Archive for the ‘IP Camera Viewer – iOS’ Category

Anyone can have a home surveillance system!

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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…

Saturday, 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

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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.

Burglars Caught with IP Cam Viewer for Android and iOS

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Users of IP Cam Viewer often email me about how they use my app to monitor their baby, home, rental, pet or business.  Sometimes, users report their cameras catching thieves in the act or their cameras helping them solve problems.

Here are snippets of 2 emails I got recently.


10/2/2011:

“Robert,

Just wanted to drop you a quick note about my “interesting” day this past Friday…

I was sitting at my desk at work and glanced down at my iPod touch where I usually watch my four cameras at home (I use my Droid X when I’m away from my desk) when I noticed some unfamiliar people inside of my house and a strange car in my driveway. I quickly phoned my son to make sure it wasn’t him (it wasn’t, he was still asleep) and then called 911 to report that there were people in my house that weren’t supposed to be.

I watched as the burglars finally realized that I had cameras and saw them move them aside and unplug them (they missed the one pointing outside to the driveway, though). Anyway, within about a minute of calling 911, I saw a police cruiser pull-up to my house, quickly followed by a second.

Long story short: both burglar’s apprehended and pretty much everything recovered (although we’re still putting things back and dealing with the disarray and kicked-in front door).

Anyway, all of the police were very excited, to say the least, that they were able to catch the guys in the act and fleeing my premises. They all wanted to know how I had things setup, etc. and I told them about IP Cam Viewer, etc. I’m going to be writing-up setup instructions for them so they can install cameras in their houses as well.

One thing I wasn’t able to provide them was a video or recording–sadly, I wasn’t using this feature of your app at the time, but I’d like to have some DVR functionality just in case this ever happens again. I played around this morning with the recording and playback feature of IP Cam Viewer on my Xoom this morning, but I had a little trouble swiping on the screen to change cameras in the playback feature–changing which camera is selected and/or whatever swipe direction does not seem to advance me to the next camera (and I can see that there are indeed images recorded for the other cameras in the record folder for the selected timeframe).

Anyway, I’m probably going to start using my HTC Droid Eris (first, old Android device) as my DVR, but I was thinking of using my Xoom. Don’t know if you have any advice on what might be the best platform for this…

Thanks again for a great app, for keeping it updated so often and adding new features–I’m sure you’ll have a few new customers due to my recent incident ;) .

Cheers,
Sean”


9/21/2011:

“I absolutely LOVE the app, my landlord has been complaining about my dog barking and I suspected it was the neighbor’s.  Thanks to you and the Axis camera triggers, I now have evidence to support my belief.”

iOS Launch URLs

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

IP Camera Viewer for iOS version 1.3.5 or newer will support the following launch URLs for integration by other applications:

launch app in default matrix view:
ipcamviewer://launch

launch app in default matrix view for group name (v2.1.8 or newer)
ipcamviewer://launch?groupName=[url encoded group name]

launch app in detail view for camera id
ipcamviewer://launch?id=[index of camera, 0..n]

launch app in detail view for camera name
ipcamviewer://launch?name=[url encoded name for camera]

See this post for similar launch methods for android.