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BlueIris NVR Software

BlueIris is one of the bargains in recording software for your surveillance cameras at only $49.95 per server. It has some unique features that makes it idea for home or small business surveillance and it’s easy to use. It also has a huge list of cameras that are supported and new cameras are constantly being added.

This is the screen you see after you configure all the cameras and it’s been recording. The icons across the top allow you to configure a camera, set camera properties, start the web browser interface, see camera stats, take a snapshot, start/stop recording, the traffic light icon and the help button. The majority of the screen as you can see is the camera display and the most recent recordings are on the right.

BlueIris Softtware

The traffic light icon is the most unique feature, especially for home use. You click it to control when the camera should record or not. If you select RED, it immediately stops recording. Selecting GREEN immediately starts recording. Selecting YELLOW gives you a minute or so to leave the house before it starts recording, like a house alarm. This way you won’t get a bunch of recordings and alerts sent to you while you are getting out of your house.

Double-clicking on a camera allows the camera take up the full screen, a feature that’s not that common among NVR software but very useful. If you want to see only cameras, you can click the X above Clips to hide the clips.

BlueIris Softtware

If you have a PTZ camera, you can control it using the PTZ controls at the lower left. You can also set presets to go to desired locations quickly.

BlueIris Softtware

The client and server are combined into one program. If you want to access BlueIris remotely, you do so from its web interface. It works on all browser’s I’ve tested it with including Safari on IOS and Chrome on Android. This is what the interface looks like. Different in that the Clips are on the left and cameras displays on the right. You can view the cameras live and recorded video, but not configure any of BlueIris settings from the web interface.

BlueIris Softtware

You configure the web server by clicking the Options button on the main screen and then the selecting the “Web server” tab.

BlueIris Softtware

Recordings (Clips) are managed by the thumbnails on the right. Clicking a recording starts to play it in a continuous loop by default. You stop playing it by clicking the X in the upper right corner. Right click on the thumbnail to delete it or copy/move it to another location. You can also show clips for all cameras or one camera and sort the clips.

BlueIris Softtware

Clicking on the clock face icon will give you a timeline that you can scroll through to find recordings by time. You can scroll by date and/or move the timeline with your mouse. As you move the timeline, it displays the thumbnails below for that time period.

BlueIris Softtware

That’s basically how it works and it’s pretty simple. Setup is a little more complex, but not more so than most other NVR software. You add a camera by right-click on the background and selecting “Add new camera” which brings up this screen. As you can see, there’s a lot of tabs for different options. In the General tab you name the camera.

BlueIris Softtware

The next thing to do is going to “Video” tab and click the “Configure” button to select the camera brand/model from the drop down, enter the IP address, port number, user and password.

BlueIris Softtware

Other tabs of importance are the Trigger Profiles where you set motion detection options. I suggest cranking it up towards higher sensitivity until you capture what you need.

BlueIris Softtware

It captures any movement anywhere on the image by default but you can create a motion mask which contains various shapes to either detect motion or mask motion. In this screen, the black is areas are masks where not to look for motion and the red is motion detect hot spots. You can use rectangular shape or create your own shapes with a brush

BlueIris Softtware

The other tab that’s useful is the “Record” tab. This is where you set recording options for a camera. If you click on the Format button, it lets you chose from their proprietory format BVR or a common format like AVI or WMV. You can also chose the compression options like H.264 or MJPEG.

BlueIris Softtware

Another powerful feature that’s stronger than the competition is its User configuration. Here you can define what camera groups a user can see, when they can see it and time and bandwidth limits by user.

BlueIris Softtware

Conclusion

The software is stable, have used it for over a year, the support is excellent. When I purchased new cameras, they were very helpful in providing support for cameras that did not previously exist. For under $50, I don’t think you’ll find better NVR software. It does run on Windows, but you can access it from any device with a browser including Macs and IOS/Android tablets and phones.

