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Release Notes for Cisco Video Surveillance High Definition IP Camera Release 2.0.0
These release notes provide important information for the Cisco Video Surveillance high definition IP camera release 2.0.0.
Firmware release 2.0.0 applies to the following Cisco IP camera models:
This firmware is compatible with Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) 6.3.1 and later. VSM 6.3.1 and later contains a camera firmware upgrade feature that simplifies and automates the firmware upgrade process.
This document includes the following sections:
What's New in this Release
Cisco Video Surveillance high definition IP camera firmware release 2.0.0 provides the following new features and updates:
•Cisco Video Analytics—Supported on the IP camera CIVS-IPC-4500 model, provides an intuitive interface and tools for video analysis. The base security and counting packages are enabled by default.
For detailed information about video analytics, see the analytics documentation that is available at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11253/index.html.
•Medianet support—This firmware version supports the Auto Smartports feature of the Media Services Interface (MSI). MSI enables a camera to participate as an endpoint in the Cisco medianet architecture when connected to a medianet enabled switch. MSI provides awareness of network neighbors and network-provided location that can be integrated into centralized management platforms to reduce the cost of administering the endpoints in the medianet.
For more information about medianet, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns1094/index.html.
•Consistent field of view—The same field of view displays for 1080p and 720p video streams at 30 fps or lower. When you upgrade to firmware 2.0.0, the field of view for 720p video streams at 30 fps or lower will change.
•Fixes for several caveats—For detailed information, see the "Caveats" section.
Features no Longer Available
The following IP camera features are not available in this release:
•The USB port on an IP camera does not support a USB device for storing video
•Video clip for e-mail event notification—Attaching a video clip of an event to an e-mail notification is no longer supported
Upgrading to Release 2.0.0
Caution You can upgrade an IP camera to firmware release 2.0.0 from firmware release 1.2.1 or later. If you need to upgrade to release 2.0.0 from a release earlier than 1.2.1, first upgrade to 1.2.1.
You can upgrade your IP camera to firmware 2.0.0 by using the Camera Firmware Upgrade feature in the VSM Management Console. For instructions, see the "Using the VSM Management Console" chapter in Cisco Video Surveillance Manager User Guide.
Alternatively, you can upgrade your IP camera to release 2.0.0 by performing the following steps.
Step 1 Take these actions to obtain the release 2.0.0 firmware:
a. Go to this URL:
b. Click the Download Software link, log in to Cisco.com, and locate the 2.0.0 firmware file, which is named CIVS-IPC-4xxx-V2.0.0.bin.
c. Double-click the 2.0.0 firmware file name and follow the on-screen prompts to download it to your PC.
Step 2 Take these actions to display the Firmware window in the web interface for your IP camera:
a. Start Internet Explorer and enter the following in the address field:
–protocol is the connection that you use for your IP camera (either HTTPS or HTTP).
–ip_address is the IP address of your IP camera.
–port_number is the port number that is used for HTTPS or HTTP connections to the IP camera. You do not need to enter a port number if you are connecting through the default HTTPS port 443 or the default HTTP port 80.
b. Enter your IP camera user name and password when prompted, then click OK.
The IP Camera Main window
c. Click the Setup link to access configuration menus for the camera.
d. Click Administration, then click Firmware.
The Firmware window appears.
Step 3 In the Firmware window, click the Upgrade button.
The Upgrade Firmware window appears.
Step 4 In the Upgrade Firmware window, enter the path and folder where the firmware upgrade file for the IP camera is stored.
The upgrade file may be stored on another PC. You can click Browse to find this location.
Step 5 Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen prompts to load the firmware upgrade on the IP camera.
Do not power down the IP camera during the upgrade procedure.
After you upgrade firmware, the IP camera restarts automatically. It retains all configuration information.
Table 1 describes the caveats that are resolved in this release.
Table 1 Caveats Resolved in this Release
Overlay text does not work with MJPEG secondary streams when primary is disabled
KeyFrameInterval values not used for some bit rates
Table 2 describes the caveats that are open in this release.
You can use the Bug Toolkit to find information about caveats (bugs) for the this release, including a description of the problems and available workarounds. The Bug Toolkit lists open and resolved caveats.
To access Bug Toolkit, you need an Internet connection and a Cisco.com user ID and password.
To use the Bug Toolkit, follow these steps:
Step 1 To access the Bug Toolkit, go to http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/action.do?hdnAction=searchBugs.
Step 2 Log in with your Cisco.com user ID and password.
Step 3 To look for information about a specific problem, enter the bug ID number in the Search for bug ID field, then click Go.
Step 4 To look for information if you do not know the bug ID number:
a. Choose Security from the Select Product Category menu.
b. Choose the desired product from the Select Product menu.
c. Choose the version number from the Software Version menu.
d. Under Advanced Options, choose Use default settings or Use custom settings. The default settings search for severity 1, 2 and 3 bugs, open and fixed bugs, and only bugs containing bug details. Use the custom settings to change the severity and status parameters, or to search for keywords within the bug headline and description.
For additional information about the Cisco Video Surveillance IP camera, see the User Guide for your IP camera. User Guides are available at this URL:
Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines
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