decoding: a video surveillance software blog

A Video Surveillance Software and Hardware Series

Useful guides, codesnipets, and hardware information when writing applications for video surveillance


1. Cirrus is now in the Beta Testing stage!

Cirrus

Only brave individuals should apply!

SCW Cirrus CMS is officially in beta, which means that it is in its earliest stage of "semi-complete" "semi-functional" development.

Most of the software that you can download from the SCW website is leased, which means that we don't have the capacity to improve it. SCW Cirrus CMS is different. It was made in-house by our software development team, who have worked on it for about a year to get to today's launch.

Get Cirrus

2. How to Add Your Device in Cirrus

How to Add Your Device in Cirrus

Follow these six easy steps to add your device to Cirrus.

How to Add Your Device in Cirrus

3. RTSP streams: How to format a request to pull a Real Time Streaming Protocol video stream from (nearly) every manufacturer

RTSP Stream

RTSP is the industry standard for interoperability in video streaming

RTSP streaming data on SCW, Hikvision, Dahua, Axis, ACTi, Avigilon, Samsung, Hanwha, Techwin, Honeywell, Swann, Arecont Vision, Lorex, EzViz, Flir, Alro, Pelco, Blink, and Ring

In keeping with our Revolutionary Support© #LTC values, here's how to pull a video stream from our cameras and just about everyone else's

4. Why You Can't Find a Security Camera with a HDMI Connection

Block Oriented Compression

H.264 and H.265 Block Oriented Video Compression

One of the common questions we hear is "why doesn't someone just make a cheap security camera with an HDMI connection on the other end?" Here's a technical answer as to why that product doesn't exist.

Understanding Encoding and Decoding in Video Compression. How Block Oriented Compression, Hardware Encoding, and Software Encoding interact