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Video Surveillance | C-MOR & ZoneMinder

These days I brought some IP cameras home and unfortunately I don't have an NVR to manage. Searching the internet I found c-mor & ZeroMinder's solution - very cool and I would like to share it with you.

Let's talk about C-MOR:

C-MOR Video Surveillance is a webcam recording software. It records a lot of IP cameras of well-known brands and supports the video standards MJPEG and JPEG. C-MOR also does motion detection and sends alarms. C-MOR runs in most web browsers and supports mobile devices like iPads and iPhones without client software installation.

Just googling for "C-MOR IP Video Surveillance for VirtualBox/Virtualization" to download.

Extract the ZIP files into an extra folder. Double-click on the OVA file and the import dialog of VirtualBox pops up. Select "Assign new MAC Address" and import C-MOR Video Surveillance. If a warning pops up to change the NIC (network interface) select the NIC of your system. The network interface must be set to "Bridged". C-MOR reboots once for initial setup! Login with username "admin" and password "admin".

After having configured the application's IP, open it in your browser and start the settings.

In my case, my camera's IP was and I configured it as RTSP, as you can see below:

Now you can see your online camera working properly.

As you can see, you have Motion Detection Recordings - nice!

You have a bunch of options, like System Utilization, Schedulers, Recording Setups, FTP, E-mail Alerts, etc...


Now it's time to talk about ZoneMinder:

ZoneMinder is an integrated set of applications which provide a complete surveillance solution allowing capture, analysis, recording and monitoring of any CCTV or security cameras attached to a Linux-based machine. It is designed to run on distributions which support the Video For Linux (V4L) interface and has been tested with video cameras attached to BTTV cards, and various USB cameras and also supports most IP network cameras.

Installation codes that I used on my Ubuntu 22.04:

​sudo apt install apache2 mysql-server php -y

add-apt-repository ppa:iconnor/zoneminder-1.36

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

apt-get install zoneminder

sudo chmod 740 /etc/zm/zm.conf

sudo chown root:www-data /etc/zm/zm.conf

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /usr/share/zoneminder/

systemctl enable zoneminder

systemctl start zoneminder

sudo a2enmod cgi rewrite expires headers

a2enconf zoneminder

systemctl reload apache2

In the ZoneMinder you have a bunch of features like:

  • Use any camera (PTZ, IP, RTSP, ...);

  • Monitor anywhere;

  • Control of your data;

  • Run a small/big system;

  • APIs allow for third-party integration;

  • etc...

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