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The home users guide to setting up and using the single channel version of the Panasonic Network Camera Recorder (BB-HNP11)

Those of you who have purchased a camera from Panasonic’s BB or BL range, Panasonic include a single camera license for their Network Camera Recorder software. This software allows a Panasonic camera to be recorded and used as part of an IP CCTV recording solution.

Firstly, you will need to either download the BB-HNP11 (or BB-HNP15) software from Panasonic or use the setup CD included with your IP camera. If you wish to install from the CD, place it in your drive and let it start automatically. A menu will then appear. Click the button marked Network Camera Recorder. This will not require you to extract as below but instead will move straight to installation.

If you need to download the software you can download it directly from the Panasonic Website. Once downloaded, right click the zip file and extract the files. Following this, double click the file named NcrSingleCamera. This will begin the extraction process.

A window will open up asking you to extract files to a location. You can either browse to the location you wish to use or type in a location, for example “C:\temp”, and click OK. Once complete the readme will appear offering you information on the product. You may read this if you like or close it to continue.

Now, browse to the location to which you extracted the files, in the case of the example above, a folder on the C drive called temp. Inside this folder you will see another called “NcrSingleCamera”. Open this and then click on Setup1. This is the software installer and will install the recording software onto your machine.

To install, click “Next” to begin. Click the radio button marked “I Agree” and click next. The software will then show you a location to where the software wishes to be installed. If you have any reason to change this address do so, otherwise click next and then next again to install the files. Following the install click “Close”.

Your software will now be installed but will need to be configured to work with your camera. To do this you will need the IP address of your camera as it appears on your network, often something along the lines of 192.168.0.253. To begin, open up the Network Camera Recorder. In Windows XP click on start->All Programs->Network Camera Recorder->Network Camera Recorder. With Windows Vista, click the Windows icon at the bottom of the screen, select Network Camera Recorder from the program list and click Network Camera Recorder.

After clicking on this, a “License Registration” page will be displayed. The registration code and license key should already be filled out. Click “Ok” and a popup will appear informing you that registration is complete. You will now see a grey blank screen. Click “Camera” at the top of the screen and then select “Create new camera…”.

Camera Settings Window within Panasonic Network Camera Recorder BB-HNP11

A window will appear with text boxes. This is where you input the data to tell the Network Camera Recorder where the camera is. The Name and Comment boxes are for your benefit only. Give the camera a name that is easy to remember and if you wish, place a comment about the camera in the second box. Below this, in the box marked “Camera Address”, enter the address you use to access the camera, something along the lines of 192.168.0.253. In the box marked “Port” place the port number of your camera. If you have not manually altered it yourself it will be port 80. Following this, enter your user name and password as you would if you were logging directly into the camera. Click “Ok” to finish.
If a window pops up informing you that the camera cannot be verified, click “No” and double check your details. Otherwise you should see your camera in the main window with a thumbnail on the left hand side and the controls on the right. At this moment in time you can monitor your camera but it is not storing images.

Main Window of Panasonic BB-HNP11 Network Camera Recorder

Before you start recording you will want to choose the location where you want to store your images. To do this, click “Tools” near the top of the screen and select “Preferences”. This screen will show you the location to which Network Camera Recorder will store images. You can change this by clicking “Browse” and choosing a folder. You may also wish to set a limit to the recordings so that they do not fill your hard drive. You can specify the amount of space you wish to remain free on your hard disk so as not to leave your system unstable. I would recommend leaving a minimum of 500Mb on your hard disk at all times.

Additionally, you can set Network Camera Recorder to automatically back up your images to either another drive or perhaps a network share so that should anything happen to your main hard disk, your recorded images are safe. To set this, click the “Backup” tab at the top of the screen and tick “Perform Automatic Backup”. You can then select the location for your backups and the time at which you wish to back these up. Select a time where you know your computer will be powered on as the backup will be missed if the computer is offline. Click “OK” to save your settings.

There are two main recording modes within Network Camera Recorder. The first is continuous recording and is symbolised by the red circle above the main camera view. This will basically save a recorded stream whenever the program is running. The second is recording on motion detection and is symbolised by the red circle with white man. With this your camera can save hard disk space by recording only when motion is detected. When you click this, a green and red bar will appear below the image in the main window which shows the amount of motion at each moment. The green part of the bar is acceptable motion, say for something small moving, such as a pet or a book falling over. As larger objects move into view the bar will move into the red. Once the bar is in the red images will be recorded. The threshold for this can be adjusted by clicking on “Camera” at the top of the screen and “Edit current camera”. Click the “Motion detection” tab and adjust the threshold as you require, clicking “Ok” to save your settings.

To review your recordings, click the “Recorded Images” tab just above your camera view in the main window. A window will appear with a viewer in the middle and a box at the bottom with all your recorded clips within. Simply double click each one to view them. Should you wish to export one, right click on it and click either “JPEG Conversion” or “MPEG Conversion”. This will convert the recordings into a file format that is readable by programs other than the Network Camera Recorder and will allow you to save the information wherever you like. Once saved, you can easily burn these to disk or print them out for others to see.

If you have purchased a BB-HCM515, you may be interested in the Panasonic BB-HNP15 Network Camera Recorder which offers megapixel recording for up to 64 Panasonic cameras.

Published on August 13th, 2008 by James Drinkwater

2 Responses to “The home users guide to setting up and using the single channel version of the Panasonic Network Camera Recorder (BB-HNP11)”

  1. James Drinkwater says:

    @Karl:

    If it's the purchased version, you need to use the original CD. The downloads from the internet will not work (these will be the single-user or limited 16-channel version). Your license key should still work.

  2. Unterberger Karl says:

    Wieso kann ich meinen Aktivierungscod für meine (BB-HNP11) Network Camera Recorder nicht mehr benützen?
    Wer kann mir helfen? Mein alter Code wird nicht mehr angenommen.
    Hat jemand eine Idee wo ich diesen Attivierungscode (license key) bekomme?
    mfg
    Unterberger K.

    Translation:

    Why can I no longer use my activation code for my (BB-HNP11) Network Camera Recorder?
    Who can help me? My old code is no longer accepted.
    Does anyone have any idea where can I get this activation code (license key)?