Using a Cheap HD 1080P IP Camera With Wirecast

Like many others, I couldn’t get WireCast to save my (sub $100) Amcrest IP Camera credentials using recommended settings. I am now successfully using my Amcrest Camera with Wirecast remembering the login credentials using a URI that was revealed when using a helpful program called “ONVIF DEVICE MANAGER”. Below is the recommended URI from ONVIF Device Manager which works perfectly in wirecast:

rtsp://{login}:{password}@{CameraIP}:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0&unicast=true&proto=Onvif

Cheap 1080P IP Cameras by Amcrest, Foscam and others.

Foscam.is an independent United States based distributor of “Foscam” branded products. The US Foscam company also sells Amcrest branded cameras. The operation and commands are similar. The model I’m using is the IP2M-841W. I paid about $70 for it on eBay. The Ascam Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) models can be purchased for about $100 new.

Technical Details:

  • I’m using an Amcrest Camera: IP2M-841W
  • Firmware: 2.420.Amcrest 00.16.R, build: 2016-09-09

Select: ¬†Wirecast > Sources > New Web Stream (or “Show Sources Settings”)

  1. Note that (in the left column, below “WEB STREAM,” the “Amcrest” configuration that was auto-found doesn’t work. So…
  2. Instead you’ll need to “Add Web Stream” by clicking the [+] button at the bottom left.
  3. Protocol: RTSP
  4. Stream Options: RTSP Over TCP
  5. URI: rtsp://{login}:{password}@{CameraIP}:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0&unicast=true&proto=Onvif1. Important: note that the port is 554
  6. You’ll need to authenticate ONCE, but Wirecast will remember the authentication after the first time.
  7. After you’ve authenticated (first time only) click the “connect” button to make the camera image appear.

2 Replies to “Using a Cheap HD 1080P IP Camera With Wirecast”

  1. Chuck
    Your information on use of the Amcrest IP camera was helpful but I find that Wirecast version 7.4.0 (30180) does not remember the ip camera credentials and a re-authentication has to be done every time the application is launched. The Wirecast “Source Setting” image shown on your page (dated 01-22-2017) no longer exist in wirecast. That I believe is from an earlier version. Have you tried your example with the latest version of Wirecast ?

  2. You are correct that Wirecast doesn’t save IP camera credentials. This short-sighted decision by Telestream makes it difficult for our volunteers to use Wirecast successfully, However, read all the way through for a workaround.

    Telestream replied to my inquiry about not saving authentication with this unacceptable reply: “With IP cameras, the ONVIF information wouldn’t be saved due to security reasons. If you didn’t want someone that was using your computer, running Wirecast, to access those cameras, we wouldn’t want them activating them. So that authentication wouldn’t be saved.” My reaction: hogwash. The user should make this security choice, not Telestream.

    With that said, I’ll write more about the workaround in a few days, but here’s a short overview:
    1) On your computer that runs Wirecast, install the free Unreal Media Server: http://umediaserver.net/
    2) Unreal Media Server will remember IP camera credentials and will connect to your IP cameras whenever your computer is started.
    3) Use the Unreal Media Server stream addresses for your Wirecast camera streams, which will no longer require authentication.

    I’ll write more detailed information in a few days.

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