Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) for Every Brand | SCW (2022)

RTSP streaming data on SCW, Hikvision, Dahua, Axis, ACTi, Avigilon, Samsung, Hanwha Techwin, Honeywell, Swann, Arecont Vision, Vivotek, Lorex, EzViz, Flir, Alro, Pelco, Blink, and Ring


What is RTSP?

Real time streaming protocol or RTSP is essentially the pure video and audio feed coming off IP cameras, NVRs, or networked DVRs.

RTSP Uses?

If you've ever been frustrated with a camera that locks you into their service, then you know why RTSP matters!

The RTSP stream can be useful in working in custom applications and situations or to isolate a video feed to add to a NVR for basic recording functionality. RTSP streams can be played in network video players such as VLC.

Some common uses for RTSP streams include

A) Adding an older camera to an NVR

Older, non ONVIF or poorly optimized ONVIF cameras may not always work with your new NVR. Many NVRs allow you to add a custom protocol to include the RTSP stream. This would allow your camera to work with your new NVR as a basic video feed. RTSP does not transmit motion, VCA, or any other analytics to the recorder, so only basic 24/7 recording is available.

B) Custom Applications

Developers will often call an RTSP stream to use in custom applications that boost or add features to a camera. This could include features such as more advanced analytics or cloud recording.

C) Streaming to a service

Some services allow you to send an RTSP stream to an internet server, allowing that stream to then be broadcasted publicly the internet. This might be useful for church, bird, or weather cams meant less for security and more for broadcast/casual viewing.

How to find your RTSP stream

RTSP streams are often not completely obvious to end users. While some systems will put the RTSP stream somewhere in the settings of the NVR or camera, others are hidden away behind documents, APIs, etc.

RTSP stream URLs from (nearly) Every Manufacturer

SCW Admiral/Imperial NVRs

rtsp://<ip>:<port>/unicast/c<channel number>/s<stream type>/live

<channel number> - c1 would be channel 1, c2 channel 2, etc

<stream type>: 0 (main stream) or 1 (sub stream) or 2 (third stream)

Stream URLs can be found via the web interface by going to Setup - Network - Port

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You can also encode credentials into the URL by entering it prior to the IP address - for example.

Example URL: rtsp://admin:12345scw@192.168.1.210/unicast/c2/s2/live will bring up third stream for channel 2 on the NVR located at 192.168.1.210 , where admin is the username and 12345 is the password.

SCW Admiral line cameras

rtsp://<ip>:<port>/media/video

<video> - video1 would be mainstream, video2 for substream, and video3 for third stream etc

Stream URLs can be found via the web interface by going to Setup - Network - Port

You can also encode credentials into the URL by entering it prior to the IP address - for example.

Example URL: rtsp://admin:12345scw@192.168.1.210/media/video2 will bring up substream for the camera.

SCW Networker/Vanguard NVR line

rtsp://<address>:<port>/Streaming/Channels/<id>

<address> - DDNS or IP for the system

<port> - RTSP port (typically 554)

<id> - streaming channel - for example “101” would be channel 1 and stream #1 (mainstream). Changing the <id> to 102 would create channel 1 and stream #2. 201 would produce the channel #2 of the NVR and mainstream and 202 would produce channel #2 and substream.

Example: rtsp://192.168.1.210:554/Streaming/Channels/101

This RTSP stream would mainstream channel 1 on an NVR at 192.168.1.210.

You can also encode credentials into the URL by entering it prior to the IP address - for example.

Example URL: rtsp://admin:12345@192.168.1.210:554/Streaming/Channels/101, where admin is the username and 12345 is the password.

Dahua RTSP stream (Cameras & NVR)

rtsp://<username>:<password>@<ip>:<port>/cam/realmonitor?channel=<channelNo>&subtype=<typeNo>

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<ip> - the IP address of the IP Camera.

<port> - the default port is 554. It can be omitted.

<channelNo> - the channel number. It starts from 1.

<typeNo> - the stream type. The <typeNo> of main stream is 0, extra stream 1 is 1, extra stream 2 is 2.

Example URL: rtsp://admin:12345scw@192.168.1.210:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=1 will bring up substream for channel 1

Hikvision RTSP Stream (NVR)

rtsp://<address>:<port>/Streaming/Channels/<id>

<address> - DDNS or IP for the system

<port> - RTSP port (typically 554)

<id> - streaming channel - for example “101” would be channel 1 and stream #1 (mainstream). Changing the <id> to 102 would create channel 1 and stream #2. 201 would produce the channel #2 of the NVR and mainstream and 202 would produce channel #2 and substream.

