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VideoCAD is a multifunctional tool for professional video surveillance system design, modeling parameters of video image and video equipment.

 

VideoCAD allows even the beginners to use the new opportunities appearing to be hard to obtain without it due to the complexity of calculations and therefore not being used even by the skilled engineers of CCTV.

 

VideoCAD practically boosts the quality of CCTV design to a new level which appears to be beyond any competition with those lacking the program.

 

Four VideoCAD versions are offered:

 

VideoCAD 8 Professional - the most powerful, professional version with many unique tools.
VideoCAD 8 Lite - basic version offers the most useful and easy-to-master tools for CCTV design;
VideoCAD 7 Starter - easiest, low cost version;
VideoCAD 7 Starter II Kit - is like the Starter version but with several valuable features in addition. Starter II version is offered only in a kit with IP Camera CCTV Calculator and VideoCAD Plugin for SketchUp;

 

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.

 

VideoCAD Starter, VideoCAD Starter II Kit and VideoCAD Lite can be upgraded to VideoCAD 8 Professional at discount price.

 

Licenses of VideoCAD 8 Professional and VideoCAD 8 Lite allows free use of the demo versions for educational purposes, for research, theses, writing articles, etc. non-profit activities.

 

 

The main features of VideoCAD 8 Professional:

 

Calculations

 

Calculating geometric parameters of camera view area in any camera position.

 

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Calculating size of the 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.

 

 

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 length and electric parameters of cables.

 

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Calculate light power and illumination produced by illuminators.

 

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Working with 2D projections

 

Use 2D Graphics window with CAD interface. Use a lot of 2D/3D constructions and CAD tools, line types, font types, snaps, horizontal and vertical projections, up to 10 layouts in each project, unlimited number of layers.

 

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

 

Display by separate colors and hatch styles different regions of spatial resolution and field-of-view size. 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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Construct the horizontal projection of camera control areas including shadows from obstacles on the scene.

 

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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°).

 

 

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.

 

 

3D modeling layout and camera view areas

 

VideoCAD 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 loading prepared 3D models (a person, a car, etc., ). You can add your own 3D models from 3ds max and Sketchup.

 

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

 

 

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 (focal length, 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, compression, 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.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

Locate cameras and cables on the prepared layouts in *.bmp, *.jpg, *.emf, *.wmf, *.png, *.gif, *.tif, *.pdf. AutoCAD *.dxf *.dwg  formats.

 

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  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.

 

 

Import 3D models of objects and 3D models of territory using VideoCAD plugin for SketchUP.

 

 

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:*.bmp, *.jpg, *.emf, *.wmf, *.png, *.gif, *.tif,  *.pdf (raster and vector), AutoCAD *.dxf, 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.

 

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 *.bmp, *.jpg,*.gif,*.tif,*.png.

 

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

 

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.

 

Copy the Camera list with most important parameters to MS Excel, MS Word and other software.

 

 

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 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 3D images from the 3D World window.

 

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

 

Database of camera models

 

Maintain database of camera models, assign different models to cameras in project, compare models with each other.

 

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VideoCAD will help you: spare the means and win tenders due to optimization of cameras' quantity in projects and increase of their efficiency, reduce time expended and boost design quality, cut down the amount of controversial situations with customers and accelerate their solution.

 

VideoCAD can be used for the prompt, but exact calculations of view area projections to draw on a location plan when performing a graphical part of CCTV project. It can be also used to perform scrupulous analysis complicated cases to choose the most suitable camera location and lens parameters.

 

VideoCAD is employed by security firms, army, police, universities and security department of many companies worldwide.

 

VideoCAD is effective for CCTV designer training.

 

It is more than you need? See:

VideoCAD Lite, Differences between VideoCAD 8 Professional and VideoCAD 8 Lite
VideoCAD Starter II, Differences between VideoCAD 8 Lite and VideoCAD 7 Starter II
VideoCAD Starter, Differences between VideoCAD 7 Starter II and VideoCAD 7 Starter

 

Differences between versions of VideoCAD

 

What is new in VideoCAD