The only downside is that it handles the video motion detection in the software and this requires a decent sized processor. You can do tricks to minimize the CPU use, but if you have multiple megapixel cameras, I would recommend a computer with at least an Intel i3 or i5 processor. My experience shows that the software does use fewer resources than other products like Milestone XProtect but is not as light on the processors as ExacqVision which does in-camera motion detection but doesn’t support nearly as many cameras and costs considerably more.

Also, while they do provide excellent support, there is an independent BlueIris forum (http://www.ipcamtalk.com) that’s pretty active and a great place to ask questions not only about the product but also IP cameras in general.

You can download a trial or purchase the software by clicking here.

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Rodney
Rodney
4 months 12 days ago

Update the story. $59.95. Just sayin…

Hunter
Hunter
1 year 6 days ago

Video doesn’t always show up. Support is worthless. They are curt and arrogant. You can click on anc IP address of a camera from within Blue Iris and it will open your browser and display the cameras video fine but it still doesn’t show up on the Blue Iris screen. You can try everything imaginable, different IP addresses, different ports, different drivers, exempting Blue Iris in your firewall-anti-virus-anti malware, port forwarding in your router, changing all kinds of parameters in your router and in Blue Iris but nothing helps. You will waste hundreds of hours and have minor advances and then it messes up again. It is loaded with malware that once installed can not be removed even with Malwarebytes. Even after removing Blu Iris from your PC netstat reveals your PC still connecting to cameras and outside IP addresses. You can monitor your cameras and see them move to people’s windows and zoom in as some perv somewhere has gotten into your system through Blue Iris and is manipulating your cameras. You will literally will waste your life trying to get this to work and it never will be reliable.

NoName
NoName
5 months 18 days ago

Hardly my experience… installed, ran, setup ten cameras of 5 different makes/models and didnt have a single issue. I consider it one of the best software purchases I have ever made.

blah
blah
1 year 3 months ago

This page truly has all the information and facts I
wanted concerning this subject and didn’t know who
to ask.

Michael Till
Michael Till
1 year 5 months ago

Hey there! Thank you so much for running this site. One of the only places to get great information. Quick couple of questions for you if you can help me that’d be great!
-Im installing a POE system for my parents.
-The house was prewired for POE cams and the CAT5 lines run into a bedroom closet. But the router is in a different room(office).

-They want to be able to view the cameras on the iOS devices remotely.

-My plan was to run a Dahua NVR/Switch w/ 4 Dahua cams.

-Will the NVR be able to send all of that data over the ethernet cord from the closet to the office router sufficiently?

-If the NVR is writing the Data to the HDD inside of it, will the remote viewing software on the computer still affect the PC’s performance noticeably?

-Is there a better way for me to approach this? Should I just pull all the CAT5 and run it all to the office? Or maybe move the router to the Closet?

-Any recommended software for iOS device remote viewing?

Thank you so much! You helped me get my previous system running, hopefully you can help again. Cheers!

Bob
1 year 6 months ago

This story stinks…why could you not simply download 3.66 from the website..its right there.

Nick
Nick
1 year 6 months ago
Let me tell you about my experience with Blue Iris and Ken. I purchased version 3 in Sept 2014. 9 months later I had a hard drive crash. When I went to down load my version that I had paid for it was missing the SRICAM drivers. I have 8 of those cameras here in my system. When I contacted Ken explaining the drivers were missing he kept telling me to upgrade. That means give him more money. I told him I did not want to upgrade, that I just wanted the version I had paid for. He then informed me that version 3 never had SRICAM drivers and that I would have to purchase the upgrade IE: version 4. I tried to explain that they were indeed there when I purchased my copy of version 3. He insisted they were not and refused to support the program, a program that was less than a year old and attempted to get more money out of me for an unnecessary upgrade. I had 2 choices. Allow myself to be the victim by paying for an unnecessary upgrade or buy the “Get Data Back” software and hardware to retrieve the Blue Iris… Read more »
NoName
NoName
5 months 18 days ago

