• How to connect an Axis network camera to Wowza Streaming Cloud

    Professional network cameras from Axis Communications allow you to capture live video over the Internet for video surveillance and security. This article describes how connect an Axis network IP camera and send the feed to the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service for transcoding and playback.

    You can set up the Axis network camera first, or set up the live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud first. Either way, when you start the live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud, it will periodically try to connect to the camera until the camera comes online.

    Contents


    Create a live stream that uses an Axis network camera as the video source
    Set up the Axis camera
    Test the connection
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    Create a live stream that uses an Axis network camera as the video source


    If you haven't already done so, create a live stream in Wowza Streaming Cloud that uses an Axis network camera as the video source.

    1. Sign in to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

    2. Click the Live Streams menu, and then click Add Live Stream.



    3. On the Live Stream Setup page, enter a Live Stream Name, choose a Broadcast Location, and then click Next.

    4. On the Video Source and Transcoder Settings page, select Axis as the camera you want to use to connect to Wowza Streaming Cloud.



    5. Enter the camera's Source URL, which should be in the form rtsp://[username]:[password]@[ip_address]/axis-media/media.amp. See your Axis camera user guide or the Axis online helpdesk for details about the camera's IP address.



    6. Specify other video source settings, and make sure to select the same Aspect Ratio that you use in your camera settings.

    7. Click Next, and complete the steps to finish creating the live stream.

    Note: For more information about live stream settings, see Add a live stream.
    Wowza Streaming Cloud creates the live stream and displays the Overview tab of the live stream detail page.

    Set up the Axis camera


    Make sure you have the latest firmware for your camera installed. Again, see your Axis camera user guide or the Axis online helpdesk for details about how to operate the camera and adjust settings such as resolution, bitrate, and frame rate.

    When streaming from an Axis network camera to Wowza Streaming Cloud, set the camera's keyframe interval to 60 fps for NTSC or 50 fps for PAL.

    Test the connection


    1. In the Wowza Streaming Cloud web manager, select the live stream that uses the Axis camera as its video source.

    2. Click Start Stream at the top of the live stream detail page.

    3. Click Start to confirm that you want to start the stream.

      Wowza Streaming Cloud opens the stream and connects with the camera.

    4. In the Axis Media Control viewer toolbar, start the camera.

    5. In the Wowza Streaming Cloud web manager, confirm that the stream is working by looking at the Video Snapshot in the Overview tab of the live stream detail page.

      The video snapshot displays a frame from the live stream every 5 seconds. The started date and time appear under the snapshot. Source stream, transcoder, and delivery metrics begin to update.



    6. Click Stop Stream at the top of the live stream detail page to end your test stream, and then stop the Axis camera.

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    Originally Published: 08-24-2015.

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