Motion Detection Settings

IPConfigure’s motion detection engine offers low false recording, depth perception and highly accurate outdoor motion detection.  The Motion Detection algorithm analyzes every pixel on the grid line in conjunction with the Object Size (previously referred to as Motion Intensity) and Sensitivity settings.

The motion detection settings are configured on a per camera basis by going to the camera's configuration page and clicking the Motion Detection tab.

The Motion Detection Tuning Parameters

The Object Size (previously referred to as Motion Intensity) setting determines the number of pixels on the line that have to change in order to trigger a motion detection flag. 

For example, setting Object Size to a low number will only trigger flags for smaller objects and a high number will trigger flags only for larger objects. 

The Sensitivity setting determines how much a pixel has to change in order to be flagged as having motion. Setting this to a lower number will tell ESM to only catch larger instances of motion which create a dramatic change in the frame while setting this to a higher number will cause ESM to flag more changes.

Simply put, a higher sensitivity will cause ESM to flag motion more easily, but a lower sensitivity will cause ESM to be more conservative with what it determines as motion.

The History setting specifies how long ESM flags an individual motion event. Each point value on the drop-down menu is equal to 1/10th of a second, making the default value of 30 equal to 3 seconds (30/10ths of a second). With a setting of 30, if a motion event is cycled within the 3 seconds, ESM continually flags the event as one continuous motion event. If ESM does not detect a motion event after 3 seconds of the motion flag, ESM will flag motion as ceased.

Adding Motion Detection Grid Lines

By default, every camera will have a standard 10 x 10 grid setup. This will be acceptable for most scenarios. However, you can make the motion detection engine more sensitive by adding additional grid lines.

To add additional grid lines, right-click on the camera's preview image. Using the menu, you can add either individual horizontal or vertical detectors, or you can add additional 10 x 10 or 20 x 20 grids.

Adding additional 10 x 10 or 20 x 20 grids is a quick and easy way to add more motion detection lines to the entire image. To remove a detection line(s), either right-click on the line and click Delete Detector to remove an individual motion detection line or right-click on the preview image and click Delete All Detectors to remove all of the motion detection lines.

If you want to only add motion detection lines to a specific part of the image, click and drag the mouse across the image, making a box around the area where you would like to add the motion detection lines. Right-click on the newly created box and click one of the Add Grid Detectors options to add either a 10 x 10 or 20 x 20 grid to the selected area.

To add only horizontal or vertical lines to the selected area, rather than a full grid, click either the Add Horizontal Line Detectors or Add Vertical Line Detectors buttons.

Excluding Part of the Camera View from Motion Detection

The motion detection grid lines can be removed from specific parts of the camera's image, allowing ESM to only check for motion on a specific part of the camera's field of view.

This is helpful in instances where there may be a constantly moving object, such as a tree, in the camera's field of view that you do not want to flag constant motion events.

To exclude a specific area, click and drag the mouse across the image making a box around the area you would like to exclude from motion detection. Right-click on the newly created box and click Crop Detectors. The portions of the motion detection lines that cross into that area will now be cropped off and excluded from motion detection consideration.

Testing Motion Detection Settings


In the ESMv5.x user interface, view the camera in matrix in full view by either right-clicking the camera in the device tree and choosing View or clicking the cameras description/name in the matrix grid view. When motion is detected, the description/name of the camera on the top of this pop-out box changes from white to red. 


In the ESMv6.x user interface in Matrix, you can pull the individual camera out to full screen by either right-clicking the camera in the device tree or by clicking the camera description in the grid view. In this view, the description will turn red when motion is detected.

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