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 Post subject: Streaming video from a camera to CamUniversal?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:43 pm 
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As promised, here is the separate post...

I have a webcam (http://blog.atcp.us/2008/10/13/the-mystery-ip-camera/), and I need it to do streaming video to CamUniversal. Because this camera is a bit of a mystery, lets call it a IC-1500WG from Edimax in Taiwan.

Yes, it has the "use this URL to get the current image" feature, which allows a chunky kind of video, but it isn't really video.

The camera comes with a viewer (called "Camera Viewer", oddly enough) that allows me/you to not only take a snapshot, but also to record video to the PC in avi form. No biggie so far, right?

As the camera firmware/web server won't allow a motion event to trigger a movie (like CamUni and others do), I can only do/get a snapshot. I need a movie upon action, and at 640x480 this little puppy should at least do 20fps (rated at 25, but you know how that goes).

So the question is simple:

How can I get CamUniversal (or any version, really) to receive streaming video frmo the camera instead of trying to hit it for snapshots to create a video out of stiched together snapshots?

Question secondary: Is my PC camera viewer making a movie by hammering the web server on this thing, or is it really sending streaming video? How can I tell?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:07 pm 
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Hi,

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How can I get CamUniversal (or any version, really) to receive streaming video frmo the camera instead of trying to hit it for snapshots to create a video out of stiched together snapshots?

CamUniversal records videos (AVI) no matter if the camera datas are received as images (still picture) or as a video stream (mjpeg).
The created videos from mjpeg streams are more soft.

If you know the URL to the still pictures and the URL to the mjpeg stream (if the camera supports this stream), you can run the camera in both modes and try the recording function.
As it is a netcam, you can also insert your camera twice in the program, so if there where 2 cameras available.

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Question secondary: Is my PC camera viewer making a movie by hammering the web server on this thing, or is it really sending streaming video? How can I tell

I don't know.
If you know the mjpeg URL, you can test CamUniversal in the mjpeg mode. if this is running, the camera sends a video stream in mjpeg!

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 Post subject: ic-1500wg mjpeg and CamUniversal
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:37 pm 
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Thanks for writing.

It took a while, but on a competitor's site they said that they actually have it working with this URL:

http://<camera>/snapshot.cgi (this might be dependent on loginfree settings). I won't hurt business by giving the URLs and products, but Google for 30 seconds and you'll find them. Those products are quite a bit more costly than yours.

So I've tried all kinds of combinations of using auth/not, and still the software can't receive the stream.

The camera is using a Zoran ZR36057 codec.

So the question stands:

1. How can I get the IC-1500wg to work with Cam* in streaming, and NOT snapshot, mode?

1a. If this support is planned on the product roadmap, then by when will it be there?

Reference:
-See my article on the camera at: http://blog.atcp.us/2008/10/13/the-mystery-ip-camera/ for any details.
-Source code at: http://www.edimax.com/images/Image/OpenSourceCode/Wireless/IPCamera/IC-1500wg/IC1500_RTL865X.tar.gz
-Other materials, manuals, updates, etc. here: http://www.edimax.com/en/support_detail.php?pl1_id=8&pl1_idSelect=support.php%3Fpl1_id%3D8%26mwsp%3D1&pd_id=26


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 Post subject: MPEG video port
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:36 pm 
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One thing I have found, the video port (MPEG is assumed) is 4321 by default.

I can't figure out how to point CamUniversal to that port so that is shows a picture. It seems that CamUniversal is looking for a URL.

How can I point CamUniversal to the IP camera when all I have is the video port?

TIA!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:44 am 
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I had a look at the manual.
If I have read correct, the camera supports only a mjpeg stream. So you need the URL to this stream.
They write, that you need an ActiveX plugin to view the camera video in the browser if you access the camera through the (camera built-in) webserver.

My products doesn't support ActiveX components.

You have to ask the camera support for the direct URL to the mjpeg stream.
(For my LevelOne IP-cam I had to ask the manufacturer for the URL too, because in the manual was nothing mentioned.)
If this stream is available, it must be something like that
http://<ip>:<port>/video.cgi
where your port is 4321!

If you get this URL please try it first in the webbrowser. Insert the URL in the address field and see if you can get a picture!
Then insert it into CamUniversal and select the mjpeg-mode!

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 Post subject: Edimax
PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:23 pm 
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Anyone know any information on the edimax url???? nothing seems to work


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 Post subject: Edimax URLs
PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:13 am 
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Fireman,

I have all the URLs I could find at this blog entry: http://blog.atcp.us/2008/10/13/the-mystery-ip-camera/.


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 Post subject: edimax
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:06 pm 
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Ya so none of those work. i have tried everything


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