Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Volicon Observer v6.0+ system requirements for a client PC?

A client machine accessing the Observer via the network should be:

  • Running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 with the latest service packs installed (For Mac support, please see the next question)
  • Must have a sound card installed.
  • Must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 browser or greater.
  • Must add Observer URL address to the 'Trusted sites' zone
  • Must have Windows Media 11 or greater installed
  • Minimum 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo (or equivalent)
  • Minimum NVIDIA or ATI video card.
  • Minimum 2 GB of RAM (or equivalent)
  • Minimum 10Mbps network connect
  • User with local administrative privileges to install signed ActiveX control (Observer Media Player)
  • Bandwidth: 1.2-1.5 times the sum of viewed stream's bandwidth. For example, if you are watching two 512kbps streams, you will need least 1.2-1.5 megabits of bandwidth to display them smoothly.

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Will Volicon Observer v6.0+ work with alternative browsers such as FireFox? Mac OS?

For Volicon Observer v6.0+, we support Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later. In addition, Observer Silverlight (released September 2010), supports any standard web browser, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Apple Safari, and Google Chrome.

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What is my default password for the Observer server & Web Client?

Please refer to your Observer packaging documentation for this information. If you cannot locate your original documentation or the password supplied does not work, please contact your local network administrator and then call us at (781)-221-7400 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What should I do if I get a script error when I try to export a clip from Observer?

You must add the Observer web address to the trusted sites in your Internet Explorer web browser. This can be easily be done by following these steps:

  • Go to the tools menu in Internet Explorer
  • Select internet options
  • Select the security tab and then click on the trusted sites checkmark icon and then the sites button
  • Add the IP address of the Observer server by entering in the Observer address and clicking on the add button
  • Deselect the “Require server verification (https) for all sites in this zone” checkbox at the bottom of the window
  • Apply settings and refresh your browser

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Why does my Volicon server show an expiration date for the software license on the log in screen to the web client?

This may be one of two possibilities – either a cached message from your web browser or perhaps a technical issue that may require some assistance. First verify the license by going to the maintenance page of the Observer web client and click on update license. If you see an expiration date in the license window then please call us for help at (781)221-7400 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you do not see a license expiration date then go to the bottom of the maintenance page of the Observer web client and click the button that says clean expired data. Choose the option for remove the expiration message from logon screen. Then click clean.

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Why am I unable to detect a video signal in Observer and why do I see a message under the video window that says “Unable to connect to stream server”?

You should check in the Encoder setting of the GUI on the WEB server’s maintenance page under settings. Make sure the proper hostname is used for the encoder involved. Also, it is recommended to use IP addresses instead of server names.

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Why is the time displayed in the window of my live playing video feed not the same as the time displayed in windows?

This can be explained in one of a few ways.

  • The first thing to try is click on the live button to re-sync.
  • If you are exactly off the increments of one hour then you would need to check your preferences page for your time zone settings. (Make sure you pay attention to Day Light Savings Time (DST)
  • If neither of these suggestions help, then it might be caused by the accumulated time delay due to the ingestion process. The time it takes to compile the data for video and audio, plus match it up to keep it in sync for live playback may cause a slight delay. , As a last method, a restart of the encoder can correct this issue.

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Why do I not see any audio bars on the video playing although I have enabled the loudness meter settings?

The most common reason is that the client system that you are using may not have a sound card installed. Please refer to the client system requirements for reference.

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How do I adjust my audio level?

Before adjusting any output audio levels of the Observer, it is recommended that you first check your input source. Once that has been checked, proceed to the Observer control center and click on tools and then choose “audio adjust” from the menu. The audio adjust program will run automatically and recalculate new audio levels. If the level is still too low on a given channel, please navigate to the maintenance settings within Observer. Within these settings, choose one of the encoders then select edit. You can also find audio adjustment settings there too. (Use this option last)

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How Do I rename the channels?

Login to the web interface using the admin login,  click on "Control Center.” When in the Control Center, click on "encoders,"  and edit each stream by changing the "Display Name".

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In cases where users do not have administrator rights on the PC, what do I do?

They will be unable to install the observer media player when they log in for the first time after an upgrade. In these cases it may be easier for the IT department to install the software via the executable (.exe). To get the latest version of the player they can download it from the webserver by adding ‘observermediaplayer.exe’ to the end of the address of the web interface.

So if the address of the web interface is ‘http://observer-web/’ then ‘http://observer-web/observermediaplayer.exe’ will allow the player to be downloaded for manual install across all users.

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Email Alerts have missing thumbnails and the link to the clip doesn’t work. How do I fix this?

If you have email alerts setup and you find that the link to the clip and the thumbnails are not working properly it can be caused by the following:

The IP of the observer webserver is a local IP and you are trying to access it from outside the local LAN or if you are within the local area and it still doesn’t work the settings in the web interface is not configured correctly.

To fix this, log into the web interface under the ADMIN account, click on MAINTENANCE > SETTINGS > MISCELLANEOUS SETTINGS.

Here you need to populate the SERVER HOST and WEB SERVER IP with the proper settings. Click UPDATE and this will update the alerts email with the correct address allowing you to watch the clips are view the thumbnails.

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How do I update the IP/names of the servers?

When you change the IP of the server there are a couple places you need to update with this new IP to keep the server running properly In the case of a PROBE IP change, Log into the web interface, under CENTRAL CONIG > ENCODERS you need to update the current IP to the new one. You’ll know if it’s incorrect by the red dot next to it. For a change to the Central Server log into the web interface and under MAINTENANCE > SETTINGS you need to update the MISCELANOUS settings with the new IP. In addition to this you’ll need to update each probe connected to it with the new IP. Log into the probe, click START and under SEARCH PROGRAMS AND FILES type REGEDIT. Click on COMPUTER > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > VOLICON > EMS

You will find a setting for CENTRAL_SERVER_HOST. Change its value to the new Central Server IP.

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