NetCamCenter 3 User Guide


Adding an IP camera or video server




If your camera is not listed in Setup dialog box, please see IP camera database and follow the instructions below to set it up as RTSP or MJPEG camera.

To add or change the configurations of a IP camera or encoder, click Setup on the video window.
  1. On the Camera tab, select the camera maker.
  2. Select your camera model.



  3. Camera Name
    You can enter a desired camera name in the Camera field.


  4. HTTP port
    The default HTTP port is 80. If your camera's web port is not 80, change the port number here.


  5. Protocol
    This option lists the protocols that your camera or device provided for live video.


    HTTP: This is usually for cameras that streams by MJPEG.

    RTSP: Most of the IP cameras today provides RTSP thru HTTP (RTSP-HTTP), TCP (RTSP-TCP) and UDP (RTSP-UDP). If you are not sure which one to choose, general rules is RTSP-UDP for local area network and RTSP-HTTP for Internet connection. RTSP-UDP is more efficient, however, if data has to go thru the Internet, HTTP is the choice as it is more friendly to firewall and routers. Note not every RTSP camera provides streaming by RTSP-TCP and RTSP-HTTP.




  6. RTSP port
    The default RTSP port is 554. If RTSP-HTTP is selected, for most of the cameras, this is usually the same as the HTTP (web server) port. However, some cameras are unable to stream from the web server port, you will have to assign the proper RTSP-HTTP port number.

  7. Codec
    Some IP cameras allow users to select streaming codec. Here's the general rule for choosing a codec is:

    • MJPEG - Allows you to seek to certain point easily, and provides shorter delay. However, MJPEG consumes more bandwidth and storage.

    • H264/MPEG4 - Seeking to a precise point, fast forwarding are not as good as MJPEG. However, H264/MPEG4 consumes less bandwidth as some IP cameras allow users to select streaming codec. Here are the general rule for choosing a codec:
  8. Address
    Enter the IP address or domain name of your camera.

  9. Stream
    Some cameras provide multiple streams. Use the drop down list to select the stream.

  10. Channel
    If you are connecting to a multiple channel video server, you can select the channel number.

  11. Enter your username and password if required.

  12. Enable audio
    You can check this box to record audio from the camera or video server. You may need to check if G.711 or AAC is enabled by logging on to your devices. Please see hardware compatibility list for compatible IP cameras.


IMPORTANT!

  1. It is high recommended you configure your cameras with static IP. Otherwise the camera IP may later change and you will need to reconfigure the camera IP again.

  2. For older Panasonic camera, set Do not permit access from guest users in the General Authentication setting. Otherwise, NetCamCenter may fail to connect to the camera.

If your IP camera isn't on the list

If your camera is not on the list, you can still use NetCamCenter to connect to the camera thru common protocols. E.g. if your camera supports RTSP, you can manually enter RTSP parameters. You can find the technical info in camera manual, contact the camera manufacture for the info, or search "camera maker, model, RTSP URL" in search engines. In general, if you can view the camera with VLC, or view JPEG snapshot with web browser, you should be able to use NetCamCenter with your camera. Below are demonstrations on how to connect to cameras thru RTSP and MJPEG.

Note: Audio format supported by this option includes G.711 and AAC.

  1. RTSP based device

  2. E.g. to stream from an Axis camera by RTSP-UDP at IP address 192.168.1.89, the whole URL is

          rtsp://192.168.1.89:554/axis-media/media.amp?videocodec=h264

    The screenshot below demonstrates how to enter it in NetCamCenter

      If you select RTSP-HTTP, the RTSP port number is the same as the HTTP port number.




  3. MJPEG push

  4. For IP cameras, video servers and DVRs that provide MJPEG server push through HTTP protocol.

    E.g:
    You can use the URL

    http://192.168.1.89/axis-cgi/mjpg/video.cgi?showlength=1

    in Firefox to stream MJPEG video from an Axis camera at 192.168.1.89

    You can enter the same parameters in NetCamCenter to view and record from the camera



  5. Pull JPEG frames from server

  6. Most of the network cameras provide single frame access. If you cannot find your network camera in the selection box, and you find your camera provides generic JPEG frame access on the documentation, you can select Generic Motion JPEG camera mode. E.g. Axis network cameras provide http://camera_ip_address:port_number/jpg/image.jpg to access the most recent image frame. You can input the IP address and port number, and in JPEG Path field, put in "jpg/image.jpg" (without quotation).

  7. ONVIF

  8. ONVIF standard may simplify the settings and worth a try. However, based on our testings, as of Aug 2013, there are still many ONVIF cameras that do not really meet standard. On the other hand, ONVIF is constructed on top of RTSP, so if the camera features ONVIF, ideally, you should be able to setup the camera as RTSP camera too.


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