How to Pull IP Camera Streams with Ant Media Server?

In addition to developing promising features in Ant Media Server, we have added IP Camera support to it with the 1.3.0+ release. With this feature,  users can pull IP Camera streams easily on management panel. In other words, you don’t need to write any commands or use terminal.

The main critical point is that the IP Cameras should support ONVIF standard. In fact, the majority of manufacturers already support this standard because ONVIF make it easy to manage IP Cameras. All CRUD and PTZ operations are based on well-defined SOAP messages.

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Let’s have a look at how to pull stream from IP Camera. Of course, first, you need to install Ant Media Server, please see documentation.

Add IP Camera

Select “LiveApp” from applications, then click “New Live Stream” and select “IP Camera”. Fill camera name, camera username, and camera password. You should define ONVIF URL of IP Camera. Generally, it is IP-ADDRESS-OF-IPCAMERA:8080.  Another promising feature comes 🙂 You can use “auto-discovery ” feature! If cameras and server are in the same subnet, Ant Media Server automatically discovers them. The screenshot of  auto-discovery result is shown below.

    ONVIF IP Camera Auto Discovery

    Watch IP Cameras

    If the IP cameras are reachable and configured correctly, Ant Media Server add theirs streams as live streams and starts to pull streams from them. You can see its status on the management panel.

    ONVIF IP Camera fetching stream

     

    To watch the stream, just click the Play button on Actions.

    ONVIF IP Camera watching

    Also, you can switch to Grid view if you have more than one camera and want to see them simultaneously.

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    Record IP Camera Streams

    The Ant Media Server can save IP Camera streams as MP4 format. In addition, it record streams with defined periods such one hour, ten hours interval . You can see these recorded files on VoD tab in the management panel.

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    We hope you will be happy about this feature and the good news is that it is offered in Community Edition. In other words, it is free! Please keep in touch because we are releasing new versions, of course, new features. If you have any questions or comments,  just send an email to contact at antmedia dot io or fill the contact form.

     

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