Last updated 7/9/2018

Using the Bluecherry API to control or view a camera requires knowing the device ID.  Currently this can be found in the XML file. 

Note:  The XML file will only generate the device IDs that the user has access to.  Make sure you have access to all cameras, or that you are using an administrator login if you plan on controlling all cameras.


Once you obtain the device id, you can obtain a multi-part JPEG image from this URL:


Below is a example URL for controlling a Pan / Tilt / Zoom camera through the Bluecherry API.


Supported Pan / Tilt / Zoom commands:

 query -- display XML with camera information/PTZ capabilities and presets
 move -- pan/tilt/zoom using parameters
 stop -- stop movement
 save -- save present 
 rename -- rename a preset
 go -- go to specified preset
 clear -- clear preset

Pan / Tilt / Zoom Variables:

preset_id -- id of the preset
preset_name --new preset name
speed: pan/tilt speed
pan_command:(l)eft /(r)ight<br>tilt_command:(u)p /(d)own<br>zoom_command:(t)ight /(w)ide
duration:for how long to execute command; -1 for continuous

Trigger recording:

Camera must be set to Trigger ('T') in the recording schedule.  Description will show in the logs that a trigger was recording with the description you inserted.