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Differences between VideoCAD 8 Professional and VideoCAD 8 Lite

 

Calculations

 

Calculating horizontal projection sizes of person detection, identification and license plate reading areas.

 

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Calculating Depth of Field of each camera of the project.

 

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Calculating the image size on display of any object in camera view area in percentage of display size, pixels and millimetres (inches in case of Imperial format).

 

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Calculate light power and illumination produced by illuminators.

 

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Working with 2D projections

 

Graphical editing state of the Active camera . In this case the objects in the horizontal projection rotate so that the direction of the camera lens main optical axis becomes parallel to a screen plane, and the bounds of active camera view area are marked with lines of double thickness. The graphical editing state enables a detailed analysis of view area using the test object, in the vertical projection it becomes possible graphical calculation of depth of field, spatial resolution analysis and field-of-view sizing at any point of view area. In the graphical editing state the Test object is visible in the 3D Video.

 

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Ability to display horizontal projection of the view area as two sections by planes on the minimum and maximum heights of the view area (Camera 23). One of the sections is drawn by a transparent filling, the other in the form of hatching. In many camera positions such representation is more informative than standard volume projection (Camera 22).

 

 

Constructions, 3D models and cameras can be distributed by layers. Each layer can have its own Base height. All constructions belong to the layer will be shifted in 3D by the Base height. This feature is useful in work with multilevel 3D constructions. In addition to the Base height, each layer has the following parameters: Active, Enabled, Visible, Hidden, Snap, Shadows, 3D Visible, Color.

 

 

Display on the 2D layout results of calculations: person detection and identification areas, depth of field limits, test object, cables and luminaries.

 

Construct the horizontal projection of camera control areas including shadows from obstacles on the scene. In VideoCAD Lite  obstacles can be constructions only. In VideoCAD Professional 3D models also can be obstacles.

 

 

Modeling camera rotation around the main optical axis.

 

 

Modeling lens distortion. Modeling influence of the lens distortion on view area shape, on view area projection shape and spatial resolution distribution.Correct modeling wide-angle lenses with strong distortion.

 

 

An option for drawing regions of spatial resolution in the Graphics windows in ascending resolution - High resolution on top. With this option enabled all cameras remain visible despite the shading of projections of different cameras. While regions with higher spatial resolution are drawn on the top.

 

Usual drawing

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3D modeling layout and camera view areas

 

VideoCAD Professional has special 3D World window with standard tools for 3D navigation (Orbit, Move, ZOOM, Walk, Look around, Zoom frame).  With the help of the window you can observe the layout in 3D representation. You can work on the project in usual 2D projections and watch it in 3D. You can "walk" on the floors of 3D models of buildings and study every detail.

 

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3D visualization of the camera view area surface taking into account spatial resolution, shadows, lens distortion.

 

 

3D visualization of the active camera coverage on the environment taking into account spatial resolution, shadows, lens distortion.

 

 

3D visualization of control areas of PTZ cameras, Dome cameras and 360 degree cameras.

 

 

Visualization of camera coverage area and spatial resolution distribution on the surrounding objects of panoramic cameras (fisheye, 360°/180°).

 

 

Free cutting 3D layout by six planes to provide access to any point of complex 3D buildings.

 

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Working with multilevel 3D layouts and terrains with complicated vertical structure.

 

 

Possibility of using 3D models-territories, to place inside them cameras, constructions and other 3D models.

 

 

The Base height in the camera geometry parameters. All heights related to a camera  (height of installation, heights of the lower and upper bounds of view area, heights of person detection, identification, license plate reading areas) counted from the base height. The Base height together with layers is used in work with multilevel 3D constructions.

 

 

More capabilities of the 3D models window. In the window you can create 3D model projections with specified brightness, create projection in the form of faces, points and lines.

 

 

Ability to make projections in the form of sections of 3D models at the specified range of heights. These projections of 3D models of buildings can be used as background for placing cameras in the Graphics window.

 

 

Ability to create 3D model projections with exceeding Windows screen resolution.

Possibility to create a projection of individual area of 3D model with even higher resolution using PiP (Picture in Picture) tool.

To use the 3D models as territories, and their projections as a background, a new ability to block the projection of certain 3D models from selection by mouse click was added.

