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  1. DLONG2

    Smart Camera with Hand Gestures?

    I heard that there's an outdoors smart security camera which can recognize preset hand gestures, and has a speaker to automatically announce to uninvited guests that they are being watched. Any leads on what this camera might be?
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    United States license plate designs and serial formats

    Found a good resource for license plate formats for the different states:
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    Prowling Porch Pirate Plate Procured - Pilfering Plunderer Pinpointed

    Huzzah! My Z12 camera captured the plate of a local porch pirate after a neighbor had posted Xfinity video on of her stealing. She has a prior conviction for the same offense while driving in the same car.
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    OpenALPR Troubleshooting Guide - No Plate Collection

    For some odd reason, my OpenALPR Watchman agent stopped collecting plates. Here's what their tech support wrote back. (I was running 2.7.101, and the latest version is 2.8.101) . . . If you know readable plates have gone past your camera, but there are no recent results showing in your...
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    UI3 Tablet Recommendations

    I'm considering adding some tablets, either wall-mounted or free, around the home to show the cameras through the UI3 browser, and would be interested in learning what solutions others are using and any product recommendations. There was a thread discussion about removing the battery from a...
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    External Mic Added to HFW5241E-Z12E

    I bought a mic on AMZN for the Z12 camera, but am unable to get the audio to work. I haven't had a chance yet to assure power is coming from the power lead from the camera, and I had to splice the accompanied power adapter splitter which AMZN sold with the mic. The audio lead of the mic is...
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    Restarted After Unexpected Shutdown?

    I've been getting these periodic BI shutdowns in the past week. Luckily the OpenALPR service is still running, but BI just closes on its own. I've tried restarted the PC, and CPU isage is usually always around 34 %. Anyone else getting this problem suddenly? The Application Windows Logs show...
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    PoE Extender - 2 Cameras on 1 Cable

    Just wanted to share the results of a recent purchase of the Dahua "PFT1300 PoE Extender" I had ordered on Amazon. There are a variety of brands besides Dahua, and the one I bought was $41, and looks like the same manufacturer. I have a Dahua Z5 camera on a long line running outside along a...
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    ANPR Cloud LPR

    Here's a video of a cloud solution, starting at $12 a month. Seems to be still image based . . . Home page: ANPR Cloud | A cloud ANPR service by Adaptive Recognition
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    HFW5241E-Z12E and DahuaSunriseSunset Utility

    I have this Z12 camera at full zoom for LPR collection, and am using the DahuaSunriseSunset utility to force the day and night modes. Day mode starts an hour before sunrise, and night mode starts at sunset. For the most part, the DahuaSunriseSunset utility works, but not all the time, as...
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    OpenALPR Stopped Saving Cloud Records?

    Anyone else experiencing an outage of new LPR records with the Watchman cloud storage? The OpenALPR client sees and recognizes plates, as they are marked in green as they pass by. But their 'Recent Plates' picture list on the client never has new plates added, and the cloud CSV downloads and...
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    Dual Cam Stopped Streaming But BI Sends Motion Alerts?

    I purchased the Dahua dual cam HDBW4231F recently in May, and all was well until yesterday when I noticed the Blue Iris lost the signal to the unit. Here are the symptoms: No signal received to Blue Iris Attempts to log into the camera via browser never return a login screen. I can ping the IP...
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    Exported Clips With Graphic Overlay?

    Wondering about the extra date/time stamp which appears on exported clips. In the 'Convert/Export' dialog there's an option to 'Add the camera's current text and graphic overlay'. When that is left selcted then the exported clip contains an extra line of date/time, and this date/time doesn't...
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    Sentry Alert List

    Was wondering how I was able to stumble upon the Sentry alert list. Here's how (in BI 5): Click on the 'Show/Hide Clips' button on the top left, and in the panel which appears, there's a 'View' folder icon at the top. When you click into that folder icon there's these options: All clips Alerts...
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    Problems With New HFW5241E-Z12E

    I am about to give up on this camera, after a month of trying to capture plates at night. The previously-purchased HFW5231EZ5 camera has stellar views at night, and its IR beams a bright red glow. This new camera's IR seems pretty weak. So I bought a long-range CMVision 940nm lamp, hoping to add...
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    Lens Flare on HFW5241E-Z12E

    After installing the new 5241-Z12 the images get lens flares, both when morning sunlight is reflected off a car, and at night when tail lights cross the scene. Is there a way to lessen this lens flare, which I never saw before on the 5231-Z5 camera? Also, getting plates at night seems to be...
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    BI5 - Folder Sync Issues

    Today while documenting all the camera settings on a spreadsheet, I noticed there is a dis-join between where BI videos and JPEG snapshots are actually stored, and where the camera settings say they are being stored at. The videos and JPEGs for one of my cameras are located within the "AUX 1"...
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    HA System Recommendations?

