Feeding SightHound with the MOV files over network (or localhost)

Posted on 2014-01-02. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

SightHound (formerly known as Vitamin D Inc) is great piece of software which I use for surveillance /security purposes.

SightHound can hook up to the USB camera or IP camera (MJPEG, h264 etc.) ,  track objects, trigger events etc.

But sometimes you want to detect objects (people, cars etc.) and the only thing you have is the “offline recording” (usually AVI or MOV file).

Here’s how you can use the power of the motion/object detection of the SightHound:

1) Use the VLC (videolan.org) player to stream files at localhost (

2) Setup SightHound to use the stream as “fake” IP camera

Here it goes:

1) Setup VLC to stream the file over the network:

“c:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” “file:///c:/MINI0112.MOV” “:sout=#transcode{acodec=none}:duplicate{dst=http{mux=ffmpeg{mux=flv},dst=:8080/},dst=display}” “:sout-keep”

2) SightHound configuration to capture the stream:






Hopefully it will work for you :-)



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