For a while now I have been writing about the TI DaVinci DM368 DSP based cameras. And while these chinese cameras work very well in most situations, they always come with only a small amount of cable in which you need to plug your UTP and power cable. And while the camera might be weatherproof, this connection certainly isn’t. I have a cheap solution which I use for this, read on inside!
It’s been a while since my original posting about the IP Camera I had acquired with the TI DaVinci DM368 DSP. Since then, that article has been expanded quite a bit with more firmware levels, and I wrote some other articles on how to make a timelapse. I have since aquired 6 more camera’s with the same chipset, all in different forms and configurations, read more about those and where you can buy them in this article.
Having written the previous article on how to do this with FFMPEG I have become painfully aware of the limitations FFMPEG posses in the RTSP department. I was unable to reliably get a non-corrupted output from it. Thus I looked onward for another tool to do this for me, I ended up with VLC and I wrote a new script for it.
The IP cameras I own do not have the HTTP picture URL ability some do. But I still want to use them to create timelapse videos. So I devised a way to do this using a cameras RTSP stream with FFMPEG.
update– Since writing this I have determined this method will always produce corrupted JPG files with my 5Mpix IP camera. I have devised a new method using VLC which does not have these corruption problems. The described method below remains valid but please check your results and then decide which method to use.
Ever since I started with the IP camera’s described in my previous posts I’ve been plagued by a problem that the RTSP streams would sometimes show corruption in the lower/bottom part of the picture as shown below:
This will be my review of the IPQ1649X – 1080P Outdoor IP Camera with 5 Megapixel sensor 40m IR from www.securitycamera2000.com.
I bought this camera about a year ago as can be read in my previous blog entry. I was on a quest for a good but cheap Megapixel IP camera and this camera would have been the ‘holy grail’ if it had worked correctly. A lot has happened since then!
Welcome to this first post on my new blog!
This post will be about cheap Megapixel IP camera’s from China and my experience with them. Over the last year I’ve had 4 different models all with their own problems and faults.
There will be a separate post dedicated to the now ‘fixed’ 5Mpix camera which is finally working great! Making it a great quality camera for an unbeatable price. Continue reading Cheap Megapixel IP camera’s from China (Review)