Exploring the Menu Options

In this guide, we will show and explain the different menu options for your GoSwift recorder using the HDMI user interface.


Sections in this guide

Accessing the Main Menu

To access the main menu, right click anywhere on the main screen and click Setup:

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Channel Menu

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Channel:

As you can see, this subsection has a lot of information on it. However, if you are using GoSwift cameras that are plugged into the back of the GoSwift NVR, you will not have to worry about hardly any of these settings.

Most of these settings are to be used when trying to connect a 3rd party Onvif camera to the NVR. Please see our 3rd party camera integration for more details.

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Lets take a closer look at that edit button that's shaped like a pencil:

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The Protocol Manage section allows you to view the NVR’s RTSP stream. We don’t recommend editing anything in this section. Please see our RTSP integration guide for more details on how to access the RTSP stream:

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Live:

This subsection allows you to change the things that are overlaid on the video image such as time and date.

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Lets take a closer look at that Gear Icon:

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Image Control:

This allows you to change various advanced image settings. Please note that these settings are only accessible through the NVR with GoSwift Cameras.

The main screen gives you a general overview of the image setting of each camera:

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The settings screen gives you more granular options to change various image settings:

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Motion:

This section allows you to edit the motion detection parameters of the cameras.

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The motion detection zone screen is as follows:

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Video Cover:

This subsection allows you to block out parts of an image from being displayed and recorded. This can be useful when you need to block out parts of an image for privacy concerns.

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Record Menu

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Encode:

In this sub-section you can change each cameras bit rate, frame rate, and compression settings:

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Record:

This section allows to change how the DVR records.

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Clicking on the record schedule button shows you your full record schedule:

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Image Capture:

This section allows you to setup your DVR to capture images. Unlike videos, these are just snapshots in time. This is not a commonly used feature but it is here for you if you need it:

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Alarm Menu

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Motion:

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PTZ Linkage:

This section allows you to configure and trigger PTZ presets, tours, etc when motion is triggered on a channel. You must have a PTZ connected to access these settings.


Exception:

This section allows you to be notified when you have a hard drive issue or a video loss. Please note if you want to be notified via email, you must have your email settings configured first:

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Network Menu

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General:

This section is where you can change all of your basic IP Camera Parameters including your IP address and DNS settings.

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This section is where you can change your PPPoE settings should you have an internet connection such as this. This is rare to have this type of connection:

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Here you can change the port values if you desire. Normally you would only do this if you plan on port forwarding your DVR and you do not want to use the default port values. This section also shows you the RTSP URL and allows you to enable/disable the P2P server connection:

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DDNS:

This is where you would enter your DDNS information. Unless you plan on port forwarding and not using the easy P2P server connection, you would not need to utilize this section:

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Email:

This is where you would enter your email settings should you choose to utilize email alerts. Please see our email alerts guide for a complete rundown on how to achieve this.

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The cool thing is you can even set a schedule on when to receive email alerts:

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Device Menu

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Disk:

This section is where you can check the status or perform a format of the hard drive:

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Switching over to the SMART tab gives you access to the hard drives health:

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System Menu

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General:

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Switching over to the date and time tab allows you to set the date/time parameters:

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The output configuration screen allows you to change the HDMI output resolution that the DVR outputs:

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Multi User:

The multi user section allows you to setup or edit users along with permissions:

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Clicking on the permissions icon brings up this screen which allows you to choose which permissions the users have:

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Maintenance:

The first screen allows you to view the log for the entire DVR:

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Switching over to the default section allows you to set specific or all settings back to factory default:

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The upgrade tab allows you to upgrade firmwares when they are made available:

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The Parameter management tab allows you to load or export your configuration settings for your DVR:

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The auto-reboot section allows you to choose if your want your DVR to reboot at a certain time each week. Much like a computer, a reboot for the DVR is sometimes good to clear out any programming errors:

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IP Camera Maintain:

This section allows you to upgrade or maintain IP Cameras that are physically attached to the NVR’s POE Switch. Most of these features only work with GoSwift Cameras.

The first screen allows you to upgrade cameras firmwares right through the NVR:

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The load default screen allows you to default the selected cameras:

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This screen allows you to reboot selected cameras:

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Information:

This screen shows various system info:

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This screen shows various bitrate and resolution parameters of connected cameras:

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This screen is similar to the previous one but shows exactly what bit rate and frame rate that the DVR is recording for each camera:

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This screen shows various network parameters of the DVR:

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