Old cheap PTZ camera, which worked before....
  • So I have this old, cheap PTZ camera which worked a few years ago on my previous SS installation, which was at least one major release older.

    I can't for the life of me get SS to read its stream.

    I get stuff like this in the log, it varies depending on what I choose, of course:


    ==================================================================
    08/07/2017 00:58:41: Error communicating with the network device "Network camera". 4.1.6,8440,404 Failed to obtain video frame from network device. File not found.

    08/07/2017 00:59:58: Error communicating with the network device "HALLWAY 4". 4.1.6,70291,801 Failed to obtain video frame from network device. Data from network device not as expected.

    08/07/2017 01:08:11: Error communicating with the network device "HALLWAY 4". 4.1.6,89900,8800 Failed to obtain video frame from network device. The server closed the connection.

    08/07/2017 01:08:28: Error communicating with the network device "HALLWAY 4". 4.1.6,70219,8801 Failed to obtain video frame from network device.

    08/07/2017 01:14:44: Error communicating with the network device "HALLWAY 4". 4.1.6,70280,404 Failed to obtain video frame from network device. File not found.
    ==================================================================


    Is there a methodical way to work out what the camera is outputting and how to make SS read it?

    It looks almost identical to this one, but the specs may be nothing like it. http://www.vitorcam.com/Product/show/85.html

    Here are some screen shots of the interface (in Italian, but fairly self-explanatory).

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ncddb0wno0e2yb2/Schermata 2017-07-08 alle 01.19.41.png?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/t14ssdb1thuqjqv/Schermata 2017-07-08 alle 01.21.46.png?dl=0

    And finally... I right-clicked the web preview of the camera's image and chose "save image link" and get this, which I can paste into an address bar to get a single streaming image with none of the peripheral interface stuff: http://192.168.0.104:8004/videostream.cgi?rate=0

    Does this give enough to maybe pin this camera down?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  • I think it's pretty much this (PDF). The MAC address range identifies the manufacturer as "Shenzhen Smarteye Digital Electronics Co., Ltd".

    https://fccid.io/pdf.php?id=2008379
  • I think this will simply be a case of finding the correct "Profile" to use for your camera. From your information, it looks like the "Foscam JPEG" profile should do the trick.
  • Which brings up a potential feature that could be added to SS, an automated means of stepping through each available profile and testing if a camera returns a video stream. It is very laborious to manually select each possible profile to see if which can potentially work. I've done that process and wished there was a script that would choose each profile in sequence and test for a few seconds whether a video stream is accessible. A list of potential, usable profiles could be found much more easily than the way I manually stepped through each and every profile.
  • Hi Guy - I think this is a great idea that will help when adding unknown or officially-unsupported cameras. I'll see if we can add this in a near-future update.

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