How to start monitoring IP cameras ?

  • Getting started

    Sign up for an account in camlocus website by selecting the plan. Then just login.

  • Add cameras

    Once logged in, click button Add camera at the top of the page and enter camera name, select timezone and click Save. Always select timezone carefully, so that Camlocus can manage the camera's processing according to your timezone. You will then receive unique FTP credentials (ip, username, password).

  • Final steps

    Configure FTP credentials you received above on your IP camera. To do this, you need to access your camera, find FTP section and add details there, so the camera will begin sending photos via FTP. Please check video manual for details.


Video Sources

1.FTP Image

Once you configure FTP details and the camera starts uploading the images. Every half an hour camlocus will start merging these images into a video. At the end of the day all the images will be merged into one single video.


For RTSP video source, camlocus will ask for RTSP URL. Once you enter the RTSP URL, you have different recording type options.


When you select continuous recording, you will be given two further options.

1.1Full Day

In Full Day selection, all the day camera’s video will be recorded and stored in the videos page.


When you select Scheduled recording type, you will be redirected to a page where you will be able to do the day and time selections for recording. Once you select the day and time slots, camlocus will do the recordings accordingly.

Video Sources
Schedule Time

2Motion Detection

As the name refers, it will capture different kind of motions and start the video recording. Also you will be asked about how long do you want to record the video when a motion is detected.

2.1FTP Image

In this selection, Camlocus looks for new image every min. As soon as an image is uploaded in the FTP directory of the camera, Camlocus starts recording.

2.2Web Hook

In this selection, Camlocus will generate a URL for you to enter in your camera’s configuration. When your camera detects a motion, this web hook will be called and Camlocus will start the recording.

2.3Camlocus Motion Detection

In this selection, Camlocus will take an image from the live RTSP Stream and compare it with the old image and then looks for any motion detection. If Camlocus finds any differences in the two images, it starts recording the video. Also you will be able to set the time after which Camlocus should take and compare the images.

Motion Detection

3.FTP Video

In this type of video source, the camera will start uploading different videos to FTP directory. Camlocus will check the camera’s directory and save the uploaded videos to the relevant user’s camera.

Camlocus is wise enough to judge if the video is of anyother camera by the video name. If the video's name include FORWARDTO-CAMERAID, this will be stored to the relevant camera.

Dashboard Live Preview

Camlocus dashboard offers wide range of options to camera owners to view their camera’s live preview. From images to live previews of the camera’s we have covered it all.

1.Latest Image

When this option is selected, Camlocus will check for new images every 60 seconds and update the latest image on the dashboard.


This option will show the live stream of the camera on your Dashboard. For this stream to work, you have to enter camera’s RTSP or HTTP streaming link in Camlocus.

3.Stream Image

When this option is selected, Camlocus will take screenshots from the live stream and present it to you in the Dashboard. You can choose how frequently Camlocus takes the screenshot by selecting the Image Recording Time option.

4.Mjpeg Snapshot

You have to enter the Mjpeg Snapshot URL and credentials for the relevant camera. In this preview, Camlocus will take latest snapshot every 5 sec and present it in the dashboard so that the user could have a live preview in img form.


Once the camera is set to RTMP preview, Camlocus will generate a RTMP URL along with a stream key. You have to enter both of these to the camera’s configuration so that the DVR starts uploading the RTMP Stream to Camlocus server. Once Camlocus receives the RTMP Stream, it will decode it and present it in the Dashboard.

Live Preview

Shared Cameras

You will be able to share your cameras with other users in Camlocus. Once the camera is shared the user will be able to see the shared camera’s live preview and videos along with his/her own cameras.


Users can add locations to group the cameras of one location. In the dashboard you can filter the camera boxes by selecting the location.


In this page you can see the history of the camera’s videos. You can filter through cameras and select different days through a calendar and Camlocus will show you all the records of that day. Camlocus stores maximum of 7 days records depending upon the storage plan you purchase.

Motion Videos

This page will have listing of videos that has video source as RTSP or FTP Video and Recording Type as Motion Detection. The order of the videos will be latest at the top.


You can always configure notifications according to your wish. You can receive notifications on Email and Mobile App.

You can configure these notifications independently for each camera. You can get notifications of the motion detections.

If a camera is not performing any activity and you want to know, Camlocus can notify you about this.

Admin Panel

Camlocus has an Admin Panel from where the admin can control different actions. Admin will be able to do the following

  • - Add Users
  • - Add Subscription plans
  • - Add Cameras for the users
  • - View Videos
  • - Share User cameras
  • - Front-end Settings
Camera History


  • How many days of history do you keep in the cloud server ?

    It depends on your selected plan, the more storage you have, the more history of photos/videos you can hold. If upload interval is high and image quality is in high resolution, then you can keep less information compared to lower upload intervals and image quality. Available storage is always visible in the control panel. Older photos/videos are automatically deleted once you reach your storage limit.

  • What is the maximum allowed upload interval via FTP ?

    Unlimited, you can set any rate you like as long as it does not exceed your storage limit.

  • How can I preview history of all photos ?

    Click history button and select any day you like from calendar. The recorded images will be played like video.

  • How do you detect camera date and time ?

    All you need to do is to select country where your camera is located and we will detect correct date and time for you, no additional configuration is needed on your side.

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