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How to stream your IP camera using Flash Media Live Encoder or any other live encoder


This guide shows you how to capture the video feed from just about any MJPEG (Motion JPEG) or H.264 IP camera and pass it to Flash Media Live Encoder or your choice of live encoder software. The solutions outlined in this guide are for Windows platforms only.

You don't need this guide if:

Step 1: Determine if your IP camera uses MJPEG or H.264 compression

The majority of IP cameras support either or both MJPEG (Motion JPEG) and H.264 video compression. MJPEG IP cameras send a steady stream of JPEG images as motion video while H.264 IP cameras use H.264 video compression offering better compression and video quality. If your IP camera supports both compressions, we recommend using H.264 as it offers better quality and requires less bandwidth.

You should be able to find out which video compression your camera supports by looking at its list of features or tech specs.

Step 2: Learn your IP camera source URL

Your IP camera source URL is the address used to playback the video or video+audio feed. For JPG/MJPEG cameras the URL will use the http:// protocol while H.264 cameras use the rtsp:// protocol. For example the following are sample source URL's:

Sample JPG source URL: http://<ip_address>/axis-cgi/jpg/image.cgi?resolution=640x480
Sample MJPEG source URL: http://<ip_address>/mjpg/video.mjpg
Sample H264 source URL: rtsp://<ip_address>/media/video1

To find out your camera source URL, please refer to the user guide for it. If your camera supports H.264, you can use the following directory of IP camera manufacturers to discover your cameras RTSP source URL:

Need to stream your camera from a remote location?

You can capture and stream your IP camera remotely over the internet by setting up external remote access. This is done by configuring your router to allow incoming traffic from the internet to your cameras IP address. This is referred to as "port forwarding". Your IP camera guide should include instructions on how to setup remote access. If not, you can refer to this guide for instructions. If setting up multiple cameras for remote access, this guide may help.
Step 3: Choose one of the following solutions:

We discovered and tested 8 different methods for capturing IP camera feeds and sending them to FMLE or any other DIrectShow compliant live encoder (e.g. Open Broadcaster Software, XSplit, etc). We present our four preferred methods below and if neither of them work for you, you can try the four other solutions listed under 'Other options'..

a) IP Camera [JPEG/MJPEG] DirectShow Filter

This free DirectShow IP camera filter allows you to capture your cameras JPEG or MJPEG video directly from FMLE or your choice of live encoder software.

It offers the following features:

  • Capture from JPEG or MJPEG source URL.
  • User authentication.
  • An option called 'Template mode' where it captures the feed based on the camera make, model, and IP/host address used to watch the camera feed. It also offers PTZ functionality when using 'Template mode' (untested).


  1. Download and install IP Camera [JPEG/MJPEG] DirectShow Filter from
  2. Start FMLE or your choice of live encoder.
  3. Select IP Camera [JPEG/MJPEG] as source device.
  4. Click on the properties button (wrench icon in FMLE), select RAW URL Mode and enter your camera source URL.

    webcamxp directshow filter

  5. If the source URL uses MJPEG compression, select the MJPEG checkbox. Otherwise leave unchecked to capture JPEG still shots.
  6. Click Save and close the properties window.
  7. Wait a few seconds for the filter to connect to the source URL and start capturing the video feed.


  • We've observed that bringing up the properties window more than once in FMLE causes it to give errors or crash. If you notice this issue as well, bring up the properties window only once. If you need to modify the filter settings a second time, quit and start FMLE again. Once the right settings are in place and working there should be no need to edit the settings again so the issue should not reoccur.
  • This is a 32 bit driver so it will not work with Open Broadcaster Software 64-bit edition. We've confirmed it works with the 32-bit edition of OBS.

b) Unreal Media JPEG DirectShow filter

This is fairly basic JPEG DIrectShow filter. It does not support MJPEG or H.264 and can only capture still JPEG images.


  1. Download and install 'JPEG-pull DirectShow source filter for network IP video cameras' from

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are using Adobe FMLE or a 32 bit encoder be sure to install the x86 edition.

  2. Start FMLE or your choice of live encoder.
  3. Select IPCamSourceVideo as video source device.
  4. Click on the properties button (wrench icon in FMLE) and enter your camera source URL.