    Getting disappointed with the HomeSeer/Z-Wave home automation system I had invested in last year. Is there something else based on wireless which is hardier and easier to manage, and which can integrate with Blue Iris, Hue lights, etc.?
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    Change in the OpenALPR CSV Export

    This morning, the format of the exported OpenALPR CSV file has changed. There are a 14 new fields added to the export: crop_location gps_latitude gps_longitude img_height img_width plate_x1 plate_x2 plate_x3 plate_x4 plate_y1 plate_y2 plate_y3 plate_y4 processing_time_ms This will require a...
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    OpenALPR 48 Hour CSV Collection?

    Curious if anyone has been able to fully automate the CSV file download every 48 hours? In my Visual Studio project, I have everything automated except having to initiate and save the download. The Windows form has a WebBrowser control, which is logged into via code, exposing the details page...
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    Log File Shows Signal retry and restored

    I never look at the Blue Iris logs, but now I see a recurring message of: Cam1 Signal: network retry Cam1 Signal: restored Probably the RJ45 ethernet connections on this camera's cable? The camera is always working okay, but this pair of log entries recurs every 30 seconds.
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    Amcrest IP2M-841B With PTZ Presets?

    I received this Amcrest 841B wi-fi camera, and I am stumped on whether there's a way to change the PTZ presets? Edit: Found the PTZ settings finally. In the browser's Live view; there's a PTZ button on the bottom toolbar.
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    OpenALPR Advice?

    I signed up for the OpenALPR 'Cloud Stream' service, and it works really well with my highly-zoomed Dahua HFW5231EZ5 camera. It's not clear that this service will be a part of the advertised 'free 2 days of storage' plan. Also, I noticed the CPU usage has more than doubled just to allow the...
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    PTZ Camera's PT Motor Frozen - Needed a Power Recycle

    Had an odd occurrence yesterday. Noticed that the SD49225T-HN PTZ camera I've had for a while now was recording and playing in B&W all day, and that the preset zooms on some motion events were not pointing at the required location, just zooming straight ahead. The pan and tilt would not respond...
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    Disable Auto Focus on HFW5231EZ5?

    Is there any way to disable auto-focus on this Dahua verifocal? I use mine as an LPR recorder using maximum zoom, and sometimes the camera will become and stay focused on the breezy air somewhere, rather than at the ideal distance for reading plates on my street.
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    Changing PCs - Any Advice?

    Soon I'm going to be installing a new PC for Blue Iris. Any advice on a smooth transition? I'll change the IP of the old PC and assign the old IP to the new PC. I have a backup export of the .REG configuration. I am assuming the install of BI will go well from the license. Anything else I am not...
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    Alert on PTZ Preset Change?

    Is there a way to configure an alert on BI whenever the PTZ preset changes to, say, number 5? With home automation, I can change the preset to zoom on an area whenever a magnetic switch is opened. I'd like to see if BI can then email me a snapshot. Currently, the alerts are all based on...
  28. DLONG2

    Upgrading firmware on Starlight SD49225T-HN PTZ Camera?

    I am looking for advice on performing firmware upgrades; i had taken a look at the PTZ camera's data sheet (SD49225T-HN | Dahua Technology) and became intrigued with the other options available, such as face recognition and IVS. Heatmap is shown in the datasheet, but my software doesn't list it...
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    Outdoor Z-wave Motion Sensors?

    Looking for an outdoor motion sensor to integrate with HomeSeer, preferably battery-operated. I can't seem to locate anything rated for outdoors.
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    Windows Update - WiFi Camera Lost

    Among my many fine Dahua cameras, I have one Annke WiFi camera connected to Blue Iris. After a recent Windows update, this one camera is now locked out, and all that shows are the color bars. I am not able to restart it, view camera properties, disable it, or delete it, as those options are...