Setup Software Video.

This window shows the default settings for video preview and recording. This window is accessed by going to Edit Preferences from the Main Screen of POSM then clicking ont he Video and Image Options button. Some organizations have custom settings that differ from these. See POSM Support for additional assistance with video settings.

Enable Video: Toggles live video on or off. Typically this is enabled on all systems. 

Enable Software Clips: Toggles on or off capturing a software when an observation is made. A software clip is a secondary that is recorded beside the whole run video. The clip is 7 seconds long by default. The length can be adjusted with the Clip Length / Delay preference box. 

Enable Take Pictures: Toggles on or off capturing an image when an observation is made.   

Enable Long Clip: Toggles on or off capturing a long clip when an observation is made. A long clip is a secondary video that is recorded beside the whole run video. The long clip will continue until the user stops the recording. 

Enable Audio Recording: Toggles on or off recording audio in software or long clips.

Clip Length / Delay: Adjust the length of a software clip. The default length is 7 seconds.

Viewing Source:

Live Video: Inspection video source is live video captured from camera system. 

Captured Digital Video: Inspection video source is video file.

Vid Type

Live: Video is captured from an analog or digital camera system.

IP Cam: Video is captured form an internet protocol, networked camera source.  

Enable Player Audio: Toggles on or off hearing the audio when playing back a video in POSM.

Enable DeInterlacing: Toggles on or off interlacing a video. Interlacing is a technique to change the perceived frame rate of a video.

Fix Flicker or Black Video: Options are Auto, Disabled, and Enabled. This property is used to fix the possible following problems with some video capture devices such as: flickering, black frame capture when invoking CaptureFrameTo, and excessive apparent frame rate. Try to enable this property if you get this kind of problem. Enabling this property requires a bit more CPU, so it should be kept enabled only if it fixes these kind of problems.

Clip Encoder

WMV: Record clips with the Windows Media Video format.

Multi Encoder: Record clips using the multi encoder softwae add-on. The multi encoder is used to capture video formats other than WMV such as: AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4.  

Hardware: Record clips with the default format of the hardware device being used. Systems using a Sensoray the default is MPEG-4.   

Uncompressed: Record clips with raw, uncompressed video. The file formats will be very large but highest quality possible.

Audio Recording Meters.

Audio Left / Audio Right: Meters visually display the capture of stereo audio into the video capture device. This tool helps assist POSM technicians insure video is being recorded when they are remoted into systems and aren't on location to hear the audio.

Clip Size (WMV)

Full: WMV software clips capture at full resolution: 640px x 480px.  

Half: WMV software clips capture at half resolution: 320px x 240px.

Open: Opens the POSM Software Video Recorder preferences. The PSVR controls the preferences of the recorded whole run video.   

Enable Whole Run Video Encoding: Toggles on or off recording a whole run video of inspections.

Enable Software Whole Run Recording: Toggles on or off recording the live video preview as the whole run video.

Sync Preview: Sync Preview should be disabled for HD capture sources to keep them from lagging. This TSyncPreview property is used to maintain the audio rendered and the video displayed in sync, during preview as well as during recording. When this property is enabled during recording, this can cause an excessive amount of dropped frames with some video capture devices. Disabling this property can cause a time shift between the audio rendered and the video displayed.

Brightness: Adjust the brightness of the live video. Brightness adjust the perceived amount of light shining through the video. 

Contrast: Adjust the contrast of the live video. Contrast adjusts the tonal range of the video.

Hue: Adjust the hue of the live video. Hue will shift the tonal range towards different colors.

Saturation: Adjust the saturation of the live video. Saturation controls intense, rich or vivid colors appear.

Sharpness: Adjust the sharpness of the live video. Sharpness adjusts the edge enhancement, which is a thin black or white line around elements. Sharpness can make objects more visible.

Video Encoder: Displays the video device used to capture video into POSM.

Encoder: Choose the video device used to capture video into POSM.

Format: Select the video format and size of the live video. 

Frame Grabber: A frame grabber settings control which stream to capture still, observation images from. Options are Both Streams, Preview, or Capture.

Aspect Ratio: Select the aspect ratio of the live video. Options are: Stretch, No Resize, and Box. Stretch will stretch the live video to completely fill the width and height of the video preview area. No Resize will display the live video at its native resolution whether it fits into the video preview area or not. Box will shrink the video in proportion to fit into the video preview area.  

Video System: Toggle between NTSCM or PAL. NTSCM is the north american video standard and PAL is the europeanvideo standard. NTSC delivers a frame rate of 30 frames per second (fps) at an aspect ratio of 720x480, PAL uses a frame rate of 25 fps and a 720x576 aspect ratio.

Video Renderer: Select the video system used for live video. The options are: Auto (POSM automatically chooses the optimal video system), EVR (Electronic Video Recording), VMR9 (Video Mixing Renderer Filter 9), VMR7 (Video Mixing Renderer Filter 7), Standard, Overlay (live video is directly rendered through the video card), Recording Priority (default to video format preferred by capture device).   

Audio Device: Select the device which captures audio.

Audio Input: Select the channel to capture audio.

Audio Source: Select the physical device for audio recording.   

Audio Renderer: Select the output device to hear audio.

Player HW Accel: Some computers have graphic cards which render video faster than CPU. Select the graphic device to render video. 

Default Button: Adjust Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, and Sharpness to their default settings.

Refresh Preview Button: Re-initiate the preview of video. Used to test live video when settings are changed.   

Device Dialog Button: Opens the dialog box for the video encoder.


The Sensoray USB Video Encoder is an analog to digital video capture device. In most cases it also serves as a dongle that unlocks a registered version of POSM via its unique, embedded serial number. When troubleshooting video issues it is best to review the LED light on the Sensoray, next to its USB cable connection. The Sensoray’s LED will be off when the device is not plugged in or the computer is not powered on. The LED will be flashing red when the device is working correctly but is not receiving a usable video signal into its Video In connection. The LED will be solid red when the device is receiving usable video signal. The first line of troubleshooting a problematic video issue is to close POSM, unplug the USB cable (from the computer USB port if possible), give it about 5 seconds, then plug it back in. Wait for the LED to illuminate before launching POSM.

If the Sensoray USB Video Encoder fails, they can be puchased at the POSM Shop page.