Recommended cameras

Camera style

We recommend using IP cameras (network cameras) for live streaming and time-lapse usage.

An alternative would be CCTV/network recorder systems or custom build raspberry PI cameras etc, but these are hard to setup and getting streams and images from the system might not be possible.

Brand

Recommended brands: hikvision, axis, mobotix.

Technical data

For live streaming we recommend H.264 video encoding support. Also supported: mjpeg, Mobotix MxPEG – (requires our LIVE+ plan for transcoding).

I.e. the Hikvision DS-2CD2042 is an inexpensive outdoor camera in bullet-style and including night vision. There are also different models/lenses to support different view angles.

H.265

Camera streams encoded with H.265/HEVC should work – H.265+ most probably not.

This only makes sense if you are very limited on bandwidth (and also need a very high resolution) as we need to transcode to H.264 for YouTube.

Transcoding requires the more expensive LIVE+ plan. So recommendation is to turn your camera stream to H.264 and use our “copy” (transcoding off) mode.

And, please try if reading the stream really works during the free 7-day trial.