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IP Video System Design Tool

This software offers a new way to design modern video surveillance systems quickly and easily.

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Latest version: 9.1 for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP2  (what is new?Upgrade from any previous version | Mac OS users)

With IP Video System Design Tool you can:

  • Increase efficiency of your security system while lowering costs finding the best camera locations
  • Calculate precise camera lens focal length and viewing angles in seconds
  • Check the field of view of each camera and find dead zones to increase the security level of your premises using 2D and 3D modeling
  • Get estimations of required network bandwidth for any number of IP cameras and video servers
  • Calculate the required HDD storage space for video archives
  • Load site plan / floor plan JPEG, PNG or BMP background images from Visio or Google Earth. Import AutoCAD DWG drawings (Pro) or backgrunds from PDF files
  • Print or export your project to PDF.  Copy your calculations, drawings and 3D mockups to MS Word, Excel, Visio or other software to create an excellent project documentation

The only CCTV system design software with integrated network bandwidth and storage space calculation

Only with IP Video System Design Tool you can calculate both network bandwidth and storage space for 15 camera resolutions and several compression methods, including H.264, MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG. IP Video System Design Tool enables the system designer to find optimal FPS and compression that tailors to LAN capabilities and calculate required HDD storage space. Frame size estimations are based on the result of our own compression research, thanks to our extensive knowledge of compression algorithms and wide range of real-life CCTV experimental data.

IP Video System Design Tool includes a field of view calculator, lens focal length, CCTV storage and bandwidth calculators, megapixel camera resolution calculator and many other CCTV tools so you can design a video surveillance system quickly, easily and professionally.

How does it work?

  • See video tutorials:

Part 1: Camera installation height, field of view, lens focal length and pixel density

Part 2: Camera zones, identification, recognition, detection and EN 62676-4: 2015 (EN 50132-7)

Part3: Working with site plan, adding obstacles and 3D models

  • See screen shots:

Camera Zone Coverage Calculation

CCTV Floor plan modeling and camera Zone Coverage<br /> Calculation

Camera Installation Plan


Network Bandwidth and Storage Space Requrements Calculation


CCTV Camera Design - 3D Mockups

Realistic 3D models help create visually attractive proposals and video surveillance projects that stand out.


User 3D models import function (Pro version) allows to import free 3D models from Google 3D Warehouse and from other 3D software that supports open Collada format.

User 3D models import function (Pro version) allows to import free 3D models from Google 3D Warehouse and from other 3D software that supports open Collada format.


What people say about this software?

JVSG recommened by "Digital Video Surveillance and Security," book

-”If you google “lens calculator” a number will come up for you to use or you can choose the IP Video System Design Tool, a small undiscovered gem.

The IP Video System Design Tool, available at  provides excellent functionality for storage and complex field of view calculations.”

Pages 234, 235, “Digital Video Surveillance & Security” book, Second Edition, ISBN-10: 0124200427  by Anthony C. Caputo, 2014


- “JVSG’s IP Video System Design Tool is a must have for any system designer. There is no need for guesswork anymore. Using this excellent feature rich software you can design a detailed and accurate system from the comfort of your office. No more blind spots or miscalculated lens sizes. It truly is a must have!‘

Stephen Cronshaw  , Field Technical Services Engineer
ADI Global Distribution


- “I have been using the JVSG IP CCTV designing software since 2010. Buying this software has been the best business investment! The software is not complicated to use and is very user-friendly. Besides the calculators, the 3D picture is my favorite software feature. I believe the JVSG IP CCTV software is the best design tool on the market and I highly recommend this product to video system designers.”

Dario Dzinic  , CAS, CFC, CCI
Senior Security Consultant, IRISS Security Solutions

- “I started to design video surveillance systems relatively recently. Shortly after, I realized that I needed something to better evaluate the planned design. Vendors and the web give plenty of tools, but I was surprised no one could show you what you would really get on the operator screen and an estimation of the effectiveness of the camera placement. JVSG’s IP Design Tool does all these things in a very intuitive way.

