woody565
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HDMI output with RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam

Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:57 pm

Hi all,

I'm fairly new to RPi, I have got a Zero w and want to use it in various wildlife cameras. I have the board and camera working and have tried motioneyeos, RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam.

RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam work really well but I would like a live HD feed via hdmi direct to a tv.

This is possible with motioneyeos and although the HDMI picture is very good the recorded video is poor and the whole setup isn't stable and hangs a lot.

Would it be possible to to have a HDMI live feed with either RPi-Cam-Web-Interface or Pikrellcam and if so how would I go about it?

Many Thanks

Dan

woody565
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Re: HDMI output with RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam

Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:26 am

been searching the web and cant find any solutions, is it possible?

aBUGSworstnightmare
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Re: HDMI output with RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam

Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:23 am

isn't a simple preview what you need?
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... /camera.md

Set camera resolution to FHD and configure HDMI output to FHD.
--fullscreen, -f Fullscreen preview mode
Forces the preview window to use the whole screen. Note that the aspect ratio of the incoming image will be retained, so there may be bars on some edges.

woody565
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Re: HDMI output with RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam

Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:58 am

Thanks for the reply,

I want to the best of all worlds lol. I still want the motion detection of the other softwares, also with the email notifications the motioneyeos provides would be perfect.

I am thinking the zero W doesn't have the power to give me what I want, with the Pi4 just being released I am going to try that I think.

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Re: HDMI output with RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam

Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:37 pm

I have eight (8) Pi0Ws running Pikrellcam, deployed as wildlife cameras, with motion detection and email notification. They run just fine. All are headless, though. After all, they are in the wild :D
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woody565
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Re: HDMI output with RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam

Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:54 pm

ipsw,

Thanks for the input, your doing the exact same thing i want to do.

how are the notifications setup in pikrellcam? Are your cameras near a power source or are you running them on batteries?

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lpsw
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Re: HDMI output with RPi-Cam-Web-Interface and Pikrellcam

Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:31 pm

I use solar backed batteries. The Pi0s connect to a long range outdoor Wifi AP. I disable on board wifi and bluetooth, and use external USB wifi adapters with high gain antennae.

To get notifications, this is my approach. I'm sure it could be improved on :)

1) Install some stuff (if not already installed):

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt-get -y install ssmtp mailutils mpack
2) This example assumes a gmail account. Make /etc/ssmtp/ssmtp.conf look like this:

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#
# Config file for sSMTP sendmail
#
root=postmaster
hostname=<your_hostname>
mailhub=smtp.gmail.com:587
AuthUser=<your_email_address>
AuthPass=<your email account password>
FromLineOverride=YES
UseSTARTTLS=YES
3) Edit pikrellcam.conf thusly:
Replace

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#on_motion_preview_save
with

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on_motion_preview_save mpack -s pikrellcam@$H $F <your_email_address>
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