Surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras can be captured using ffmpeg wrapped in a script:


set -e

if [ -z "$1" ]; then
  echo "Usage: $0 duration stream acodec destdir prefix"
  exit -1

ffmpeg -t $1 -i $2 -acodec $3 -vcodec copy -y $4/${5}_$(date +\%F-\%T | sed 's/:/_/g' ).mp4

Calling it from cron every hour which will generate timestamped files in /data/cctv prefixed with cam1 and a duration of little more than an hour:

5 * * * * 3900 rtsp://camera.example.domain/live.sdp mp2 /data/cctv cam1

Additionally disk space needs to be monitored and old recordings removed as required.

Time lapse videos can be created by getting an image regularly and saving it with timestamp info. The actual video can be done via ffmpeg.