VideoCAD 3D Design Software for CCTV

VideoCAD allows you to do your CCTV system design with this 3D modelling software

Starter Edition is suited for designs that do not require modelling of light sources or pixel density.

The starter version of VideoCAD is ideal for the novice or salesman to prepare quality CCTV system designs and does not require a lot of  computer processing power because of absence of resource-intensive tools.

Key Benifits:

  • Can be used on any computer with out the need to have a dongle
  • Construct 3D models from a 2D plan
  • Model different camera positions, heights and lens size in 3D
  • Identify person detection areas based on object size
  • Copy camera lists to MS Excel or MS Word
  • Import Google Sketchup images with a plugin

CCTV Camera Coverage in 3D design software

VideoCAD Starter is registered only by personal registration code. This code doesn’t depend on computer hardware or a dongle. This code is valid on any computer.

VideoCAD Starter can not be upgraded to more powerful Lite and Professional versions.



With the VideoCAD 7 Lite version you can in addition:

  • Use more than 30 additional constructions and CAD tools


    (Point, Horizontal line, Vertical line, Line segment, Angle, Double line, Arc, Mask, Filling, Text, 3D image, Inclined rectangle, Change installation height, Change view area  upper bound, Change view area lower bound, Copy, Copy with base point, Cut, Cut with base point, Paste, Scale, Mirror, Change line type, Hide camera names, Cameras over constructions, Bring to front, Send to back, Hide, Align, combine in block, Destroy block, Find text, Hidden state of objects, Numerate cameras, Length calculation of line segments ).
  • Use up to 10 layouts in each project.
  • Model cameras with non standard image sensor size and aspect ratio.
  • Use up to 30 spatial resolution patterns in each project.


    Each pattern can contain up to 10 regions. Adjust object height in the patterns, height of measuring spatial resolution. The Spatial resolution box contains models of images for each region in current pattern. Use gradient colour and hatching for visualization of spatial resolution. 
  •  Locate cameras and cables on the prepared layouts in *.emf, *.wmf, *.png, *.gif, *.tif, AutoCAD *.dwg, *.dxf formats.
  • To import *.dwg and *.dxf files the CAD Import module by CAD Soft Tools is used.
  • Work with vertical projection of the site plan.
  • Use Titles texts on the drawing. Different fonts are supported.
  • Copy and Paste cameras and constructions.
  • Show view area projections by different colours and hatch styles, using different line types.
  • Use different camera icons ( fixed, PTZ, outdoor..).
  • Print the obtained drawing on one or several pages. You can use prepared frames with standard title-block and logo.
  • Export the obtained drawing into any of the following formats: *.emf, *.wmf, *.png, *.gif, *.tif, AutoCAD *.dxf (R14), AutoCAD *.dxf (R2000).
  • Obtain a text file with full description of all cameras in project, view areas and cables to be pasted into a project explanatory note or used as instruction for installation.
  • Use many 3D models (people, cars, bus, furniture, turnstile, tree, grass). You can add other 3D models from 3ds max and Sketchup.
  • Print image in 3D window. Use titles, test chart EIA1956 in the 3D window.
  • Design operator interface using the Monitor window.
  • Calculate the length and electric parameters of cables.
  • Adjust keyboard shortcuts for each item in the Main menu.
  • Adjust visibility of buttons on the Toolbar.



With the VideoCAD 7 Professional version you can in addition:

  • Choose the most suitable lenses, heights and locations for camera installation to provide the required parameters of view areas for detection and identification of a person and license plate reading.
  • Calculate the horizontal projection of camera control areas including shadows from obstacles on the scene.
  • Calculate the horizontal projection sizes of person detecting, identifying and license plate reading areas to draw them on the location plan.
  • Calculate the image size on display of any object in camera view area in percentage of display size, pixels, TV lines and millimeters(inches in case of Imperial format).
  • Calculate and model depth of field of each camera in project.
  • Choose right positions and calculate control areas of PTZ cameras.
  • Get detailed adjustable table of all initial and calculated parameters of cameras in project. Print the table or export it to *.txt, *.csv,*.rtf, *.xls, *.htm formats.
  • Model observed scene parameters (illumination, visibility limitations).
  • Model luminaires considering spectrum of radiation and spectral sensitivity of image sensors, including discharge lamps with complex spectrum and infrared LED illuminators.
  • Model camera parameters (spectral response, number of pixels (including megapixel cameras with resolution exceeds screen resolution)


    resolution, minimum illumination at known signal/noise ratio, IRE and aperture, maximum signal/noise ratio, electronic shutter, AGC, BLC, gamma, day/night cameras, frame rate, interlace, global shutter and rolling shutter).
  • Model lens parameters (focal length, aperture, auto iris DC and Video Drive).
  • Model DVR parameters (brightness, contrast, compression, horizontal and vertical sharpness).
  • Obtain Image Model for each camera in the project based on models of scene and equipment. This image can be printed and saved.
  • Model moving objects, camera frame rate, create animated images with moving 3D models.
  • Model blur and distortion of moving 3D models depending on camera parameters.
  • Maintain database of camera models, assign different models for cameras in project, compare models with each other.
  • Create animated monitor models as html files with moving 3D models and separate frame rates of each camera.

VideoCAD Alternatives:

IP Video System Design Tool

  • The program includes a database of camera models (about 6000 camera models).
  • Ease of use. Doesn’t take much effort to learn.
  • Really awesome user interface and user experience.


    The user interface is helping the user to accomplish a task as simply and efficiently as possible.
  • Nice looking 3D models of people. Helps to make a great first impression with customers
  • Great video tutorial (about 20 minutes).

Developed by JVSG



Pelco 3D camera Design Tool

  • Pelco cameras in the database. If you use Pelco cameras only then it is quite convenient.
  • 3D modelling (No 2D modelling).
  • Nice looking 3D models of test objects.
  • Intro video tutorial (about 7 minutes).

Developed by Fortem




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  1. Ramy July 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

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  2. X-ON Electronic December 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi, nice article, you give the nice information about the VideoCAD 3D Design Software for CCTV. Thanks for sharing this article.