Raspberry Pi Remote Webcam

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Introduction: Raspberry Pi Remote Webcam

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)

Step 1: Getting Started

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

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

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

start_motion_daemon = no (change to yes)

Step 4: Start Her Up :)

Ensure your webcam is plugged into the usb port on your Raspberry Pi and start the service:
$ sudo service motion start

If you want to stop the service then use the command:
$ sudo service motion stop

 With the service started you can now open a webpage on your normal computer and by going to the IP of the Raspberry pi on port 8081 (in the address bar) you should be able to view your webcam (please note that the one in the picture shows port 8089 as I have set this up in the conf file. The default port is 8081): 192.168.1.105:8081

I hope you have enjoyed this instructable and in the near future I will do a guide to allow you to view your webcam over the internet. The reason I have this is so I can connect my webcam to the eye piece of my telescope and transmit my astroviews over the web so friends and family can see the galaxy.

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great! it works like a charm

Hello,

I got stuck when entering the IP address, I get an error of
page not found, any suggestions please? Thanks

This is a good write up. Some things have worked for me and Moition is not to complicated. I needed a server for my webcam and raspberry pi3 so I can spy on my dogs and give them treats via my phones. Thanks for the help.

Linux Motion is cool. Also, check out the RPI-Cam-Web Interface project when you get a chance: https://elinux.org/RPi-Cam-Web-Interface

Hi, this is interesting and working but I want to edit the motion softwares index file where you see the image output. How to do that?

For the life of me I can not get this to work. I have followed the instructions to a T.. I have a logitech c310 which I see in lsusb so I know it's there. I finish the instructions and run sudo service motion start.... nothing happens. I figure maybe I should reboot the pi. It comes back up.. and the daemon appears to kick in.. lights on the cam!!! ...then a few seconds after the raspberry is back up and again nothing. sudo service motion start yields no results. I have the files edited correctly, and even turned localhost off for both streaming and management but 8080 and 8081 show nothing. Help? Other options?

Hi! I had the same problem and, like others in this thread, noticed that the webcam turned off when motion was detected. The motion config file is set to save pictures when motion is detected. Since I didn't want to store photos nor videos, I disabled these options by setting output_pictures off and ffmpeg_output_movies off in the config file. This allowed the camera to stream without a problem. Jarrad's solution to give permissions to the directory would probably work if you wanted to store pics/videos.

Thanks Ricardo. I've been going through so many pages for the past hour because the webcam stopped streaming after a few seconds. Your fix is working for me. And what JarradD2 below said made sense. "Motion" module doesn't have permission to save photos/videos. I don't know how to give permission so I'm following your route.

Folks, if you want this to work, make sure you got the following settings correct for /etc/motion/motion.conf:
output_pictures off (default on)
ffmpeg_output_movies off (default on)
stream_localhost off
daemon on
stream_maxrate 100
framerate 100
weight xxx
height xxx

webcam_localhost is an outdated variable. The new one is now called stream_localhost

*width

That works perffect for me thanks :)