This full-featured driver for the Blue Iris Video Management Software brings most features of Blue Iris right into Control4 for the most advanced integration.
- C4-Compliant stream from any cam to view on Navigator with no resolution issue
- Motion and general events triggering
- Touch triggering from T3 or the Control4 App
- Full camera control from C4 Programming (Enable/Disable, Manual recording, Motion Detection On/Off, Schedule)
- Cloud-free Geofence using the Blue Iris app. (see note in documentation)
- OSD Control: Navigate through the Blue Iris software on TV using an SR-260 or Neeo remotes.
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 the driver status should display “success:”
To gain access to other cameras of your Blue Iris server, use the Camera Selector from the Properties and chose the camera you want to use. The selected camera will now be displayed as a compliant 720p HD stream available to all your Navigator devices.
Added PTZ supportVersion 1.0.2 - (March 14, 2020)
More accurate Geofence Improved OSD ControlVersion 1.0.1 - (February 15, 2020)
Inverted contact output to match Motion Sensor status Improved documentationVersion 1.0.0 - (February 11, 2020) Version 1.0.0 - (February 11, 2020) Version 1.0.0 - (February 10, 2020)