Axis 207 IP Camera Recording

While the Axis 207 IP camera provides MPEG4 video output, the MPEG4 format is a bit obscure, and not handled by many media players. This makes recording the output difficult. Fortunately, VLC is capable of both playing and recording this format.

The following cron line uses VLC to record hourly chunks of video from a Axis 207 camera with IP address 10.0.0.1, and store them in /tmp/Axis207.

0 * * * * /usr/bin/vlc rtsp://10.0.0.1:554/mpeg4/media.amp --rc-fake-tty \
--no-sout-audio --sout file/ps:/tmp/Axis207/$(date +\%a_\%H00).mp4 \
--stop-time 3600 vlc:quit > /dev/null 2>&1

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