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How to stream from an IP camera to the R-100 decoder

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2017 11:56AM EST
Using point-to-point connections, the ION-R100 decoder can act as a fully standalone video decoding appliance.  This can be useful, for instance, in situations where the decoder is used to drive a spot monitor for IP-based video streams.
Configuration of point-to-point connections should be done after the desired video output parameters have been set and applied.  Video output parameters define the output type (BNC or HDMI) as well as decoder layout (1x1, 2x2 or sequence) of the ION-R100.  Depending on the selected output layout, a set number of video stream decoders will be made available for configuration of point-to-point settings.

For each video stream decoder, a set of parameters can be set and a point-to-point connection can be configured and enabled.

The Decoder Starve parameter allows you to select the behavior of the video stream decoder when no H.264/MJPEG stream is being decoded for display.  Selecting Background will cause the decoder to display a background color (color selected for video output) when there is no stream to decode and display.  Selecting Last Decoded Image will cause the decoder to display the last decoded video frame as a still image when there is no longer a stream to decode and display.
For each video stream decoder, you may set-up a point-to-point connection with an H.264/MJPEG IP camera or video encoder.  To enable the point-to-point connection, you must first select the appropriate Codec (H.264 or MJPEG) which matches the video stream source and check the Enabled checkbox.
You may optionally add a Description to identify the point to point connection for future reference.

The next step in setting up a point-to-point connection for a video stream decoder is selecting the desired Connection Type. When in Active mode, the video stream decoder will establish a connection directly to a video stream source (HTTP or RTSP), such as an IP camera or IP video encoder, and request the required video streams.  When in Passive mode, the ION-R100 does not establish any connection; it simply opens up a listening network port and waits for an incoming stream (RTP). 
The active mode supports the following video sources (IP camera or encoder):
  • MJPEG over HTTP
  • H.264 over RTSP/RTP/UDP Unicast
  • H.264 over RTSP/RTP/UDP Multicast
The passive mode supports the following video sources (IP camera or encoder):
  • H.264 over RTP/UDP Unicast
  • H.264 over RTP/UDP Multicast
The settings available for a point-to-point connection are:
  • Connection Type: Indicates which type of point-to-point connection the decoder will be used.  Available choices are Active or Passive.
  • Enabled: Indicates whether this connection is enabled or not.
  • Description: Free-form user description of the connection, not used by the device.
  • In Passive Mode:
    • Use Multicast:  Determines if the incoming video stream is of multicast IP type.
    • Source Port: Network port to listen on for incoming video.  This value must match the video stream destination port value of the IP video source.  For example, if an IP camera is configured to stream its video to port 555 of the ION-R100, the Source Port should be set to 555.
  • In Active Mode:
    • Active Connection Status: Current status of the active point-to-point connection.  Read-only value for diagnostics purposes.
      • Connecting: a video connection is in progress with the stream source
      • Connected: a video connection is established with the stream source
      • Invalid: an error occurred while processing the URI
      • Server Not Found: the streaming source is unreachable
      • Unauthorized: provided credentials are refused by the streaming source
      • URI Not Found: the provided URI is unknown by the streaming source
      • Unsupported Compression: the stream source codec is unsupported
  • Active Connection URI: URI which should be used to access a video stream from the IP streaming source.  An HTTP or RTSP connection URI is accepted. The URI could contain the credentials necessary to establish a connection. Ex: rtsp://[username]:[password]@[ipaddr]/h264.
Please check your IP camera manual for the correct URI to use for streaming. Keep in mind that most manufacturers have several profiles available for each camera (H.264, MJPEG, etc.), and that each of these profiles is identified by a specific URI.
Once all the settings have been set, click on Save at the bottom of the page to apply them.  Some of the above changes may require a device reboot before they take effect.  Once rebooted, the ION-R100 will create the point-to-point connection as configured.

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