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.

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