Disgruntled it seems over your own failure to backup your system. BlueIris doesnt have drivers for cameras. It connects to video streams that the camera itself exposes.

sam
sam
1 year 6 months ago
Its pretty clear that you dont know what you are talking about. Blue iris doesnt use “drivers” for the cameras. You are lying about emailing copies of drivers. 100 dollars to you if you can show me those “drivers” Scroll down to the BOTTOM of page here http://blueirissoftware.com/updates/ and you can download the last version of BI3…3.66 If they are not there in 3.66, then they were never there. Remember though, if you know the URL you can always manually enter it. You keep calling them drivers, but there are no “drivers” its simply a url so blue iris can pull the proper stream. That will have all the cameras supported just before the BI4 update. Side note, 30 dollars for an upgrade to BI4 is nothing. There are lots of improvements and it will continue getting updates for the next few year. I find it laughable when folks complain about paying 30 dollars for an upgrade. Have you seen the pricing for the competition? Let us know what you are using instead…im VERY curious. You might also consider tossing the sricams in the trash, they are pure rubbish. If you come to your senses, and need help with setup… Read more »
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John Williams
John Williams
1 year 11 months ago

Good evening.

I have installed systems for Restaurants. I installed a brand called Eyemax. Not Bad, but I am starting to get interested in IP cameras. I am looking for a software package that allows text inserting over serial ports that I will add to the server. I capture an ASCII text file between the register and the receipt printer. Can you suggest a reasonable software that does this? The stores I will install want 12-16 cameras each, with com1-3 ports for 3 receipt printers. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

saf
saf
2 years 20 days ago

if youre recording continuous video 24/7 from 6 ip cameras directo to your pc i have a 2TB external hard disk, do i have to manually delete every thing on it to free space for blue iris to continue recording or does it automatically starts to over write it once its used up all the memory.

sam
sam
2 years 19 days ago

It will do this automatically.

tony
tony
2 years 21 days ago

All mine work on blue iris and are foscam cameras, Ken has been helping me out at Blue iris but it has him puzzled to, I cant figure it out, will keep trying till I figure it out, thanks.

tony
tony
2 years 21 days ago

Hi,
I use blue iris and works great one issue I been having 1 out of 9 cameras looses signal on and off all day and the camera works perfect as I have had it alone streaming on another computer by itself and all the settings are alike the other cameras and work perfect, have you ever seen this issue.

Mike
Mike
2 years 1 month ago

How can I get the Blue Iris to dowload the files to an external hard drive.
I want to run it on my PC while I am gone sometime about 7 days and I’m not sure if it will fill up my data space until I can download what ever is recorded.
I plan on using motion to activate the recorder.
I am just learning about this software and have a long way to go.
Thanks

John
John
2 years 5 months ago

How many mobile clients can connect to blue iris at once? Some camera software only allows one person at a time can log in. Thank you.

Patrick
Patrick
2 years 5 months ago

Hello,

I’ve been playing with this software a bit, but I haven’t been able to find anything on fisheye lens setups. Have you tried or found an option that would ‘convert’ a fisheye camera into different, distortion-free views?

Let me know, thank you!
Patrick

Mike
Mike
2 years 5 months ago
Hi, Thnx for the answer. I was kinda looking for an explanation how this works. Am i correct in saying that it is the software that is doing the recording here ? And if so then when it stops there is no recording right? I don’t use windows mounts, i use a NAS together with a Mac. I plan to have one or two cameras max and don’t want another box running 24/7 just for recording purposes. I am aware of the filling up issue, but that can remedied with a cron job of sorts. Since the files are all in subdirectories i don’t think there will be much of an issue with file count limits. These apply to single directories mostly. What does add to my problem, and thus the reason i asked in the first place, is that this structure of storing files in logically named subdirectories causes usability issues when trying to browse a timeline. Do you know if there is software that i can use so i can browse forward/backward etc on a timeline even though this is divided in subdirectories ? My camera not only creates these dav files but also index files that contain… Read more »
Mike
Mike
2 years 5 months ago

Hi,

Correct me if i am wrong…
This and other nvr software connect to the camera and store the images or streams to the disk.
But ipcams can also record to disks themselves.
My ipcam stores images and movies on my nas (tru ftp).
Now i want to be able to use some software that reads this share , it is also available tru smb/nfs), and presents a better interface so that i can easily browse/play/fastforward trough the various days or hours of movies.
Instead of clicking on a dav file that displays for a few minutes….

is there such a thing ?

