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I keep buying shitty $10 prepaid android phones on slickdeals and just google the "skip account creation" steps.
Instant wifi cam/little computers.
Someday i'll have a whole squadron of cheapo, cast-off robots protecting my house.
Sorry, forgot to post it!
IP Webcam. You need to install another small program in your computer to get it recognized as a webcam.
I've used it a while ago for similar reasons and it works even better now. You can use it for a ton of different tasks! Security cam with motion detection and so on.
IP Webcam is pretty well established. I've used it before, and it has a HomeAssistant integration. It exposes a bunch of sensors, including motion detection.
I setup a moto g with the app IP webcam last month and it's worked well enough for me. it was easy to setup, and has tutorials on setting up remote access, cloud storage, take a picture and send to your daily carry phone, motion detection alerts, and also lets me save user defined blocks to local network storage. i have yet to permanently finalize the setup, just played around on a rainy sunday morning.
picked up this one on sale last weekend, tinycam monitor pro seemed highly reviewed and had a more modern UI. haven't gotten a chance to mess with it yet though.
IP Webcam. You need to install another small program in your computer to get it recognized as a webcam.
This really isn't a Macgyver, but..
If you want an actual webcam using your (Android) phone download IP Webcam
Then you'll need a driver for your PC such as this
Once you've got the stream working I recommend you play with the settings. On my Nexus 5 if I stream at a high resolution it drains the battery extremely quick and my phone gets scarily hot. Lower the framerate, resolution and quality.
It's an app called IP Webcam for android. It acts as a server and I can connect to it via a web browser (the screenshot) using the local IP on any device, provided they are on the same network. The screenshot was actually a live video feed from the phone's camera, which is pointed at the screen.
I have used this IP Webcam app on Android for a long time.
Basically you need
That's it. Your phone works as a webcam on your PC. You can select the quality, add text, tune video colors, use front or back camera of phone. And basically walk around with the phone while it is streaming on Skype/hangouts/your favorite broadcast app.
I use IP Webcam with a couple old phones and it worked very well so I bought the paid version. I use it in conjunction with IP Cam Viewer which is also excellent. Lots of customizable features for both. Some of the other apps charge for various services like hosting content or archiving.
There are a bunch of apps you can use. Here's one. All this app does is make a video feed of your phone's camera available over the network.
Also, you can use this software on your computer to monitor one or several IP cameras (or phones if you're using that app), and send you emails if there's movement. When I set this up a few years ago, I used one called "Vitamin D", not sure if it's the best one to use now though. For example, you can say if any movement happens in this part of the screen, send me a screenshot and start recording video.
Not OP but one thing I've done with old phones is turn them into a surveillance camera for home use.
With this app [link]
You can use it as a webcam to stealthily monitor online a room/something.
"IP Webcam turns your phone into a network camera with multiple viewing options. View your camera on any platform with VLC player or web browser. Stream video inside WiFi network without internet access. (...)"
I use this app: [link]
The phones I bought can run without batteries so I just plug them in where I went them, launch the app, and then I can watch with sound and video from my browser. Super nice. I'm using ZTE Paragons I got for $5 each during Black Friday from bestbuy however really any thing works
The phones I bought can run without batteries so I just plug them in where I went them, launch the app, and then I can watch with sound and video from my browser. Super nice. I'm using ZTE Paragons I got for $5 each during Black Friday from bestbuy however really any thing works
On the topic of footage retrieval, it's stored on the device however you can download/stream/configure the camera through a web client. I'd check it out!
If money is tight, even an old android cell phone can work as a cam with apps like IP webcam.
Nice thing about using a phone is it has it's own battery backup built in.
Use iSpyConnect with the old phone running IPWebcam
Set up motion detection to alert your phone, and make the videos save to a google drive/dropbox folder on your PC, that way they are uploaded to the cloud and can then be reviewed on your phone. I recommend a dedicated PC for this stuff.
I've used IP Webcam to do this same thing. I've never used Perch so I don't know which one is better. The one major downside to using an old cell phone is rather than an actual webcam is night vision. Once it gets a bit dark, you can't see anything.
I've always wondered why breakrooms dont have a camera for shit like this.
If you felt so inclined. You could install something like this and point your phone towards the fridge, you could even plug it in and leave it locked, people will just assume its charging or something. Put your lunch, which happens to have desert, in a really visible container and wait for the fatty to strike!
Might I suggest you get a camera to know for sure? They're pretty cheap nowadays and you can even use an old android phone as one with apps like ipwebcam.
I use a free Android app called IP Webcam. [link]
By default it will broadcast live video over the network, but you can configure it to broadcast over the internet too. I really like it so I bought the ad free version, but it has full functionality without that.
I know you said that you have an iphone thats jailbroken but if you can get your hands on a old android or something like that, there's an app thats perfect for you. It's called IP Webcam. It hosts a server on your network where you can see the camera, zoom in/out, turn on flashlight, record, take picture, etc. and it acts like a website so you can access it anywhere in the world.
Sorry for posting this but thought that maybe someone else may find this useful as well if they have an old android laying around.
Thanks again for your idea. I want to recommend this app instead:
When you start the server via the app, then you just get an address on the local network that you can go to (e.g. [link]) and from there you can view the stream. That's a lot better, for me, than having to use the Mobizen for PC (I don't even use Windows.)
The second benefit, which maybe mobizen supports, is that you can capture video on the client (web browser), so it's going to be easy to make timelapse videos of an entire grow.
Indeed, a cheap used android phone and apps will generally produce better image than any <$50-$100 dashcam.
I used this app which supports motion/sound based recording and wifi streaming - [link]
The above link is the one I personally use and like, although there are quite a few to choose from.
Free version [link]
Paid version ($3.99) [link]
I'd recommend the free version to try it and see if it suits you first of course.
The Best App to use is IP WEBCAM (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam&hl=en).
Steps to follow -
Like this -
Python = cv2.VideoCapture("rtsp://ip:port/h264_ulaw.sdp") //make sure you edit ip:port
Yep - for free
IP Webcam for Android
You can also set it up with a free cloud streaming account and watch it through an app on your actual phone.
I've used this app before, it was great! Once you set it up make sure to cover your phone so it isn't constantly glowing when your tent is supposed to be dark!
Would depend on how it transmits the video and how it's powered. I've never done this, so i can't say without some research, looks like there are guides you could likely google.
Personally, unless you already know how to do this, I would recommend looking for an "IP camera"(many varieties to choose from). Or, if you like upcycling, you can even use an old phone by downloading an app, then connect to it with a video player like VLC. I went with "IP Webcam" on the Android store because it has backwards compatibility with many old versions of Android and doesn't default to using the cloud. I've used my old retired tablet twice now and it worked without any problems.
IP Webcam - [link]
If you have an old Android smartphone lying around, have a look at an app called "IP Webcam" in the Play store. It uses the phone's built in camera and WiFi to turn it into an IP webcam. Works pretty well, has some plugins to allow things like scheduled night vision mode, can store video locally, can upload to an ftp server as well. There are both free and pay versions. I use it on my old phone, which I just leave plugged in, running this app. Also includes it's own simple web server, which you can access from any computer on the LAN to view the video. Optional password protection.
If you have an old android phone you can set that up as an ip cam with some software. When I had it set up, I had Ip webcam on the camera, and Tinycam on the monitor end. There is also a pay version with more features.
The tinycam also works with any number of ip cameras. If memory serves, you can also set up IP Webcam to monitor for motion, and email on motion, or stream to a server.. Whatever.
>Plugged in, and high power usage. Basically 24 hour video streaming.
"IP Webcam" by Pavel Khlebovich by chance? That's what destroyed my phones when I was trying 24hr streaming. It's a well done app, but phones just aren't designed for long-term high loads.
If we are talking local network: IP Webcam
There is a streaming mode but I don't know how well it works.
The app runs smoothly in pretty much any device
IP Webcam sau IP Webcam Pro. Nu-ti trebuie rapberry pi, transformi telefonul vechi intr-o camera de supraveghere.
I've used IP webcam many times with Tinycam. There is a free version too
There are quite a few, here are two popular ones, one for iOS and the other for Android. As for powering it, you could always keep it plugged into a charger, but if a power outlet is an issue, you can just buy an external battery pack (10,000 mAh or higher) and recharge the phone/battery at night. The larger the USB battery pack, the longer you can go without having to recharge both.
