Help Setting up Plustek 580i Encoder

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Help Setting up Plustek 580i Encoder

Post by skydiver » Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:29 am

I just received a new Plustek VS580i 8 port/120fps analog to IP capture device. This unit looks very promising for a low cost analog to IP encoding device at $275.

The 580i has dual streams per capture port in MJPEG and H264. It supports rtsp streaming, is fully ONVIF complaint. I can access the video stream using VLC lan player like this:
rtsp://<username>:<password>@<deviceIP>/vlm <--MJPEG camera 1 stream
rtsp://<username>:<password>@<deviceIP>/vlh <--H.264 camera 1 stream
rtsp://<username>:<password>@<deviceIP>/v2m <--MJPEG camera 2 stream
rtsp://<username>:<password>@<deviceIP>/v2h <--H.264 camera 2 stream

I can't get the stream to work inside Zoneminder. I have tried a lot of different settings but here is my current set of settings:

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Source Type: Remote
Remote Control: RTSP
Remote Method: RTP/RTSP
Remote Host Name: <username>:<password>@<deviceIP>
Remote Host Port: 80
Remote Host Path: /v1m (MJPEG)
Remote Image Colors: 8bit greyscale
Capture Width: 704
Capture Height: 480
Here is what happens when I try to activate these settings:

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2013-09-28 21:01:17.115346 zmc_m2[2141].INF-zmc.cpp/191 [Starting Capture]
2013-09-28 21:01:18.073663 zmc_m2[2143].ERR-zm_rtsp.cpp/92 [Unexpected response code 501, text is 'Not Implemented']
2013-09-28 21:01:18.074481 zmc_m2[2143].ERR-zm_rtsp.cpp/314 [Invalid SDP format at '<HTML>']
2013-09-28 21:01:27.139845 zmc_m2[2141].FAT-zm_remote_camera_rtsp.cpp/118 [No RTSP sources]
2013-09-28 21:01:27.212730 zmdc[1201] ['zmc -m 2' exited abnormally, exit status 255]

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Re: Help Setting up Plustek 580i Encoder

Post by skydiver » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:29 pm

Still looking for help with what appears t be a fantastically affordable, high powered IP device

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Re: Help Setting up Plustek 580i Encoder

Post by knight-of-ni » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:26 pm

Your configuration is telling zoneminder to use port 80 for rtsp.
Are you sure that is right?
default RTSP port is 554.

Also until you can get the stream working, try turning authentication completely off.
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Re: Help Setting up Plustek 580i Encoder

Post by skydiver » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:46 am

This device doesn't support non-authenticated access.

I actually have the manufacturer Plustek loading Zoneminder to try to help troubleshoot. I will post outcome back here. They are new to the market and this device is really well built (no fan required in a nice all aluminum finned housing) and fast from what I have seen so far. As far as I can tell this is a very well developed unit built with Linus as the core that supports CIFS and D1 resolution analog cameras at $36.00/port which lets us still continue to use high end commodity analog cameras.

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Re: Help Setting up Plustek 580i Encoder

Post by EdwinDrood » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:22 pm

I see no posts on the Plustek encoders (either the 580i or the 540i) since 2013.

Is this because everybody gave up?

Today I see the 580i on sale for $252 on

Of course the 540i is at amazon for $218

Maybe finding a source for cheap video encoding is too-good-to-be-true.

There are a plethora of inexpensive good quality analog cameras still being made.

There are also a lot of kodicom clones of kmc4400 and kmc8800 cards on China direct dist sites like ... 51804.html plus many other possible compatible cards.

There are also cheap IP cameras coming out (like HOSAFE) cameras that (I am hoping) work great with ZM.

I personally have given up on finding a new source for IP encoders since I can still find used Axis encoders on eBay fairly cheap.

So my only question is this: Is the reason that you have given up on the Plustek because of the so many other options out there that do not require any more research? (Working with Chinese Manufacturers must be impossible).

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