Raspberry Pi surveillance
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Rpisurv is designed to be simple to use (no need to fiddle with coordinates or detailed layout configs) and to be able to run unattended for long periods of time. Therefore watchdogs and autohealing logic have been implemented. Version 2 adds functionality to define multiple screens which can be cycled between.
You can think of rpisurv as a wrapper for omxplayer with following features (Rpisurv uses omxplayer to fully make use of the GPU of the raspberry pi).
In short: The idea is to connect your raspberry pi to a monitor and tell rpisurv which stream(s) and screen(s) it should display or cycle between. Rpisurv will autocalculate all the rest. - Get a monitor or a TV - Get a raspberry pi dedicated for rpisurv, and install raspbian on it. Make sure your monitor is operating at the correct resolution - If you are going to have multiple streams, add gpumem=512 to your /boot/config.txt - git clone this repository:
git clone https://github.com/SvenVD/rpisurv- move into folder
cd rpisurv- OPTIONAL: checkout a specific branch, for example `git checkout v2latest
, if you want to override the default version on master - runsudo ./install.sh` - Get the correct stream url for your ip camera(s), there are some examples in /etc/rpisurv.conf - Configure your screen(s) and stream(s) in /etc/rpisurv.conf. Remove all example config first! This dummy config is for documentation only, you will fail to start rpisurv if you do not remove these examples. - OPTIONAL: configure optional options per screen or per camera stream in /etc/rpisurv.conf, the example config file file explains them all - reboot
cd rpisurv; git pull
git checkout v2_latest, if you want to override the default version on master
sudo ./install.sh(The installer will ask if you want to preserve your current config file)
systemctl restart rpisurv
After installation you may change the placeholder images to something you like. - /usr/local/bin/rpisurv/images/connecting.png is shown when a camera stream is starting up - /usr/local/bin/rpisurv/images/placeholder.png is shown on empty squares - /usr/local/bin/rpisurv/images/noconnectable.png is shown full screen when no connectable streams are detected for the current active screen in case multiple are cycled between -
systemctl restart rpisurv
If you used the install.sh script, you can configure your streams in /etc/rpisurv.conf. Do not forget to reboot afterwards.
If you are connected via keyboard/keypad, you can force the next screen by pressing and holding n or space (or keypad "+") for some seconds in case multiple screens were defined (this takes longer depending on amount of unconnectable streams and they thus need to wait for timeout, keep holding until screen changes. Note, you can change probe_timeout per camera stream if needed).
Keys F1 to F12 (or keypad 0 to 9), will force the equal numbered screen to be shown onscreen (this takes longer depending on amount of unconnectable streams and they thus need to wait for timeout, keep holding until screen changes. Note, you can change probe_timeout per camera stream if needed).
Disable rotation (as in pause rotation, as in fix the current displayed screen) dynamically during runtime. By pressing "p" (or keypad "*") to pause or "r" (or "," or keypad ".")' to resume/rotate. This overrides the disable_autorotation option if this has been set in the config file.
I advise you to test your urls in vlc or omxplayer (command line) first. It should work in these applications before attempting to use them in rpisurv
If you used the install.sh script, logs are created at /usr/local/bin/rpisurv/logs/. You can use them for troubleshooting. Enable DEBUG logging for very detailed output of what is going on. see logging_config
If you are connected via keyboard/keypad, you can stop rpisurv by pressing and holding q (or backspace or keypad "/") (this can take some seconds) .
To manage the screen without rebooting use systemctl
sudo systemctl stop rpisurvto stop the screen
sudo systemctl start rpisurvto start the screen
sudo systemctl status rpisurvto see last log and status of service
If you want to stream rtsp over tcp please add
rtsp_over_tcp: trueto the stream in /etc/rpisurv.conf. See example config file for an example. If you have a "smearing" effect this option may resolve it. Note that you need a version of omxplayer which is released after 14 March 2016 (https://github.com/popcornmix/omxplayer/pull/433) to do this.
On a raspberry pi 3 and 4 it seems the default overscan settings are not good. If full screen is not used, if you have an unused bar in the bottom -> try to set
Users on a raspberry pi 4 which experience flickering can try to set
disable_overscan=1in /boot/config.txt. As reported here: link.
Feature requests are tracked on https://community.rpisurv.net. If you would like to have a feature implemented on rpisurv, please check that this is not already been requested on https://community.rpisurv.net. If it is then add your vote to it, if it is not then request it as a new feature. The votes give us an indication on how feature requests compare to each other regarding popularity.