Example: rtsp://192.168.1.210:554/Streaming/Channels/101

This RTSP stream would mainstream channel 1 on an NVR at 192.168.1.210.

You can also encode credentials into the URL by entering it prior to the IP address - for example.

Example URL: rtsp://admin:12345@192.168.1.210:554/Streaming/Channels/101 will bring up mainstream for channel 1, where admin is the username and 12345 is the password.

Uniview RTSP Stream (NVR)

rtsp://<ip>:<port>/unicast/c<channel number>/s<stream type>/live

<channel number> - c1 would be channel 1, c2 channel 2, etc

<stream type>: 0 (main stream) or 1 (sub stream)

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Example URL: rtsp://admin:12345scw@192.168.1.210/unicast/c2/s2/live will bring up substream for channel 2.

Axis RTSP Stream

rtsp://ip-addr/axis-media/media.amp

Example URL rtsp://192.168.1.210/axis-media/media.amp

ACTI RTSP Stream

rtsp://ip-addr/

Example URL rtsp://192.168.1.

Honeywell RTSP Stream

Honeywell uses various software and hardware manufacturers depending on the year, line, etc. We recommend trying some of the Hikvision and Dahua URLs to see if they function.

Avigilon RTSP Stream

http://<username>:<password>@<generated RTSP Stream URI>/

Avigilon RTSP streams must be generated in the web UI of the camera under compression and image rate.

Samsung / Hanwha Techwin Camera RTSP Stream

rtsp://user:password@<DeviceIP>:port/profile<no>/media.smp

<no> - stream type either 1 for mainstream or 2 for substream

Example URL: rtsp://admin:12345@192.168.1.210:554/profile1/media.smp will bring up mainstream for a camera on 192.168.1.210

Swann camera RTSP Stream

rtsp://admin:password@ip_address:554/ch01/0 where 0 = mainstream and 1 = substream

Note: Swann uses various lines of hardware and software and RTSP streams. You may have to contact support for your specific model. They sometimes use the Hikvision APIs

Arecont Vision RTSP Stream

rtsp://ip-addr/h264.sdp

Example URL: rtsp://192.168.1.210/h264.sdp

Samsung / Hanwha Techwin NVR RTSP Stream

rtsp://<DeviceIP>:port/LiveChannel/0/media.smp

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Note: LiveChannel/0/ where “0” equals the channel number. Channels start at 0.

Stream Example: rtsp://192.168.1.210:554/LiveChannel/0/media.smp

Pelco RTSP stream

For Sarix models rtsp://<camera ip address>/stream1

Example URL - rtsp://192.168.1.210/stream1

Vivotek

Example URL - rtsp://:/

Lorex RTSP stream

Lorex has used various software and hardware manufacturers depending on the year, line, etc, as they were acquired by Dahua after being acquired by FLIR. We recommend trying Dahua RTSP feeds first if you have newer cameras and Hikvision formatting, if Dahua doesn't function.

Some Lorex cameras, especially their battery powered line, are primarily designed to work exclusively Lorex equipment it’s possible RTSP or other third party functionality may have been disabled.

EzViz RTSP Stream (Cameras & NVR)

EZviz cameras are designed to work exclusively with the EZViz applications - thus RTSP and third party access is extremely limited if not completely unavailable.

FLIR RTSP stream (Cameras & NVR)

FLIR has used various software and hardware manufacturers depending on the year, line, etc. We recommend trying the Dahua RTSP streams to see if they function.

Since FLIR cameras are primarily designed to work exclusively FLIR equipment it’s possible RTSP or other third party functionality may have been disabled.

Arlo RTSP Stream

Like most battery/cloud cameras Arlo does not support an RTSP stream as the video feed is directly sent to Cloud servers.

Blink RTSP stream

Like most battery/cloud cameras Blink does not support an RTSP stream as the video feed is directly sent to Cloud servers.

Ring RTSP stream

Like most battery/cloud cameras Blink does not support an RTSP stream as the video feed is directly sent to Cloud servers.

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FAQs

Does RTSP use RTP? ›

Both H. 323 and RTSP use RTP as their standard means of actually delivering the multimedia data. This data-level compatibility makes efficient gateways between the protocols possible, since only control messages need to be translated.

