Being someone who just love cameras, I’ve recently come across a great *cheap* 1080p mini cam to incorporate into my home monitoring system. Only downside though, the camera is intended for the Asian market and assumes you’ll use their “Mi Home” app to control all of its features. But more so, it lacks one key feature: no RTSP. Boo But lucky for us, and thanks to some very smart people over at this GitHub page, there’s a way to get an RTSP stream working with this camera. Read on and I’ll show you how.
Many have asked what would be the best approach to access the video stream via the internet. As luck would have it, I put together a guide for just that! Check out my post: Guide: VPN Server with the Rapsberry Pi.
This camera can be procured at your favorite Asian online vendor, notable sites are (Banggood, TinyDeal, Fasttech and the list goes on ) The camera features a 2.7 inch CMOS sensor, 8X digital zoom, two-way audio and is capable of 1080p. It has a slot for an SD card and supports WiFi but unfortunately provides no Ethernet connection. As mentioned earlier, it is intended to use with the “Mi Home” app on the Apple Store or Google Play but to be honest, we don’t get care about this all that much ’cause we’ll hack it.
The Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a network control protocol that can be used with a myriad of different programs and was designed such that client-side applications can begin displaying the audio and video content before the complete file has arrived. It can be delivered through UDP or TCP, but most importantly, this protocol is supported by VLC, QuickTime Player, mplayer, RealPlayer (if that’s even a thing now) and most 3G/4G compatible mobile phones (mileage may vary though).
But by default this camera does not support RTSP and is cloud only (which is a tad bit worrisome if you ask me but I digress) Fortunate for us, there’s a project on GitHub to enable RTSP. One caveat is that you’ll lose some app-only features, like motion detection a small price to pay for RTSP I guess. Hopefully this GitHub project, what I’ll refer to as “fang-hacks” in this post, will add more app-only features over time one can hope!
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