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VideoCAD Lite is a basic version offers the most useful and easy-to-master tools for CCTV design.


If VideoCAD Professional version seems too complicated or slow, try the Lite version! It does not contain complex tools. At the same time VideoCAD Lite is a powerful tool, not a very restricted version.


VideoCAD Lite is less demanding of computer resources because of absence of resource-intensive tools. However, these tools when they are not needed, can be disabled in version Professional too.


VideoCAD 8 Lite is registered only by personal registration code. This code doesn't depend on computer hardware (HID) or a dongle. This code is valid on any computer.


VideoCAD Lite purchased separately can be upgraded to more powerful Professional version.


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


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.


VideoCAD 8 Lite demo allows to change lens focal length of cameras. 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 Lite:




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


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More accurate modeling cameras taking into account the 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.



Calculate length and electric parameters of cables.


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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.


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Display on the 2D layout results of calculations of view area projections.


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. 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°).



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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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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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



Modeling images from cameras based on camera parameters and scene conditions


Model camera parameters: number of pixels and compression.



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


Export 3D images from cameras to any of the following formats: *.bmp, *.jpg,*.gif,*.tif,*.png.


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.


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





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 for each camera model). You can add your models, assign different models to cameras in project, compare models with each other.



Download VideoCAD 8_Lite demo version


Need more? See: VideoCAD Professional, Differences between VideoCAD 8 Professional and VideoCAD 8 Lite


It is more than you need? See:

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