I use this on several old phones in the house, feeding into Zoneminder. I'm sure you could feed the video into some app on your laptop.
Well, there is one way.
You're gonna need to download something like IP Webcam to run as an app in Android. Then you would just substitute the stream IP address into your config.yaml instead of using mjpg-streamer.
However, lower powered phones tend to turn into potatos after a while (read: you literally can't open some types of apps), so this would be kinda risky, as one of the first things to be pushed out of RAM would likely be this. And since I kinda value my webcam access after a while (and my CPU usage), I just opted for a webcam anyways.
Grab an old android phone and download IP Webcam. Configure your home router to port forward 8080 to the phone's IP and you're almost done.
There's a few knobs in IP Webcam where you can show what you want enabled and what requires a password.
That's what I did.
Did you have to pay more than $10 for the tracfone card or you can buy just the phone? If it's just the phone, for $10, you could make a wifi IP camera out of it: [link]
I use this app with the S4 so I can check in on temps without having to open the bucket, you can also set up port forwarding so you can check it without being connected to your network. The double cup thing is to prevent over potting and so I can pull it out without pulling out the whole pot. Im also curious how the 2 weeks of stunted growth will effect the final plant so im going to continue.
I've been using IP Cam a bit lately on an old phone, seems pretty cool. I'd like to discreetly mount it somewhere, somehow, someday. It'd make a good babysitter cam.
We've done this several times. My daughter would fall asleep 98% of the way through a half hour car ride, and you don't dare wake the beast. On mild days we would just turn the car off and shut the garage, pinch a phone in the headrest and pull it up on our TV in the living room and go about our day until we noticed she was awake. Free and super handy!
App is called IP Webcam on Google Play Store. [link]
I used the Android app IP Webcam on an old Android phone. I can access it from any browser on any device connected to my wifi network, and toggle flashlight, front and back cameras, as well as transmit audio to and from each device. It's served my needs very well.
IP Webcam + TinyCam Monitor! (I also use it with my iPhones)
edit: I prefer to count them as one since you need something to view your cameras.
I believe you can use the device as an IP Camera, it lets you take pictures and record videos with it as well, and you can preview it on your computer monitor. Though, like you, I would have prefer there to be an option like this over USB.
I have mine set up as a security cam outside my door. using ipwebcam pro unfortunately the app is crashing every couple of days so its not really a viable use. More or less just wanted to see if I could do it. Ultimately it will probably end up as an emulator.
I used this one: [link] - don't know whether there is an ios version of it though.
The free version is enough for using it within the local network.
IP Webcam works well for me. The video feed is accessed by HTML rather than a driver. It's pretty easy to set up in OBS as my second webcam.
Droidcam requires installation as a background service and I found it crashing a lot.
It is super easy to do. I just installed this and followed the instructions.
Now I can access the video from my home PC and it isn't accessible from the internet. I am a attic grower and it is a pain to keep going up and down.
The phone is connected to my wifi with the sim card removed. The app running on it is called IP Webcam, and it's free. You just register an account (free), and leave the app running in the background. You can lock the screen after setting up background permissions. The Ivideon website and app allow you to watch the stream live. I monitor it on my phone through the app, and have the power strip connected to Google Home so I can do a remote emergency abort at any time. I have a Pi 3B+ coming tomorrow, and will switching over to Klipper.
Edit: forgot to mention that the phone was bought at Walmart for $25. It's one of those pay-as-you-go Androids, and works perfectly for this purpose.
If you have an old spare Android phone (or can afford to buy a random $20 prepaid one and just skip activating its cellular service [it will still work on wifi]) this app will turn that phone into a webcam, which you can view from any web browser on any device (another phone, a tablet, a pc, etc)
It's only running IP Webcam Pro (For this purpose there is no need for the pro version, I just wanted to support the dev) which is automatically starting after boot as my printer is controlled by a Pi zero running Repetier Server and could not handle an additional camera.
Not quite the answer you're looking for, but you can take an old Phone and turn it into a webcam that uses your Wifi Router to transmit the video to your PC.
IP Webcam is one of the apps that lets you do this.
I felt really uncomfortable watching the video because of this. Maybe put some metal container over the bowl while using it. If there would be a light source and a camera in the container you would be able to safely view the process. There is even an app that turns old phones into wireless cams.
Not sure if this is in the spirit of this subreddit, but you can do this via software if all else fails. Ip webcam for example.
I have a Pi Zero W through the GPIO into my I3 MK3. With this you have the ability to send a file to the Pi, or the I3's SD card via a web page. Sending it to the I3's SD card is painfully slow and if I'm going to run it from there I will move the files myself.
Control seems to work pretty well but there are times when a pause or abort just seems to hang. No print I've ran has failed do to the Pi yet. I do have a camera watching it but it isn't a USB webcam. I couldn't get the only webcam I had to work so instead I grabbed an old Android phone I wasn't using, loaded it up with IP Webcam (free), and now I can monitor the phones camera through a web page. If all you want to do is monitor it, with the option to run down stairs and abort manually, this might be a good option since the files still print from the SD card and even if the Pi locked up you could view the status. And if you do go this route you can still use a Pi for control and link the camera to octoprint so things like timelapse take pictures from the phone.
Since the camera stuff isn't running through the Pi I'm hoping this means less system resources are being used there.
My Nexus 5 with its broken screen sits in a corner of my living room with the IP webcam app running, so I can watch my cat doing nothing while I'm at work.
You can use tinycam to view it.
Another option, if you're rooted, is to install VNC server on the phone and view it's screen from any other phone or PC.
Or use one of the many anti theft apps, they all have an option to take a photo.
Or you could use a Bluetooth headset /selfie stick to capture the camera.
I hope anything helps.
There are many like it, but this one is mine.
It runs a little local webserver so you just type in the IP address on a browser on your PC. There are probably better options but this has been good enough for my purposes.
I'm using a very simple and low budget solution - an outdated Android phone with IP Camera app ([link]). It's super easy to setup (only needs to make port forwarding on the router).
tinyCam should work. You can get internal Android camera and make it as IP camera with remote web access.
However I would recommend you to use IP Webcam Android app instead. [link]
Thanks for all your recommendations. I've tried Alfred and Manything and they all need internet connections and streaming video through internet. I've installed IP camera by Pavel khlebovich. This one suit my needs. I just need the local streaming service. [link]
Oh I'd like to know something like this too. There's been a couple break-ins at my apartment complex and if I can save some coin and just set up some old phones as cameras, that would be really useful.
Edit: So after some initial research, I think a decent route would be turning your phone into an IP camera that can then be monitored and controlled with security software. Some stuff I've found so far is ZoneMinder for monitoring and IP Webcam for turning your phone into an IP camera.
There's not a lot to using it as a camera. Get an app (I've used this one, it works fine), mount the phone somewhere however you choose, a mount designed for a car might be a good choice for a more permanent fix or tape will work too, then power it. I'm sure there's more complex setups with a server for more serious use but I've never looked into more than the basics.
Turns any Android phone in to a webcam. Then just port forward on the ports your using and access the cam feed from anywhere.
(Googling how to do this is your best option.)
Webcam viewer allowed you to view from a smart device with out using the browser.
You should be able to install one of the webcam applications for Android (like this one) and then put the stream from the app into the Octoprint configuration.
Any time I'm expecting a delivery, I always stand my phone up in the window and use something like IP Webcam so I can watch the camera on my PC.
Under the right circumstances, I can use iSpy to alert me when there's a significant change in what's going on out there, like a van pulling up or the sun coming out.
If you just need a temporary setup you can an Android phone, just setup IP webcam and mount it on the RC and use the another phone or PC as the screen. It will set up a server and you can connect to it from a browser or TinyCam from another Android and you have a live feed.... well there is a little lag but should be good enough to drive with. I've actually done this with one of my son's cheap RC trucks to drive around my yard from in the house. If you go this route and need help with let me know.
I just installed IP Webcam a few days ago on a Galaxy S3 just to play around with it. It seems alright; it has motion detection and I can watch it easily on my laptop. That being said, you'll need it in a decently well-lit area if you want it to be useful at night, and I've only used it over wifi so far. As far as cloud connectivity goes, I haven't played with it but the app info says "Optional Ivideon cloud broadcasting is supported for instant global access."
