IP CAMERA, NVR, DVR and RTMP SETTINGS
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DETERMINING THE RTSP BROADCAST EXTENSION FOR IP CAMERA.
Every IP security camera has an RTSP URL for Real Time Streaming Protocol, but only works if it is connected to a local network that features the internet. HD-TVI security cameras also have them, but this article will focus on network cameras and video recorders. However, finding the RTSP IP Camera address is far easier than anyone gives it credit for. As each camera offered by the different brands has a unique URL, some share addresses before configuration.
Manual or Manufacturer’s Site
The first method of finding the RTSP IP camera URL is by taking a look at the camera manual that comes with each product. The address, in its original form, will most often be found here and should absolutely be referenced per each camera when streaming through this method. If you have misplaced the camera manual, inputting the camera product number into google will provide the same documentation, particularly if searched through the manufacturer’s site.
Through Configuration Menu
The second method is through the camera web page, used for configuring each IP camera and network video recorder. If you have access, an address can most in the network area or somewhere similar.
An easy method to finding the RTSP IP address for your security camera is by using third-party software. Notable examples include VLC and a program by ONVIF (download link) that help in discovering the needed information.
Reference Configuration Menu
When working with the central equipment most often used for recording and management of the security camera system, you will be able to find each individual IP camera RTSP URL.
For reference, an IP camera RTSP URL is essentially made up of all the information that makes it uniquely identifiable to a system and you if you have to parse through each URL address. Not all brands make it obvious or easy to find and many have a unique format. Below you will find how some of the most popular brands display their IP camera addresses.
What is the default RTSP port number?
554 is the port used by Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) for Microsoft Windows and Quicktime streaming services. Generally, this is the default but sometimes needs to be configured. Using another port will likely end in inoperability, due to other ports not providing support for active video streaming. You must NAT your device.
Example RTSP links;