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Raspberry Pi remote webcam

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This will allow you to create a remote webcam for your Raspberry Pi so that you can view it from any computer on the local network. For this instructable you will need:

• Raspberry Pi with an Whezzy Raspbian installed and internet connection established
• Webcam (I use PS3 Eye Camera, but it will work with most USB webcams)
• IP address on your local network (this can be found with the command $ ifconfig and should be something like: 192.168.1.105)
 
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Step 1: Getting started

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Run up your Raspberry Pi to the command prompt

Install the webcam server software using the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install motion

This will take a few minutes to download and install but once it has finished and takes you back to the command prompt we are ready to continue.

Step 2: Configure the software

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Next we need to edit some of the config files so that the motion service will start on run up and be available on local network.

First we will edit the motion.conf file by typing:
$ sudo nano /etc/motion/motion.conf

This is quite a large conf file but the points you need to edit are:
DAEMON = OFF (change to ON)
Webcam_localhost = ON (Change to OFF)

Step 3: Set the service up

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Next we need to enable the Daemon (service):
$ sudo nano /etc/default/motion

start_motion_daemon = no (change to yes)
sudosilo27 days ago

What if I have the Raspberry Pi camera in place of a usb camera, I did the above steps and I get "unable to open video device"

5t0rm1 month ago

I tried it but I cannot access the server from any computer in my house for some reason

I successfully got the remote webcam working by following your tutorial but the resolution and framerate is quite crappy when I open it in VLC player. How to fix it?

gheciobanu2 months ago

Great tutorial, i did it and it works!

but will it work on another internet conection? or will it only work on my home network?

sat481 (author)  gheciobanu2 months ago

Hi gheciobanu,

Many thanks for trying my instructable and glad it is all working. At the moment it will only work on your home network. To make it work via the internet is simple and I was was going to do another instructable on that, but the problem is that you need to set up port forwarding on your router and everyone is different.

The basics are you find out your internet IP (go to http://www.whatismyip.com/ and it will tell you). Set up Port Forwarding on your router so that port 8081 is forwarded to your Pi and then access it by changing the IP to your internet IP rather than the Pis.

Regards,

Sat

sat481 (author) 2 months ago

Hi Ian,

I have done a bit of
research and it appears that your webcam should work but there has been some
reports of problems:



Microsoft

LifeCam

VX-3000



raspbian/wheezy





There
do appear to be some issues with image quality and getting partial frames and
such, with fswebcam

this information is
from: http://elinux.org/RPi_USB_Webcams .
I have had a problem with my DSLR when using it with the Pi, it is fine running
from command line but as soon as I start the GUI (startx) it fails to connect. The
problem you’re having might I be something similar but I suspect you are using
it from command line anyhow, so this would not matter. There could be many
things and without access to your kit I can only make the following
suggestions:

  1. Uninstall motion and re-install it
    to see if this makes a difference.
  2. Try a fresh install of Raspbian in case
    you have installed something that may be interfering.
  3. Ensure your power supply is
    providing enough current, I don’t think this is the problem because you
    would have issues with your Pi shutting itself down.
  4. See if you can try a different
    webcam (maybe try and borrow one from a friend or neighbour for 5
    minutes).

I hope one of these
things helps.

Regards,

Sat

Iancoates2 months ago

Hi, I'd updated the Raspian OS and no change. I've got a Microsoft Lifecam VX3000. I'd hope a decent make would be compatible.

What do you think?

sat481 (author) 2 months ago

Hi Ian,

Sorry that you could not get this to work, do you have the make and model of your webcam and I will see if I can find out if it is compatible with motion. In the mean time the only other thing i can think off is if you do an update of the Raspbian with the commands:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

You will need to ensure that you have an active internet connection when you use these commands.

Regards,

Sat

Iancoates2 months ago
hi, 8080 didn't seem to work, when I start the programme up the light on my Microsoft webcam goes on for a couple of seconds. But all my pi browser gives, whether the camera is plugged in or not is: -BoundaryString Content-type: image/jpeg Content-Length: 4064 ÿØÿà JFIF    ÿÛC       (     1#% (:3=<9387@H\N@DWE78PmQW_bghg>Mqypdx\egcÿÛC       /  /cB8Bccccccc etc. I'm stumped :(
sat481 (author) 2 months ago

Hi Ian,

I have tried resetting the remote webcam up on a fresh install of wheezy and as long as you only change the bits mentioned it should work fine. check you have the correct IP address, the only thing I can think that may cause the problem is if the webcam is not compatible but from what I have read then the majority should be fine. The whole file from step 3 is massive but another quick test you can do is try going into port: 8080 which is the config port. So you need to type your IP:8080 in the address bar (for me this is set to 192.168.1.105:8080). See if you can access this and if so check the configuration from there. Hope this helps.

Sat

Iancoates2 months ago

Hi, good tutorial.

I tried it and the only thing that appears in the browser is a load of random characters. Could you please post all the other settings you have from step 3.

thanks, Ian

joey563 months ago
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