Step 1 - Software installation

See the following pictures for the step-by-step process and just click to enlarge the images if you want to check the details...

Click "Next"

Luxriot installation

Read the Agreement and click "Next"

Luxriot installation

Usually, you don't need to change the default installation directory, so just click "Next" to proceed with the installation and choose the language.

Set the destination and click "Next"

Luxriot installation

Choose the language and click "Next"

Luxriot installation

The installation process is very fast. The Wizard shows everything in green color indicating that the installation was successful. Click "Next" to continue.

Just wait for the installation

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Installation completed - click "Next"

Luxriot installation
 

Step 2 - Server setup

In the next step, you can check the server name and port number. I recommend keeping the server port number the way it is. (Change the server name only).

See the server name and port info

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Setup is completed

Luxriot installation

Step 3 - License

Check the option to request a Free license and click "OK". Next, you just need to fill the information and click "Activate" to get your license.

The computer must be connected to the Internet....

Request the license and click "OK"

Luxriot installation

Fill the data and click "Activate"

Luxriot installation

Just check your data to make sure everything is correct.

You can see the number of cameras available (9) and the "never expire" info.

Check your data and wait...

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The license is OK - Start the Wizard

Luxriot installation
 

Step 4 - Create a password

After the installation, you need to create a password for the server.

Just click "OK" (there's no initial password) and create a new password.

The software forces you to create a strong password which must contain:

  • A minimum of 8 characters.
  • Must contain at least 2 Uppercase letters.
  • Must contain at least 2 Lowercase letters

Don't type a password - click "Enter"

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Create a new password

Luxriot installation

Step 5 - Find the IP cameras (Auto discovery)

In this step the software looks for IP cameras in your network, just Launch the Wizard and choose the Ethernet interface the computer is connected to, so the software can scan the network and bring the results. (see following pictures).

Click Launch Step 1 - to search for the IP cameras

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Select the Ethernet interface the computer is connected to

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The next screen shows the cameras the Device auto discovery found.

As you can see, only my Webcams were available.

For some unknown reason, the software could not find my Samsung SNB-6004 and Intelbras VIP 1120B (OEM Dahua) camera. They were connected to the same local switch, even with the Windows firewall and anti-virus were disabled.

Luxriot found WebCams

Step 6 - Find the IP cameras (Manually)

If the IP cameras don't show up in the software (like mine), just try to add them manually. Open the Luxriot console (click the icon on desktop)

Luxriot console

Click the button "New Device" to add an IP camera.

Luxriot - New Device

Give your camera a title and click the button "Select Model"

Add new camera details

Choose your camera model from the list and click "OK".

Select camera model

Click on the Network Menu on the left side and fill the information on the right side.

Fill the camera IP, port, username, and password and click "Apply" --> "OK"

New Device Network Info
 

Part 7 - Open the Luxriot EVO Monitor

And now your camera is live in this awesome Free VMS...

Just repeat the last step to add new cameras and if you don't find the brand you are looking for (just like I didn't find the Intelbras model), use the ONVIF protocol.

Luxriot Monitor (Live View)

Luxriot Software Professional version

The free version is very good for small projects, but if you want to add more channels and enable other features you can try the Luxriot Evo S.

Extra modules

Intelligent applications such as LPR (License Plate Recognition) and FR (Face Recognition) are available as modules you can purchase from Luxriot.

Free Software for YouTube Live stream

The Free software to stream IP camera to YouTube Live is, in fact, a powerful VMS (Video Management System) that is compatible with thousands of different IP cameras brands and model. This VMS also works with live streaming.

I bet you are reading this article and thinking, "OK, what is the software?"

So, here is your answer... The software name is Luxriot EVO a Free VMS with some professional features for CCTV surveillance system.

The Luxriot Evo free version supports up to 9 channels and has a podcast feature which allows you to send video to online platforms such as YouTube and Wonza

How the software works

Basically, the Luxriot Evo use the stream from your IP camera to transmit to the platforms that use the RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol).

Usually, an IP camera doesn't have the RTMP protocol, unless you are using a specific model such as the PTZOptics that is designed for live streaming.

So, let's learn how to setup the software and the live stream...

Download and install the Luxriot EVO

You can download the Luxriot EVO software for free, there's no need to pay for a license unless you need to add more cameras or extra features.

Click the link below to download the software

Luxriot EVO podcast configuration

To stream your IP camera to YouTube Live, you just need to use the Podcast feature available in the software. Open the Luxriot EVO Management Console.

Luxriot EVO Management Console

Click on "Live podcast" on the left side menu.

Luxriot Podcast Menu

Click the button "New live podcast"

Live Evo Configuration Live Podcast

On "Sharing type" choose YouTube and click the "Change..." button to pick the channel you want to use for the stream (I'm using a Samsung camera)

Luxriot Podcast Details

You can check the option "Use substream" if you prefer to use the other stream from your camera and "Enable audio" if it's available.

The last thing is to input the RTMP URL and click "OK" to start the stream.

 

How to get the RTMP URL

Go to your YouTube channel and open the "Creator Studio".

YouTube Creator Studio

Click on the "Stream now" link.

YouTube Live Stream Tab

Go to "Encoder Setup" and copy the "Server URL" and "Stream name key".

 

Start streaming live to YouTube...

The Server URL and the Stream Key are something like this...

Server URL: rtmp://a.rtmp.youtube.com/live2

Stream Key: bhot-543x-np57-92cd

Just copy and paste them into the Luxriot EVO Live podcast screen.

Luxriot Live Stream Server URL and Key

 

Hit the "OK" button and your camera is live on YouTube...

IP camera stream- to YouTube Live

How easy is that, huh ? Just a few steps and your camera is available to everybody that visit your YouTube channel. In fact, YouTube sends a notification to your subscribers to inform them there's a live transmission.

You can also let people know your IP camera is live on YouTube by just sending them the link to your channel. You can find this option in the bottom part of the screen.

 

How to stop streaming live to YouTube...

OK, you can't stream forever on YouTube, right ?

To stop your IP camera live stream just go to the Luxriot EVO Management Console > Live Podcast and click the "Disable" button.

Luxriot EVO Disable Live Stream
 

Setup recommendation

I recommend you to use a profile from your IP camera with at least 1080p resolution (1980x1080) and around 25 FPS.

The live stream uses around 3.5 to 5 Mbps depending on your camera setup.

Make sure you have enough bandwidth (upload) available and just in case you don't, just reduce the quality of your IP camera profile.

Unfortunately, you have to sacrifice the quality if you don't have the necessary resource.

You also need to use H.264 for the video compression (don't use H.265).