The AvaEye camera monitoring software is available for download from this page and works with the Avalonix AvaEye series of cameras and recorders. The software offers you the ability to access your DVR, NVR, or IP security camera with a wide range of features. This software makes do-it-yourself surveillance easy because it lets you watch live video streams, access recorded video, and export stored video all from the comfort of your computer. While it may appear complex to new users, we assure you that it's user-friendly. To help you add your recorder or camera to the software and understand the various functions of the AvaEye software, we created a series of video tutorials.

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Download the Correct Version for your Computer

click to download windows 10 version of cms software*Requires Administrator rights in Windows to install and use
Minimum PC Requirements (subject to change w/o notice):
OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
CPU: Intel i5 Quad Core 1.8GHz or higher
Graphics Card: Independent GPU that supports DirectX 8.0c or higher
Memory: 4GB or higher
Resolution: 1280x1024 or higher
Hard Drive: 512GB or more

Click to download MacOS version of cms software
Click here for Intel or Arm Mac

Minimum Mac Requirements:
CPU: Intel or Arm 8 core or higher
Memory: 8GB RAM
HDD: 256GB or more
Rosetta Required on Arm Mac

How to Install AvaEye on Windows PC

The first step is downloading the software to your Windows PC using the links above and installing it to your computer. You will need to unzip the software from the downloaded archive before you are able to install it. We show how to unzip the install file, and open it in the tutorial below.

How to Add a Device to the AvaEye Software

After installing the software, you will need to add your NVR, DVR, or camera to the software. We show how to add a device to the AvaEye camera monitoring software in the video below. The video covers the two methods that can be used to add your recorder or standalone IP cameras:

  • Automatic search for compatible devices on the local network at the bottom of the Device Management page.
  • Manually adding the device using the Local IP address for local viewing or Public IP address

How to View Cameras

Watching your cameras in real time is a great way to understand if there’s something happening around your home or business without putting yourself in danger. After clicking the Live View option from the main menu, the Live View page starts as a 4-camera grid, and you can choose from different grid layouts to view more cameras. There are many choices for the grid layout, from 1 camera all the way up to 64 cameras. You can also open multiple windows for viewing multiple tabs of different cameras.

The number of cameras you can watch from your system at the same time depends on how powerful your computer is, the NVR's bit rate capability, and your network connection speed. The tutorial video will demonstrate how to use the software to view your cameras in real time and modify the live grid view in the AvaEye software for different camera viewing options and configurations.

How to Control PTZ Cameras

If you have Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras or Motorized Zoom Cameras, you can control them while you’re watching from the software. Learn how to use the AvaEye software to control your PTZ camera in the video below. You can control the camera in full-screen mode using your mouse or in the multi-camera grid view using the PTZ control menu on the screen.

How to Playback Recorded Video

Looking at recorded video is the essential reason for getting a security camera system in the first place. Having quick and easy access to video from your cameras or system using the AvaEye software means you don’t have to spend hours sitting in front of your recorder reviewing footage. Discover how to playback recorded video using AvaEye software by watching the video.

The tutorial video covers navigating to the playback screen, selecting the cameras, selecting the date and time range, and using the playback controls. We also explain what the different colors on the recording timeline mean. The AvaEye software allows for synchronous video playback that lets you watch footage from several cameras with time sync.

Recording Type Recording Color
Normal Blue
Event Red
VCA Purple

How to Download or Export Video

The AvaEye software is useful if you’ve found an event around your home or business that you need to download or export to provide to the police, send to the news, or even keep for yourself. The software provides a convenient way to download the video directly to your computer, avoiding the need to plug in a USB thumb drive and wait for the export to finish. You can use your computer for other purposes while the software packs the video and downloads it from your NVR recorder.

The first method we show for exporting video uses the “Recordings” file list, which breaks up the recordings based on how recording is configured on the recorder. For example, if you have motion or smart detection recording enabled, the recorder will record each event separately with a start timestamp and an end timestamp. Keep in mind, however, that if you record continuously, the files will have large durations and data sizes.

The second method that the software supports and that we show includes the ability to clip a section of video while you’re previewing it on the playback screen. You simply right-click the grid of the camera you want to clip and then click the “Start Clipping” option. To finish the clip, right-click again and click the “Stop Clipping” option. You can then adjust the time frame manually using the “Clip” window that pops up, and then click OK to start exporting your clip.

Last but not least, the files you export can be managed using the Task Management page inside the software to play the video file, click the folder icon to find it within your Windows file system, or delete the video file from your hard drive.

Matt Rossi is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading CCTV Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. He is a technical support expert for everything video surveillance related.

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