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Sony RealShot Manager Lite and Advanced – What’s the Difference?

June 29th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

Sony Realshot Manager AdvancedSony’s RealShot Manager software is a powerful surveillance platform for Sony IPELA IP cameras.

There are two versions of the software available – a free version labelled ‘Lite’ and a chargeable version called ‘Advanced’. So what is the difference between the two?

Sony RealShot Manager Advanced (RMSA) is the full version of the recording system. Licenses are available for 1, 4, 9, 16 or 32 cameras, with megapixel and HD recording available for all connected cameras.

The software provides an easy-to-use user interface so that live views and recordings can be quickly navigated, and also integrates with cameras featuring Sony’s DEPA video analytics, reducing unnecessary recordings by intelligently evaluating any motion detected. Sony RSMA servers can also be combined to allow the monitoring of up to 512 cameras simultaneously, and can be set up quickly using the automated search and integration features.

Sony’s RealShot Manager Lite comes free of charge with Sony IP cameras and provides a great deal of the functionality available in RMSA but is limited to 9 concurrent cameras being connected. Furthermore, only basic motion detection is available, rather than the video analytics system available in the full-featured, Advanced package.

What you do get with Lite is RSM’s proven robustness, along with the high quality footage provided by Sony cameras, including HD and megapixel resolutions. The installation tools are also present, making installation quick and easy, and the user interface is identical. The Lite version can also be easily upgraded to the full version, saving time when migrating a system and enabling you to test the suitability of the software without financial commitment.

We’ve provided a full table of features below to illustrate the details between the two.

RSM Lite RSM Advanced
Maximum number of cameras 9 32
Supported cameras Sony only Supports third-party cameras
Connect multiple servers No Yes
Integrate with DEPA cameras No Yes
Search recordings using video analytics No Yes
Alarm outputs No Yes

The two applications are aimed at different markets. RealShot Manager Advanced is aimed at larger installations with critical security needs, while RealShot Manager Lite is suitable for smaller businesses with a need for more general CCTV monitoring of premises and activities.

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