Also, I spent around $9 on a 180 degree fisheye lens (similar to this one), I highly recommend getting something like this for your potential security cameras.
edit: wow, that PriceZombie bot was fast. Anyway, the lens I linked to is specifically for the Galaxy S3, it's not universal or anything.
If you have Android you can use IP WEBCAM to stream using your phone's camera. I think it works really well even 60fps 1080p. Let me know if you need help setting it up
I just have an audio monitor, but when I need a video monitor I use my cell phone (or an old cell phone), secure wifi and IP Webcam. It's free.
IP Webcam will do that. As long as you are on the same network, the app will tell you the address to type in the PC browser and it works no problem. There are a lot of apps that will turn your phone into a webcam, but this is the one I've used.
Do you have an old android phone somewhere in a drawer? Try installing ip webcam or check the link if this is what you need. If not, no can pick up an old phone (Android Version 2.2 or better) that just runs this app for a few $ on trademe.
The standard usb cables are rather short because otherwise you wouldn't be able to transfer data over more than 1.5m (i think..?), however you can build your own USB cable and just power the Ground and +5V pin to keep it charged.
Please watch this video about security webcams before you decide to buy a dlink or any $99 cam...
Basically it turns your phone into an IP camera and you can access it from your local network in your browser or apps on other devices where you can setup motion taking, etc. If you want to access the stream from outside your network, you have to do a couple of extra things like forward a port in your router. Google around, it's not too hard to do.
I use Ip webcam and it works perfectly. Easy peasy.
Forward the port in your router and you'll be good to go. A nice feature is that you'll be able to stream battery percentage and other data with the video.
Found a solution which seems to work reasonably well.
I have two Android devices, one a tablet, one a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. On the tablet, I've set up a portable wifi hotspot app, and on the smartphone, the free IP WebCam app. I start up the wifi, hotspot, then connect to it with the smartphone, and then on the smartphone instruct the webcam to start serving.
The video is only from the smartphone to the tablet, but the webcam app has two-way audio, so that's fine. We'll try it on the road and see how it goes. Thanks again, /u/palindromereverser, for the suggestion of using a webcam app!
If you have an old phone lying around (or can borrow one), you can sideload an app that will turn it into an IP camera. Then you could put it anywhere that phone would fit. It's probably your cheapest/best option.
Here's one such app, but there are many.
With IP Webcam on the device youl get a way to connect with any program that is capable to fetch video streams.
The app allows interaction (LED flashlight, night vivion mode, zoom, etc.).
You can. I did a similar thing with an old android I had laying around. There would be different ways/ apps that can do this but I remember using an app called IP Webcam which worked ok and wasn't that difficult to set up. You can also probably use an app called Droidcam but I never used that app for octolapse.
Yes - [link] - the free version is enough for this purpose. I also blocked the device from the internet as it won't get any security updates anymore.
no such thing as bluetooth. not enough bandwidth for video.
is there wifi? it does not have to have internet. just wifi.
so if you have a wifi access point. connect an old phone to the wifi. use an app to use that phone as a spy camera. on android, i use this app. finally, use your phone, connecting to the same wifi. use something like Tiny Cam to view.
If you have an unused android phone you can install the free IP Camera app and stream to your computer or another phone/tablet right in the browser, no viewer apps required. [link]
> Yung cellphone as webcam
It does work by turning it into an IP camera, then the IP address of that camera can be accessed within a private network through VLC or OBS.
I had to do that earlier this year when my actual webcam broke. I got it working fine with this running on my old phone: [link] and this script on my Solus desktop: [link] At the time I had to make a couple tweaks to the script to get it to work right on Solus, but it's had updates since then so I can't say for sure how the current version is.
Do you want to send your phone's screen to your laptop, or the phone's camera output? If just the camera, you can using IPWebCam [link]
There is an app that allows you yo use a phone as an IP webcam: [link]
With that app you can access to the IP of the phone and watch the camera from any browser ir special app
Install something like this and use it as a security camera? Not everyone wants cameras in their home but some might.
Also I'm pretty sure you can get info from the brightness sensor into tasker somehow. Might be useful for light automation.
Spass fakt: die billigen babycams sind oft ungesichert, und einbrecher koennen mit dem enpfaenger die strasse abfahren und in die wohnung schauen.
Viel besser und billiger ist es, ein altes handy zu nehmen, es permanent ans netzteil zu stecken ind dir ip webcam einrichten. Da kannst du ein passwort vergebenund wenn du willst auch uebers internet auf die kamera zugreifen.
I-spy sounds like it might do the job for you... you can also use it together with apps like Ip-webcam so it will use most android phones as remote camera. You can set it to record always, record on motion or sound detect etc and has an "archive" function for saving video as well. It also can stream, save video via ftp, and is capable of being viewed remotely if desired.
You could try something like IP Webcam on Android. No idea if this works with OBS though. Honestly I think your best bet is recording internally.
You can use an old android phone (or your current one) and install an IP webcam app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam&hl=en
and use this IPcam feed as you webcam, most software will allow you to connect the feed somehow but you may have to look that up per tool (you did not mention what you are using to stream... )
Use an old android phone (constantly plugged in) and use an IP camera: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam&hl=en_US <-- I use this one.
This one has motion detection and backs to a server when motion is detected. It's not the most DYI but you may need to know how to use a terminal to do it :D
I don't think one need particularly HD data on this...
IP Webcam is another solid webcam app. Has the option of turning your device into a dedicated webcam (starts with every phone reboot)
This app will convert your phone into IP camera. You can set up CCTV to view multiple IP cameras. There's software for computer that you can run program and set up a motion detection. The records will save on the hard drive instead of phone that can wear on eMMC/NAND chips.
If your Android phone still works, even if you have to plug-in for power, then try IP Camera. It's free. You just connect it to the same WiFi as your computer, adjust the video preferences(I recommend 640x480 at 80 quality), tap Start Server, and then enter the given URL in your PC browser. At the top of the page you'll see a link for "Videochat drivers", click it and follow the directions to install and setup the software. Now you can go to the Settings of Skype, or whatever video chat software they want you to use and your phone should be one of the camera options.
Just prop up your phone with random objects or a stand, and you should be good to go.
Yeah, a bunch. I've used IP Webcam for both security cameras and to do time lapse photography in the garden. The user interface sucks but it works well.
Night mode isn't going to work well, though. Most phones have IR filters and you would have to disassemble it to remove. That said just a nightlight should be more than enough to confirm sleepwalking, if that is in fact OP's concern.
I've used IP Webcam ( [link] )occasionally, for quite a few years. Seems to work fine (I was mainly using it as a remote camera for monitoring the outside of my house, but it does apparently work as a regular webcam as well)
An alternative is IP Webcam:
It's free, can go up to any resolution but transmits no sound and only works over Wireless Lan, not over USB like Droidcam Pro.
I have a couple old phones I've installed IP Webcam on, and they become battery-powered video monitors. I can stick one in the front window when I'm waiting for a package or put one on the desk to watch my 3D printer.
I think the Android app "IP Webcam" offered a web GUI that could be used to stream video, or to trigger individual photos to be taken.
I think you might be able to hack together a call to that api/webservice from the rpi - thus using it to trigger photos.
You could use it as a security camera with apps like Ip webcam or something similar.
why not just use https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam&hl=en&gl=US ?
I have used IP Webcam for exactly this purpose in the past.
You can use an app like this
You can turn any old phone into a security camera with this app:
IPWebcam, check it out in the store.
It also works with Ivideon for cloud streaming.
You can repurpose an old smartphone. This app works fine: [link]
IP Camera: [link]
I don't think Django will have a big role in this setup. You may need it to create a web interface but it may be too big for a simple page.
There are some Android apps to use mobile devices as ip-cam. You can install one of these apps to your android devices. They have username/password protection for stream too. You can complete android part with these apps easily. [link]
Then you will need a solution on RPI to record stream. You can use VLC to get stream over network and then save it to disk. [link]
Finally a port redirection with IPtables on RPI will allow you to stream from remote. [link] Of course you should setup DMZ (or port direction on modem/router) for RPI.
For wireless connectivity.
For Android I have used an app called IP Webcam. It worked really well.
[link] use this to make your Android cameras IP cameras and access them over HTTP/RTSP.
For iPhone users: https://itunes.apple...=8&ign-mpt=uo=4
For Android users: https://play.google....=com.pas.webcam
Based on the fact that you didn't say you tried anything, I'm going to go ahead and guess that you haven't even googled this yet.
