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Basic wrapper around live555 to load RTSP video streams

Project Description

Mike McCandless, mikemccand at

This contains a small Python wrapper around the Live555 Streaming
Media APIs, so that you can load video frames. It only wraps a tiny,
tiny subset of all of Live555's APIs, specifically the APIs necessary
to pull frames via RTSP/RTP from an IP camera.

I've only tested on Linux with Python 3, with the surprisingly
excellent Lorex LNB2151/LNB2153 cameras, with H264 video. Please
report back if you succeed with other cameras.


* First, download and compile/install the Live555 library from, and unzip/tar it and run:

* ./genMakefiles linux
* make
* [optional: make install]

* If you unzip/tar'd Live555 in this directory (the pylive555
checkout), to the sub-directory "live", then you can skip this
step; otherwise, edit INSTALL_DIR in to point the live
headers and libraries.

* Build the python bindings: python3 build; make sure
there are no errors.

* Copy the resulting .so (from build/lib/*.so) to somewhere onto

* Run the example

python3 1 10 out.264

That will record 10 seconds of H264 video from the camera at, channel 1, saving it to the file out.264.

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