The genie’s out of the bottle and ready to fully support you as the new replacement for the Client Zone. His name is My Angelcam and he’s here to grant 3 incredible wishes:
Make managing your cameras flawless on mobile devices and easier overall → We’ve redesigned navigation to make all settings only a few clicks away. Additionally, the website is now 100% responsive, which will make checking your cameras remotely on your mobile phone or tablet a breeze.
Enhance your video stream for free → A low-latency streaming feature is now available for every camera, which means the delay between reality and your video is now only 2 seconds!
A unified design for all apps → TheBroadcasting app now features the unified Angelcam design, making orientation within familiar and more efficient.
All this and more awaits you in the new My Angelcam. Give it a try today!
With the inclusion of Angelcam into a camera’s firmware, the process of connecting to the cloud is made much simpler, more secure, and more impactful. This impact comes from the rich catalog of apps that allow for cloud storage, public broadcasting, the ability to view multiple cameras remotely on a variety of devices, camera health checks, and more. On top of that, cameras are enabled to integrate with other apps and devices using an API.
“Many camera owners, dealers, and integrators want to take advantage of cloud-based apps but find connecting their cameras a difficult and insecure process,” explains Peter Ocasek, CEO of Angelcam. “That’s why this partnership, through the creation of ‘Angelcam-ready’ firmware, is so special as we have saved Dahua’s customers time and made their cameras more secure, robust, and easier to use.”
We are simply over the moon to unveil the latest Angelcam upgrade, My Angelcam – a new and improved replacement for the Client Zone.
Besides the name, what’s changed? The navigation is new and more intuitive, the interface got a fresh and clean redesign, the Broadcasting app is brand new, and now everything is 100% responsive on mobile devices. To see a preview of the changes, have a look at the pictures below.
To give the new My Angelcam a try, go to my.angelcam.com and sign in as usual.
(Please note, if you sign in at www.angelcam.com, you will still see the old version of the Client Zone. The new My Angelcam will be accessible on www.angelcam.com in two weeks.)
It’s currently in an open beta and during this period we’d appreciate any and all of your comments, suggestions and bug reports, as they will go a long way to helping us make the final version even better. To send us your feedback, simply use the chat box on our website or send us an email.
Thank you in advance for giving the new My Angelcam a try!
Whether you’re still waiting for the first snow of the year or it has already arrived, now’s the best time to plan your winter holiday. Before you put on your skis or pull out your snowboard from the garage, don’t forget to check the amount of snow on web camera in the ski resorts. A quick glance at their cameras can tell you whether new snow has fallen or if snow cannons are busy waiting for colder weather.
Get some inspiration from these public webcams connected by Angelcam.
Yes, it’s true! And now you can even connect it to Angelcam without any network configuration. spyNet Camera works with WiFi or by using mobile data connectivity. It can stream any available camera and it’s free. And it’s not the only advantage. You can turn your Android device into a security camera that protects your house, hotel or AirBnB room. Or anything else that needs to be temporarily secured. You just use your phone that has a battery and wi-fi (no wires required) and there you go – your security system comes alive! Anytime you move your camera to a different network (new wi-fi or even cellular) and connect it to Angelcam, it’s connected securely to our cloud.
All you need is a smartphone with Android 5.0 (and up) and a wireless connection.
If you want to give it a try, please follow these steps:
Nobody likes to wait. Nobody wants to install yet another plug-in to the computer. Everybody loves when their camera broadcasting runs smoothly. That’s exactly why we’ve brought another feature to our cloud platform – LOW LATENCY STREAMING.
CHECK OUT IT’S ADVANTAGES:
Minimum delay between reality and camera stream – only 2 seconds! (Otherwise it can be 5, 10 or even 20 seconds).
Faster loading of the camera stream.
Runs directly in your browser, you don’t have to install Flash Player or plug-ins
Lower CPU load.
So far, the feature is available for Google Chrome & Microsoft Edge. The only little disadvantage is no support of sound, as the stream is muted when Low latency is on.
Our new feature you’ve been asking for is here – Fast forward! It is still in BETA test (experimental function), but we believe we can fine tune it with your help and make it perfect soon.
Fast forward can move forward through your recordings to find a specific moment up to 8x faster. From now on, you don’t have to lose your precious time watching recordings in real-time speed. You can choose to watch a video 2x, 4x or 8x faster with the help of new controls that show up below the timeline.
Please note that Fast forward mode:
is available only on some browsers:
Chrome for Desktop 34+,
Firefox for Desktop 42+
MS IE11+ for Windows 8.1
can be turned on by the switch in Fast forward box (and controls will pop up when clicking on the timeline),
is not compatible with all cameras,
works only with recordings, not live view,
right now is available within free plan for limited time.
if Fast forward mode is turned on, it can affect video playback (if this happens, turn the mode off),
we can disable Fast forward mode anytime due technical maintenance.
Give it a try, we’ll be happy if it saves your time. If you’ll find a moment, give us your feedback. Happy Fast forwarding!
Last week London held Europe’s largest security exhibition, IFSEC International, and of course we couldn’t miss this exciting event!
