Uniview Guide: EZView

by Geoffrey Lomas

This Spy Monkey guide will focus on the features of the Uniview EZView app for Android. This app will enrich your Uniview Security System experience and provide greater accessibility, functionality, and convenience. In this guide, we will cover the Setup and Configuration of the EZView features.

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Setup Guide

Configuration Guide

The information found on this guide is a condensed version of the Uniview official manuals. If you are looking for a more detailed and complete description of each functionality, please download the official operation manuals from the official download links provided in this guide. The hardware used in this guide are as follows:

Information

The Uniview EZView is a mobile surveillance client app. With this app, you can access Uniview surveillance products through a network and view live or recorded video, receive alarms, and manage cloud devices using your mobile phone. Its features include the following:

  • Mobility: live view, playback, and device management anytime, anywhere.
  • Remote Control: cloud device management by a cloud account; two-way audio, PTZ control.
  • Security: data encryption, pin/pattern password protection, each device can bind with only one cloud account.
  • Alarm Notification: alarm notifications on a mobile device; view live video, alarm video, and snapshots.
  • Sharing: share devices; share videos/images through third-party apps.
  • Stability: P2P networking technology, elastic and scalable architecture.
  • Easy to Use: Add a device by QR code scanning, tap to switch live view/playback, cellular/Wi-Fi data usage

System Requirements

  • Requires Android: 4.4 and up

    Download

    You can download EZView directly from Google Playstore by searching "EZView"

      Installation

      • Install the EZView app to your Android Smartphone.

      • Once installed, the EZView app will need permissions to access your device storage to save and view the Live View and playback.

      • Once granted, the Service Agreement and the Privacy Policy will be presented for the user to review.

      • After this, you can proceed to create your own EZView account or login if you have an existing one. This is a separate account from the one specified in the NVR. You can choose a different or similar email. The email registered here will be designated as your account for EZView. The email registered on the NVR upon changing the password is for recovery purposes. You will be able to pair multiple devices to the same EZView account and gain live access to all of them.

      • Once logged in, you will then be taken to the Live View. This screen will not show any cameras at first as we still have not paired any NVR or camera to the EZView account. To add your NVR and cameras, click on the top right Devices icon.

      • This will take you to a list of all the devices on your account. Since we don't have one yet, it will either be blank or sometimes, a demo device will be shown. Click on the Add Device (+) button on the top right to add your device. 

      • Ensure that the NVR is connected to the Internet, then choose SCAN for a quick and easy way to pair your smartphone to your NVR.

      • You can then proceed to scan the QR code found on your NVR. Once scanned, you may now proceed to configure the device name and other options for your preference.

      • In this particular situation, I added a Uniview 4-Channel NVR. It is now shown on my devices list along with all the cameras connected to it. I named this NVR as 4CH-NVR. As you can see, the IP Camera attached to this NVR is now available for Live View.

      • Select the camera by checking the circle and tapping on the Start Live View at the bottom will take me back to the Live View. You will be able to select multiple videos from different devices on this screen.

      • Tapping on the top left icon will allow you to check other features available to you, including notifications, alerts, and etc.

        Live View

        The Live View tab of the EZView app is useful for remote and mobile monitoring. This tab will be the first that the app will display every time you access EZView. In this section, we will focus on what each available function does from left to right starting from the top.

        Menu: Provides ease of access to all tabs.

        Devices: Takes you to the Devices Tab. This will let you add and modify devices, select which devices to display on the Live View, and more.

        Live View: These frames allow you to monitor a number of videos connected to your EZView app. Tapping on the blank frames will allow you to choose which device to display. The selected camera will have a yellow outline.

        Snapshot: Tapping this button will take a snapshot of the currently selected video and save it to your device.

        Recording: Tapping this button will start recording the footage of the currently selected video, tapping on it again will stop the recording and save the footage to your device.

        Display Mode: Tapping this button will show multiple display options.

        • 1 Video Frame
        • 4 Video Frames
        • 6 Video Frames
        • 9 Video Frames
        • 12 Video Frames
        • 16 Video Frames

          Video Quality: Tapping this button will show multiple video quality options. Depending on your network you can choose between the following:

          • Low: Low-Quality video footage, ideal for slow network connections.
          • Medium: Medium-Quality video footage, ideal for moderate network connections.
          • High: High-Quality video footage, require fast network connections.
          • Custom: Allows customization of Resolution, Framerate, Bitrate, etc.