Ability to consider a 3D model as obstacle in the calculation of shadows.

In the 3D Models window you can also earn 3D models using 3D interface similar to the 3D World window.

 

 

Modeling images from cameras based on camera parameters and scene conditions

 

Modeling observed scene parameters (illumination, visibility limitations).

 

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Model luminaires considering spectrum of radiation and spectral sensitivity of image sensors, including discharge lamps with complex spectrum and infrared LED illuminators.

 

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Model camera parameters (spectral response, number of pixels, resolution, minimum illumination at known signal/noise ratio, IRE and aperture, maximum signal/noise ratio, electronic shutter, AGC, BLC, gamma, day/night cameras,frame rate, interlace scan, global shutter and rolling shutter).

 

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Model lens parameters (aperture, auto iris DC and Video Drive, resolution).

 

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Visually control modeled resolution with the help of the Test chart

 

 

Model images from megapixel cameras with number of pixels exceeds Windows screen number of pixels (Up to 100 megapixel and more!) with PiP (Picture in Picture) and without PiP.

 

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See examples: 5 megapixels,10 megapixels, 25 megapixels.

 

 

Calculate and model depth of field of each camera in project.

 

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Model brightness, contrast, horizontal and vertical sharpness.

 

 

Model moving objects, camera frame rate, create animated images with moving 3D models.

 

 

Model blur and distortion of moving 3D models depending on camera parameters (exposure time, interlacing, rolling shutter).

 

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Modeling images taking into account lens distortion (barrel and pincushion). Correct modeling wide-angle lenses with strong distortion.

 

 

Design operator interface

 

Create animated monitor models as html files with moving 3D models and different frame rates of each camera. See an example of animated monitor (file size about 4 Mb).

 

Import from other CAD programs

 

Import  constructions from a 2D background in AutoCAD formats to 3D VideoCAD constructions automatically. Use of this tool allows to reduce efforts of outlining background to convert it to 3D constructions.

 

 

Export

 

Export the 2D drawing into any of the following formats: *.pdf (vector), AutoCAD *.dwg, PLT (HPGL/2), CGM (Computer Graphic Metafile), SWF (Adobe Flash).

 

Advanced export to AutoCAD formats. At exporting to AutoCAD DWG and DXF formats, cameras and illuminators are exported as blocks. The most important parameters of cameras and illuminators are recorded to the block attributes. VideoCAD layers, fonts and line types are exported.

 

When you export a drawing with a background in AutoCAD DWG/DXF format, VideoCAD constructions can be added to the background on separate layers or the background can be added as an external links to the file of the background. In both cases the structure of the background is saved.

 

Possible scheme of the combining AutoCAD + VideoCAD:

1. Load drawing in AutoCAD format as a background;

2. Import AutoCAD lines to VideoCAD 3D constructions automatically;

3. Adding cameras and constructions on special layers.

4. Export the obtained drawing to AutoCAD format to work with it in AutoCAD.

 

 

Export to DXF file 3D view areas and camera coverage taking into account lens distortion, spatial resolution, and shading.

 

This feature allows the convenient scheme of work with combination of 3D BIM Software (SketchUP) + VideoCAD.

1. Export layout as a 3D model-territory through SketchUP and loading it into VideoCAD.

2. Adding cameras with 3D view areas in VideoCAD.

3. Export 3D view areas in DXF format, loading them into 3D BIM Software and combining with the original layout in 3D.

 

 

Export images from the 3D World window to any of the following formats: *.bmp, *.jpg,*.gif,*.tif,*.png. Size in pixels of the exported file can exceed the Windows screen size.

 

During export 3D images from cameras to any of the following formats: *.bmp, *.jpg,*.gif,*.tif,*.png, size in pixels of the exported file can exceed the Windows screen size.

 

Export animated image models with moving 3D models to animated gif. See an example of animated monitor (file size about 4 Mb).

 

Export images from monitors to animated monitor models as html files, with moving 3D models, taking into account frame rate of each camera.

 

Get detailed adjustable table of all initial and calculated parameters of cameras in project. Print the table or export it to *.txt, *.csv,*.rtf, *.xls, *.htm formats.

 

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Printing

 

Printing 3D images from the 3D World window.