[link] (I've used this personally a few years ago, worked great)
Also, the free version.. [link]
I've had experience with "IP Webcam." It was mainly for testing but really easy to open the stream on my laptop in VLC to view remotely. I imagine it will have no issues hooking up to Shinobi OR ZoneMinder.
Similar question on the ZoneMinder subreddit, with an iOS suggestion:
C'è anche IP Webcam: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam
Looks like its IP Webcam
I've used it on and off for years and it works well.
IP Webcam ?
You could make security cameras from them. With this app: Android IP camera .
You know, you too can install a candid camera all you need is a cheap android phone, a free android app, a good wi-fi router, an easy to use computer program and a little know how. Then, you too can set up fixed security cameras that are always on (provided you have the battery power).
It's actually how I managed to record a wedding live. 2 Samsung Galaxy S4s and 2 Galaxy Tab 3s, all linked to one network and streamed to my PC.
Koristio ranije, svaka preporuka.
None of the self hosting requires an internet connection, if you setup an android phone to run as a web server you dont need internet on the phone.
people with bad connections already host their own via much safer alternatives on computers/pis/phones. [link] you can get a device that not only doesnt need to be flashed and possibly compromised, has a screen and can be used for many other things like an ip camera, babymonitor, and many more functions.
or you can spend 7-13 bucks to get this chip and risk being obsolete/compromised.
not sure where your comment about regulating game time even stems from, no one has any mention of kids.
Is there a reason you don't want to use a security camera app like [link] ?
A cool thing you can do is set up your phones as security cameras [link]
Motion activated and everything. Have fun.
What i use:
Camera app: [link]
I've used the free version of this successfully on an old hydro outside for about 2 years now
We've had cameras on the mind for years and we had a webcam I configured in our Dog room for watching the dogs while away but admittedly I procrastinated on outfitting the rest of the house.
After this incident I re-purposed my two old Samsung Galaxy S4 phones into IP Webcams and combined that with a 3mo subscription to cloud video recording service for offsite video archives as an immediate, temporary solution.
That should give me enough time to save for what I eventually wanted as a permanent security solution. There is a company that specializes in making enterprise solutions affordable and more practical for smaller businesses (and hobbyists like myself). I've had my eye on their NVR and IP Cameras for a while and now seems like a better time than any to make this investment.
I'm great with electronics and networking cables but i'm less so with construction and new equipment installations. If you are serious, I really would like to PM you for an ear and maybe even illicit your help installing the equipment on the house if it isn't an imposition. Maybe I can even offer some of my expertise for anything in return, or i'm willing to pay even. Network cabling is my forte but not hardware installation of equipment like cameras. I have a PoE switch i'll use so we wouldn't need to worry with running power and all the codes involved with that, just mounting the equipment.
I'm also a Navy guy btw, I just had an unfortunate set of experiences which were wildly different than the typical Navy guy experience. Partly because i'm such a sensitive wiener. I wish I had never joined to be honest. I only wanted a better life for myself, that was all. I didn't want to participate in mass murder or get bombed, or shot at, or cleaning up the alive and dead bodies from Mr Bush's hurricane Katrina fuck-up. Woah, sorry a little trigger there for a moment... :)
[link] I use this. Its alright.
You need to find a special software on windows to turn this into a "webcam" though.
IP Webcam for Android.
This is an easier, better way.
Timelapse with this setup:
Regular webcam with [link] ? Android phone + [link] ?
Here ya go! [link] (I've used this one but there are many in the play store :))
For those interested. Works with Home Assistant.
Look around the comments and you shall see! (It's IP Webcam)
Same thing happened with my friends! We just played earlier today. We use a combination of several things:
1.) Most importantly, cameras. I bought a $20 one on Amazon to show the entire board from above. It doesn't need to be that nice, as long as the players can tell who is who and which way the monster is facing. It helps to have painted minis (my friend painted the starting survivors so we're just using them the whole time). I use my old phone and ipWebcam app mounted in a K'NEX stand I made for closeups of cards. It's positioned far enough above that 4 cards (2x2) can be displayed at the same time. Rather than get sophisticated with some program to combine two cameras into one, I connect the phone to my wifi and access it through the ip address that the app provides. I then position this web browser on the far left of my screen and open up the Windows Camera program and have it access the $20 webcam and position the program to cover the rest of my main screen (I have dual monitors). Then, we all log into discord and I share my main screen, resulting in both the close up of the cards and the board overview to be visible to everyone at once.
2.) As mentioned, we all use Discord and have our own headsets that we use to communicate and I use to share my screen, enabling both cameras to be displayed at the same time without any fancy software.
3.) A dedicated google drive. From here, we create a google sheet for every survivor we make. I spent some time making a clean version that closely matches the paper version, including drop down boxes with all the fighting arts and disorders and enough space for a gear grid. The biggest problem here is the gear cards themselves. If you're ambitious, you can manually scan each item in and save them to your google drive so the other players can add items as they get them. One of my other friends had already made a pdf from 1.3 that showed all the items next to their shop locations which makes it a lot easier for everyone to see what our crafting options are. But anyways, the google drive is great because we can each open up a survivor and play it and I can check in to make sure they're getting the right information, etc. The downside is you can't just copy and paste images in so every gear card needs to be saved as its own image to be inserted.
4.) This handy website for rolling dice. Yeah, it may not be as nice as rolling physical dice but at least this way, we all get to see the results come up at the same time. There are a lot of options there too, like rolling multiple dice at once and creating custom macros (that's how we handle hit locations, a d6 with text that lists what each number correlates to).
Then everything else is just on you to run. So you'll be reading from the book, drawing settlement events, handling the resources, moving the pieces around the board and so on. At first, I didn't have the close up camera so it was just me reading a ton of text and that didn't go over as well. Adding the second close up camera helps tremendously. Basically every drawn hit location and ai card just gets slid right into this camera so everyone can read it and make their own decisions. I can also slide in settlement events, innovations, armor set bonuses, weapon proficiencies, etc so that they can see everything I can. I don't even both reading hit locations and AI cards from the physical card, I just slot it in the close up camera and read from my monitor.
We just resisted the armored stranger and managed to not lose a single survivor (though one is now cursed, can't use survival, and can't use fighting arts so might as well be dead).
It's a lot of work, especially setting up a good google sheet and getting everyone access to the item cards. But it lets us play KDM so it's worth it.
Not sure, but it does work with this to turn an old android into a camera.
It's from Android IP Webcam
It's really pretty easy to setup.
I also printed a stand to attach it to my zbrace.
You can set this up so you can remotely monitor the progress and even hook up a webcam to monitor the progress.
If that is to advanced for you, you can setup an old android phone with these two pieces of software.
An old HTC with Ip Webcam on it [link]
When steam rolled out teh mobile authenticator requirement it blew my miind how many pc gamers are without cell phones and thought it was absurd and were angry at the requirement. people with i7s, ssds, 4k displays saying they cant be bothered, cant afford the device, cant afford a plan.
ringplus and freedompop both offer free plans, many other no contract carriers are incredibly cheap. with sprints recent changes it makes it that much harder to get on them now though. but devices like this huawei union is $20 at bestbuy its a quad core, 4.5 inch with a gig of ram phone running android 5.1.
this is just a bit of a psa for people who think the only phones are ones labeled iphones or galaxy. plenty of other options out there that are little powerhouses (majority of mine are used for /r/beermoney) some even go as cheap as $10 and could be used as ip cameras, baby monitors, alarm clocks, dedicated music players, http/ssh/ftp servers.
even if you dont need a phone for a phone, steam authentication or any of the many reasons i listed above is a good reason to invest in these tiny computers that can do SO much.
There's a few apps that support this, but I use this. I then "mounted" the phone to a board and set it front of the printer.
I haven't used it myself, but IP Webcam seems to have both motion detection and Tasker intergration. Also, judging by this video, Motion Detector supposedly sends an intent that can be picked up by Tasker.
You can use a spare android phone to make one
Looks like IP Webcam with a lot less features.
This might do what you're looking for
Would IP Webcam work for you?
You can try Ip Webcam
Can view on computer.
IP Webcam – Apps on Google Play
If you don't have an iphone/watch combo, it's pretty easy to set a phone up as an ip camera and watch it with a laptop, or even another phone/tablet. Just need an app like this or this or these running on the "camera" and VLC player or similar on the receiving end to catch the stream.