What do you use for displaying dav files on a mac ?

rgrds Mike

Muhammed Refaat
Muhammed Refaat
2 years 6 months ago

Hello,
I’m a software engineer in a Home Automation company called Mideast Communication Systems and I have some inquiries about that product:

– is this product has an API opened so that we can deal with in our development?(or any other NVR products you have)?
– is there’s a special price list for the companies which want to integrate it’s product with yours?
– what if we want to buy a sample product to test it in our development?

Thanks in advance and kind regards.

shah khalid
shah khalid
2 years 3 months ago

sir i have core i5 motion i can,t understand what is the problem,there is a kind of camra with handle and few function of keys.please helf me in this thing what is this

Eddie Current
Eddie Current
2 years 8 months ago

I have just started researching the different NVR programs. I have noticed that most list Intel specs, does this mean AMD is less desirable?

blake
blake
2 years 9 months ago

Got it figured out. Let Blue Iris find cam specs itself.

blake
blake
2 years 9 months ago

I am trying to figure out how to add my Avtech to this program, since you have to not only enter your username and password, you also have to enter the image code also.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

leo
leo
2 years 10 months ago

do you hear about CloudSEE Tech.?? Does my IP cameras with specification of CloudSEE would fit or compatible to the Blue Iris software?

Mike
Mike
2 years 10 months ago

I’m demoing BI and find the it says flash error code on the properties page. Trying to set up a webcast. Does BI demo version have flash disabled until you buy the full version??

John
John
3 years 2 months ago

As you have switched to Xprotect Essential for your NVR, I had a question or 2. I’ve got a trial install now and also blue iris. I really like Xprotect, but its hard to get any info from them.

If you purchase camera licenses, do they go with that specific camera MAC or are they just for that channel, using whatever camera you switch to or upgrade to? Since you change up your equipment alot I would think it isn’t locked to a certain camera MAC?

Also, I found it difficult to determine what the SUP plan really offered (do you need it for newer camera support in 6 months etch…)

Lastly, is there a discounted or bundled channel source for license purchases? Milestone appears to not sell directly.

Thanks for a very informative site!

Peter
Peter
3 years 3 months ago

Too bad the Blue Iris forum doesn’t allow you to link to this site.
I’ve posted a comment/question about this there.
Thanks for the time and resources you have put into your site – without it, I would have had a harder time finding what equipment was right for me 🙂

Richard
Richard
3 years 5 months ago

Will the “tour” feature of my Sony SNC-RZ30 cameras work with Blue Iris?

Travis
Travis
3 years 7 months ago

Ok. So I have my cameras. 2 Hikvision/Swann 820 from Costco. Now time for software. Does BI or any other software send you a notification if the camera looses connection?
Travis

lamsao
lamsao
3 years 9 months ago

Hi, I am considering Blue Iris software for my security systems and I’d like to ask some questions about external alarm triggering. From the settings of Trigger Profile it appears that the recordings can be triggered from external inputs (Trigger with DIO input). What are the source of the DIO inputs, from standard PC parallel port or a special hardware? What types of triggering does Blue Iris support, level triggering (i.e. 0 to 1, 0 to 5v, or vice versa), edge triggering (i.e. leading edge, falling edge), or pulse triggering? Thank you for answering my questions.