IFSEC is a great exhibition where you can meet everyone from the world of security systems, such as manufacturers, distributors, installers, integrators, consultants and end users. You can see hundreds of latest technology innovations for the protection of your property and people. What surprised us this year was the general theme of the exhibition, that is, openness and collaboration. Manufacturers seem to realize success is not tied to just hardware, but rather the overall solution, interoperability and the ease of installation. It also seems everyone senses change coming to the industry. Cameras are getting cheaper and smarter (you could see a camera that can recognize people, follow them and even talk to them), DIY products are entering the market and cloud solutions are changing business models. For all of these reasons, manufacturers need to cooperate and embrace openness.
Let’s take a peek at what caught our attention:
Higher resolution cameras (eg. new Avigilon 7K Pro camera that cover larger areas with less cameras, very handy for parking lots for instance), lower priced cameras, more h.265 codecs.
More integrations and many cloud solutions built around camera hardware.
Axis zipstream compression (together with h.265 camera are about to reduce bandwidth needs).
The AXIS Design Tool continues to evolve, showing that manufacturers are differentiating themselves by catering to the needs of the integrators.
Smart doors. Assa Abbloy made us believe the future of unlocking doors is not using keys (no more lost or forgotten keys at home, hurray!)
It was interesting to see the Home Automation House, a new smart home built on the exhibition floor and packed full of interesting smart products (lights, baby monitors, security systems, home audio etc.)
Jon Carter, UK Head of Business Development for the Connected Home at Deutsche Telekom said at IFSEC: “There is not an industry player that can even start to replicate the same level of innovation as Amazon. It can capture more and more data as connected products feed back to the core data warehouse through Echo to better understand the customer’s needs and offer products which are relevant to them (if interested in topic, see http://www.ifsecglobal.com/amazon-steal-your-business/?cid=homepage_1st)
We’ve met many interesting people and saw things that convinced us that security systems are one great field to work in. See you next year, London.
Check out the list of compatible cameras at “Connect a camera”. If you can’t find yours in the list, your camera may still be compatible. Just read this article to find out!
Most IP cameras support H.264 encoding and RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) – the standard,most compatible and reliable service for streaming. You will need a device that has these features to use our Cloud recording app.
We also support MJPEG mode but only for our Live Streaming app (we may include further support for MJPEG cameras in the future).
Check your camera specifications for compatibility (in its manual or on the web). If you find RTSP among the specs, H.264 is usually supported as well. But double check! In this screenshot from the manual of an Axis camera, you can find the H.264 under video specifications.
RTSP can be found under Network or sometimes Protocols.
Be aware, some un-branded or cheaper devices will mention RTSP support, but may be missing or very unstable. Use our list below to assist you.
We listed some of our favourite brands here:
Most cameras have required protocols as well as a service called AVHS allowing you to connect using “one click” technology. No router configuration is required and with Axis, although the price may be higher, you always get a quality product with good support, great image quality and configuration options.
Another well known brand which offers good image quality for a good price. The configuration is not very detailed, but it gets the job done for most users. Look for camera models marked 9xxx, the older ones don’t support h264 encoding.
As currently the world’s biggest IP camera manufacturer, Dahua offers a wide range of devices for various applications at a great value for money with the price of basic models starting under $99.
However, Dahua devices are often unofficially distributed, meaning there’s no firmware upgrade option, or various glitches may occur in the settings.
A good choice for a home user.
One of the few low-cost brands which actually works: A nice user interface with all the basic settings. Great value for money – price can be as low as $40, international shipping included.
A well known manufacturer, good quality and acceptable price. Good support.
Great image quality, some neat features. Higher price.
Another big manufacturer, it is similar to Dahua with all pros and cons.
Other brands: Samsung, Geovision, AirLive, Bosch, Panasonic, Pelco
There are many other brands, and generic devices which function perfectly with Angelcam.
Not recommended cameras
Xiaomi Small Ants (Also known as YiCam, MiCam): this brand commonly has issues with it’s RTSP streaming and is usually not stable or working on our Cloud recording app. This device also comes with various firmware versions, some of which don’t even support RTSP. You can run into many more similar Dropcam/Nest clones with the same problem.
NEST cam (Dropcam): Restricted access for mainly their own services. Incompatible with Angelcam.
TP-Link NC200: Although this device does not work on angelcam, newer versions, such as the NC220 are working without issues.
D-Link DCS-931L, 932L, DCS 5020L: no RTSP support, unstable MJPEG stream. Some other D-Link models have stability issues as well
Cantonk: The camera restarts when we try to initiate a new connection
Escam: Cameras keep restarting
Cameras that require an extra step in the setup process
AEvision & Vstarcam & Anran: Are not currently detected by Angelcam due to specific authentication requirements. RTSP address should be set manually.
Just now you can meet Luke & Mike in Las Vegas on a CES show, where they visited our friends from Muzzley as well. They’re simplifying the home automation in a great way.
Lancaster (Pennsylvania): 9-16th of January, 2016
New York City: 16-19th of January, 2016
Prague (Czech Republic): from 19th January, 2016
On February we will be in San Francisco, on April in Las Vegas again (ISC West show) and we’re planning our trip to Tokyo and other places. We’ve customers and partners in more than 150 countries and we want to meet as much as possible interesting people.
So feel free to drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule a talk about your needs or business challenges!