Sunday, 6 May 2012

CCTV for me - Part 1

Now that I have my HP Microserver running Ubuntu, I wanted to set it up as a CCTV digital video recorder. I've purchased some Foscam cameras and I am going to use Zoneminder. Zoneminder is a linux application for home or office CCTV use. It allows for recording, monitoring and alerting of video footage. Zoneminder's website at Zoneminder for more details.

I have installed zoneminder in the past, and had to compile it from source, as the version of zoneminder available for the distribution I was using, was out of date. This is not the case now, or least at the point of time I am writing this, Ubuntu 12.04 includes the current version 1.25 of Zoneminder, so now time to show how I installed it.

1. Install updates to Ubuntu
This will check for and perform an update on Ubuntu

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

2. Install Zoneminder
Install the zoneminder software using the Advanced Packaging Tool APT, this will install the required dependencies.

apt-get install zoneminder

3. Configure Apache webserver
We need to link in the apache configuration file now that zoneminder is installed.

sudo ln -s /etc/zm/apache.conf /etc/apache2/conf.d/zoneminder.conf

4.  Add required user accounts for zoneminder
Zoneminder requires these accounts to be created, for the application to function correctly.

sudo adduser www-data video

5. Modify the zoneminder startup script
we need to add a delay to ensure MYSQL has started, before starting zoneminder

nano /etc/init.d/zoneminder
create a new line with 'sleep 15' before 'zmfix -a'

6. (Optional) Install Cambozola
Cambozola is a Java plugin that decodes multipart JPEG streams. Firefox doesn't require this plugin, but if you are planning to use a browser like IE, then you'll want this module.

cd /usr/src && wget http://www.charliemouse.com:8080/code/cambozola/cambozola-latest.tar.gz
tar -xzvf cambozola-latest.tar.gz
cp cambozola-0.92/dist/cambozola.jar /usr/share/zoneminder


7. Reboot and Test
A quick reboot and we'll then confirm everything worked as planned

shutdown -r now






Part 2 tomorrow, will be on setting up the Foscam camera I bought, so stay tuned.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip of delay. You saved me.

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  2. That is interesting and helpful guidance.It is very important to learn the right ways for it's installation and usage...the technology is advanced and need expertise to be optimized.Security Cameras

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  5. How nice the posting it is! Now a day many unsocial work done so that CCTV or Camerabeveiliging is essential for all. I think if this is use Right way must be catch criminal.

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