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Streams

Introduction

BrainFrame runs analysis primarily on video streams. Streams can come from many sources, like an IP camera, webcam, or video file. BrainFrame supports all major video formats and is expected to support any IP camera that provides an RTSP, HTTP, or MJPEG stream.

This tutorial assumes that the server, client, and any IP cameras are on the same local network. BrainFrame supports analyzing streams on other private networks using our 'Premises' stream proxying system.

Adding a Stream

Click the floating action button at the bottom right of the window to add a stream.

The Add Stream dialog will appear. BrainFrame supports three types of video streams: File, webcam, and IP camera. For this example, we will use a video file.

Once a stream is added, you will see a video thumbnail of the stream, live, on the top left. As you add streams, they will fill this screen in a grid. If you add more video streams, the view will look something like this.

Stream Types

Different stream types take different parameters. The following is a quick introduction to what each parameter means.

Files

As seen in the above example, file streams simply take a file path. Most common video file types are supported by BrainFrame. When the source video ends, BrainFrame will automatically loop it back to the beginning.

Webcams

Webcam streams take a webcam device ID as their only parameter. Webcam device IDs start at zero and increment for each webcam that is connected. For a computer with a single connected webcam, the ID will generally be "0".

IP Cameras

IP camera streams take a URL as their main parameter. This URL should point to an RTSP, HTTP, or HTTPS video stream. BrainFrame supports many video encoding formats, including H264, VP8/9, and MJPEG.

The URL formats differ between camera manufacturers; this website can help you find an RTSP camera's URL.

The most common formats are: * Without username/password: rtsp://[ip]:[port] * With username/password: rtsp://[username]:[password]@[ip]:[port]

The port is commonly 554.