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IP Camera app/channel

Is there a channel/app for roku so that one can connect to and view IP Cameras?


if not, is it possible to create one? or not?
Hawk Cam
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copy and paste the link in your browser or use keyword: hawkcam

https://owner.roku.com/add/hawkcam
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Level 9

Re: IP Camera app/channel

There is a USB app that reads FAT filesystems. Many cameras are just that so will work with this channel.

--Kevin
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Level 7

Re: IP Camera app/channel

so if i have a ip camera connected to the same network as the roku player, how will i point it to the camera's live feed.

for example, on a pc, you can just go to a certain url and you can view the camera feed live.
Hawk Cam
Live footage from the nest on top of Bobst Library at N.Y.U.
copy and paste the link in your browser or use keyword: hawkcam

https://owner.roku.com/add/hawkcam
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Level 7

Re: IP Camera app/channel

Send me an email with the link of your live ip camra feed. also I need some information about how you are streaming. What kind of media server are you using? If you are not using a media server, give me detail on your full setup everything from your camira to server(if any) to the web hosting (if any) to the url. jseigle85@gmail.com
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Level 7

Re: IP Camera app/channel

well i haven't setup anything yet as i am trying to find out what the options are or if its possible, then i can try to make a channel. this way one can watch cameras outside their house, remote cabin, a friends camera etc... using the roku player and there would be no need to attach a PC to the TV to view it.

one can use IE to open up the address for the cameras which are similar to these:
http://192.168.1.66:8088
http://192.168.1.66:8011
and these links opens a live feed to the camera in IE(using active-x) or firefox.

if i setup the camera with static public ip, then i can view it from anywhere using a browser.





this is what i am looking to buy but only if it will work with roku.

http://www.foscam.com/Products_List.asp?id=173
●Support multiple network protocols: HTTP/TCP/IP/UDP/STMP/DDNS/SNTP/DHCP/FTP
● Support WEP/WPA/WPA2 encryption

here is the user manual:
http://www.foscam.com/down/FI8918%20FI8 ... Manual.rar
Hawk Cam
Live footage from the nest on top of Bobst Library at N.Y.U.
copy and paste the link in your browser or use keyword: hawkcam

https://owner.roku.com/add/hawkcam
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Re: IP Camera app/channel

I kind of figured that is what you wanted to be using it for. You will probably need to transcode the video stream into mp4/m4v or HLS streaming for roku to be able to display it, and you also probably want to have some kind of authentication setup for the roku and website address or you'll be allowing hackers and thieves free access to your home video feed when you're not there.

"bollywood" wrote:
well i haven't setup anything yet as i am trying to find out what the options are or if its possible, then i can try to make a channel. this way one can watch cameras outside their house, remote cabin, a friends camera etc... using the roku player and there would be no need to attach a PC to the TV to view it.

one can use IE to open up the address for the cameras which are similar to these:
http://192.168.1.66:8088
http://192.168.1.66:8011
and these links opens a live feed to the camera in IE(using active-x) or firefox.

if i setup the camera with static public ip, then i can view it from anywhere using a browser.





this is what i am looking to buy but only if it will work with roku.

http://www.foscam.com/Products_List.asp?id=173
●Support multiple network protocols: HTTP/TCP/IP/UDP/STMP/DDNS/SNTP/DHCP/FTP
● Support WEP/WPA/WPA2 encryption

here is the user manual:
http://www.foscam.com/down/FI8918%20FI8 ... Manual.rar
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Level 7

Re: IP Camera app/channel

so even though there is no link to a mp4/m4v file, if i find a camera that streams in a compatible format and i just put this in "http://192.168.1.66:8088", will this work?

i doubt it but are there cameras that do hls?
Hawk Cam
Live footage from the nest on top of Bobst Library at N.Y.U.
copy and paste the link in your browser or use keyword: hawkcam

https://owner.roku.com/add/hawkcam
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Level 8

Re: IP Camera app/channel

would have to be an .m3u8 not an mp4 for live streaming, wouldn't it? .mp4 (h.264) is for playing archived media.
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Re: IP Camera app/channel

Did anyone else come up with the specs on the video output format? I reviewed the manual quickly, and didn't find anything useful.

In my experience with IP cameras (which was close to 8 years ago now), they didn't necessarily always actually output a video when you visited the webpage. Often, it was a quickly updating static image (JPEG or PNG). The FTP settings for the camera supports this, as they can often be configured to connect to an external FTP server and drop the images there.

If that's the case, it's fairly easy to replicate an updating image display using the Roku by selecting the image URL and repeatedly downloading and displaying it. I'm not sure what type of frame rate you'll get with roImageCanvas (which is the easiest way to implement what I mentioned above), but roScreen could be used for better performance (it's just more complicated).

If you wanted to make it really slick, you could even have the remote control the camera movement/zoom...
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Re: IP Camera app/channel

Yeah, I actually started working on one based on cameras that serve a .jpg frame (most do), back when there was a discussion on this subject last year or early this year. Fun idea. I'm sure there are some security cams that do HLS now.

- Joel
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