More Integration: SmartThings Hub

August 22nd, 2014

Good news! If you use IP Cam Viewer to record your cameras 24×7 and have a SmartThings hub, then you can automate motion notifications globally and vary camera groups based on the Away / Home modes in SmartThings. Add presense detection in SmartThings to switch modes and you won’t even have to push a button.

Automate Away Mode

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Remote Control of IP Cam Viewer and ChromeCast/FireTV Stick

April 10th, 2014

Starting with v5.3.7, IP Cam Viewer now has an embedded HTTP server! This server can be used for remote control of record mode, tasker integration, chromecast, cam hosting and more.

IP Cam Viewer already has in-app motion detection with notifications in Record Mode. Adding remote control will allow you to change settings like turning in-app MD notification on/off while away from home, or recall a group to change recorded cameras. See this post for access information.

Many people have asked for tasker integration but I’ve held off in-order to find a lighter, simpler and more extensible solution (compared to their plugins). Adding commands to the embedded web server allows for tasker integration via it’s HTTP automation features while enabling easy integration with other tools.

Want to share your cameras via a website but 1) don’t want to share it directly, or 2) don’t know it’s API, or 3) it’s has some custom binary protocol / video format? Now with the embedded web server, all 1900+ camera types supported by IP Cam Viewer can have it’s own simple web page. Of course it’s only available from the local network in record mode but you can choose to open it up (port forward) to the outside.

Chromecast support is now available in v5.4.3! In Gallery View, select More Actions and Show in Chromecast. IP Cam Viewer will send instructions to play (via it’s web server) to a Chromecast device using a free app called IPC Cast Proxy. I published this app solely to support Chromecast integration (it does nothing else). The reason is that direct integration requires lots of libraries which I’d rather not burden IP Cam Viewer for performance, stability, size and portability reasons. Remember that IPC runs on pretty much all devices from Android 1.6+ and many third party Android platforms like Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, Blackberry, Microsoft, Intel, etc…

Backing up a bit, if you really want to see the display on a TV, you can do it today with a $39 Amazon Fire TV Stick, or $50 Android HDMI dongle like the MK908, or a sub $50 Walmart tablet. They all run full Android apps!  Chromecast doesn’t run android apps and require apps or android device to send it video using up bandwidth (why when you can run full android?) Future chromecast will have mirroring (should have come with it from beginning IMHO) so the proxy is no longer needed then (argh).

In summary, the embedded http server is here and will be built out over the coming releases.

Baby Mode and background audio

June 17th, 2013

In the past, people have consistently emailed to confirm that the application does not run in the background (due to bandwidth concerns). In fact, the app does not run in the background unless you are using home screen widgets or record mode (rate is adjustable).

Because of this concern, the closest to a baby mode was to run in Gallery View with Auto Dimming turned on (see App Settings). This way, you can hear audio and have a dimmed screen (for night time). The screen will turn on if touched or motion is detected.

However, there’s been an increasing email demand for another option to play audio even when app is not in the foreground and when screen is locked! This goes against the demand by other users to not run in background.

With Android v4.9.5, I’ve added a new Background Audio Mode option (in Gallery View, click Menu key). In this mode, and only in this mode, the app will continue to run in the background and play audio even when phone is locked (audio includes motion detection notification sounds if enabled).

In summary, the Android app will not run in the background except if you’re using widgets, record mode or background audio mode.

Rob

ps. the iOS version never runs in the background.

Anyone can have a home surveillance system!

April 24th, 2013

With the latest record on motion detection feature in IP Cam Viewer Pro, now anyone can have a home surveillance system for almost nothing. Motion detection reduces sdcard space usage dramatically. I’m getting weeks of recording time on an empty 8gb sdcard (app will automatically recycle old footage as needed).

Search, view, export past recordings and view live, all with no monthly fees. No middleman servers/services which can be a security/privacy issue, massive ISP bandwidth usage, exposure to monthly fee increases, slow network access and potential disaster if company goes belly up or get hacked.

Latest Android version now supports motion email notifications.  iOS version will get this functionality soon. I switch between a ‘record home’ and a ‘record away’ group where the ‘record away’ group records more cameras and enables motion notifications for some cameras.

Hardware:
- old, left over android phone or tablet. Price: free
- cheap ip camera on amazon or ebay. Price: ~$50 each

Software:
- IP Cam Viewer Pro. Price: $3.99 one time cost

Setup:
1) install IP Cam Viewer Pro on spare android device.
2) configure your cameras in IP Cam Viewer Pro (turn on record only when motion detected in Edit Camera -> More Options for each camera).
3) start recording, click matrix view button, hang on wall as a bonus display!

