4 s operation is the same with channel 3. Step 5. Click save, then exit.
12 Note: standard parameter between resolution and Kb/s. Resolution Kb/S D kbps HD kbps CIF kbps QCIF kbps 1.2 Extra Stream Setup Extra stream is used for remote client monitor and mobile monitor area. Step 1. Enable extra stream Step 2. Set frame rate and bit rates,operation way is the same as main stream. 2 Multi-channel Playback Simultaneously These DVR s introduce the latest combination of coding techniques to allow videos to play on all channels simultaneously. The 4 channel DVR can support 4 channels of playback simultaneously, the 8 channel DVR can support 8 channels of playback simultaneously, channel numbers can be freely chosen. Picture 10, Video Playback Step 1. Set every channel s encode parameter by (Main Menu) >(Record) >(Encode). Step 2. Enter video playback interface, click Search button. Step 3. Choose File Type and All and time period, then click OK in Search Condition interface. Step 4. Choose the record file, then click Play or double click the file to playback in playback interface.
13 3 Multi-channel Real-time Monitor remotely Introducing extra-stream techniques to achieve multi-channel remote monitoring simultaneously in the condition of narrow band (poor network speed) Picture 11, CMS Interface Step 1. Enable extra streams(mainmenu->system->encode) Step 2. Open CMS, and then login. Step 3. After add devices, right-click a device name to select Connect all video (Main stream) 4 Mobile Monitoring See our website for the latest on mobile phone and tablet support. 5 Flexible File Storage and Backup This DVR introduces several unique storage and backup techniques to achieve multiple storage and backup modes. Real-time storage Redundant storage. DVR introduces RAID 1 storage technique to achieve two hard disks simultaneously storing and mutual backup. USB HDD and movable hard disks. The DVR introduces the storage technique, supporting video files which are written in real-time to the storage devices. DVD-RW. The DVR introduces the newest real-time storage technique, supporting video files which are burnt in real-time to a DVR. Real-time remote storage. The DVR supports video files storing in real-time to a computer devices (Disk C/D/E/F) at a remote client.
14 File download Using a USB disk and a movable hard disk download to local device the DVR supports the chosen files are backed up at high-speed to these storage devices. DVD-RW. The DVR supports the chosen video file are burnt and stored as a CD. Network high-speed download. DVR supports high-speed down loading of the chosen file to a remote client. Appendix 1. Remote controller operation Serial Name Function number 1 Multi-channels button Multi-channels preview 2 Number button Password input/number input/ channel switch 3 Esc Back to up window
15 Serial Name Function number 4 Direction button Direction and OK button 5 Playback operate Playback Basic operation 6 Record control Enter into record menu 7 Remote controller Input the number of DVR to control it 8 FN Assistant function Appendix 2.Mouse operation Operation Double left click Left click Right click Wheel button Move mouse Drag mouse Function Double click one item in the file list to playback the video Double click the playback video to zoom in or out the screen Double click the channel to make it full screen display in preview double click again to resume the multi-channel display Choose according option in the menu Pop desktop shortcut menu in preview state Current shortcut menu in the menu Add or subtract number value in the number setting Switch the items in the combo box Page up or down in the list Choose the widget or move the item in the widget Set the motion detect area Set the cover area Please note:- This is a general user guide which covers all of our DVRs mentioned on page 2. Each DVR has a more extensive user guide specific to that model and can be down loaded from our website (www.qvissecurity.com). The manual downloaded from our website will be the latest manual available for that DVR and as such if there is a conflict between this manual and the on-line manual then the on-line manual will take preference.