I've used an old Galaxy S as a webcam before via OBS and it worked out pretty well.
Ip Webcam on the Google store is great
If you have an old smart phone that is not too old it will work just as good for an hd camera. I had the pi camera and it sucked compared to my old smart phone (galaxy 8) https://imgur.com/xHYdser and use IP WebCam if you are on android or similar if you are on iphone. https://imgur.com/hFTaYih
would this one be ok?
You can direct the video stream from an app that broadcasts your phone cam (IP Webcam or something similar) to a v4l2loopback device like this.
If you have an old phone you can use IP Webcam to monitor prints. It works amazingly well.
Compared to my Pi cam it makes the Pi cam look like a POS.
Nice, I did something similar recently with an old phone and this app - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam
If you are using this you can turn off the screen and it will still work
I'm using this one. It has a lot of features in the free version too!
I use ip webcam it is easy to use
I actually just got octoprint working after a week of struggle. Budget wasn't a big concern so I went with the beefiest RaspberryPi I could get which happened to be the 4B - 4GB version.
For a camera, I ended up using an old Android phone with IP webcam installed. It works great and is very straightforward to setup and use.
I followed this guide: https://github.com/OctoPrint/OctoPrint/wiki/Using-an-Android-phone-as-a-webcam
You can take it a step further and turn your phone into a dedicated webcam with the display off. This makes it very power efficient and can actually just be powered from the Raspberry Pi USB (no additional power brick for the camera).
It comes with its own server so if something were to happen to your pi you still have a videostream that works independent of that.
Here are some things to note about using Raspberry Pi 4B vs other models.
You can do that with this app too. I use that with an old device as a baby monitor and Join to send me notifications.
1- all doors are easily kicked in. reinforce it will this https://www.amazon.com/Defender-Security-11026-Reinforcement-Construction/dp/B00FB29LZW/
2- get an old Android phone. a samsung s7 is around $100 or cheaper. i like this s7 because you can add more memory to record more videos.
install this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam
every time it thinks there are motion, it will start recording. set up a password so intruders cant turn it on. mine has a busted screen. i put in a nursing home to catch a thief for my grandmom. the phone looked terrible, nobody knew it was recording. nobody took it because it looked terrible.
3- a knife. or a pen will work fine. i wouldnt get a gun. i had a gun and almost killed someone cause i got mad. i dont know how people with guns can have such restraints.
4- leave a piece of your hair on a door knob or cabinets. when you get home and dont see the hair on the knob, someone turned it while you were gone....
You use an application like IP Webcam or DroidCam (I use the former, but as I said i have autofocus problems, so try both).
Then In Octoprint -> Octolapse tab -> Camera settings
For the base address, you input the phone IP address, and for Snapshot Address you enter the still image address given by the app.
Then whenever Octolapse accesses the Snapshot Address, the phone takes an image and sends it over.
Here is the tutorial I followed:
Something like this?
I have been using this app to use an old android as webcam to monitor my 3D prints. It works well! [link]
An app like this might be useful if you can't find specific hardware to do it.
Used this app and a Galaxy S5 phone:
You can try IP Webcam
I use this app for exactly that
Have a look at something like this as an option:
The phone serves a web stream (Only accessible locally) that can be accessed at http://<phones ip>:8080, then the pi captures and image from there. There is an Android app called 'IP Webcam' https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam&pli=1 that does this, and an image can be captured at http://<phone ip>:8080/photo.jpg so it shouldn't be too hard to implement. However I'm not sure if there is an easy iPhone equivalent.
It was inspired by the Octoprint timelapse function, which captures images from a stream of the webcam. I'm sure you could reach out to them to see how they've implemented it over there, as the lead developer is also German.
As far as bluetooth is concerned, I personally don't have an iPhone to test but could try it if I absolutely needed to. It wouldn't be the end of the world if it only supported Androids, as there are a lot more of them in the world! Great work, I'm not a programmer either, I have only tried some raspberry pi projects a few times...
Any phone and I'm sure there's many options for both concepts | https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam&hl=en_US | https://electronjs.org/apps/deckboard
So I actually use an old mini cam called FREDI cam
Any IP cam should do, they all should have at minimum, rtsp as a stream option, if not there are programs/apps that function as camera "servers" that can take in a feed in whatever format it is and convert it to rtsp or rtmp.
Latest thing I've done is turn my Android phone in to a streamable cam as well, install this app: [link]
That should allow you to stream directly to zoneminder via phone.
Perhaps IP Webcam or similar could help:
Would a cheap android phone + an app like this one be an option?
I'm not sure if you could connect to your NVR (i think its possible to get RTSP) but one possible method is to use an IP camera app on any cheapo android phone. You can use a zip tie or place the phone in a cup and turn the screen off and it looks completely inconspicuous.
The combination of IP Webcam and tinyCam Monitor should do what you are asking for.
You can use an Android phone as a perfectly good stand-alone camera. I'm not aware of any way to hook it to a RPi specifically... nor can I think why you'd want to. Even a fairly old phone probably has more horsepower than the RPi. I use old phones as birdcams. They do work well with a Linux-based Motion server. I use IP Webcam though there are others.
Yes. Finally got around to testing and confirming a way to do it:
-Using this IP Webcam app (Play Store link) to get a stream from the phone camera (this can also be installed on another spare phone)
-In OctoPrint Settings under "Webcam & Timelapse", add Stream URL: [link]
and the Snapshot URL: http://PHONE.IP.HERE:8080/shot.jpg
I've used this app before :) [link] (There are many in the play store)
It's only running IP Webcam Pro (For this purpose there is no need for the pro version, I just wanted to support the dev) which is automatically starting after boot as my printer is controlled by a Pi zero running Repetier Server and could not handle an additional camera.
There is IP Webcam ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam ) which is working great for me - however, it isn't open source
I use this app to use an old phone as a security camera. It will require port forwarding to view outside your network.
Short of just dumping footage to an FTP server, using something like the Android IP Webcam app and a Shinobi server should be pretty easy to set up. Free, too.
> Can I simply set up old smartphones as cameras and have them send a live feed to my tablet/Smartphone? If so, how do I do this on an android system?
Yes, but it may be more of a headache than it's worth to do it that way. For Android, check out Tinycam Monitor, it can act as a webcam (requires Android 5.0+). Older phones would need a IP webcam app.
I'm trying to remember what I used a few years ago.. It sounds like it may fit the bill.
See if this fits what you need.
Update. I can't believe this works!
I have pitch and yaw headtracking in DCS using only freeware OpenTrack, pieces of cardboard and tape (also my cellphone as a webcam since I don't have a webcam).
Followed this guide (Aruco Marker on paper taped to cardboard on top of farmers hat) and since I don't have a webcam (the laptop builtin webcam is crappy and inconvenient) I taped the cellphone on top of my 32" TV (inside a small cardboard carton). To make the cellphone a streaming webcam I followed this guide which made the cellphone a selectable camera inside OpenTrack (adding to said crappy inconvenient laptop webcam already selectable).
I had to install this app in the cellphone (as directed in above guide).
I used freeware open source OpenTrack, a piece of cardboard, a small cardboard carton, tape, a little printer ink and a farmers hat (basically a baseball hat). Yaw and pitch works in DCS (not tried the other 4 DOF yet).
Need to tweak curves and try the Z axis (that I really want for instruments) and X, Y positioning (so I can taxi and see landscape better).
This is the Aruco pattern used.
I don't even know what an Aruco pattern is, but apparently it can look in many different ways, this is taken from OpenTrack Wiki must be one of the simplest? Good thing it was there, the Aruco pattern generator everybody links too went down this year.
Followed recommendation from the guide and made pattern 75 mm wide with minimum 20 mm white space outside. On A4 paper (210x297 mm) the borders will exceed 20 mm.
Looking at the camera image in OpenTrack video window, it seems the algorithm locks rock solid onto the pattern, just make sure camera can see it.
Ispy uploads directly to youtube, as well as sends pics straight to your cell phone, email, and twitter. You can also use it to check your cameras remotely, and it works with webcams as well as Ip cameras.
I use it with 2 ip cams and an old smartphone that has IP Webcam that allows any phone or tablet to be used as an extra cam, and it's worked well for me.
