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Friday, 6 June 2014

XBMC Security CAM Overlay add-on – UPDATE / PART2

I’ve written about this great XBMC add-on previously here, however I have just updated two of my HTPC’s to OpenElec Gotham and have done a little more work with this add-on so thought it was worth writing an updated blog post about it all.  You can find the Security CAM Overlay add-on thread here on the XBMC forum.

So what’s new for me in Gotham and with this add-on? I wanted to add a second IP security camera, the add-on at the moment only allows you to add one IP camera, however you can do a little hack and modify some of the add-ons files to effectively make it in to two different add-ons or more. One instance of the add-on for each IP camera you wish to add in to XBMC.

Also I have customised my Aeon MQ5 skin and added a CAMS menu so I will throw up a few screen shots of that as well.

Creating the Security CAM Overlay add-on instances

OK here is how I got two IP cameras in to XBMC with the Security CAM Overlay add-on. First you need to download the latest version from this link and select Frodo or Gotham version. The downloaded file is called script.securitycam.zip extract this in to a folder called script.securitycam. I am using Winrar.

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Look inside the script.securitycam folder there is a file called addon.xml edit this in a text editor.

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I ended up with two instance of the Security CAM Overlay add-on, one for my front garden CAM and one for my back garden CAM, so I called the first instance “Front Garden CAM”

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Change the name of the add-on.  “Front Garden CAM”

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Also change the add-on id= from script.securitycam to something else, I named it “script.frontgardencam”
save and close the file.

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Now edit the default.py file in the text editor

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On this line: ADD_ON_ID =

Change the script.securitycam to the same thing as you named it in the addon.xml e.g. in my example its: script.frontgardencam

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Save and close the edited file

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Changing the add-ons icon image

If you plan to add the Security CAM Overlay add-on instances to a menu in XBMC, then I recommend you change the icon.png file to a screen grab of that particular IP camera.

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Unless you want all your IP cameras to have this default icon ?

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You should size your new icon.png file to 191x186

Now rename the folder script.securitycam to the same name e.g. script.frontgardencam

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Now you need to ZIP up the script.frontgardencam folder into a zip file called script.frontgarden.zip
With Winrar installed I just right clicked the folder in Windows Explorer and from the menu I selected Add to Archive.

In Winrar I then selected ZIP rather than RAR and clicked OK.

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I now have an add-on called script.frontgarden.zip that I can install in to XBMC.

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I then repeated this whole process again to create a second instance of the Security CAM Overlay add-on called script.backgardencam

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Installing the add-ons
XBMC Settings – Add-ons – Install From Zip File
Then browse to the folder where you put your two new zip files (hopefully some where your HTPC can access).

On this screen shot of XBMC you can see the two add-on instances I just created and I can select them from here to install them etc.

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Once they are installed they will be listed in the Programs add-ons area of XBMC. You then configure the add-on as you normally would, entering the URL to your IP camera and user name and password, only you now need to do this in each instance of the Security CAM Overlay add-on for each IP camera etc.

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Tip: For a Foscam camera I used this URL in the add-on settings and left the user name and password fields blank. The Foscam camera image loads faster if you do it this way.

http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:port/snapshot.cgi?user=username&pwd=password&count=0

Micasaverde Vera Home Automation

If you are using Vera you can get Vera to tell XBMC to bring up an instance of the Security CAM Overlay add-on by using code such as below, in your Vera scenes.

Where 192.168.1.10 is the IP of the XBMC PC and 80 is the XBMC Webserver Port number. 

http://192.168.1.10:80/jsonrpc?request={"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"Addons.ExecuteAddon","params":{"addonid":"script.frontgardencam"},"id":"1"}}

http://192.168.1.10:80/jsonrpc?request={"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"Addons.ExecuteAddon","params":{"addonid":"script.backgardencam"},"id":"1"}}

So when someone presses my Z-wave enabled doorbell, my doorbell scene in Vera calls the script.frontgardencam add-on to bring up that cameras image in XBMC.

XBMC Aeon MQ5 Skin

Using the Aeon MQ5 menu customisation feature, I added a new main menu item called CAMS and added in both the Security CAM Overlay add-on instances.

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I also created some .strm files for my IP cameras and some custom .nfo files to add them in to the Movies library, I then added them to favourites and in-turn added these favourites to the CAMS menu. When I click on these, I get a full screen live stream from the IP camera etc. Exactly how I did this is for another blog post maybe?

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Movies Library – Genres - Security CAMS

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Summary

Get tweaking and get your other IP Security cameras in to XBMC using new instances of the Security CAM Overlay add-on!

3 comments:

Kolu TV said...

Hey man, great guide... really made this dead simple

MicroGadget said...

Hi. This seems to be an awesome add-on, but I wanted to know if this would work for a Diginet surveillance recorder or DVR. I have one that has 4 cameras attached to it. Currently the only place I can get the footage is on my pc, which I switch off at night (With the software provided) and my android tablet (With IP Cam Viewer), but would love to have the facility to integrate it into XBMC. (Running Eden 11 beta 3 as this seems to update and work the best for my needs without the problems the newer versions seem to bring to the party). I have tried the script/zip but it says there is an issue starting it (Script failed) which is most likely to be the fact that you wrote it for versions "newer" than Eden.

Would there be any possibility of you maybe helping me out to see if this could be functional on the version I have at the moment?

Thanks.
Gadget.

Anonymous said...

First of all great work. I toiled on this quit awhile because I have several cameras and I wanted them to pop on screen when there was detected movement as setup on the camera. Turns out its very simple to accomplish on most cameras. As an example, run a small bash script (in my case on a linux box I use for odds and ends) and query the camera with /usr/bin/wget -q http://admin:password.168.11.50:8081/get_status.cgi then if grep -q "var alarm_status=1" get_status.cgi; then
(bang, your alarm has gone off, send the JSON to your XBMC devices in may case it looks like this:) wget -q -O/dev/null --header='Content-Type: application/json' --post-data='{"jsonrpc": "2.0", "method": "Addons.ExecuteAddon", "params": {"addonid":"script.gatecam"}, "id": 1}' http://192.168.11.130:8080/jsonrpc), wait out your delay setting on XBMC and then endless loop to check it again. It works beautifully on all my cameras and I have them pop out in their own screen locations. Thank you so much. Bill