Thanks for the additional input Henrik!
1) Excellent, thanks! Being able to resize or even "pop out" individual camera views is a feature that will really have a bearing on which software I end up buying. Some of the others I've evaluated have that ability, and I really like it, since it allows me to make the best use of my screen space.
2) Not exactly. The Digoo video is viewable, but non of the digital PTZ features are working. They work if I use the Digoo app, but I'm looking for a single program that can administer all my cams. It's only 2 at the moment, but I'm planning to add more in the future once I decide on a camera model and software package. I have just discovered this morning that I can zoom in and pan with the mouse wheel, but as soon as I click away, it resets to the default full view. If it would hold my zoom and pan settings, then this would be ok.
3) I don't really have a way to move the VStar to another location. This is my home office that I'm trying to set up for. I have checked that I'm on the latest firmware, and it appears that there might be an update, but so far I've not been able to get it to actually perform the update. I don't see any errors, so it might be a typical case of Chinese software not quite working as advertised.
I see what you mean about the test connection button, so sweat. The thing that really baffles me is that if I use the built-in web interface and connect via internet explorer (yuck), it actually works ok and all features, including PTZ, work correctly. However, I HATE running IE all the time, especially since I'd have to run it separately from the Digoo cam, as that one doesn't have a web interface at all.
I'll try that other template and report back. Thanks for your help!
EDIT: Hey, that kinda worked! I removed the other entry for the Vstar and added it again, using the template you suggested for the Siepem.
I have video, and the PTZ pretty much works. It's a little spotty as to how much it moves when I click, but at least it doesn't just wander off until I press a zoom button!
This may be as good as it gets for now. I just have to decide if this is the best software package for my needs. I don't use any motion detection or recording, it's all just for live monitoring, so my main concerns are resource, performance, and UI-related, since I'll be looking at it all the time, and having to juggle screen space and CPU usage.
One more thing... Is there any way to configure the various features of a camera (any camera) such as brightness, contrast, PTZ speed, AGC (if present), etc.. through NCS? I don't see any options like that, but I might be missing a screen somewhere. I was wondering what's the proper way to set up a camera if I'm using NCS. Do I use some other program to get it "setup up right", then use NCS for viewing?