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Old 02-07-2017, 10:14 PM   #1
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http webcam server - low cpu

I'd like to use a webcam and have it accessible over http. Much like what motion does.

It should fulfill two basic things
  • Allow access over http
  • Be able to be accessed by more then one client at a time

motion works great, however the core part of motion: monitoring motion uses up 50% of my cpu on my raspberry pi. This Rpi does several other things, so I can't afford that much CPU times being used.

So, is it possible to completely disable motion tracking on motion or are there other webcam http servers out there?
Old 02-09-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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If the webcam has an MJPG mode it can be streamed with VLC. Although only viewed across a network with VLC, but it uses an http:// address. And on a 10/100 interface, like the pi, I can only do 960x720 over ethernet for my c270 which can do up to 1280x960 locally.

Various other routes with crtmpserver, nginx, minidlna, and such. Although never had much success on those. OBS might work, although that would probably need some CPU resources. The afore mentioned MJPG+VLC route just pumps a lot of data, and doesn't use much CPU.
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"is it possible to completely disable motion tracking on motion" Should have a configuration file. Line 2 and/or reduce other settings

"# Start in daemon (background) mode and release terminal (default: off)
daemon on
# Output 'normal' pictures when motion is detected (default: on)
output_normal off
# File to store the process ID, also called pid file. (default: not defined)
process_id_file /var/run/motion/
# Image width (pixels). Valid range: Camera dependent, default: 352
width 640
# Image height (pixels). Valid range: Camera dependent, default: 288
height 480
# Maximum number of frames to be captured per second.
# Valid range: 2-100. Default: 100 (almost no limit).
framerate 7
# URL to use if you are using a network camera, size will be autodetected (incl http:// ftp:// or file:///)
# Must be a URL that returns single jpeg pictures or a raw mjpeg stream. Default: Not defined
netcam_url value http://
# Username and password for network camera (only if required). Default: not defined
# Syntax is userassword
netcam_userpass admin:mypassword
# Target base directory for pictures and films
# Recommended to use absolute path. (Default: current working directory)
target_dir /home/carla/motion-images
# Codec to used by ffmpeg for the video compression.
ffmpeg_video_codec mpeg4"

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