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How to edit camera driver configuration file

Mirasys VMS V9 is offering lot of changes to camera drivers via System Manager. But sometimes you may need to edit camera driver configuration file.

These configuration files are telling VMS what kind of settings is possible to change on the camera or VMS side. Different camera drivers have different options stored on this configuration file.
If you have a situation in which you need to change an example camera streaming type from default RTPoverUDP to RTPoverRTSP this can be done with these next steps in the VMS server.

  1. Open System Manager, go to the Recorder section and open Cameras settings.

    1. On this window, you can check what driver is used on this camera where you want to make a change.

In this example driver which is used for Axis P5534 camera is NewAxisIPCapture.

  1. Now when you know driver details you can go to the VMS installation folder.
    Default installation paths are
    For x86 C:\Program Files (x86)\DVMS\
    For x64 C:\Program Files\DVMS\

  2. Go to the DVR folder and under this folder, you can find camera driver configuration files. In this example, we know that camera is using the NewAxisIPCapture driver.
    For this configuration file name is NewAxisIPCapture.xml.

  3. Copy this file on your desktop and open it with Notepad.
    Depending on the camera driver configuration file there are Configuration sections that affect all of the same cameras which are using the same camera driver.
    Some camera driver configurations have end of file camera-specific settings.

In this example, we are interested in this part of the camera driver configuration file
<RTPMode>RTP over UDP</RTPMode>

That is telling us that camera streaming is using RTP over UDP mode. To change this using different streaming you need to replace this value with this
<RTPMode>RTP over RTSP</RTPMode>

In the configuration file, there is told before values which are accepted values per section.

  1. Now when this change is done, you can save this file.
    Before replacing the old configuration file you need to stop VMS services on Windows Services.

  2. Stop first WDServer, then DVRServer and last SMServer. Now when services are stopped, you can copy/replace the old camera configuration file with this new one.

  3. When this is done you can start VMS services on Windows Services.

  4. Start first WDServer, then DVRServer and last SMServer.

  5. When services are up and running, the system detects this change from the camera configuration file and start using other streaming types for this specific camera or all cameras which are using the same camera driver.

In this example, we have changed that this mode affects all cameras which are using the same camera driver.

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