How to Setup a FLIR F-Series Thermal Camera with MPEG4 streaming

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Prerequisites

  • IP address of camera.
  • Username and password for the camera.
  • Administrator access to Zone Minder.

Checking camera configuration

  1. Access the camera web interface
  2. Open the Video IR configuration and configure using the following settings:
    • Enabled: Yes
    • Associated uFLIRish Id: 0
    • Channel Id: 0
    • Video Source: Type: IR | ID: 0
    • Format: PAL
    • Interface: ....
    • Port: 554
    • RTP/RTSP over HTTP Port: 8080
    • Stream Name: ch0
    • Use External IP: no
    • Enable Multicast: no
    • Codec Type: MPEG4
      • H.264 is also possible using ffmpeg on zoneminder (check H.264 configuration topic)
    • Bit Rate: 3000000
    • Rate Control: CBR
    • I-Frame Interval: 30
    • Image Size: D1
    • Frame Rate: 10
    • Interlaced: no


Zone Minder configuration (using MPEG4)

  1. Login to Zone Minder.
  2. Click on the "Add New Monitor" link located at the bottom of the page, this will take you to the configuration page for adding a new camera.
  3. General Tab - Use the following settings:
    • Name of the monitor
    • Source Type - Remote
    • Function - Modetect
  4. Source Tab - Use the following settings:
    • Remote Protocol - RTSP
    • Remote Method - RTP/Unicast
    • Remote Host Name - <ip-address>
    • Remote Host Port - 554
    • Remote Host Path - /ch0
    • Remote Image Colours - 24 bit colour
    • Capture Width (pixels) - 720
    • Capture Height (pixels) - 576
    • Preserve aspect ratio - OFF
    • Orientation - Normal


Zone Minder configuration (using H.264)

  1. Login to Zone Minder.
  2. Click on the "Add New Monitor" link located at the bottom of the page, this will take you to the configuration page for adding a new camera.
  3. General Tab - Use the following settings:
    • Name of the monitor
    • Source Type - Ffmpeg
    • Function - Modetect
  4. Source Tab - Use the following settings:
    • Source Path - rtsp://<ip-address>/ch0
    • Remote Image Colours - 24 bit colour
    • Capture Width (pixels) - 720
    • Capture Height (pixels) - 576
    • Preserve aspect ratio - OFF
    • Orientation - Normal


Monitor Resolution

The resolution can be changed, some of the available resolutions:

  • QCIF 176x144
  • 4CIF 704x576
  • D1 720x576