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How to Create an IP Camera Stream
How to Create an IP Camera Stream

Learn how to stream IP cameras using Castr

Govinda Sunil avatar
Written by Govinda Sunil
Updated over a week ago

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Before you begin

Make sure you have the RTSP URL of your IP camera ready. RTSP stands for Real-time Streaming Protocol, a protocol used to stream videos in real-time.

An RTSP URL helps transmit video data from your IP camera to Castr or directly to a media player like VLC or QuickTime.

An RTSP URL example would look like this:


RTSP URLs for IP cameras are not usually standardized; so it depends on the manufacturer. Most of the time you can find your RTSP URL on the camera’s user manual. Another way to find out your RTSP stream URL is by contacting your provider’s customer support team.

Connect IP camera to Castr

  1. Creating a new live stream project in Castr

  2. Change the stream mode from Push to Pull mode

  3. Paste your RTSP URL to the Pull Source

  4. Save

Preview your stream

Once Castr connects to the RTSP of your camera, your live feed will start playing in the preview player on the left.

Stream IP camera to social media

To stream to any social media, click Add Platform > choose your preferred destinations

Stream IP cameras to your website

Our plans provide an embeddable HTML5 player for your IP camera stream apart from the social media destinations. You can find the embed URL, and Iframe Widget automatically generated after you've successfully set up your IP camera stream.

Stream IP cameras to your website

Get stream recordings and save streams as VOD files

When you end your IP camera stream, a recording of the stream is generated in the Live-to-VOD tab. You can choose to keep the recording as a VOD file hosted on Castr or download it as an mp4 file.

Read more about Castr's Live-to-VOD feature in this article.

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