Common IP camera RTSP URL formats for use with Wowza Streaming Engine

Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software can publish a live stream from any IP camera that encodes H.264 video and AAC or MP3 audio. You need to know the camera's IP address to connect it to Wowza Streaming Engine. Camera manufacturers use proprietary URL syntax for their cameras. Use this article for help determining your camera's URL syntax.

Axis IP cameras


An Axis camera's RTSP URL usually takes the form:

rtsp://[camera-ip-address]:554/axis-media/media.amp

Where [camera-ip-address] is the IP address of the Axis camera.

If your camera requires authentication, add the credentials before the IP address, like so:

rtsp://[username]:[password]@[camera-ip-address]:554/axis-media/media.amp

Axis also offers the VAPIX Video Streaming REST API, which you can use to customize the configuration by adding parameters. For example, you can specify the video codec and compression with the following syntax:

rtsp://[camera-ip-address]:554/axis-media/media.amp?videocodec=h264&compression=90

See Axis's VAPIX API documentation for more information.

For instructions on connecting Axis cameras to Wowza Streaming Engine, see Connect Axis network cameras to Wowza Streaming Engine.

Panasonic IP cameras


A Panasonic camera's RTSP URL usually takes the form:

rtsp://[camera-ip-address]/MediaInput/h264

Where [camera-ip-address] is the IP address of the Panasonic camera.

If your camera requires authentication, add the credentials before the IP address, like so:

rtsp://[username]:[password]@[camera-ip-address]/MediaInput/h264

For instructions on connecting Panasonic AW Series PTZ cameras to Wowza Streaming Engine, see Connect Panasonic AW series PTZ cameras to Wowza Streaming Engine.

Sony IP cameras


A Sony camera's RTSP URL usually takes the form:

rtsp://[camera-ip-address]/media/video1

Where [camera-ip-address] is the IP address of the Sony camera.

If your camera requires authentication, add the credentials before the IP address, like so:

rtsp://[username]:[password]@[camera-ip-address]/media/video1

For instructions on connecting Sony cameras to Wowza Streaming Engine, see HConnect the Sony SRG-300SE to Wowza Streaming Engine.

Other IP cameras


For URL syntax for other cameras, consult the camera manufacturer's documentation or see the guide at SoleraTec.

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