If I recall correctly (I worked for Sprint at the time), the Epic was 3G/4G WiMAX, right? So you'd only be able to use it on Sprint 3G even if you wanted it alive anywhere.
If it stops meeting your needs, I've started taking my old phones, putting IPWebcam on them and monitoring them with MotionEyeOS. They're dirt cheap IP cameras to monitor my cat's litter pan, the basement drain or the shed, and they kind of just work without much fuss or setup. Motion detection, too!
This should sort you out.
There is a paid (one off cost) ad free version.
Also lookup Manything and Alfred, but they both have ongoing subscription costs.
My PC is used as both a regular PC (for work, general use and gaming) and an HTPC (content consumption and gaming). It runs two instances of Windows simultaneously using a piece of software called Aster Multiseat. So the regular PC instance uses a monitor as its display has a keyboard and mouse (which I also use for maintenance and adding new features etc).
The HTPC instance uses the TV as a display and I'm using a combination of airmouse remote keyboard (I use this one) and voice control through Google Home. I'm running Plex as a backend and Kodi as a frontend, with custom Kodi addons (basically glorified shortcuts) to launch a chrome browser with youtube.com/tv, Twitch.tv etc. The buttons on the remote are set up to have different functions based on the context using Eventghost. For example, in Kodi, pressing the back button emulates the keyboard backspace button (this goes back one level in Kodi), but if YouTube is open, the same button emulates the escape button (this goes back one in the youtube.com/tv interface).
I've also set up some voice control through Google Home, IFTTT and Eventghost. So I can say "watch YouTube" to launch youtube in a full screen chrome window (basically the same as what the custom addon/shortcut does in Kodi) or "I want to play games" to launch my gaming frontend (I'm using Playnite in full screen mode at the moment; it's still a work in progress, but it works well enough at the moment, it's free and under active development) or "let me see outside" to launch my IP Camera feed in a full screen Chrome window (I'm using an old broken-ish Android phone and the IP Webcam app for that).
I'm also using GoogleHomeKodi to voice control Kodi. So I can say things like "watch an episode of Rick and Morty" and it'll start playing the next unwatched episode, or "watch the movie Doctor Strange" and it'll play that movie. There are quite a few other features, but the downside is that you need to set up a separate IFTTT applet for each "feature".
I sometimes use IP Webcam on an old Android phone. It has a built in webserver and streams the camera feed - you just navigate to an IP address on your local network. I prop it up on my desk and point it at the relatively high-traffic area on my right (about one o'clock from my playspace) and hang a small dash window in that space with the feed.
It works well because looking at window when there's some movement there points your face at the right physical space, making you feel less disconnected to the people outside VR, even if they are just walking past to get to the kitchen.
If you have any phones or extra devices laying around (dont know about IOS devices,) but you could run them as IP cams
You'd probably be better served by using an application like IPWebcam on the old phone. It then runs an mjpg server, which you can use any number of apps (including IFTTT) to poll.
Yes, light makes ALL of the difference.
The reason DSLR's are great, for example, is their ability to let large amounts of light onto a large sensor via large lenses.
You can, to an extent, get great picture with the right lighting conditions.
BUT, if that does not work for you...use an old smartphone! Look into IP Webcam. The light that this guy uses even comes with a phone mount, so it is perfect for you.
My old LG L70 was able to do 1080P webcam footage with an actually great picture. I stopped using it because it fell off my monitor and broke, and I'm not about to buy a cellphone to act as a webcam. When I upgrade my current phone, I'll retire it to use again in the webcam business.
You could try IP Webcam. You broadcast your camera and can access the IP on any pc with a browser. It's a bit laggy, but it works.
If you have an old phone you can install IP Webcam on it and simply leave it plugged in. That's the cheapest way, certainly, as I was just able to use my 3rd gen Moto G that I never use anymore.
If you'd rather buy a webcam to plug into the Pi, there's a handy chart with models that are known to work and any configuration parameters required to make them work.
I'm using this app on an old phone to act as the webcam. I'm essentially doing what you suggest in software, but it kills the server for the app which also offers other sensors, which would be nice to keep active.
Hey, thank you!
I've been interested in trying this out for awhile, but having no Google Home, no IP camera, no prior knowledge of HASS and not willing to shell out $50 for something that I might not be able to setup, I decided to try adapting this to a use case with some old Android phones as cameras instead.
Turns out IP Webcam has an option to stream mjpeg video on (IP address of phone):8080/video?submenu=mjpg, so all I had to do was use that as the media_content_id, and it worked just like in the October 4th event showing casting of the nest camera!
I also found a way to use the free iSpy instead of BlueIris. After setting up the camera in iSpy, getting a free account and enabling the IP addresses of your computer and Chromecast (just to make sure), just make sure it is running and use http://(computer IP address):8080/mjpegfeed?oid=(device ID, try 1)&full as media_content_id.
Thank you. I'm testing it alongside IP Webcam [link] which seems pretty good.
Cheapest on the camera side is if you have access to any old android phones or tablets and you can load IP Webcam on them, and free or paid iSpy on a computer, assuming you can leave it on all the time. You could also use Blue Iris on the computer which does have a 15 day free trial, but doesn't have a fully free version. You can also a USB webcam if the computer is near where you want to video.
It's not the greatest solution, but you can setup the phones as cams to timelapse, motion detect, and play sound alerts. You could also save to your dropbox or google drive, so you have them if the computer happens to get stolen.
Check the free IP Webcam and tinyCam Monitor FREE and also the paid DoorSec Quick Door Security.
On the Android device, checkout the app IP Webcam. It basically turns your phone into an IP Camera that can be added just like any other wireless camera.
For the iPhone, good luck!
Do you have an old cellphone? [link]
It isn't bad. May be good enough for monitoring maintenance guys, can be hidden easily (depending on if you want that).
You could use an IP cam app and Google chrome on mobile or altspaceVR to see the live feed. ( [link] )
I know it's not really the solution that you are looking for, but it might give you some ideas.
IP Webcam on Play Store
This app can be used to host a website with a video stream of your camera that you can access over the local network. That said, if you have a wireless router, and another device (a laptop?) on the network that you connect to the projector, you can open the website hosted by your phone (no internet connection needed, just the local network) and show the stream via the projector.
Of course you still have to make sure that you can connect the laptop to the projector, but it might be easier especially if the laptop has a VGA connector.
I'm running this on an old tablet which I plan to wall mount and use as my control center in he hallway.
For a camera, anything capable of 60fps in decent resolution should be ok. 780 lags a little for me.
Ok, so in this case you need two solve two problems.
How do I get the image from Android to the pi.
How do I scan a QR code.
For the first problem, using an existing app like "IP camera" should solve the problem instantly.
The second problem is more dependent on your current setup. I would use Zbar or a wrapper for that. Zbar accepts videostreams and video files. You could setup the Android app to do both mjpeg streaming or upload to SFTP. Then write something that takes zbars output and do the unlocking part.
If you wanna try it on the cheap I've been doing this with this free app for years. Point phone at head with one hand, watch it on the monitor and shave with the other hand.
For an Android camera phone, the app you want is something like IP Camera or similar app.
In theory as that app streams direct to an IP address, connecting to a laptop on that end is unnecessary - all you need to do is map the IP address of the phone with the camera to an external IP address via the wifi router the phone is on if you have control of that?
All you would need to do is then access the external IP address of that router, or even use something like dynamic DNS to get a domain name as long as 100% uptime isn't critical.
If you have or can get an old Android phone, that's all you need.
Install ip webcam or something similar and you're good to go.
You can configure motion detection from inside the app or just connect a PC to it and run some capture software.
iSpy for windows or zoneminder for gnu/linux are good and free options.
Wirelessly is tough, a decent-quality video stream is either massive bandwidth or massive compression horsepower. You could try running IP Webcam [link] on your phone, then open the stream from the laptop. Try the different formats and see which one looks best and has the lowest latency.
To do this "right", you'd want a wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver pair, and use something like a DSLR as the source. That'll get you high-def, low-latency, and hopefully reasonable dynamic range in the image. But that depends on the camera.
Doing it wired is much easier: Get an MHL cable for the S5 (careful, I know Samsung used a nonstandard MHL connector on the S4, I can only assume they continued it on the S5) which will have HDMI on the other side, plug that into the TV as a source. Launch the camera app on the phone and the viewfinder will render on the TV.
I haven't done it myself, but for example there's this. Similar apps appear on the page, too.
