I purchased a Swann Home Security DVR system and was hoping for some help on how to duplicate the streaming video on my server.

In order to get their web view (streaming video in the browser) to work, I had to install the following plugins:

HiDvrPlugin.dmg for mac.
Hidvrocx.cab for Windows.

I was originally thinking it was a sign of some form of DRM? Maybe. Maybe not.

HTML wise, the following code is in the source of the safari version of the web view:

<embed pluginspage="SurveilClient.dmg" width="10px" height="10px" type="application/x-scplugin" id="MacDiv" style="height: 592px; width: 720px; left: 278px; top: 61px; ">

It seems to be the main display area.

Using wireshark, I am able to see that the video stream is on port 9000. However, I have no idea what type of stream it is. I've tried opening it in VLC with no such luck.


My hope was to do the following to redistribute the feed

vlc dvr_ip:9000 --sout h264-version-on-localhost:3000

TLDR; Trying to re-distribute a stream from a security camera (can't tell the format) using vlc (re-distribute via h.264 / HTML5). Not sure how to accomplish this. Is it possible that the software has some type of DRM that only the plugins can decode?

  • Any joy solving this? I've just hit exactly the same problem and using an IE ActiveX plugin just makes me shudder... – Basic Jan 9 '14 at 16:42
  • are you able to view the stream locally via VLC? – CodeMonkey Jan 10 '14 at 22:35
  • Many of these DVR solutions have some proprietary streaming going on that makes it only work with their player. Exporting the video should work as normal as they're in a standard container. Are the cameras you use IP cameras, or UNC? – Kinnectus May 21 '14 at 21:27

Someone has already found that Swann uses a proprietary protocol on port 9000: How do I find the video stream URL of my security DVR by myself?

That said, the folks over at iSpy seem to have an extensive list of alternate places you might be able to find the stream in a normal format: http://www.ispyconnect.com/man.aspx?n=Swann

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