How Do I Watch Live Video on My Raspberry Pi Camera?

If you have a Raspberry Pi camera, you may be wondering how to watch live video from it. In this tutorial, we’ll go over the steps to set up live video streaming on your Raspberry Pi.

Step 1: Connect Your Camera

The first step is to connect your camera to the Raspberry Pi. If you have a Raspberry Pi Camera Module, simply attach it to the camera port on your board. If you’re using a USB webcam, plug it into one of the USB ports on your board.

Step 2: Install Required Packages

To stream video from your Raspberry Pi camera, you’ll need to install some software packages. Open up a terminal window and enter the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y motion

These commands will update your package list and install Motion, which is an open-source software that lets you stream video from your camera.

Step 3: Configure Motion

Once Motion is installed, you’ll need to configure it to work with your camera. Open up the configuration file by entering this command in the terminal:

sudo nano /etc/motion/motion.conf

In this file, look for the “daemon” option and set it to “on”. This will run Motion as a background process so that it runs continuously even if you close the terminal window.

Next, look for the “webcam_localhost” option and set it to “off”. This will allow anyone on your network to access the live video stream.

Finally, look for the “stream_localhost” option and set it to “off”.

Save and exit this file by pressing Ctrl + X, then Y, then Enter.

Step 4: Start the Motion Service

Now that Motion is configured, you can start the service by entering this command in the terminal:

sudo service motion start

This will start the Motion service and begin streaming live video from your camera.

Step 5: Access the Live Video Stream

To access the live video stream from your Raspberry Pi camera, open up a web browser on any device connected to your network and enter your Raspberry Pi’s IP address followed by “:8081”. For example, if your Raspberry Pi’s IP address is “192.168.1.100”, enter “http://192.100:8081” in your web browser’s address bar.

You should now see a live video stream from your Raspberry Pi camera!

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we’ve gone over the steps to set up live video streaming on your Raspberry Pi using Motion. By connecting your camera, installing required packages, configuring Motion, starting the service and accessing the live video stream through any device connected to your network, you can easily watch live video on your Raspberry Pi camera.