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How to Setup Uniview Ultra Motion Detection

What is Uniview UMD (Ultra Motion Detection)?

In November 2022, Uniview released a new feature called “Ultra Motion Detection”, which utilizes an intelligent algorithm in their security cameras to filter unwanted motion detection. This helps you focus on important recordings of potential threats, while ignoring motion from car headlights, falling leaves, and heavy rain.

Which Devices Support This Feature?

Uniview’s UMD feature is currently available on their Prime Series[*] IP cameras and their NVR501 series video recorders. The feature can enabled through the NVR, or by logging directly into the camera.

*Note: Uniview’s UMD feature is not available on a few of their older prime series models which did not have built-in AI functionality. For example IPC3614SR3 is a prime series camera without AI; it does not support ultra motion detection. As a general rule of thumb, the camera needs to have -SB or -SE in the model number to support Uniview AI features including UMD.

Uniview Ultra Motion Detection Pictogram Showing Cars Bikes and People with a green checkmark. Rain, cats, dogs, and leaves have a red minus beside them.
Uniview's UMD feature only captures motion from people and vehicles, ignoring motion caused by rain, animals, and falling leaves.

Configuring Ultra Motion Detection from the NVR

You can configure UMD through the NVR or by logging into the web interface through a computer. If you are using the NVR, begin by right clicking to open the main menu. Enter your username and password to login, and navigate to VCA -> VCA ConfigNext, select which camera you want to setup (in this example we choose D1) and check the box to enable Smart Motion Detection.

Once you’ve enabled Smart Motion Detection on the camera you want, you need to click the Gear icon to setup the detection zones. You can draw up to 4 detection zones using rules 1, 2, 3, and 4. Additionally, you can adjust the sensitivity of each motion zone, as well as object type. After you’re done adjusting the detection zones, click OK at the bottom of the screen to save the settings.

Lastly, don’t forget to setup a trigger action for the ultra motion detection; otherwise it won’t do anything! You can setup trigger actions from the “Smart Motion Detection” menu by clicking the Gear Icon beside Trigger Actions. I suggest you enable recording on the same channel as the camera, so the camera will begin recording whenever the zone is triggered.

System Message: IPC Smart Motion is not Detected

If you see an error that says “The IPC smart motion detection is not supported when motion detection is enabled.” you need to disable basic motion detection for that camera. First, navigate to Alarm -> Motion from the left side, and uncheck “Enable” for the camera you plan to enable UMD on. Then, you can successfully enable UMD from the VCA config menu. (see screenshots 3 and 4 below)

Configuring Ultra Motion Detection from an Internet Browser

If you prefer to adjust the settings from your computer, you can also enable Ultra Motion Detection by logging into the NVR from the web interface. Navigate to the Smart menu and select the camera you’d like to configure. Then, check the box under Smart Motion Detection to enable UMD and click the gear icon to adjust the settings.

First, draw a detection zone by clicking Draw Area and left clicking on the image to draw the shape of your zone. You can draw up to four detection zones. Ensure the detection zone fully covers the areas of interest, then click Finished Drawing once you’re done.

Next, you need to setup the trigger actions for the camera. This tells the NVR what to do when motion is triggered; do you want it to record, trigger an alarm output, or send an email? How about all three? These settings can be configured from the Trigger Actions menu. 

After setting up the trigger actions, you can also fine-tune the detection zones by adjusting the sensitivity and selecting object types. Each zone can have a different sensitivity and object focus, so you have the freedom to be creative if you’d like.

Finally, click Save on the bottom left to save all the adjustments you made. Walk in front of the camera to ensure the detection is triggering properly, making adjustments if necessary.

What are the Differences Between Uniview SIP and UMD?

Uniview cameras have had a feature known as “Smart Intrusion Prevention”, AKA SIP, since 2020. This allowed you to setup a cross line or intrusion area with an intelligent filter for human, vehicle, and non-motor vehicle detection. While this feature was very useful for reducing false positives, it also took extra time to setup and configure.

With the introduction of Uniview “Ultra Motion Detection”, you can now apply the intelligent filters to a motion detection area. There are fewer settings to adjust, greatly simplifying your setup process while also resulting in faster footage retrieval from playback due to less unwanted recordings.

Final Thoughts

Uniview’s new ultra motion detection feature is a natural evolution of their intelligent AI algorithm for detecting human, vehicle, and non-vehicle detection. We’re excited to see it finally arriving towards the end of 2022, and we look forward to seeing how it performs in the field.

If you have any questions about Uniview features or functionally, we’d be happy to assist you. Visit our Contact Page to send us an inquiry via email or telephone.

Jaeden Wiens

Jaeden Wiens has been working in the CCTV industry since 2018. He started with technical support, then quickly moved into sales and marketing. When he's not writing articles or optimizing the performance of his website, you can find him listening to music or practicing piano at home. You can follow him on LinkedIn.