  5. Enter the JPEG source URL for your IP camera and your IP camera access login if there is one.
  6. Click Apply and then OK. Wait a few seconds and confirm the IP camera feed appears in the preview window.

c) VMix (H.264 IP cameras)

VMix is a software video mixer and switcher. Amongst the many features it offers, it includes the ability to add an RTSP stream as an input source. This means that you can add IP cameras which support the H.264 compression by adding the RTSP URL as a source in VMix. VMix includes both a video and an audio DirectShow filters which allows both the camera video and audio feed to be sent to FMLE or your choice of live encoder. This is a good solution for IP cameras which capture audio in addition to video.

The free edition of VMix supports a resolutions up to 768x576 pixels. For higher resolution support you will need to purchase the Basic HD edition which costs $59 AUD. See


  1. Download and install VMix from
  2. Start VMix and click on Add input.
  3. Select the Stream tab.
  4. Enter the RTSP source URL and click OK.

  5. If your camera records audio, click SettingsAudio and set Default Audio Rendered to 'DirectSound: Speaker (e2eSoft VAudio)'
  6. Click on the Start button..
  7. Start FMLE or your choice of live encoder.
  8. Set the video source device to VMix Video.
  9. If your camera records audio, set the audio source device to VMix Audio.
  10. You should now be able to see the camera feed in your live encoder software preview window.

d) ManyCam (JPEG/MJPEG IP cameras)

ManyCam application can capture one or more IP camera feeds from a JPEG or MJPEG source and pass it to FMLE or your choice of live encoder using its own DirectShow filter. The IP camera option in the freeware version of ManyCam is limited to about a minute only. To remove the time restriction you will need to purchase ManyCam Pro ($49.95 USD).


  1. Download and install ManyCam from
  2. Right click mouse on preview window to add a source.
  3. Select IP Cameras Add/Remove IP Camera.
  4. Enter your IP camera source URL and a name for the source feed.

    manycam ip camera source

    Here's a video demonstration of step 3 and 4:

  5. If you have setup authentication for your IP camera, add those details.
  6. Click Add and confirm the IP camera feed is being captured.

    ManyCam IP Camera Preview

  7. Start Adobe FMLE (or your choice of live encoder) and select ManyCam Virtual Webcam as video device.

    FMLE ManyCam


  • The IP Camera option is only available for the Windows edition of ManyCam. Unfortunatley the MacOS edition does not support this feature.
  • The ManyCam watermark can be removed by clicking on the Text tab and unchecking Show ManyCam Logo.

e) Other options

The following are some alternate options you may want to try:

Alax.Info JPEG/MJPEG IP camera filter:

This is a free DirectShow filter you can try using. Some users reported it worked well for them while others could not get it to work with their camera.

Azcendant IP Camera Filter:

This is a JPG/MJPEG IP camera filter We could only get the 64 bit edition to work with Open Broadcaster Softwre (64 bit). The 32 bit version of the filter was not detected in either FMLE or OBS (32 bit).

The site says the driver has built in support for many IP cameras. It supports user authentication and https:// connections. Licensed version can support up to 20 cameras. The free edition displays a watermark over the video. It costs $39.95 USD to purchase a single IP camera license and price goes up to $89.95 USD for a 20 IP cameras license.

Use VLC Media Player + e2eSoft VCam (JPEG/MJPEG and H.264 support)

This is a free solution which supports both JPEG/MJPEG and H.264 IP cameras. However the e2eSoft VLC Player VCam plugin stopped working when we upgraded VLC Player to the latest version. As such this solution may not work with the current release of VLC Player unless the e2eSoft developers update their filter. However we're including instructions in case you'd like to give this solution a try and see if you have better luck:

  1. Install VLC Media Player
  2. Install VCam (Free version includes watermark. $29.95 to purchase)
  3. Download and install the VLC Player VCam plugin by following the instructions provided at
  4. Start VLC Player and select MediaOpen Network Stream and enter the HTTP (MJPEG), RTSP (H.264), or RTP (H.264) IP camera source URL.
  5. Start VCam, click Source, and select External source. Click Start.
  6. Start FMLE or your choice of live encoder and select e2eSoft VCam as video source.


VidBlaster is a live production software much similar to VMix. It can add both MJPEG and H.264 IP cameras as source. The feed is then passed on to FMLE or your choice of live encoder via its DirectShow filter. We found VMix to be not only more cost effective but also significantly less resource intensive.

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