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Blue Iris configuration for Generic IP Camera

Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:25 am

Hi, I just added Blue Iris as a test to my setup. I have searched high and low and see plenty of references on how to add Blue Iris feeds as cameras using the generic IP camera driver but as luck would have it I can't find it. I took a stab but couldn't get it to work.

Here is my URL:

http://192.168.2.70:83/mjpg/DrivewaySD

What do I put, and where in the Video Family when I add a new device? Thanks.
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Re: Blue Iris configuration for Generic IP Camera

Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:03 am


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Re: Blue Iris configuration for Generic IP Camera

Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:11 pm

Yes and no.

I am running Blue Iris with no local lan login needed. So userid and password are not required.

The Blue Iris stream is formatted as follows:

http://192.168.2.70:83/mjpg/DrivewaySD

I can pull the IP and port and put those into the Video Family device settings. But I don't know what to do with the /mjpg/DrivewaySD to specify the camera? Thanks.
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Re: Blue Iris configuration for Generic IP Camera

Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:53 pm

Using the GenericIPCam driver in Family manager add the cameras so they look like this
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Then open the driver. You should see something like this
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Finally double click on the camera to edit the details.
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If the camera requires authentication enter the username and password. Otherwise you can leave off the ?user=<<username>>&pw=<<password>> bits in the following urls.

The two important fields are the Snapshot Image and Live Image.

The Snapshot image is for the static jpg image capture. Its url looks like
http://<<ipaddress>>:<<ipport>>/image/cam1?user=<<username>>&pw=<<password>>
Note: cam1 is the camera name you gave the camera in your BlueIris settings. Make sure it matches your camera name.
This image is exposed in the {{video_<id>_image}} server variable.

The live image is for the motion jpeg live stream. Its url looks like
http://<<ipaddress>>:<<ipport>>/mjpg/cam1/video.mjpg?user=<<username>>&pw=<<password>>
Again Note: cam1 is the camera name you gave the camera in your BlueIris settings. Make sure it matches your camera name.
This image is exposed in the {{video_<id>_liveimage}} server variable.

You would normally want to use the live image server variable on your scenes. However, if you have more than six cameras on your system you will run into browser limitations trying to view all the cameras on one page. Most browsers (Chrome, Safari) impose a limit of a maximum of 6 concurrent connections to a single web server at a time. If you try to view 8 motion jpegs from the same BlueIris server you'll only get to see 6 of them,

The workaround for this limitation is to switch to viewing the static image variable and then in the designer checking the reload box on the image properties. This tells the javascript to immediately reload a new image as soon the the current image is displayed. You'll still see motion just at a reduced framerate. I've been able to put up to 16 cameras on one page using this technique.

On a side note cameras these days boast incredibly high resolutions. More than is necessary for any casual viewing in a browser. I typically configure Blue Iris's web server encoder options to automatically scale down the image to make things a bit more efficient. Especially on network traffic. Here's an example of what I do. Use the best hardware acceleration option that is available on your Blue Iris PC.
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Re: Blue Iris configuration for Generic IP Camera

Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:17 pm

Thanks,

I have everything in for two cameras. But the system is not creating video_1_image, video_2_image etc. I setup two cameras in Blue Iris for testing using the standard definition feed so the video is not that high resolution. M y Blue Iris is setup on port 83.

http://192.168.2.70:83/mjpg/DrivewaySD - shows a video window in the browser. I must be missing something? Thanks.

Here are the setup screens:
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Re: Blue Iris configuration for Generic IP Camera

Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:29 am

Did you set the camera properties for the second camera the same as the first?

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Re: Blue Iris configuration for Generic IP Camera

Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:27 pm

Everything is the same for the second camera with the exception of the name of the camera. So same IP and port. Just different http address for image and video.
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