 

Printing the Table of cameras as a whole or by selected fragments.

 

Database of camera models

 

Maintain database of camera models with extended parameters (up to 117 camera parameters), assign different models to cameras in project, compare models with each other.

 

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Registration

 

VideoCAD 8 Professional is registered with USB dongle. All other VideoCAD versions are registered only by personal registration code. This code doesn't depend on computer hardware or a dongle. This code is valid on any computer.

 

You can install VideoCAD 8.2 Professional on many computers, but launch on one computer with dongle connected. One license of VideoCAD 8 Lite, purchased separately, allows to use the program on two workplaces nonsimultaneously (work and home computers) if both workplaces belong to one person - owner of the license.

 

Demo version

 

You can't change lens focal length, lens aperture, image sensor format, aspect ratio and light sensitivity in the demo-version of VideoCAD Professional. You may install the demo-version of VideoCAD Professional to test and evaluate it for 30 days; after this time you must either buy the license to use the VideoCAD Professional permanently or delete the demo version from your hard drive.

 

In the demo version of VideoCAD 8 Lite changing lens focal length and image sensor is allowed. Instead of this, saving working project to a file is prohibited and there is a limit on the maximum number of cameras (5) in one project.

 

 

Differences between VideoCAD 8 Lite and VideoCAD Starter II

 

Calculations

 

More accurate modeling cameras taking into account size of active area of the image sensor in dependence of the aspect ratio of the image sensor and the aspect ratio of the output image of the camera. Model cameras with non standard image sensor size and aspect ratio.

 

 

Calculate length and electric parameters of cables.

 

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Working with 2D projections

 

Use more than 30 additional constructions and CAD tools (Point, Horizontal line, Vertical line, Line segment, Angle, Double line, Arc, Mask, Filling, Text, 3D image, Inclined rectangle, Change installation height, Change view area upper bound, Change view area lower bound, Copy with base point, Cut with base point, Scale, Mirror, Change line type, Hide camera names, Cameras over constructions, Bring to front, Send to back, Hide, Align, Combine in block, Destroy block, Find text, Hidden state of objects, Numerate cameras, Length calculation of line segments,Merge contour, High resolution on top).

 

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Work with vertical projection of the site plan.

 

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More convenience in editing on the layout 3D models, Rectangle, Wall, Aperture in wall, Stairs, Mask, Filling, 3D Image. You can scale them and rotate around its axis using the square grips and pink circle.

 

 

Use Titles and texts on the drawing. Different fonts are supported.

 

Use up to 10 layouts in each project.

 

Use up to 30 spatial resolution patterns in each project. Each pattern can contain up to 10 regions. Adjust object height in the patterns, height of measuring spatial resolution, direction (horizontal or vertical) of  measuring spatial resolution. The Spatial resolution box contains models of field-of-view images for each region in current pattern.

 

There are prepared spatial resolution patterns according to the following criteria: Home Office Scientific Development Branch; Home Office Guidelines for identification; P 78.36.008-99, Australian Standard AS4806: Closed Circuit Television, European Standard EN50132-7, ISO/IEC 19794 Biometric data interchange formats.

 

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Use gradient color and hatching for visualization of spatial resolution.

 

Show view area projections by different colors and hatch styles, using different line types.

 

Use different camera icons ( fixed, PTZ, outdoor..).

 

 

Construct the horizontal projection of camera control areas including shadows from obstacles on the scene. In VideoCAD Lite  obstacles can be constructions only. In VideoCAD Professional 3D models also can be obstacles.

 

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Choose the best positions and calculate control areas of PTZ cameras, Dome cameras and 360 degree cameras.

 

 

Simulation of the horizontal projection of the view area and visualization of the spatial resolution distribution of panoramic cameras (fisheye, 360°/180°).

 

 

Adjust keyboard shortcuts for each item in the Main menu.

 

Adjust visibility of buttons on the Toolbar.

 

3D modeling layout and camera view areas

 

3D visualization of the location plan and camera view areas in the 3D Video window by other cameras. Visualization of the spatial resolution. Flexible adjustment of displaying view areas from the side.

 

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In special 3D models window you can create 3D model projections with specified resolution. You can load 3D models from files, save 3D models to files, create copies of 3D models

 

 

Support of 3D models with textures, transparent texture and opacity of materials. New version of VideoCAD Plugin for SketchUP with possibilities of export textures, transparent textures, opacity of materials and scaling.