Marco Desiati , Network Infrastructure Consultant,
Anixter, Italy

- “I love IP Video System Design Tool. It allows me to provide a sophisticated CCTV camera layout to prospective customers for many applications such as Video Analytics, General Surveillance, LPR and more. The fact that I can calculate pixels per foot, the object percentage of FOV, height, angle, object distance and other parameters is amazing.”

Greg Skarvelis , Director of Sales Enablement
Verint Video Intelligence Systems,, US

- “Anyone seriously working in the CCTV business should use JVSG IP Video or CCTV design tools. It is great to visualize the effects of different camera positions and the use of different lenses. It shows even in 3D!! By using this software, it is very easy to show the installer or end-users  what the end-result will be per camera.”

Norman Graafsma , Independent CCTV consultant, DUVICON CCTV Consultancy,, the Netherlands


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PDF PresentationCCTV Design Tool: IP Video System Design Tool

White Paper: From CCTV Pre-visualization of Design to Fruition – by Jay C. McCormick  PSP, CAHSO, ESCO Communications

Case Study: LENSEC uses IP Video System Design Tool by JVSG to easily design large scale surveillance systems and mutually understand client requirements in a better way through 3D visual models - Jamie Bradford , Director of Solutions, LENSEC


Who uses our software?

Over 4000 companies design video surveillance systems with the help of IP Video System Design Tool.

CCTV and security integrators, CCTV manufacturers, end users from transport and aerospace industry


How to download free 45 day trial version?

To download the latest version 9.0 [Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP SP2, ZIP, 41 MB]  please click here.

Version 8.1 [ Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP SP2, ZIP, 41 MB]  please click here.

Some 3D models for the Pro version can be downloaded here.

Instructions for Mac OS users.

This version includes English, German, French,  Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish,  Czech, Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Turkish and Romanian localizations.

We recommend to use AMD Radeon or NVidia GForce graphics cards for large video surveillance projects.


How to purchase?

You can purchase the software fast and secure using Credit Cards or PayPal via our e-commerce provider. Also it is possible to use ACH, Direct Debit, Purchase Orders,  Money Bookers, Local Bank Transfer or International Wire Transfer.

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CCTV Camera Lens Calculations

On Field of View and Lens Focal Length tab you can use built-in lens calculator to calculate the CCTV lens focal length, camera field of view, pixel density at specified distance and clearly see areas of identification (red), recognition (yellow), detection (green) and monitoring (blue) on the drawing.

camera lens calculation screen shot

Focal Length (measured in mm) – The distance from the center of a lens to the focal point (sensor). The longer the lens focal length, the narrower is the angle of view.

To calculate the CCTV angle of view or lense focal length, you need to know some parameters of the installation. If you need to calculate the CCTV focal length, you should specify the following parameters:

  • Distance from Camera – maximum distance from Camera to the target.
  • Camera Installation Height – Security camera installation height.
  • Field of View: Height – Height of the target (for example 1.8 m or 6ft for people). When you select the Field of View(FOV) Height for the camera installation, the software calculates the camera Tilt.
  • Field of View: Width – The other option is to specify FOV width instead of the height. Just enter the desired width of Field of view (viewing area) for the specified camera distance. If you modify FOV parameters, the Focal Length and the Viewing Angles will be automatically recalculated. The other option is to specify viewing angles instead of FOV Width. In this case, FOV and Camera Focal Length will be calculated automatically.
  • Camera Sensor Format – CCD or CMOS sensor size (sensor format). You can choose the sensor format from: 1/4″, 1/3.6″, 1/3″ , 1/2.5″, 1/2″, 2/3″, 1″ and 1.25″. Usually, you can find the sensor format in the camera specification. A typical value for network camera with VGA resolution is 1/4 inch. For many cameras with CCD sensor, the format is 1/3″ (Sony, Cisco). Some Panasonic BB-HCM cameras use 1/3.6″.  Megapixel cameras often use following sensor formats: 1/2″ (Mobotix), 1/3″ (AXIS, JVC, Pelco IM10C10), 1″ or 1.25″. Sanyo VCC-HD4000P camera uses 1/2.5-inch sensor format.
In case if you have a fixed lens with known lens focal length and need to calculate the angle of view you can just enter the Lens Focal Length parameter and get the Field of View and Viewing Angles calculated.
The 3D Camera View window of our CCTV design software shows results of camera view 3D modeling with 2 test objects:  the first at the specified distance from camera (man in suit) and the second on the bottom camera line (woman).
Pixel density values at distances where these test people are located are shown in the status bar of the program.The user can click on the drawing to see the pixel density at the cursor position.
On the Site Plan tab, you can add some obstacles (walls, trees), test objects (3D models of people, cars, test charts) and add additional cameras to see and adjust your video surveillance system coverage.
You can download a free trial version of our 3D CCTV Computer Aided Design (CAD) software tool for video surveillance systems here.

