Expand your horizons and cover more use cases with the live video stream processing feature. From now, you can connect a video stream from your camera directly to your camera folder in Video Insights. Here are the major benefits it offers you

  • Get online updates about the traffic situation you analyze
  • You can schedule your traffic surveys in advance and even with recurrence. Imagine you can schedule the recording and processing to cover the morning and evening peaks every day for a selected period of time.
  • Collecting traffic data 'on the fly' eliminates the privacy issues - you don't need to store the sensitive data (videos) on your hard drives. 

Read below about the live camera stream requirements, how to connect it and schedule the video stream processing in Video Insights in two easy steps.

Video stream requirements

Currently, Video Insights supports all RTSP public video streams with H.264 video format. To obtain the best results, we recommend your stream has the 1280px x 720px and higher resolution. To connect such a camera stream to Video Insights, you need to provide the stream URL which always starts with the format:

rtsp://<ip address>:<port>/

IMPORTANT: You might need to contact your network administrator to obtain the public IP address and port.

You can test the video stream connection directly in Video Insights when creating a Camera folder with video stream option. If your camera stream is password protected, you will be able to insert the credentials into the input fields below the url input field as below.

Creating and connecting video stream to camera

If you want to connect a video stream for recording and processing, you have to first create a suitable Camera in Video Insights and select the "Video Stream" input option.

STEP 1: Click to 'New camera'

STEP 2: Configure the video stream camera in 3 easy steps as below

STEP 3: If the stream is valid and functional, your new Camera is created and ready to schedule the live stream processing. Click 'Schedule video stream' in the toolbar or directly in the Camera.

Scheduling the video stream recording and processing

You can schedule the video stream recording very similarly as you upload the videos (see below). Select the Camera, name your future recording and set the camera location timezone. The scheduled recording interval is then set in accordance to the selected timezone. 

Next, you should configure how the live stream recording shall behave in case of the camera disconnection. Read more about the difference between the 'Continue recording' and the 'Stop recording' option below 

Furthermore, you can schedule repeated video stream recording. Imagine you can plan your traffic surveys i.e. for the peak hours in the following weeks. In Video Insights, you can easily set up the live stream recording e.g. every day or week from 7am - 9am and Video Insights will automatically process your traffic video streams for you!

In the third step, you will see the summary and the credits needed for the recording and processing which is the same as when you upload a video. 

1 hour of the video stream recording and processing = 1 credit :)

You can always edit or delete the scheduled stream recording up to 30 minutes before the scheduled start.

The video processing of your video stream is on the fly, no video data is stored to keep your data privacy. Your video is processed using the same standard processing as you already know from the regular video upload option. 

As a result, you get the traffic data online (in just couple of hours for fixed camera videos or the next business day for drone camera videos). You can easily define the particular movements and relevant widgets once in the beginning and then get refreshed traffic data on the fly. Widgets are fed with the newly processed data from the scheduled streams at least once per hour.

Read about other ways of video input:

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