I am considering buying some V3 Pro cameras for use with Blue Iris. I have this working with some non-Pro V3 cameras, but I am not finding any posts on that subject that related to the Pro model. Is that working, or would I be better off investing my time and money into some other brand?
Docker Wyze Bridge supports turning the V3 Pro video and audio into RTSP/RTMP/HLS/Low-Latency HLS, which can then be sent through Blue Iris.
Like Most other Wyze Cams, the V3 Pro itself doesn’t natively provide RTSP, but has to go through a 3rd party bridge like the Docker Wyze Bridge, or Tiny Cam Pro, or others that I think don’t yet support the V3Pro like WyzeHacks.
I think most people are using Docker Wyze Bridge to make local streams nowadays though.
well…if the functionality is not (and will not be) built in, then I’m thinking that I would prefer to stick with cameras where it actually is built in. Wyze may be less expensive, but if my time is worth anything at all, then that advantage is quickly lost. It’s unprofessional enough to have to get A/C power to every camera, especially outdoors, but adding another layer of software? I’m having trouble seeing any benefit.
And FWIW, the phrase “Blue Iris” does not even appear on the Docker Wyze Bridge GitHub page, which is all that I care about.
Understandable, just sharing the info with how other people connect them to Blue Iris since you asked, so that you could figure out for yourself what your best course of action is.
No, it wouldn’t. Blue Iris is one of many software options that use the same camera feed protocols. The Docker Wyze Bridge isn’t built specifically for Blue Iris, it’s built to convert Wyze Streams to RTMP/RTSP/HLS, etc, which is what Blue Iris needs in order to see/use the video/audio. So, it saying that it turns the video into those protocols is the same as it saying it supports Blue Iris (as well as countless other alternatives to Blue Iris).
Definitely a little more complicated to set up though if a person isn’t familiar with a lot of those terms. As you said, it might be easier to look for an option that says it is natively built for Blue Iris and has support and walk throughs for it ready to just do easily.
Here’s a Reddit thread that might be helpful where people are giving suggestions for budget cameras that are easy to use with Blue Iris:
Hopefully you’ll find some good ideas in there. It sounds like a lot of people are saying they use Reolink or Amcrest for affordable Blue Iris options. Some mention Hikvision or cheap ebay cameras as long as the camera says it supports or is compatible with onvif.
Best of luck finding a suitable option for your usecase MarkTX
Understood, but it wouldn’t hurt to mention the NVR software that is arguably the most popular in the world. And then to expand on that with use cases and Blue-Iris-specific guidance.
Maybe this just shows my age, but I spent a significant part of my life earning my living in IT support, and yet I do not immediately understand the software, or even how it would be installed and/or used. And I must confess that with my years of experience, I find it off-putting when I do not immediately understand a piece of software. It looks very typical of open source software. Which I guess is great in one likes that sort of thing, but that’s not me. I am a great fan of tight integration and intuitive installation.
Thanks, I’ll check it out. FWIW, I am a dealer for UNV and Dahua, so I have a pretty good understanding of their offerings, although I have to admit that I’m not really up on any “budget cameras” other than the V3. Which I have always found to be an interesting/maddening mix of compact form-factor, decent price:performance and glaringly absent functionality! It has been fun to play with, but I have yet to find any long-term application for it.
It just does too many irritating things…like locking up when I try to set up another Wyze camera, requiring a power cycle. I can only imagine what it would be like if one had a dozen such cameras that locked up every time one tried to administer any of them. Power cycling them all would get old pretty fast, especially if they happened to be outside. The necessity of an internet connection has been also been an issue, where the camera stopped working during a prolonged power outage. I have backup power here, but both AT&T and Comcast were down for the count, so no internet. All of my other cameras faithfully captured the weather conditions, but not the V3’s.
You get what you paid for brother
Agreed! But again, I would be willing to pay more to get more.