This article explains how to setup a Vivotek IP camera with Secure Cloud Video to enable cloud storage and other features.

Vivotek has great quality and tons of features but the setup can be a bit tricky. This article will walk you through the main steps.

Note: Once your Vivotek is on your network, follow the Automatic Setup for Vivotek documentation to add your camera on Secure Cloud Video, then return to this article which explains how to configure motion detection on your Vivotek.

The quickest way to get the camera on your network is through their Software utilities and click on Installation Wizard 2 (twice). This should install a program on your computer.

Now open up Installation Wizard 2 which should be installed on your computer and it will look like:

Vivotek Installation Wizard 2

The next two tabs for ports and DDNS can be skipped for now (very useful DNS and DDNS setup). You will receive a popup about Mobile access setup, you can select No for now.

Here is where it will find your device. Now select that device and select the two arrow button to open further options. Now you can select “Manual setup”.

Select Manual Setup

Selecting “Smart Setup” may work for some users. The setup tool will then ask you to setup a password for root. A dialog will ask you to setup PPoE, select No.

Setup the IP. We recommend creating a static IP for this camera and more importantly adding DNS servers. Select an IP value. Make sure to use the appropriate value of your router. This varies depending on the router type, for example:

Setup the IP

For DNS use 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

Network Settings

Then it asks you to setup wireless. Enter your wireless details and you're ready to go. Be careful with these settings. Make sure you know what types of options you have for your wireless. Finally “Apply” the changes.

Wait until all processing is done and then you can unplug the LAN cable.

A new window should open like the one below with a link to your camera’s admin page. If not, just enter in the camera IP you created earlier into the browser. In the example, it was 192.168.1.205.

You should see a view of the camera. At the bottom left there should be a “Configuration” link. Click the link to go into the camera configuration. There will be an additional link at the bottom called “Advanced mode”. Select this and new menus will appear.

Advanced Configuration Mode

Return to the Vivotek interface and setup up motion detection (Internet Explore may be the best web browser to utilize). Under the Motion Detection tab, select “Enable Motion Detection” and click the "New" button. This will create a new motion window area to detect motion. Enter a name for the window. Motion will be detected within the area that you select, and will be ignored outside it. Increase sensitivity and percentage. The percentage meaning the variation between sequential images (think of this like the size of the object); play around with these settings for optimal motion detection. A good starting point might be 90% for sensitivity and 20% for percentage). Click "Save".

Motion Detection Settings

Now go to the Application tab and click the Add button for an Event Setting.

  • Add an Event name (anything)
  • Click "Enable this event"
  • Select the trigger "Video motion detection" and select the motion detection window you created

When you're finished it should look something like this:

Event Settings

Before you hit Save, you need to “Add Server” at the bottom. Using the credentials from your FTP camera, enter them here. Note: Select the “Test” button which will verify you have entered the credentials correctly.

Server Settings

Now hit Save for your Server Settings and close the window.

Add media with the “Add Media” button. This example is set to Video Clip, Stream 2 and the Maximum duration was changed to 10. Add pre-event recording to 1 or 2 seconds and change the Max file size to 800 to give you the longest possible video. Save and Close.

Media Settings

Go back into your Event settings and select both the Server and Media options you created. Save for your Event Settings. Here is an example of what it should look like:

Event Settings

Configure the Vivotek MJPEG stream to be used for the Secure Cloud Video Live View. Change Stream Profile 3 manage this. Go to the "Audio and video" tab. Select "Video quality settings for Stream 3:" and select JPEG as the stream. Hit Save.

Configure the Vivotek MJPEG

Motion detection setup should be complete. To test, wave your hand in front of your camera or have someone walk past the camera. Go to the Secure Cloud Video Timeline page.

If you find that your videos are small, in the range of 3-4 seconds, you can adjust the settings to create video up to 10 seconds long. The video quality may end being too big to send, but play around with the setting to find the right combination for your needs. Navigate to the ""Audio and Video" tab and change the Stream 2 profile settings. Try reducing the fps from the default of 30, down to 20.