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Camera Configuration

Setting Up Camera Inputs

Several inputs can be configured for each camera and the role of each input can be mixed and matched based on your needs. This allows you to use a lower resolution stream for object detection, but create recordings from a higher resolution stream, or vice versa.

A camera is enabled by default but can be temporarily disabled by using enabled: False. Existing events and recordings can still be accessed. Live streams, recording and detecting are not working. Camera specific configurations will be used.

Each role can only be assigned to one input per camera. The options for roles are as follows:

detectMain feed for object detection. docs
recordSaves segments of the video feed based on configuration settings. docs
audioFeed for audio based detection. docs
rtmpDeprecated: Broadcast as an RTMP feed for other services to consume. docs
enabled: True
- path: rtsp://viewer:{FRIGATE_RTSP_PASSWORD}@
- detect
- rtmp # <- deprecated, recommend using restream instead
- path: rtsp://viewer:{FRIGATE_RTSP_PASSWORD}@
- record
width: 1280 # <- optional, by default Frigate tries to automatically detect resolution
height: 720 # <- optional, by default Frigate tries to automatically detect resolution

Additional cameras are simply added to the config under the cameras entry.

mqtt: ...
back: ...
front: ...
side: ...

For camera model specific settings check the camera specific infos.

Setting up camera PTZ controls


Not every PTZ supports ONVIF, which is the standard protocol Frigate uses to communicate with your camera. Check the official list of ONVIF conformant products, your camera documentation, or camera manufacturer's website to ensure your PTZ supports ONVIF. Also, ensure your camera is running the latest firmware.

Add the onvif section to your camera in your configuration file:

ffmpeg: ...
port: 8000
user: admin
password: password

If the ONVIF connection is successful, PTZ controls will be available in the camera's WebUI.

An ONVIF-capable camera that supports relative movement within the field of view (FOV) can also be configured to automatically track moving objects and keep them in the center of the frame. For autotracking setup, see the autotracking docs.

ONVIF PTZ camera recommendations

This list of working and non-working PTZ cameras is based on user feedback.

Brand or specific cameraPTZ ControlsAutotrackingNotes
Amcrest⛔️ Generally, Amcrest should work, but some older models (like the common IP2M-841) don't support auto tracking
Amcrest ASH21No ONVIF support
Ctronics PTZ
Foscam R5
Hanwha XNP-6550RH
HikvisionIncomplete ONVIF support (MoveStatus won't update even on latest firmware) - reported with HWP-N4215IH-DE and DS-2DE3304W-DE, but likely others
Reolink 511WAZoom only
Reolink E1 Pro
Reolink E1 Zoom
Reolink RLC-823A 16x
Sunba 405-D20X
Tapo C200Incomplete ONVIF support
Tapo C210Incomplete ONVIF support, ONVIF Service Port: 2020
Tapo C220Incomplete ONVIF support, ONVIF Service Port: 2020
Tapo C225Incomplete ONVIF support, ONVIF Service Port: 2020
Tapo C520WSIncomplete ONVIF support, ONVIF Service Port: 2020
Uniview IPC672LR-AX4DUPKFirmware says FOV relative movement is supported, but camera doesn't actually move when sending ONVIF commands
Vikylin PTZ-2804X-I2Incomplete ONVIF support