He could set up a video stream with something like IP Webcam. I'm an overprotective dad and use this to keep an eye on my little ones. If anyone wants to see them, PM me for a link ��
tinyCam has support Android camera, but only for Android 5.x and above.
You can use free IP Webcam free app ([link]) on your old Android device and use tinyCam on new Android device to view that camera.
I use this for an IP Webcam: [link]
It's works great. I just use it on WiFi, and I don't have to worry about data overages.
This turns your android device into an IP camera, which gives you a lot of flexibility. There are IP cam viewers available for every platform. On Windows I'm a fan of "IP Camera Viewer 4." On Android I use TinyCam.
> For the live video on the phone, you could look into setting up an RTMP server on a nearby PC. Then, you can send an RTMP stream from the phone to your computer, and pull it into OBS as a source. There's a couple of guides about how to set up an RTMP server, using nginx with the RTMP addon is a pretty popular solution. As far as generating an RTMP stream from the phone, for Android there's yasea, no idea about any iPhone programs.
You don't even have to be that complicated, though if you're interested in the technical setup, that sounds like LOADS of fun and might be something I do in the future.
I have used this in the past to get video from phone(android) to VLC, then capture VLC on the computer with my streaming software (OBS at the time). This was surprisingly effective, and I only tested it on my intranet which is reliable devices with almost no interference. I imagine there is a similar iPhone app, but google can help you there. Note: This destroys battery life, so buyer beware.
Do you want to simply stream a live picture security-camera-style or do you need to be able to press the shutter?
A quick Google search gave me this results: Android Phone/Tablet as IP camera
Remote Shutter from one phone to another and even from an Android Wear smartwatch
Most of these apps are however limited to a stable wifi connection between the phones ad-hoc or a shared access point.
just use an app like this for phones: [link]
then you can add it to blue iris or whatever you use for your IP cams
I use my old android phone as a webcam. The phone uses this app and it works great, you can set it up with ivideon.com to access the stream remotely. I believe there is a similar app for iPhone, but I don't have any personal experience with that. The biggest pain with this is figuring out how to angle the phone well. Currently I have it on a coffee table propped up with jars of bunny treats, but I'm sure there are better options out there.
I haven't used AutoInput in a while so I'm unable to help you when it comes to that. I know it's possible to use IP Webcam, you may want to look into that as it will be a lot simpler than using AutoInput in my opinion.
Yeah man, thanks! The girls had a big day today getting some much needed water with the CORRECT ph. Looking forward to updating the journal tomorrow.
As for the camera, I am currently using an app called IP Webcam.
It will turn pretty much any device with a camera into a streaming cam or just take some shots remotely at will. I would really like to figure out something in the future not relying on a third party, but in the meantime I'm not putting my stream out there on blast so I'm not too worried about it.
I did a lot of tinkering with the plants today so the cam isn't centered but here is a current shot.
Surely you have an old iPhone 4s or an Android phone or something obsolete. I saw this app earlier: [link]
Maybe someone you know has an old iPhone 4 or galaxy s2 or something they don't give a fuck about, tell them about your dilemma and I'm sure they will find it funny enough to spare it at the risk of it getting nicked in order to catch the thief.
If you have a spare Android phone, you can install IP Cam. Works well in visible light and doesn't need other apps or such or subscription, just a plain browser will do.
You can use it as a security camera. Set it up someone in your house, view it remotely and record constantly or set it up to record when motion is detected using free apps like IP Camera
You could use it as a dashcam in your car by plugging it into your car to charge, and even create a timelapse of your driving using free apps like Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile or Lapse it as suggested by /u/scots
You could use it in place of a Chromecast Audio if you have Spotify, as suggested by /u/chrwei
You could use it as a dedicated navigation system for your car with Google Maps and it's offline features.
Above all, the glass backing with the Amazon logo looks quite good on a shelf or desk :)
there you go
This one works pretty well.
Rocks for viewing them and just about any other brand/app
[link] You can use something like this to make your Samsung work as a web cam for OBS.
I don't do anything as advanced with my old phones as that, mostly I just use them as baby monitors or garage security. I've used IP webcam and it states it can record and gives me the option to and do lots of other fancy stuff I've never touched. I'm sure you've probably looked at it, but just in case you haven't, I thought I'd mention it as I really like it.
For syncing with the phones, I'm going to assume you're using Linux as that's what I use. If you using Windows there is probably something similar and I've put descriptions of what the applications do in brackets. You could just setup a cron job (performs tasks as a set time or interval) to use rsync (file transfer and copying program) over ssh (remotely connect to computers) and connect to your phones that way and download the files and then delete them. This means you could also stick with SVR.
If you want more information, just ask I won't bore you to tears with something that doesn't sound right for you.
On the NAS, Synology has a first party app called DS Cam.
On the phone, I'm using IP Camera app.
Plug the IP into the DS Cam app and the NAS handles the motion detection, recording, and overwriting of old footage.
Use an old Android. Install this and then you'll have to setup port-forwarding on your router and you'll be able to view the feed from a web browser. It'll give you your feed, but I'm not sure if it has a login option or not...
Could also try this one if you have two Androids you can use.
IP WebCam on GooglePlay
With this, i was able to set up a network camera and just go to the URL it provides for local network access...
FPS are slow, If you change the resolution, quality etc... You can get a decent Frame rate, And good quality...
When you change the format, it will say in brackets, how much data it needs per minute..
If you use a High quality format, it could take 20mb per minute .. Try to get it around your network speeds limit (10mb per min) usually !
The word you are looking for is STREAM... Stream video to desktop etc..
Tiny cam monitor is more setting up a device as a viewer. For converting an old phone into an IP camera I recommend IP camera
Looks like its a phone [link] looks pretty cool
All you would need is
i like 'ip webcam' [link]
ja sam koristio ovaj app na 10ak god starom htc-u koji sam narucio za 200tinjak kuna s ebay-a (bad esn):
streamas na komp, ne moras zice provlaciti.. mozes poriktati da ti se aktivira na pokret, tak da ne snima 24/7.. zgodno brzo rijesenje..
I use an app on an old Note 4, It works fine. Just have to use an IP cam adapter to get it into OBS. The only problem I have is forgetting to charge the phone.
The app I use (you should be able to find a Iphone equivalent):
IP Camera for Android. Then you just browse to the IP on your PC or with any IP camera app on another device.
[link] for the cam app, and then for android a good viewer app (whcih I used on my Nexus Player to view is [link]
There's software on the Play Store that turns an Android phone into an IP camera:
I personally have used my old nexus 4 with the app IP camera as a baby monitor with Tiny cam monitor as the viewer in my nexus 6. I actually bought the pro versions of both with Google opinion rewards since I use them frequently. It took a little configuring of the wireless router and free DNS signup at dtdns.org to setup so that I can view the camera when outside the home. My wife's old HTC droid incredible was used as a dog monitor to view our dog, when we are out and she is crated. The nice thing about the two apps are that at night, you have the ability to activate the camera flash, so that you don't have to worry too much about infrared or night mode.
install button-> do you have a dim/black overlay app ? disable it.
IP Webcam [link]
Hey! Its actually an old phone. I'm using an app called ip webcam ([link])
It lets me connect to the camera over local internet. Then I made a simple little python script to grab a pic every 60 seconds. I don't know why the quality is so low in the final gif. The screenshots it takes are much much better quality. I'm still working out the best program to make the gif with.
Ip Webcam? [link]
It has old UI, but a lot of options and local web interface.
> Android is a Linux Distro
Nope, but I'll check out the spydroid app (I'm currently using IP Webcam which has a lot of features).
$10 for phone + $10 for app + $11 for the IR light i linked in another comment. you now have a audio and video capable baby monitor, that when the young one grows up can turn into an ip camera, mp3 player, a remote control for your media setup, a web/irc/ftp/etc/etc server, paired with cerberus it could be tracking device for your vehicle, and that is scratching the surface.
or spend $25+ on a baby monitor that may or may not have video and when its done being useful...
Used IP Webcam on my Android phones, gave them static IPs, and added them into Zoneminder through it's fairly straightforward UI. Just be aware that unless you root the phone, it'll most likely need to keep the screen on to let the app run. I think that contributed to frying two of mine.