Finally, both Apple App Store and Android Play Store allows you to install IP Cam Viewer Pro on as many devices as you want (as long as you use the same account) so install it on your daily phone to get live viewing (use export/import or sharing to copy settings).

ps. for live viewing outside of your home network, you need to setup dynamic dns and port forwarding.

ps.ps. some users have asked to record to dropbox. See above on why I do not like to send private video to some cloud service. If you MUST sync to dropbox or google docs, use FolderSync Lite to sync the entire IP Cam Viewer Record folder.

ONVIF and Bitcoin

April 3rd, 2013

I quietly added ONVIF support to recent versions. With your support, hopefully it’ll get better over time.

Next, for those of you that download the Android app directly from my site, the next version will support upgrade via Bitcoin or Paypal. Bitcoin has really come a long way with tools and ease of use. See http://bitcoin.org for more information.

In the news…

November 10th, 2012

IP Cam Viewer is in a BBC technology article posted today!

It was also in Episode 1 of the BGR Show this summer, under home automation.

Did you know you can actually watch BBC in the android version?

Generic RTSP support and misc. formats

January 30th, 2012

Finally, IP Cam Viewer now has generic RTSP support. The means more devices supported, like mpeg4 devices and audio for some existing cameras.

New devices include Pixord P-1401, arlotto AR1500, AVTECH AVC791, Linksys WVC54GC and more to come…

New audio support include Compro cameras, PROCCTV cameras, sharx, y-cam, Lorex cameras, Air Live cameras, and more…

Over the next few releases, I will fix bugs in the new stack and try to speed it up. Also, it’ll be a mad dash to add more devices.

ski resort web cams for northern CA

December 17th, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I’ve collected together some ski resort webcams in the Lake Tahoe CA area for everyone to enjoy.

See my post linked above.  Just click on the links in the post using your mobile browser to import them into IP Cam Viewer.  You’ll need IP Cam Viewer for Android version 4.2.5+ or IP Cam Viewer for iOS version 1.5.3+ installed for the mobile browser to recognize the links.

Enjoy, Rob

ps. see the Tech Tip at the end of the above linked article for instructions on how to create your own camera packs which users can import simply by clicking on a link in a website.

ps.ps. I’ve added more cameras packs into the above link, including cruise cams, zoo cams, and world news live feeds.

IP Cam Viewer running on Playbook BBX 2.0

October 23rd, 2011

Well, you saw in a previous post how IP Cam Viewer Google TV, now here are pictures of IP Cam Viewer running on the Blackberry Playbook 2.0 (beta).

I had to disable home screen widgets, native code functionality, and other features that the Android Player does not support, but it does run pretty well.  It should also run on future BBX based Blackberry Smartphones too.

UPDATE: It’s now available in Blackberry App World for Playbook and future BB 10.0 devices.

 

From the dead! Pro and Lite coming back.

October 13th, 2011

Google is helping me bring them back!  Hold on tight, it’ll happen over the next 24 hours!

It seems the app description had issues so I while I’m updating the code, I’ll need to bring it back down so I can go over the text when they contact me to make sure everything is kosher.

Background: As you probably know, the Pro version was pulled from the Market on 10/12/2011.  Since my Lite version was pulled earlier, I obviously have not figured out what Google was unhappy with.

I was tired and defeated.  Try to fix it again and risk being banned.  Don’t do anything and watch 3 years of hard work slip away.

Since my earlier attempts to contact Google for help did not work, I decided it was time to reach out to the press, blogs, forums, websites, news sites, podcasts and anyone I could contact for help.  My goal was to make enough noise to get someone at Google to help.

Within an hour, OMG!Droid reached out to me and offered to write a post.  Just speaking with Chris helped.  He really cared and wanted to write a balanced story.  I breathed a little better.

What happened next really surprised me.  A kind sole, who doesn’t know me (but I’ve seen him at multiple conferences from a distance), read my email and forwarded it to someone at Google who started the ball rolling.

These 2 gentleman are large in the tech world and the fact that they took some time to help a stranger in need, made me tear up (embarrassing since I was at the PayPal X Conference).  Did I mention I’m a Rackspace customer. 8^)

So now, I’m waiting for Google to contact me and hopefully get this thing straighten out once and for all.

Update:

Well, the upper managment mean well and tried but the market support folks must work out of the old KGB offices. I only have the ONE extra email hinting at the app description and which gave my app back.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for that but it would have been good to know *what* text was the issue so I can avoid it from happening *again*.

So, I’ve edited the app description to a minimum, removed all web links to my website for help or device support, and removed the list of brands supported (except for some major brands).

Look at the description here. It’s so bland, I don’t know what else it could be (email me if you find an issue: robert[dot]chou[at]gmail[dot]com).

Now, it’s cross your fingers, toes, and pray time…