How To See Live Streams from the Kodak Pixpro SP360

SP360-150The Kodak PixPro SP360 is a neat little camera with a 214 degree field of view.  That makes it useful for Virtual Reality experiments. While it has an HDMI-out connector, it does not provide a live feed on that connection (at least as of  v1.0.7).  It does however,  have a wireless connection to a phone app for control purposes.  With a little hacking we found how to grab a real-time video feed over Wifi.    Here’s what you need to do to see it:

  1. Turn on the camera.
  2. Connect your desktop computer to the camera WiFi.  Do not try to do this while your phone is connected.  The SP360 only accepts one WiFi conneciton at a time.    This will be an SSID of something like PIXPRO-SP360_XXXX.    The actual SSID is shown on a sticker under the battery in the SP360’s battery compartment.
  3. Open a browser.  (I’ve tested this on Firefox 35.0.1 and Firefox 36).  Firefox Developer Edition 37.0a2 (2015-02-23) and Nightly seem to have a problem. (I’ll file a bug!).
  4. Browse to 172.16.0.254:9176

Ports  5175, 5176, 9175, and 9176 all appear to be active.   The video is actually a stream of jpeg images, probably Motion jpeg.   Those other ports are probably used for control so if we can sniff what the phone app does to start and stop recording we may be able to build a simple web based control and still be able to have a live stream.    Other to-do’s include testing with syphon to see if we can use this as an input to OBS.