I'm using a Galaxy Nexus with IP Cam installed and YawCam on a Windows server doing motion capture. I have the motion capture save to a network drive and the following script on my Linux server takes all of the images of a single day and converts them into a video file (about 10% of the original size of all the images):
Edit: OK pasting code here isn't working. So I put it here: [link]
I have used IP Webcam in the past. [link]
You could probably use any cell phone/tablet with something like this. Watch the camera on a computer using VLC, and stream the VLC window.
Purchase a cheap pre-paid android cell phone and you should be fine.
You can put an app on the phones that will turn them into an IP camera of sorts. Haven't really messed around with it myself but I have seen it used.
Edit: found an app. [link]
If you're comfy enough with a command line, then Zoneminder works pretty well. And mobile viewing on the webpage isn't bad either. If you've got an old laptop you can use as the server, then all you need is the cameras. Old smart phones work pretty well with this app, but then you don't get the IR night-vision. Foscam has some decent cameras at not bad prices, but there are cheaper options out there.
IP webcam ([link]) is great and I have it running on a water damaged oneplus one.
The LCD was shot, but the touch screen worked. Was able to mirror the screen over ADB and install the app and have it auto-run on boot.
Just some ideas: Chromecast remote control. Large screen GPS for the car. Desktop time/weather/news display. Kitchen cookbook replacement. Bathroom magazine replacement. Home security camera.
Look up Zoneminder's docs on defining zones.
Especially look at Preclusive zones, if that'll work for your situation, or else you'll just have to play with the settings until your false alarms go away. In my living room, which has a sliding glass door, I used filtered pixels to get rid of all the false emails. Also, I've set my email alerts to only send above a certain score. This way I only get emailed for serious events, but I can still log in and watch clips of the cats playing when I want to.
As far as the networking goes, I bought a router off of woot when they had a sale. So i now have two routers, one "external" which is connected to my internet modem and everything else in my house for regular use, one "internal" which is connect to only my server and cameras (the "internal" is my Zoneminder network with a hidden SSID). The first option is run a cable from the external to internal router, and then setup all of your port forwarding rules. The second option is to have your server connected via cable to one router, and via WiFi to the other, with the appropriate port forwarding rules. This allows all of the camera traffic (which is only super heavy during periods of motion detection and/or live streaming) to be on an "internal" network, handled by one router. While mine and my wife's computers, phones, Netflix streaming devices, etc, are all on a separate "external" network and that traffic is being handled by a separate router. -- My wife is very impatient when Netflix has to buffer, so this was my solution.
I also am using two Foscam's, and just recently converted my old Motorola Electrify into a third IP camera (there's an app for that). All of my motion detection is being handled on the Zoneminder side.
Side note #1: If you don't already have another solution, I'm also using no-ip for a free dns.
Side note #2: It's not very active (at all), but there's also /r/zoneminder!
EDIT: How do I keyboard?
Install IP Webcam and make it a network camera that is as good as an expensive AXIS security camera.
So I know you said you don't want to use WiFi because of lag, but, with the right settings - there doesn't need to be any.
I use IP Webcam on my android phone. The app starts a web server on your phone, which you then navigate to on your PC in your web browser (Assuming your phone is connected via WiFi to the same network your PC is on).
The quality is as good as your camera is, and it can also transmit audio.
I use 1x zoom, 25% quality, 0 exposure compensation - and it looks pretty damn good. The audio is when lag starts to become noticeable, but if you can get VLC to work, or HTML5 Opus enabled, it's said to reduce the lag significantly.
Yes, get this app [link] more simple than it seems actually
This is what I use on my phone: [link]
You will have to pay if you want the screen to stay off, I recommend this so nothing gets burnt in.
This should be really simple, install the App, set everything up and visit the IP-Adress in your browser.
Android cell phones are great. IP Webcam is a free app that turns most android phones into a feature filled wireless network camera(multiple video viewing methods, audio, sensor readouts and more).
GoPros are nice, but I don't like using it to watch my machine; the wireless resolution is poor, and the features are non existent. I save the gopro for when I want high resolution video to review later.
For a phone(if you don't have one laying around) search Glyde for a used one.
tested it on my low end moto g ($25) and it worked great with audio.
I use a combination of IP Webcam
for turning an old android phone into a webcam. Then use tinyCam
for viewing the stream. TinyCam is the best viewer I've tried so far for viewing streams.
Wife has an iPhone so uses IP Webcam viewer
for watching. Not the best, but does the job for her.
IP Camera. You can view your phone's camera live in almost any web browser or media player, You can also control the phone's LED flash, take pictures and record video from the browser. It all works over WiFi.
For anybody else reading this. I was able to figure out how to get controllable delay on my video stream. I had access to a GoPro and an Android phone which I used successfully in this technique. Because I can use any Android phone, I probably won't buy a camera, since many phones already have decent cameras in them. Additionally, I expect that this can also be done with iOS as well, although I haven't tested that myself.
Basically I downloaded and ran this app: [link] which allows me to connect to the stream over WiFi using any computer. You can connect by sending your browser to the IP shown on the screen or in vlc by doing: vlc http://<ip>:8080/video If you pass the :network-caching=20000 parameter as well, you can control the delay (i.e., 20000ms = 20 seconds). So the command looks like this for me:
> vlc [link] :network-caching=20000
You can also use the VLC gui by Media / VLC -> open network stream -> putting in the URL, and increasing the caching in the "show more options" section at the bottom.
IP webcam lets you view your mobile's camera through the browser and can remotely take pictures, turn the flashlight on and off but unfortunately doesn't work the other way round (I think)
If there are two Android devices available, "IP Camera" [link] has worked well for me. Wi-Fi is necessary, bit relatively speaking, the entire setup is rather cheap.
Just mount the spare phone some place and have it plugged into power. Set up the app on the watching phone and access it through the daily driver phone.
IP Webcam on an Android device [link]
And WebcamXP on a Windows box to store the snapshots. Honestly, there's probably a better way to set this up but it's worked in years past so I just took the lazy route :3
Chiming in here to say I've had the same issue on some days. Made a post awhile back but didn't get much help. The live view feed is usable, but definitely is on par with free webcam type apps I've used since 2010-ish. I think they're trying to troubleshoot why the streaming quality appears to be so compressed, especially in comparison to some of the YouTube videos I've seen of other people using the Circle View and not having this issue with the streaming video, regardless of if they're recording video as well.
^(And as a side note, yeah, you are being kind of rude to them, they're just asking for advice bro.)
there is an app for android phones called IP webcam
that he could potentially try using
there are ads in the free version, but the pro version ($4) does not have ads; so he could try the free version to see how well it works
Specifically, the 8918W and the 8906W. (Can't find the link for the 8906, but here's the 8905W which is very similar.)
I bought these two originally because I wanted to be able to use them with other software if ZoneMinder didn't work out for me. I have also used an old Motorola Electrify and two different Samsung Galaxy models (don't know specifically the models...) as IP cameras by resetting the phones to factory and installing IP Webcam on them. The phones actually get better quality but there's no IR filter (nightvision) with the phones. You also have to make sure that your phone has ample air flow around it so it doesn't get too hot. (i.e. don't try to hide the phone in a teddy bear)
I also have an Unifi Micro. It does not allow HTTP for the images/video streams. And you can only set up RTSP streams from an NVR. So I now plan to install the Unifi NVR service on the same laptop as Zoneminder so that I can re-stream the feed and utilize this camera, but IMO I feel that it is overboard and would not recommend buying Unifi cameras for this setup. (Going with a total Unifi setup where you might actually be able to fully leverage the NVR would be a different story.)
The Foscams will do motion detection on their own, which was part of the reason behind the original purchase. However, Zoneminder is pretty easy to set up (yum install), it sends me e-mail alerts, and uploads the images/videos from events to an FTP server. (So all events are stored on disk, on gmail servers, and on a separate FTP server). I have also thought about putting the local disk storage inside a Dropbox/Drive/MEGA folder for automatic cloud storage/syncing.
I have used IP Webcam is very simple :)
Do you have an old cell phone? You know you can turn it into a free home surveillance system? Catch them in the act :)
1. Take an old android phone
2. download IP Webcam
3. Tape it facing out the window
4. Hook up a USB battery or plug it in if it reaches
5. Open the web page from a device to keep an eye out. You can use pretty much anything, I've used my phone, my tablet, and a 'stay on top window' extension for chrome before.
Stl lonk: [link]
Android app for remote webcam: [link]