What is RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) for IP Video Surveillance Cameras?

Glossary Definition

RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) is a network protocol that allows for the streaming of video and audio data over a network. It is commonly used for IP surveillance cameras, as well as for streaming media content. The protocol allows for control of the stream, including pausing, rewinding, and fast-forwarding, as well as the ability to change the resolution and quality of the stream. It can be used over both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, and can be carried over a variety of transport protocols, including TCP and UDP.

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