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(VistaCam SD) Automatic Camera Lighting

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014 01:08PM PST
Your VistaCam SD camera is capable of shooting images with virtually no light.  Thanks to its infrared (IR) sensor, it can shoot with "Night Vision" and capture viewable images even in the dark, up to 20 feet away.  

While Night Vision is a great feature, the resulting images obviously won't be as clear as they would be with adequate lighting.  You can also have your VistaCam turn on smart lights in your home whenever you view the camera or shoot pictures with it.

To automatically turn on lights for camera images, select the camera(s) you want to do the triggering from your Dashboard.  Then click the wrench icon to access that camera's settings.

This will bring up the camera control window.  Select the "Settings" option and scroll down until you see the options below:

To automatically turn on the lights for remote camera viewing and shooting, you can check any of the boxes shown:

• When I view the camera from the web or phone -- as soon as you view the camera remotely, the VistaCam will sense that you're using it and automatically turn on smart lights for you.

• When the sensor(s) above are tripped and they are armed -- in this example system, a motion detector that's picking up motion in your home will automatically turn on the lights for shooting images.

• When the sensors above are tripped and they are "not armed -- let's say you had a smart door lock added to your system.  As soon as it's opened (and now "armed'), a light could turn on for video images of the arrival.

• When you take an automatic picture for the archive -- whenever your camera automatically shoots images according to your settings, it will turn on smart lights that you've checked off in these settings.

To archive the video, you must register on the server with your username and password.  You can then also set a "pre-roll" for your video shooting.  This keeps a few seconds of video -- called a "buffer" -- in the camera's memory before it actually starts to shoot from a trigger.  So if, for example, a motion sensor triggered your camera at 11PM, setting a buffer would actually show you the images that led up to the triggered footage, just before 11PM.  You can set this in seconds; 60 seconds would be a minute of pre-roll video, etc.

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