          Audio Toggle: Tapping this button will enable audio-output on your device if the selected IP camera is an audio capable device. Tapping this again will disable the audio-output.

          Display Settings: Tapping this button will open display sliders and options for the following:

          • Brightness: Determines the display brightness.
          • Saturation: Determines the amount of display saturation.
          • Contrast: Determines the amount of display contrast.
          • Sharpness: Determines the amount of display sharpness.
          • 2D Noise Reduction: Determines the amount of 2D Noise Reduction to apply to the display.
          • Exit.
          • Restore Defaults.

          Playback: Tapping this button will take you to the Playback tab.

          Alarm Out: Opens the Alarm Output window.

          PTZ: Opens the PTZ Control Panel for PTZ capable devices.

          2-way Audio: Toggles the 2-way Audio feature for capable devices.

          Favorites: Adds or Removes the view from the Favorites list.

          Close All: Tapping this button closes all the live view footage. Tapping on it again resumes it.

            Playback

            The Playback tab of the EZView app is useful for remotely locating and reviewing footage. In this section, we will focus on what each available function does from left to right starting from the top.

            Menu: Provides ease of access to all tabs.

            Devices: Takes you to the Devices Tab. This will let you add and modify devices, select which devices to display on the Live View, and more.

            Playback: These frames allow you to view a number of videos connected to your EZView app. The selected camera will have a yellow outline.

            Snapshot: Tapping this button will take a snapshot of the currently selected camera and save it to your device.

            Recording: Tapping this button will start recording the footage of the currently selected camera, tapping on it again will stop the recording and save the footage to your device.

            Display Mode: Tapping this button will toggle between single or multiple display options.

            • 1 Video Frame
            • 4 Video Frames

              Video Quality: Tapping this button will toggle the video quality. Depending on your network you can choose between the following:

              • Low: Low-Quality video footage, ideal for slow network connections.
              • High: High-Quality video footage, require fast network connections.

              Audio Toggle: Tapping this button will enable audio-output on your device if the selected IP camera is an audio capable device. Tapping this again will disable the audio-output.

              Search: Tapping this button will open a window where you can specify the date and time for precise searching.

              Timeline: The red line at the middle indicates the current time being displayed on the playback. To navigate the timeline, you may do the following:

              • Pinch Outward: Zooms In on the timeline for greater accuracy.
              • Pinch Inward: Zooms Out on the timeline for easier navigation.
              • Tap and Drag to Left: Move the playback forward.
              • Tap and Drag to Right: Move the playback backward.

              Live View: Tapping this will take you back to the Live View feed.

              Split: Tapping this will open the split window where you can simultaneously monitor 4 or 9 parts of the footage of a specified time. Useful for figuring out when an event you are looking for has occurred or for compare scene changes.

              • Split: Tapping this with a split segment selected will further split the segment for quicker monitoring.
              • Play: Tapping this with a split segment selected will bring that segment to the playback view.
              • Save Image: Tapping this with a split segment selected will save a snapshot of the scene to your device.

              Pause/Play: Toggles the playback.

              Speed: Determines the playback speed.

              Close All: Tapping this button closes all the playback videos. Tapping on it again resumes it.

              Devices

              The Devices tab of the EZView app is useful for adding, organizing, and editing all your security devices. In this section, we will focus on what each available function does from left to right starting from the top.

              Menu: Provides ease of access to all tabs.

              Search: Allows you to search for a device name.

              Account Options: Shows EZCloud account options.

              Add: Opens the Add Device window.

              • Scan: Scan the QR code on the device or at Setup > Network > EZCloud in the Web interface. If for some reason the QR code cannot be scanned, you may input the register code manually. The registration code can also be found at Setup > Network > EZCloud in the Web interface.
              • Manual Add via IP/DomainThis method is intended for two scenarios:
                • Scenario 1: Auto search failed (though it rarely occurs). You need to enter the device's IP address and username/password.
                • Scenario 2: The device has a public IP address, or the device is behind one NAT on the Internet with successful port mapping. You need to enter the device's public IP address, port, and username/password.
              • Manual Add via EZDNS: First you need to complete configuration on the device side, including the DNS server, port mapping, and enable EZDDNS and set a valid domain name. When the configuration is complete, enter the domain name and device's username/password.
              • Auto-Search in LANFirst make sure the mobile client (mobile phone) is in the same LAN as your devices (IPC and NVR), which means they shall be connected to the same wireless router. Tap Auto-Search. The App discovers devices automatically. Select the device(s), enter the correct username/password, and then tap Add.
              • Add Wi-Fi Device: Tap which device you wish to add and follow the instructions on the screen.

