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Release Notes for Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager for Release 5.0
September 19, 2007
These release notes describe important information for Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager, Release 5.0.
•Release 5.0 is a major release of Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager with many new features. Users of a previous release(s) should check the "System Requirements" section section for compatibility information and instructions on how to use existing data with this new release.
•Users of a previous release(s) of either Cisco Stream Manager or ClearClient are encouraged to upgrade. See the "Installation Notes" section for more information.
This document includes the following information:
The Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager application is a collection of discrete software modules. Release 5.0, includes the following modules:
•Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Configuration Module
Used to identify and program Cisco Video Surveillance IP Gateway encoders, decoders, and storage devices. The Stream Manager Upgrade Module is included in the Configuration Module and is used to upgrade firmware on Cisco Video Surveillance Services Platforms, Integrated Services Platforms, and IP Gateway encoders and decoders.
•Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Client Viewing Module
Provides access to all system operations, including camera control, stored video review, and alarm notifications. This is the primary PC application for viewing live or stored video from the network.
•Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Administration and Monitoring Module
Enables monitoring of network, server use, and dynamic system health, and provides status reporting. An alternative version with the Failover Module also provides failover management.
In addition, this release includes the following firmware updates.
•Firmware for Service Platforms
•Firmware for Decoders and Encoders
•Firmware for the XVCR Decoder
Use these publications to learn how to install and use the Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager.
•To install the same or a newer version of a Stream Manager module that already is installed on the computer, you must first uninstall the existing module.
•For instructions to install or uninstall Cisco Video Surveillance firmware and Stream Manager software, refer to the documents described in Related Documentation.
•Install the modules one at a time, performing the installation procedure for each module that you want to install.
•Installation software and firmware is located on the Stream Manager installation disk, or you can download it from the following URL:
•Before you install the Stream Manager software, make sure that the computer on which you are installing meets the minimum hardware requirements. See Desktop PC System Requirements for more information.
•Software and firmware filenames and part numbers are described in the following section, Software Filenames and Part Numbers
Software Filenames and Part Numbers
For Cisco Stream Manager release 5.0, you must install the software and firmware versions described in this section.
•Cisco Stream Manager 5.0 software and firmware is not compatible with any previous version.
•All software and firmware must be upgraded to version 5.0 for proper operation.
•Before you install, make sure that the computer on which you are installing meets the minimum hardware requirements, as described in System Requirements.
•You can install software that you obtain on a Stream Manager installation disk or that you download from the following URL:
This section contains these topics:
Stream Manager Software Filenames and Part Numbers
Table 1 describes the desktop Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager software. To download the compressed firmware files, go to http://www.cisco.com/public/sw-center/.
Firmware Filenames and Part Numbers
Table 2 describes the desktop Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager firmware. To download the compressed firmware files, go to http://www.cisco.com/public/sw-center/.
This section contains these topics:
Desktop PC System Requirements
A desktop PC r laptop running Stream Manager Software requires the following hardware and software:
Cisco Video Surveillance Software and Firmware Compatibility
Stream Manager 5.0 software and firmware is not compatible with any previous version.
All software and firmware should be upgraded to version 5.0 for proper operation. For the required version of each module and firmware file, see Software Filenames and Part Numbers.
New and Changed Information
New Software Features in Release 5.0
This section contains these topics:
Sequences and Tours
Sequences and Tours allows a pre-programmed sequence of camera operations on one or more cameras to be displayed on one or more monitors. Programming camera operations such as dwell time and pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) allows the operator to regularly and systematically scan important areas without manual intervention or errors. This feature enables consistent video recording among operators, across shifts, etc.
Alarm Handling Presets
Alarm Handling Presets allow a pre-programmed sequence of camera operations based upon an alarm event. When a particular alarm occurs, the camera can perform operations such as dwell time and PTZ to make sure the desired video is captured. This feature helps ensure consistent scene recording without operator intervention.
Dynamic Encoding Changes
Dynamic Encoding Changes allow the encoders to automatically change the video output based upon certain conditions. For example, upon receiving an alarm, the encoder can increase the resolution or frame rate of the video in order to make sure that a high-quality image is sent. This feature saves storage capacity by only using high-resolution video when needed, and does not require an operator to manually recognize an incident in order to change the parameters.
Multiclip Video Exporting
Multiclip Video Exporting allows an operator to build a single video export from multiple sources. This allows the video from multiple cameras to be combined into a single file, rather than multiple files. It also allows video from up to four cameras to be exported as a quad-pane stream. This enables ease of analysis and coordination among different cameras.
User Accounts and Access Rights
User Accounts and Access Rights improve the security and level of control of user access and privileges. Users can be permitted or denied access to or control of the encoders, decoders, and services platforms in the network. For example, a user may be denied access to control a PTZ camera, or only allowed to view certain monitors. This increases the level of security within the network and prohibits unauthorized use.
IP Networking Features
•Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) allows devices to automatically retrieve an IP address from a server. This eliminates manual IP address configuration and simplifies installation.
•Domain Name System (DNS) automatically translates IP addresses to hostnames. This simplifies access to devices by using a descriptive name, such as Decoder_Main, rather than IP addresses.
•Simple Network Management Protocol version 2 (SNMPv2) enables standard based network management operations.
•Quality of Service (QoS) improves traffic management on the network. Video surveillance streams from encoders and services platforms can be prioritized over other types of traffic on the network. This helps ensure that high-quality video will be maintained on the network at all times.
Frame by Frame Rewind
Frame by Frame Rewind allows Stream Manager and legacy keyboards to rewind all recorded frames. Previously, only one frame per second could be displayed. This feature substantially enhances rewind video to improve analysis.
Ultrak Maxpro 1000 Matrix Switch Integration
Stream Manager interoperates with third party matrix switches and keyboards. Cisco Stream Manager Release 5.0 adds support for the Ultrak Maxpro 1000 Matrix Switch and the HEGSA002 keyboard.
Use the Bug Toolkit to find information on the caveats (bugs) for the current release, including a description of the problem and available workarounds. The Bug Toolkit lists both open and resolved caveats.
Using the Bug Toolkit
You can search for problems by using the Cisco Software Bug Toolkit. To access the Bug Toolkit, you need the following items:
•Cisco.com user ID and password
To use the Software 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 on 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. Select "Security" from the "Select Product Category" menu.
b. Select "Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Software" from the "Select Product" menu.
c. Select the version number from the "Software Version" menu.
d. Under Advanced Options, select "Use default settings" or "Use custom settings". The default settings search for severity 1, 2 and 3 bugs, open and fixed bugs, and 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 information regarding Cisco Stream Manager security issues, see the Security Advisory at:
Use the advisory to determine the security issues, if any, that impact your products or installation. This advisory includes information on affected products, software versions and fixes, and obtaining fixed software.
Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines
For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:
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