Do all IP cameras support RTSP? ›

RTSP or Real Time Streaming Protocol is included on all IP cameras, NVRs, and DVRs that CCTV Camera World sells. RTSP provides the flexibility to integrate video from products manufactured by one company in to third party products.

Is RTSP still used? ›

RTSP is a great option for real-time live streaming video. Despite the very rapid pace of technology, RTSP's simple design means it remains just as relevant and useful today as it did back in '96. Servers can easily handle a large amount of RTSP streams since the RTSP protocol was built over a client-server model.

Who uses RTSP? ›

Most IP cameras use the RTSP protocol to pull data to the media server. From surveillance to conferencing, IP cameras work great when you want to live stream from one location without getting too fancy.

Does YouTube use RTSP? ›

YouTube primarily uses the VP9 and H. 264/MPEG-4 AVC video formats, and the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP protocol. By January 2019, YouTube had begun rolling out videos in AV1 format. For mobile - Sometimes Youtube servers are sending data using RTSP which is an Application Layer Protocol.

Does YouTube use RTP? ›

Youtube uses HTTP AFAIK. Also, keep in mind that RTP can be sent over UDP as well as TCP. An RTSP server can be used to start an RTP media session.

What is the difference between RTSP and RTP? ›

RTSP and RTP are often used interchangeably. But to be clear: RTSP is a presentation-layer protocol that lets end users command media servers via pause and play capabilities, whereas RTP is the transport protocol used to move said data.

Which is better ONVIF or RTSP? ›

ONVIF is based on RTSP so, by definition, more systems will support RTSP than ONVIF. However, ONVIF adds lots of advanced functionalities (camera configuration, authentication, VMD, PTZ control, i/o, etc.) beyond the basic streaming that RTSP supports.

What is the difference between ONVIF and RTSP? ›

RTSP cameras have just one main stream, which means they can provide streaming to just one client at a time. Onvif IP camera server helps you to reach the image of the RTSP camera as a client by RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) and transmit it as a server to multiple viewers simultaneously.

Which is better RTSP or RTMP? ›

RTSP: Performance Comparison. Both RTMP and RTSP are designed for efficient and low-latency streaming of video files. While RTMP is widely used by broadcasters, RTSP is mainly used for localized streaming from IP cameras.

What streaming protocol does Netflix? ›

Netflix uses TCP because TCP is much time-sensitive and does not require port forwarding. It helps to enable the full bandwidth of the network.

Which protocol is used for live streaming? ›

HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)

HLS is the most commonly used protocol for streaming today.

Does Spotify use RTSP? ›

RTSP was immediately employed for a variety of uses such as live presentation, internet camera sites, online education, and internet radio, and subsequently included by platforms still in use today such as YouTube and Spotify, communications applications like Skype, and media players WMP and VLC.

What streaming protocol does Spotify use? ›

While UDP is the most common transport protocol in streaming applications, Spotify instead uses TCP.

Does RTSP require internet? ›

For RTSP itself, it does not require an internet connection. You would need to use static IP's for the cameras via your router.

Does Netflix use TCP? ›

Both Amazon Prime and Netflix use TCP as the transport layer protocol. YouTube on the other hand use both UDP and TCP protocols.

Can VLC play RTP? ›

For VLC, streaming over RTP works by pushing the content to the target IP, which can be: A unicast address (when streaming to a specific device), or. A multicast address (when streaming to multiple devices in the local network).

How do I create an RTP stream? ›

RTP Streaming Source - YouTube

What is RTP RTSP? ›

RTP is the transport protocol for real-time data. It provides timestamp, sequence number, and other means to handle the timing issues in real-time data transport. RTSP is a control protocol that initiates and directs delivery of streaming multimedia data from media servers.

What is the relationship between RTP RTCP and RTSP? ›

RTSP initiates and terminates streaming media, RTP transmits streaming media data, and RTCP controls and synchronizes RTP.

Does RTSP use TCP or UDP? ›

RTSP uses a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection for control of the streaming media session, although it is also possible to use UDP for this purpose.

How does RTSP protocol work? ›

How RTSP works. When a user or application attempts to stream video from a remote source, the client device sends an RTSP request to the server to determine the available options, such as pause, play and record. The server then returns a list of the types of requests it can accept through RTSP.

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