Alternate Blue Iris + Deepstack Configuration for Reolink RLC-810 Compatibility

This setup will allow you to use Blue Iris + Deepstack with your Reolink RLC-810A cameras until the dual stream compatibility issues are worked out.  It also solves the pre-trigger buffer problem.

Start by setting up your Blue Iris global settings based on this video:

Then we will set up 2 sets of cameras, a low resolution feed (substream only) and a dual resolution feed that will record motion events from AI detection.

The first thing we need to do is go back to the general settings and change the name of some of our folders.  New is going to be where we save AI motion events, so I’ll change the name to AI Motion, and I’ll create a new folder called “Continuous” where we will store the continuous low resolution recording.

I already showed how to setup your cameras using ONVIF in the video, and we’re going to start with the dual stream video, so make sure your camera is named something to indicate that it is the high resolution stream, and make sure you have both a main stream and substream specified.

In the general tab we want to add these cameras to a group called HighRes.

Next in the trigger tab we have nothing. No motion detection, no AI, nothing.  Set the break time to 10 seconds.

Next in the recording tab, select when triggered, and the folder should be AI Motion.  Then put the pre-trigger buffer at 5 seconds, and record dual streams if available.

In the alerts tab you can just put never.

Hit OK to add that camera.  You can then add the rest of your cameras using the clone function and just changing the IP address, login, and password in the video tab.

Now you’ve got a whole bunch of cameras, but they won’t record.

To setup deepstack we’re going to add those same cameras again, but with different options.  Go to add camera, IP camera, motion detection and direct to disc.  This time we’re put in the substream address as the main stream, none should be specified for substream.

In the general tab we’re going to put these in a group called LowRes.

Then in the trigger tab setup the motion sensor to be very sensitive, I use these settings, which are likely to generate a bunch of false positives, but that doesn’t matter because we’re going to run them through deepstack AI to filter those out, we just want to give deepstack as many chances as possible. Put .5 seconds in the break time, this increases the number of times deepstack analyzes motion events.

Under add to alerts list, hit high res jpeg, which is actually not going to be that high res since this is a subtream.  Then click artificial intelligence, select deepstack and put in the deepstack objects you are interested in finding.  Select a confidence level, 60% works well for me  and then put 1 in the additional real time images.  Select burn label markups and don’t auto flag confirmed alerts.

Next in the record tab select continuous record and combine or cut every 1 hour, this will give you 1 hour chunks of continuous low res video that start every hour on the hour.

Next, the alert tab is important.  You want to fire alerts when the camera is triggered.

Then on alert you are going to create a new “do command” put in the AI objects you want to record, then under command put “trigger” and camera put the high resolution camera that corresponds to this one.

Hit okay, and then you’re done.  Now you can add the rest of your continuous low resolution cameras by hitting add new camera, clone camera, then changing the IP, login and password in the video section, remembering to put the substream as the main stream and none for substream, and you’ll also need to change the camera in the alerts tab to be the corresponding high resolution camera.

This solution lets you use all the features of blue iris including main and substreams, AI detection, and continuous recording without any of the drawbacks that I mentioned before.

To view your AI detections go to confirmed events and you can see that each event is a bookmark in your continuous recording, to see those same events in high resolution versions change the folder to AI Motion.  This is my current preferred setup, but as I said, I wouldn’t be surprised off all the shortcomings of the other setup are addressed very soon in updates.

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8 thoughts on “Alternate Blue Iris + Deepstack Configuration for Reolink RLC-810 Compatibility”

  1. Hey!

    I just want to give you a big thanks for the effort your putting into these guides and videos. Inspirational and awesome work! 🙂
    Being inspired by your first video on BlueIris+Deepstack I looked into your videos on what camera to choose, this was about a year ago, and for some reason I decided to go with Reolink 8Mp cameras. I think it was the RLC-810a you had in the video. That was probably not the message you were trying achieve but anyways, I bought a couple of the (then) new RLC-820a cameras.
    Ever since I’ve been having issues with these cameras and BlueIris, even though following your guides, but today I think I found a solution and thought I’d be my time to share and contribute.

    Issue: Viewing and recordings of the 4k stream is garbled, choppy or non existent. You typically see this when trying to view live or recorded 4k stream in the UI and can verify the issue by looking at the “cameras” tab in BlueIris Status.
    The 4k stream camera FPS drops significantly, below 2 in my case, when both cameras are active.

    This additional guide is for the Reolink RLC-820a but might be applicable to other cameras/models as well.

    Requirements: The RLC-820a firmware must be at least: Firmware Version v3.0.0.177_21012101 to enable the 4k stream.

    In addition to the above instructions do:

    HD camera video configuration:
    – Set the rtsp url to rtsp:// and make sure it propagates down to the stream profiles Main.
    Example: //h265Preview_01_main
    – Set stream profile Sub to “None”
    – Enable “Decoder compatibility mode”
    HD camera record configuration:
    – Deselect “Record dual-streams if available”

    SD camera video configuration:
    – Change the protocol to rtmp and enter url rtmp://[username]&password=[password].
    Replace username and password with the credentials to your camera without the [].
    – Empty User and Password fields
    – Set stream profile Sub to “None”
    SD camera record configuration:
    – Deselect “Record dual-streams if available”

    I also have “Limit decoding unless required” enabled on both cameras but that is not a requirement to get this to work.
    There is probably a lot more tweaks and improvements to be done but at least with this configuration I got a steady FPS on both streams and 4k recordings work.

    Hope it helps someone! 🙂

  2. Good info, FYI using the latest RLC810A firmware (released mid July) it no longer requires “compatibility mode” to be enabled and the overall performance seems to be improved as well. The stats in blue iris are strange, blue iris reports half the fps, but the performance is good.

  3. It looks like in a recent update to Blue Iris (v5.5.5.0) on Feb 2, 2022 they’ve added “Dual-streaming for high-MP cameras”. Do you think this will resolve the issue for the RLC810A? I’m assuming that as my post is Feb 5, 2022 you haven’t had a chance to review/ test but definitely interested in your thoughts!

  4. It still works, however, with the latest January 2022 firmware on the RLC810A and RLC811A I’ve been able to use the traditional setup without any issue.

  5. It looks like it’s working, not sure if it was blue iris or Reolink’s January 2022 firmware, but it works.

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