See Video Tutorial, IP Video System Design Tool, CCTV Design Tool;

CCTV Bandwidth and Storage Space Calculation

To calculate network bandwidth of your CCTV cameras and get the required storage space for video archives you need to add camera types and specify some parameters of your CCTV installations:

camera bandwidth and storage space screenshot

  • Resolution – Camera resolution in pixels. You can select resolution from the drop-down list. The list contains most popular PAL and NTSC camera resolutions (like 352×288 CIF PAL, 704×576 4 CIF PAL) as well as some typical network cameras resolutions (like 640×480) including megapixel resolutions (1280×1024, 1600×1200), HD and full HD resolutions (1920×1080) as well as others.
  • Compression – Video compression. You can choose from MPEG4, H.264, four levels of Motion JPEG (MJPG) compression (from Low to High) and “RAW Data”. If you use Motion JPEG you can use different JPEG compression levels. If you use low MJPEG compression (level 10) you get best quality of picture and about 10 times lower frame size. If you use Medium MJPEG compression (level 20) you usually obtain a good picture quality and an optimal Quality/Frame Size ratio. With a JPEG level more than 50 your picture became bad for video surveillance purpose.
  • FPS – Frames Per Second. Typical FPS for video surveillance system is from 5 to 15 frames per second. In some applications (like CCTV in casino) it is required to use higher speed values (25-60 FPS). Alternative name for FPS is IPS (Images Per Second).
  • Days – Required length of video archive in days (24 hours). Used for storage space calculation.
  • Cameras – Number of cameras in your CCTV installation with the same parameters.
  • Recording % – Estimated motion recoding activity. 100% for constant recording. This parameter is used to calculate disk storage space in case the video is recorded on a schedule or on a motion detector.
  • Image Complexity – Frames from some CCTV cameras are more detailed and have a higher frame size.
  • Motion % – Motion activity (100% for constant activity). This parameter is used for MPEG4 and H.264 bandwidth estimation.

As a result for each camera type you get:

  • Frame Size (Kilobytes)- software can make frame size estimation based on resolution and compression. In some special cases you can measure your real frame size and specify it in this field.
  • Bandwidth, (Megabits per second) – How much network traffic is required for these cameras.
  • Disk Space, (Gigabytes) – Disk storage space required to store video archive.

At the bottom of the window you can find total bandwidth and disk space required for your video surveillance system.

To make proper bandwidth planning you should know practical the bandwidth values for your network type.

  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet: 500 Mbit/s
  • 100 Mbit Fast Ethernet: 55-60 Mbit/s
  • 10 Mbit Ethernet: 6-7 Mbit/s
  • WIFI 802.11g 54 Mbit:  12-25 Mbit/s

The software calculates Frame Size estimations from Resolution and Compression using our own method based on our MJPEG frame size research.

Bandwidth and storage space are calculated using following formulas:

Bandwidth (Mbits) = FrameSize (Kb) * 1024 * 8 * FPS * Cameras / 1000000
Storage Space (GB) = FrameSize (Kb) * 1024 *FPS * Cameras * Days * 24 * 60 * 60* Activity * / 1000 000 000

See also: Video Tutorial, IP Video System Design Tool, CCTV Design Tool;

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