 

 

 

Modeling images from cameras based on camera parameters and scene conditions

 

Simulation of image resolution and view area limits of panoramic cameras (fisheye, 360°/180°).

 

 

Obtain Image Model for each camera in the project based on models of scene and equipment.

 

Design operator interface

 

Design operator interface using the Monitor window.

 

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Modeling size and resolution of monitors.

 

Import from other CAD programs

 

Locate cameras and cables on the prepared layouts in formats *.emf, *.wmf, *.png, *.gif, *.tif, *.pdf. Upgraded AutoCAD import modules can read much more CAD files.

 

For backgrounds in AutoCAD *.dxf *.dwg  formats you can choose Layout in the background, control visibility of layers, hide texts. For backgrounds in PDF format you can choose page and resolution of the background.

 

Import raster images to display them in 3D.

 

 

Import camera model parameters to the Table of camera models via copying and pasting from Excel.

 

Export

 

Export the 2D drawing into any of the following formats: *.emf, *.wmf, *.png, *.gif, *.tif,  *.pdf (raster), AutoCAD *.dxf.

 

Export images from monitors to *.bmp, *.jpg,*.gif,*.tif,*.png.

 

Obtain the text report with full description of all cameras in the project, view areas and cables to be pasted into a project explanatory note or used as instruction for installation.

 

Get a report in PDF format, with full description of all cameras in the project, view areas and cables. The PDF Report can include images from the cameras, fragments of layouts with camera placed, a cover with logo. Report parameters and the structure of information in the report is configurable. See example of PDF report.

 

Obtain the cable report.

 

Printing

 

Printing the obtained 2D drawing in raster or vector mode on one or several pages for pasting together. You can use prepared frames with standard title-block and logo. Sizes, colors styles of fonts and lines, weights of lines can be adjusted.

 

Printing image models from cameras and monitors.

 

Printing the Table of camera models as a whole or by selected fragments.

 

Database of camera models

 

Maintain database of camera models with the most important parameters (22 fields 22 fields for each camera model). You can add your models, assign different models to cameras in project, compare models with each other.

 

 

Registration

 

One license of VideoCAD Starter II allows to use VideoCAD Starter II on one computer. One license of VideoCAD 8 Lite, purchased separately, allows to use the program on two workplaces nonsimultaneously (work and home computers) if both workplaces belong to one person - owner of the license.

 

Package contents

 

VideoCAD Starter II is offered only in a kit of three programs - VideoCAD Starter II Kit. This Kit includes:

 

   VideoCAD Starter II;

   IP Camera CCTV Calculator;

   VideoCAD Plugin for SketchUp.

 

Demo version

 

In the demo version of VideoCAD 8 Lite there is a limit on the maximum number of cameras (5) in one project.

 

License of VideoCAD 8 Lite allows free use of the demo version for educational purposes, for research, theses, writing articles, etc. non-profit activities.

 

 

 

Differences between VideoCAD 7 Starter II and VideoCAD 7 Starter

 

Possibility of using 3D models from version Lite (people, trees, cars etc.).

 

Possibility of import 3D models and scenes from SketchUp and Autodesk 3ds MAX; VideoCAD Plugin for  SketchUp is included in the VideoCAD Starter II Kit.

 

Loading background in AutoCAD *.dxf and *.dwg formats.

 

Saving the drawing in the Graphics windows with resolution exceeding Windows screen resolution.

 

Additional constructions and CAD tools: Rotakin (without modeling rotation), Copy and Paste constructions and cameras.

 

 

Displaying examples of images in the Spatial resolution box (resolution only).

 

Modeling cameras with any image sensor sizes and aspect ratio.

 

Modeling images from cameras turned by 90 degrees.

 

VideoCAD Starter II is offered only in a kit of three programs - VideoCAD Starter II Kit. This Kit includes:

 

  VideoCAD Starter II;

 

 

 

 

 

Download VideoCAD 8 Professional demo version

 

Download VideoCAD 8_Lite demo version

 

Download VideoCAD 7 Starter II demo version

 

Download VideoCAD 7 Starter demo version

 

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