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RTSP URL & stream information
RTSP URL & stream information
2021-05-21 06:58:34 - last edited 2021-07-19 08:33:54
Model: VIGI C300P
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Hi

 

I'm trying to find more information about the RTSP settings & specifically the format of the RTSP URL.  I'm trying to use the VIGI C300P camera to do live steaming via Open Broadcast Software (OBS).

 

I've found an article regarding RTSP for the TAPO camera: https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/faq/2680/  and I've found this article "https://www.tp-link.com/za/support/faq/2898/" about the configuration of the VIGI cameras in other NVR brands.

 

If you read the below taken from "https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/faq/2680/", it seams that the TAPO cameras only have 2 stream  (if I try to post the plural form of stream, with the "s" at the end, I get the following error when I try to post the thread: "The following sensitive language has been used which goes against the rules of the SMB Community", so whenever you see the word "stream" in this post, it might actually mean more than 1 "stream"... surprise 

 

The Tapo camera supports the RTSP protocol, so it can work with third-party NVR or NAS devices that also support the RTSP protocol. If a user wants to view the live stream of the camera with a third-party app like VLC Player, he will just need to input the URL of the RTSP stream on the VLC Player app.

The URL of the RTSP live stream for the Tapo cameras will be:

For a 1080P (1920*1080) stream1: rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream1

For a 360P (640*360) stream2: rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream2

Notes:

1. The username/password is the camera account that you created via the Tapo app.

2. The IP address is the camera’s IP address assigned by your host router. You can find it on your host router’s DHCP list or in the Tapo app (Go to Camera Settings and navigate to the camera details page).

3. If you want to view the live stream of the Tapo camera with a third-party app remotely, you will need to open port 554 for the camera on your host router first.

4. You could also use ONVIF standards to add the Tapo camera with its username/password and IP address.

5. For Tapo C310, the resolution of the tream1 is determined by the video quality set on the Tapo APP.

If you need to watch the 3MP HD Video via RTSP, please change the video quality to Best Quality on the Tapo APP and use: rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream1

 

I assumed that the RTSP URL for the VIGI cameras would follow the same format and tried it and it worked, but I'm unsure about the part where you have to specify the stream since the VIGI cameras apparently "supports 4 main stream & 3 sub-stream, or 3 main stream & 5 sub-stream" according to the FAQ (https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/faq/2850/)

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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2021-05-21 09:28:26 - last edited 2021-07-19 08:33:54

@superDIY Great sharing.laugh

 

I also tried the following on my VLC, it works!

 

Main stream1: rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream1

Sub stream2: rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream2

 

but I'm unsure about the part where you have to specify the stream since the VIGI cameras apparently "supports 4 main stream & 3 sub-stream, or 3 main stream & 5 sub-stream" according to the FAQ (https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/faq/2850/)

 

-->VIGI cameras, such VIGI C300 and C400 support two streams--Main and Sub. I double checked this on its specification, maybe you can check this also.

https://www.tp-link.com/en/business-networking/vigi-network-camera/vigi-c400p/#specifications

 

For the "supports 4 main stream & 3 sub-stream, or 3 main stream & 5 sub-stream", it's how many devices (such as VLC) we can get the stream at the same time. The camera can serve limited devices for streaming, I think.

 

Haha
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2021-05-21 09:28:26 - last edited 2021-07-19 08:33:54

@superDIY Great sharing.laugh

 

I also tried the following on my VLC, it works!

 

Main stream1: rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream1

Sub stream2: rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream2

 

but I'm unsure about the part where you have to specify the stream since the VIGI cameras apparently "supports 4 main stream & 3 sub-stream, or 3 main stream & 5 sub-stream" according to the FAQ (https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/faq/2850/)

 

-->VIGI cameras, such VIGI C300 and C400 support two streams--Main and Sub. I double checked this on its specification, maybe you can check this also.

https://www.tp-link.com/en/business-networking/vigi-network-camera/vigi-c400p/#specifications

 

For the "supports 4 main stream & 3 sub-stream, or 3 main stream & 5 sub-stream", it's how many devices (such as VLC) we can get the stream at the same time. The camera can serve limited devices for streaming, I think.

 

Haha
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Re:RTSP URL & stream information
2021-05-21 09:55:33

 

@Haha 

 

Thank you for your reply.

For the "supports 4 main stream & 3 sub-stream, or 3 main stream & 5 sub-stream", it's how many devices (such as VLC) we can get the stream at the same time. The camera can serve limited devices for streaming, I think.

 

You are probably correct. So what if you want to utilize "stream1" in 2 or 3 different applications at the same time?  How do you tell each application (all using RTSP URLs), which stream to use.  If you are going to add "rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream1" to all 3 applications, are all 3 of the applications not going to use or try to use the exact same steam instead of 3 different instances of "stream1"?

 

-->VIGI cameras, such VIGI C300 and C400 support two stream--Main and Sub. I double checked this on its specification, maybe you can check this also.

https://www.tp-link.com/en/business-networking/vigi-network-camera/vigi-c400p/#specifications

 

Yes correct, but from the same link you'll find the below as well - and that is my question again: How do you select which main stream you want to use in a specific application.

Simultaneous Live View 4 Main Stream & 3 Sub-Stream,
or 3 Main Stream & 5 Sub-Stream

 

I don't understand what their issue is with the plural form of stream...The following sensitive language has been used which goes against the rules of the SMB Community: "stream_","Stream_". Please enter again.

 

Thanks

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2021-05-24 01:11:41 - last edited 2021-05-24 06:02:41

@superDIY If you are going to add "rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream1" to all 3 applications, are all 3 of the applications not going to use or try to use the exact same steam instead of 3 different instances of "stream1"?

-->I think each applications will use 3 different instances of "Stream_1'

 

4 Main Stream & 3 Sub-Stream,rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream1
or 3 Main Stream & 5 Sub-Stream,rtsp://username:password@IP Address:554/stream2

 

All main stream are the same as Stream1; All sub streams are the same as Stream2. So it's OK.

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2021-08-11 12:23:07 - last edited 2021-08-12 08:43:52

Yesterday I get 2 TP-Link Tapo C200 Cameras.
Result:Over Onvif-Connection works the Tapo fine.I can added an RTSP
Stream but there is no Connection.

RTSP Parameter:
Protokoll = Auto
Port=554 
Adress=  rtsp://user:Pass@IP:Port/stream1
or rtsp: / / 192.168.5.195:554/stream1
or rtsp:/ / 192.168.5.195:554

Nothing working !

In VLC Play works the Tapo fine !

I added manually the Tapo C200 with TP-Link Protocol -work it.

 

Other IP-Cams (ACTI TM1231) don't work either with the RTSP-Protocol !

Solvet: The TP-Link Support give me an other Tip:

RTSP Parameter:
Protokoll = Auto
Port=554 
Resource Path= track1 and/or track2 (for the ACTi Cam) For Tapo C200: stream1, or stream2

CU-Martin

 

 

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