              List of Devices: This section shows all the devices added to your EZView app.

              Picture and Video

              This tab shows all the saved snapshots and footage on your device. In this section, we will focus on what each available function does from left to right starting from the top.

              Menu: Provides ease of access to all tabs.

              Manage: Tapping this will allow you to manage the snapshots and footage on your device.

              • Media: Tap any media you wish to manage. A blue check will indicate the selection. 
              • Select All: Tapping this selects all the recorded media on your footage.
              • Share: Tapping this will open the sharing options.
              • Export: Tapping this will allow you to export the selected media to your device's photo album.
              • Delete: Tapping this will delete all selected media from your device.

              Media: Tapping on a snapshot or video footage will let you view and manage it.

              Time: Tapping this will sort your media according to the time they are saved.

              Picture: Tapping this will show only snapshots saved on this device.

              Video: Tapping this will show only video footage saved on this device.

              Favorites

              Favorites allow custom names for cameras and devices and act as a shortcut or bookmark to take you to their Live video footage in one tap. This tab allows you to manage and add favorites. In this section, we will focus on what each available function does from left to right starting from the top.

              Menu: Provides ease of access to all tabs.

              Add: Allows you to name and specify a camera to be added to the list.

              Favorites: Lists all favorited cameras for quick and easy access. Tapping on any will yield the following options.

              • Start Live View: Takes you to the Live View of the camera.
              • Edit: Allows you to modify the entry.
              • Rename: Allows you to change the camera favorite name.
              • Delete: Removes the device from the list.

              Alarm Notifications

              The Alarm Notifications tab shows all alerts from all added devices. It contains details such as device name, date, type of alarm, and more. In this section, we will focus on what each available function does from left to right starting from the top.

              Menu: Provides ease of access to all tabs.

              Manage: Tapping this will allow you to manage the alerts and notifications with the following operations:

              • Select All: Tapping this will select all displayed notifications.
              • Share: Tapping this will open the sharing options.
              • Delete: Tapping this will delete all selected alarm notifications from your device.

              Device Filter: Tapping this displays a dropdown where you can select which devices to include in the Alarm Notification list.

              Event Type Filter: Tapping this displays a dropdown where you can select which Event Type to include in the Alarm Notification list.

              Time Filter: Tapping this displays a dropdown where you can select which Time Range to include in the Alarm Notification list.

              Alarm Notifications: This list shows all alarm notifications detected on all devices. Clicking the Playback button will show you the recorded footage of the event and the Live View button will show you to the live feed.

              Allow Notifications: This will show a list of devices and allow you to toggle which device can create a notification on your smartphone.

              Local Configuration

              The Local Configuration tab lets you modify the EZView app to your preference. It allows you to determine security options to access the app, units of temperature, and more. In this section, we will focus on what each available function does from left to right starting from the top.

              Snapshot Mode: Determines how many snapshots to take when on snapshot mode.

              • 1X One snapshot per tap on the snapshot button.
              • 3X Three snapshots per tap on the snapshot button.
              • 5X Five snapshots per tap on the snapshot button.

              PTZ Speed: Determines the speed of the PTZ panel in controlling the device.

              Use Device Time Zone: Toggles whether the notifications and playback use your smartphone time or that of the NVR/Camera. Disable to use your smartphone timezone.

              Temperature Unit: Toggles the unit of temperature between °C or °F.

              Password Protection: Provide security options to prevent unauthorized app access. PIN and Pattern options can be setup.

              Do Not Disturb: Determines the behavior of alerts and notifications when the smartphone is in Do Not Disturb mode.

              Pause Video Automatically: Toggles the feature on or off.

              Auto Discover New Devices: Toggles the feature on or off. Detects new devices found on the network.

              Auto Detect Device Upgrade: Toggles the feature on or off. Monitors device versions and the latest released version on the Uniview servers. Notifies for updates.

              Device Wi-Fi Configuration: Allows modifying or updating which network to connect to and what password to use.

              Forget Device Password: Allows recovery of forgotten passwords for connected devices.

              Data Usage: Displays the amount of data consumed by the app.

              Remote Configuration

              The Remote Configuration tab lets you modify the connected devices remotely. It has very limited options which include restarting the device, scheduling, and time options.


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