Purpose of The Guide

This guide will show you two ways to find out the IP address of your camera and use it as an RTSP stream to view your camera in a program called VLC. RTSP stands for Real Time Streaming Protocol, and it is designed to be used in entertainment systems to allow devices to stream data to each other.


One method uses a program called ONVIF Device Manager which will figure out the RTSP stream link for you, and the second method will require you to know the IP address of the camera and the format that the RTSP stream needs to be in.


Before You Begin

Make sure that your bird box camera is powered on, connected to your internet router and has been added to your Windows or Apple computer. If the camera has only been added to your phone or tablet, use this guide to easily add it to your computer.


Install VLC onto your computer, it is the best video player available so you probably won't want to uninstall it.


If you have one of the newer model of Wi-Fi cameras (NCIP2WF), you will also need to disable 'H.265' on your camera, follow this guide to do so. If you're not sure, follow the guide anyway. The option will not be available on other models.


Using ONVIF Device Manager

Using this wonderful free program makes it very easy to find the RTSP stream.


Download it from here, install the program and open it up, you will see something like the below screenshot.

  1. Click the box on the left side under 'Device list'. If your camera is connected to the same internet router as the program you're using to view it, then it should appear in the list.
  2. When you have selected it, click on 'Live video' under 'NVT'. This will allow you to check which camera you have selected, and will cause the RTSP stream to be displayed. 
  3. The RTSP stream will appear underneath the live feed of the camera, and you can select and copy it.



Now you have your RTSP stream link. If you would like to view it in VLC skip below to the section 'Viewing in VLC'.


Using the IP address and stream format

First you will need to find out the local IP address of your camera. Open up CMS5, go to Device Manage, then note down the IP address of your camera. It will look something like 192.168.1.100, though it probably won't be exactly the same.


Now you need to convert this IP address into an RTSP stream

You can use this: rtsp://x.x.x.x:554/user=admin&password=&channel=1&stream=0.sdp?real_stream, where 'x.x.x.x' is the local IP address of the camera. If you have set a password on the camera you put it after the bit that says "password=".


So if the IP address of the camera is 192.168.1.100 and there is no password set on it, your RTSP stream will be:

rtsp://192.168.1.100:554/user=admin&password=&channel=1&stream=0.sdp?real_stream


If I set the password on the camera as '12345Abc' then the RTSP stream would be: 

rtsp://192.168.1.100:554/user=admin&password=12345Abc&channel=1&stream=0.sdp?real_stream


If you find this RTSP stream does not work, you may need to add an @ in front of the IP address, so for example:

rtsp://@192.168.1.100:554/user=admin&password=12345Abc&channel=1&stream=0.sdp?real_stream


If you are using this camera with one of our Gamut NVR's, your RTSP stream will be a bit different, more like this:

rtsp://admin:admin@x.x.x.x:554/ch04/0


  • In this example admin:admin is the username and password for the recorder. 
  • You need to use the IP address of the recorder instead of the camera in this case. 
  • The port can be left as 554, unless you have changed it to something else. 
  • ch04 signifies which channel of the recorder you want to stream, in this example we are streaming channel four.
  • The at the end signifies what quality you will be streaming in. If set to 0, the stream will use 'main stream' which is high quality. If set to 1, the stream will use 'sub stream' which is low quality. 
  • Here is an example of the RTSP stream if my recorder was using an IP address of 192.168.1.100, with a username of bird and a password of camera, if I had changed the RTSP port on the recorder to 600, and I wanted to stream camera number at low quality: rtsp://bird:camera@192.168.1.100:600/ch07/1


Most CCTV cameras can use RTSP streams, but they usually differ in small ways. If the camera is not from us just refer to the manual and there will likely be some information on the required format.


Viewing in VLC

You can enter this address into VLC to view it on your PC, just open VLC then select Media > Open Network Stream > Network then click 'Play'.



Next Steps

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