Yad
Yad
3 years 10 months ago

Oh.. One more thing.. 🙂

You think i5 core processor with 4-8 GB ram would be sufficient enuf to handle 16 cameras with 1080P resolution with Blue Iris? Or would i7 be required to handle it all?

John
John
3 years 3 months ago
I just purchased Blue Iris. I am running 13 cameras. All cameras run 1080P or higher on h.264. 2 cameras are setup for 3 mp. Of the 13 cameras 2 are recording continuously while the remainder are setup to record when triggered. The buffer is set to 30 which I assume is 30 frames, but what I read the size will greatly affect performance. I baby nothing, all setup to run and abuse the PC without mercy for CPU or memory. At the same time on the same PC I am running a different NVR (IVI View Commander, older version) tapping into the same cameras but under MJPEG since the my version of IVI does not support h.264. To upgrade my IVI would cost me over a thousand dollars and this is why I am migrating to Blue Iris if my testing meets my needs. In effect, I am processing 26 cameras at the same time, half under h.264 and the other half under MJPEG. My PC is a Windows 7 64-bit machine, i7 2600k CPU and 8gbs of memory with about 13tbs of hard disk. With everything running at the same time, my CPU is bouncing between 87% to… Read more »
Yad
Yad
3 years 10 months ago
Hello, Great reviews on your site. Just wondering if you could answer something for me. I am looking to install 16 ip camera at my business (indoor/outdoor). I been researching for weeks now. Looked thorough mobotix, axis, geovisioin, then I came across dahua ip cameras. Each have their own pros and cons. I have decided on the centralized approach opposed to mobotix decentralized approach as Mobotix are very expensive. So my question really is about FPS. I read your review your reviews for dahua nvr and it says you can only do 4 camera 1080P resolution recording, 8 cameras in 720P resolution. So does the FPS depend on the camera, or software/nvr? I mean on 16 channel dahua nvr able to do only 4 cameras in 1080P resolution recording, does that mean you can not connect any more cameras to the nvr if you already have 4 cameras in 1080P resolution even though it is 16 channel nvr? I saw on blue iris site that it can record up to 64 ip cameras. So can Blue Iris support 1080P recording for 16 cams simultaneously? Or Blue Iris also have limitation on how many cameras can record in 1080P resolution? Thank… Read more »
George
George
3 years 11 months ago

Network Camera Critic,

My Dahua 2MP IP Camera software is PSS. What role does DDNS play and is http://www.dyndns.org an option? Thanks for all your help.

Patrick
Patrick
3 years 6 months ago

It also eliminates the need for a static IP. Some ISP’s charge for them, or they only offer them to business customers.

Eumir
4 years 7 months ago

Hi, have you tried setting up a camera on https using blue iris? I can’t seem to figure out.

David
David
4 years 8 months ago

Great Blog! What are your thoughts about purchasing a old dell poweredge server w/ dual 3.2 Xenon’s and 4 gb or ram. Do you think that would be sufficient to run both the milestone or blue irus software w/megapixel cameras?

KenB
KenB
4 years 8 months ago

Should note that there is no way to view previously recorded video on iOS devices. Viewing with Safari on my iPhone is very nice for live view only. The iOS “app” should be available soon. it was expected to be ready 4 months ago. My current version is 2.64 – waiting for the app to upgrade to Blue Iris 3.

DSod
DSod
4 years 8 months ago

If the motion detection on all the cameras is done by PIR on each camera (via I/O), would that prevent the software from becoming boged down with the addition of cameras? I guess the answer should be obvious but I thought I’d ask anyways since I’m new to this 🙂

David
David
4 years 8 months ago

The only browser I have had issues with is Dolphin on my cell, the rest work fine. Dolphin won’t allow you to logon. Not sure if it is a setting in Dolphin or something with Blue Iris.

You are right about support. Ken does a great job with support.

yozz
yozz
4 years 8 months ago

hello bro, im newbie in cctv, can u explain this NVR software connection from DVR. Thanks for this knowledge experience.

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