Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)

What is Real Time Streaming Protocol(RTSP) and how does it relate to Security Cameras?

The Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a network control protocol designed for use in entertainment and communications systems to control streaming media servers. The protocol is used for establishing and controlling media sessions between end points.

In short, RTSP is one way the cameras and recorders transfer information back and forth. RTSP allows you to see the stream of the recorder or camera through an application like VLC.

The RTSP of Arcdyn Camera is listed below.


I am going to briefly explain each part of the RTSP URL so we can better understand the required items.

RTSP://:This defines the protocol in use, RTSP

UserName: The username for the Camera/DVR/NVR.

Password: The password for that user.

IP Address: The IP address of the Camera/NVR/DVR.

RTSP Port: The RTSP port on the device.(default 554)

XX: Channel Number (1, 10, 6, etc.)

YY: Stream Type (Main Stream = 01, Sub Stream = 02)

Camera/NVR Main Stream


Camera/NVR Sub Stream