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by mikb
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Website Issues
Topic: RSS Feed for Forum
Replies: 6
Views: 6028

Re: RSS Feed for Forum

While you're tinkering, can you look to see why the "Report Post" button gives an instant 404 Error? (It happened before, and was fixed, but it's back :( )
by mikb
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.32.x
Topic: Image degradation
Replies: 2
Views: 833

Re: Image degradation

See other posts regarding "FFMPEG Smearing" tips and also try switching from UDP to TCP, as UDP (by design) will drop packets now and then. TCP is designed to not allow that sort of thing. It looks like you have data corruption part way down the frame leading to the rest being blurry. Also, try turn...
by mikb
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.30.x
Topic: Cannot write to content dirs('events','images')
Replies: 7
Views: 3469

Re: Cannot write to content dirs('events','images')

Yes, I say I - I mean root, Ah well, a lot of things work when you are root, which fail when you are an ordinary user. This is why the permissions need to be correct. Running and testing as root is not a good solution. Apologies for the ls -la example error, didn't notice your extra "www" there! ro...
by mikb
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.30.x
Topic: Cannot write to content dirs('events','images')
Replies: 7
Views: 3469

Re: Cannot write to content dirs('events','images')

When you say "I can create...", who is "I" ... root, an ordinary user, or otherwise? It sounds like you might have a permissions problem. Maybe the hint is the 2nd half of the error message :- "and are owned by the web account user" What does "ls -la /usr/share/zoneminder/" "ls -la /usr/share/zonemi...
by mikb
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-ZoneMinder Chat
Topic: day/night IP bandwidth load
Replies: 15
Views: 12346

Re: day/night IP bandwidth load

Hmmm. Joined 4 minutes before first posting, to resurrect an old thread, with an irrelevant reply. If there was a referral link to buy the D3100 at amazon (for a kickback to the link poster), then I'd say it's spam. Otherwise, it's just very badly targetted advertising. ETA: Of course the "!" button...
by mikb
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.30.x
Topic: video export seems worse quality than watching footage?
Replies: 8
Views: 2557

Re: video export seems worse quality than watching footage?

Glad you sorted it, you can turn the quality and file size down using -q:v 2 .... 9 (larger = worse quality) until you thing it looks bad. Should have said: My cameras are 640x480, so at higher resolutions -q:v 1 may be a lot bigger than I thought :) No idea about Windows compatibility, I use VLC/Xi...
by mikb
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.30.x
Topic: video export seems worse quality than watching footage?
Replies: 8
Views: 2557

Re: video export seems worse quality than watching footage?

@alabamatoy -- those *are* the settings from ZoneMinder :) (Look under the FFMPEG_OPTIONS settings):

What I meant was that FFMPEG (inside OR outside of ZM) needs guiding as to what you expect it to do. If you don't, the defaults can be less than useful.
by mikb
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.30.x
Topic: video export seems worse quality than watching footage?
Replies: 8
Views: 2557

Re: video export seems worse quality than watching footage?

Are there options? Yes there are, sometimes when throwing video at FFMPEG (outside of ZoneMinder) it seems to pick the most horrid quality possible to remind you to read the manual and do something about it. I use :- -r 25 -q:v 1 -f avi -vtag XVID -g 30 -bf 2 -vf "hqdn3d,lutyuv=y=gammaval(1.4),unsha...
by mikb
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.32.x
Topic: Zoneminder permission problem 1.32.3
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Zoneminder permission problem 1.32.3

Have you fixed the error in the path you are using yet? Somewhere you have accidentally added a space to the end of the "path to store events" entry and ended up with this ... /media/sdb1/zoneminder/events /8/2018-12-20/41 This path does not exist: You have a directory called "events" and are trying...
by mikb
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.32.x
Topic: Zoneminder permission problem 1.32.3
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Zoneminder permission problem 1.32.3

Of course you can't just strip *all* spaces out, as some people actually use them! (Although a trailing space like that is evil ...)

How do you know which spaces to strip? :)
by mikb
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.32.x
Topic: Not able to view some events
Replies: 7
Views: 1181

Re: Not able to view some events

I think you're right. BTW "Key frame" is basically the same as "I" frame that I referred to (MPEG terminology). This "long GOP" situation is very good for keeping bitrates down. But it is why some videos can take a couple of seconds to get back to normal after a bit of corrupt data, or are hard to s...
by mikb
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.32.x
Topic: Not able to view some events
Replies: 7
Views: 1181

Re: Not able to view some events

To completely misquote Tony Hancock ... "Six frames? That's barely a GOP!" I can well believe that some software may not cope well with such a trivial video snippet. Of course, if that's the actual length of the event (e.g 2 FPS, 3 seconds long) then you probably expect it to work. But formats like ...
by mikb
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-ZoneMinder Chat
Topic: planning home area cover
Replies: 6
Views: 5109

Re: planning home area cover

someone could cut the power cable which provides power in the house (and in the surveillance system that I will build). Addressing this point specifically, as you are designing the system, budget for a UPS . It doesn't have to be huge. It does have to have a way of keeping your cameras, any IP-netw...
by mikb
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.32.x
Topic: Duplicated files/folders
Replies: 2
Views: 594

Re: Duplicated files/folders

It's not really in both locations -- if you look closely you should see that the numbered directories are real, and the "named" directories are symbolic links to them (for convenience/user friendly use). You may find the same if you start poking about inside the directories, a folder called ".123456...
by mikb
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: ZoneMinder 1.30.x
Topic: Suse Leap and cifs: using a dedicated hard drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Re: Suse Leap and cifs: using a dedicated hard drive

... which means your underlying file system probably *is* something usable (ext2-3-4) and it's just that the CIFS/SMB implementation is only expecting to talk to DOS level computers.

Glad you sorted it.