This simple camera driver work with the Blue Iris Video Management Software. It allow any camera at any resolution to be displayed on Control4 Navigator without issue.
You can still record you camera stream at high resolution on the VMS while keeping a compliant 720p stream available for your Control4 T3 and mobile app.
You don’t need a camera with secondary low-res stream, almost any camera can work with Blue Iris.
You need a working Blue Iris VMS server installation to be able to use this driver. Review the Quick Start Guide instruction manual before setting up your system or follow the instructions below.
This guide assumes you already know how to download, install and activate the Blue Iris Video Management Software (VMS) for Windows. You also need to have all your cameras configured and working in the software prior of going through the steps of this guide (Don’t forget to open the port 81 in Windows Firewall!).
If you need help setting up a Blue Iris system, please refer to the software documentation or request support from the Blue Iris support team.
Blue Iris is available from their website: https://blueirissoftware.com/
In the Blue Iris Settings Window, go to the Users tab, click
Create a new user named “Control4” with “control4” as password. Leave any of the options as-is and click OK when finished
- Click the Web Server Tab
- Click the Advanced Button
Uncheck this box
Right click on your camera and then select Camera Settings
Check the Anamorphic (force size) Box and ensure the Image format is a 16:9 resolution format.
You can use a Screen Ratio Calculator app or website to make sure your aspect ratio is 16:9 compliant, here’s an example using https://calculateaspectratio.com/
Enter the camera’s native Pixel width value and use the calculate Pixel Height value to transpose in Blue Iris
So entering “2688” as width gives us 1512 as the height, not 1520, you need to change the resolution in the Camera Size field.
Most cameras may not need to change their resolution as they already output 16:9 resolution, such as 2MP camera that output a standard 1920×1080 resolution. This step is only needed for higher megapixel cameras that does not output 100% 16:9-compliant resolution such as the 4MP camera used for this example.
Add the driver in Composer and enter the IP address of your Blue Iris server. If you’ve followed this guide you should get a compliant 720p camera stream in Control4 that can be used to display on Navigator.
To gain access to other cameras of your Blue Iris server, just type-in the camera Short Name in the Property field. Camera short name is displayed on the main Blue Iris screen, next to the camera full name: