How to watch the NTU Falcon Cam on PC, Mac, iOS and Android

Like many peo­ple I enjoy watch­ing the live stream­ing cam­eras set up at Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty which show live footage of a fam­i­ly of pere­grine fal­cons.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly the uni­ver­si­ty streams as RTMP, which gen­er­al­ly requires Flash to stream in a web brows­er. As Flash is now gen­er­al­ly dis­abled on browsers like Mozil­la Fire­fox and Google Chrome, I’ve noticed many peo­ple hav­ing prob­lems watch­ing the cam­eras, so I wrote this short guide on a way to play the cam­eras:

For PC and Mac

  1. Down­load and install VLC Play­er
  2. Down­load this file (right click and Save As): https://www.jonhassall.com/downloads/ntufalconcams.m3u
  3. Open VLC Play­er, Media -> Open File, and open the file you down­loaded
  4. Press the track skip but­tons to change cam­eras

For Android smartphone

  1. Install the VLC Play­er app from Google Play
  2. Open the VLC Play­er app
  3. Press ‘Open MRL’ from the left menu, and type:
    https://www.jonhassall.com/downloads/ntufalconcams.m3u
  4. I find it can take a good 30 sec­onds for the stream to open. Play con­trols appear if you swipe up from the bot­tom of the screen. It isn’t very intu­itive

iPhone/iPad

  1. Install the VLC for Mobile app from the App Store
  2. Open the VLC Play­er app
  3. Press ‘Net­work Stream’ from the left menu
  4. Type this URL into the box at the top:
    https://www.jonhassall.com/downloads/ntufalconcams.m3u
  5. Press ‘Open Net­work Stream’
  6. Press ‘ntucalconcams.m3u’ which should now be added to the list
  7. The cam­era streams should now show. It can take 30 sec­onds to start. Use the track skip but­tons to change between the three cam­eras.

 

Hope­ful­ly in the future NTU will either stream direct­ly to a HTML5 com­pat­i­ble for­mat, or set up a live stream­ing con­ver­sion serv­er.

Hope this helps peo­ple enjoy watch­ing the fal­cons.