View IP Cameras Live & Playback Recorded Video Surveillance from iPhone & iPad with the Zavio NVR App.
The CamGraba app for iOS lets users view their IP cameras live and also playback recorded video surveillance using iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The app also works with the IP camera recording software that is included with all Zavio IP cameras. The app is able to connect to Zavio network video recorders over WIFI and cellular networks. Users can access their IP cameras on the local network where the NVR is located and also remotely over the Internet.
This article was written to help familiarize users with the graphical user interface, functions, and controls that are available in the app. You can also watch an HD video demo here.
Works with Zavio NVRs & IP Camera Software
The CamGraba app works with Zavio NVRs and also with the IP camera software that is included with all Zavio IP cameras. Zavio IP camera software is installed on a Windows PC and turns the PC into a 64 channel network video recorder.
Connect to Multiple NVRs / Locations
The CamGraba app can be configured to connect to multiple standalone and PC based Zavio NVRs. Users can also configure customized multi-camera views that consist of IP cameras at different locations / connected to different NVRs. In the above screenshot, the "My Server" section is where NVRs are configured and the "My View" section is where custom views are configured. Users can add additional servers and views by tapping on the + icon in the upper right of the screen.
Multi-Camera View & Digital Input / Output Controls
When a user connects to an NVR, the app starts in live camera view. The user can tap on any of the grid icons along the bottom of the screen (notes in red) to switch between different styles of multiple camera views. To view a single IP camera, users can double tap on any of the live views.
Users can access the digital input and output screens by tapping on the I/O icon in the upper right (noted in yellow). Users can turn digital outputs on /off remotely and can see the status of digital inputs. Digital I/O is not available on all camera models.
Live Camera View
The above screenshot shows the live single camera view in the app. When in single camera view, users can toggle the bottom menu on / off by tapping on the screen. Here is what each of the controls does.
Recorded Video Playback - opens the recorded video playback screen.
PTZ Camera Controls - if the camera in view is a PTZ (pan tilt zoom) camera, this will enable the controls to move the PTZ camera up / down / left / right.
Audio - turns audio on / off. This is applicable to cameras with built-in audio surveillance mics.
Microphone - if the camera supports two-way audio, this enables users to speak into their phone to communicate audio to the camera.
High Definition - toggles between high definition and standard definition video.
Snapshot - takes a snapshot of the current view to save to photos on the phone.
Remote Recorded Video Playback
When users tap on the recorded video playback icon, this time search screen opens which allows the user to select a time frame of recorded video to play.
When the user taps on the play button, the recorded video playback screen opens and the video begins to play.
The user can use the controls on the bottom of the screen to play, pause, forward, reverse, speed up and slow down video playback.
Works with Zavio IP Cameras & 3rd Party IP Cameras
Zavio stand-alone NVRs work with all Zavio IP cameras and thousands of third-party IP camera models.
Request a Demo
If you do not currently have a Zavio NVR and would like to log in to the demo unit at our office, please request a demo login below. You will be able to log in from iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices. You can also log in from Macintosh and Windows computers. Please click here to request a demo login.
Complete IP Camera Systems
Did you know? CCTV Camera Pros can provide a complete IP camera system quote that includes a stand along Zavio NVR or a custom PC based NVR build using the 64 channel IP camera software included with all Zavio IP cameras. We can also include any number and model of cameras, CAT-5 cables, PoE switches, and monitors. Let us customize a system based on your project requirements.
About the Author
This article was written by Mike Haldas, co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros. If you have any questions security cameras and video surveillance systems, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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