Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Blue Iris with DeepStack Notes

Been keeping notes of what I've see since DeepStack has been integrated with Blue Iris. Moving here for others to see. Hopefully to help them when encountering similar issues.

Iris6: Updates so far: timestamp is when the version was backed up / replaced, not installed. 

C:\Program Files\Blue Iris 5\BlueIris_*.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17048024 Apr 23  2020 BlueIris_52601.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17048536 Apr 26  2020 BlueIris_52603.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17049048 May 16  2020 BlueIris_52712.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17873880 Apr  5 18:47 BlueIris_54102.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17875416 Apr  6 10:54 BlueIris_54200.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17877464 Apr  8 13:40 BlueIris_54202.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17885144 Apr 14 17:10 BlueIris_54305.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17975256 Apr 17 16:09 BlueIris_54308.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17975256 Apr 20 17:40 BlueIris_54309.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17976280 Apr 22 19:00 BlueIris_54311.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17976280 Apr 25 14:54 BlueIris_54312.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17979864 May  6 22:02 BlueIris_54407.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17982424 May 13 13:57 BlueIris_54503.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17985496 May 19 16:21 BlueIris_54602.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17986008 May 20 14:05 BlueIris_54603.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17995736 Jun  2 17:58 BlueIris_54707.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17995736 Jun  4 17:04 BlueIris_54708.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17996760 Jun  8 16:46 BlueIris_54709.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 17997784 Jun 11 17:04 BlueIris_54711.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 18009048 Jun 17 13:03 BlueIris_54801.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 18323416 Jun 19 11:07 BlueIris_54802.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 18327000 Jun 26 11:09 BlueIris_54901.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 18329048 Jun 28 19:03 BlueIris_54902.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 18352088 Jul  8 17:25 BlueIris_54906.exe

-rwxr-x---+ 1 Administrators avata 18358744 Jul 12 16:41 BlueIris_54907.exe

Initial gotchas from testing with single indoor cam

Hell Yeah! Direct Deepstack Integration - 5.4.0 - March 31, 2021

Testing with Amcrest 4k in living room, Blue Iris and DeepStack CPU version for Windows. Doing basic test of walking the same path to see how various options affected detection.

Alerts must be enabled and set to triggered for AI to work even though no actions might exist.

Turning on any "advanced objection" (for instance to only check motion in zones) will limit to to ~30 secs min between AI calls.

Dropping the break to .1 secs still only got down to one pic per 1 sec make and only one AI recog/10 secs (even with make of .5 and breal of .1 only got 23 pics in ~30 seconds of action with only 2 of those AI rec pics. Though on one run I got 4 AI rec pics of 24 in 40 seconds of action.

Setting min time between alerts got me 4 of 23 in 37 secs of action.

Adding also on retriggers got 3 of 23 in 42 secs of action.

Switch from edge vector to simple algorithm and got 4 of 11 in 31 secs (Note 3 of the 4 were in a 9 sec window)

Switch back to edge vector and added hi-def and got 2 of 24 in 41 secs

Increased min obj size and contrast to 608/50 from 550/25 which got me 0 of 8 in 26 secs

Turned off hi-def and got 1 of 8 in 27 secs

Reduce contrast back to 25 got 2 of 18 in 33 secs

set min obj size to 401

Set to send 30 frames to AI per alert and set make to 30 sec. Got 0 of 1 frame IDed

Set break to 3 secs and got 3 of 3 frames IDed

Set break to 0.5 and got 6 of 15 frames IDed


On version

Setup on most of the live outdoor cams on Iris6.

4/17/2021 @ 16:54 Iris6

Changed DeepStack from Medium to High

Upgrade to

4/20/2021 20:08

Upgrade to

4/23/2021 19:32




Seeing some issues with person detection.

4/27/2021 11:11

Adding email and SMS alerts using sites gmail. Variables available are:

&ALERT_DB The DB record locator for the most recent alert image for the camera.

&ALERT_PATH The path to the most recent alert image on the camera. Note that alert images are not saved to disc by default;

this is controlled with a setting on the Trigger page in camera settings.

&CAM Camera’s short name

&FILE The path to the currently recording clip on the camera

&MOTION_RECT The coordinates of a rectangle enclosing the motion [left,top,right,bottom]; values are normalized 0-1.

&NAME Camera’s long name

&PLATE License plate captured with ALPR if configured

&PRESET The most recently used PTZ preset on the camera

&PROFILE The active profile number

&SERVER The system name as set on the Settings/About page

&TYPE The source of the camera trigger, for example MOTION_A, EXTERNAL, or DIO. The letters following MOTION refer to the motion zones. Most useful for knowing if motion or external sensor trigger

&WAN The current system WAN address as shown on the Settings/Web server page

%x, %X, etc. Date and time. See the table below for a full list of time formatting macros.

&MEMO info like object type and confidence %

Email template

Blue Iris alert &MEMO on &CAM

Motion detected on camera: &CAM 

Name: &NAME

Alert Type: &TYPE


Profile: &PROFILE

Preset: &PRESET

Memo: &MEMO

plate: &PLATE

Select first 2 attaches

SMS template

Blue Iris alert &MEMO

Motion detected on camera: &NAME


No attachments

Facial recognition seems iffy at best.



Added script and alert actions to copy confirmed alerts into folders by object found.

Note a space in the comma delimited list of object types will stop the AI from processing!


Add actions to copy alert files to folders based on object types detected.

Pics are in folders by type AI detected, not what is actually in the shot.

Known types

bird, cat, dog, horse, sheep, cow

lumped into other folder: elephant, bear, zebra, giraffe, person

See robmarkcole/HASS-Deepstack-object.

Bumped min confidence to 60% on DAH412



noticed mouse was not in "animal" list but is in object type list so added things to look for on DAH412

Set min confidence to 60% on DAH628 to cut down on seeing a tree as a person

Added save flagged actions to AM476

AI set to detect 


copyPublic.bat script is

echo %* >> F:\BlueIris\cpLog.out

copy E:\BlueIris\Alerts\%2 C:\_dea\odrive\\cams\flagged\%1 2>&1 >> F:\BlueIris\cpLog.out

Note first line is just for a debug log

Action looks like 


Note this action on fires if the AI detects at least one of the Required AI objects. In this example elephant,bear,zebra,giraffe,person

other is the folder here and &ALERT_PATH is the filename of the marked up alert.


made aliases for scripts so could tell in actions windows which was which and moved the bat and log files to the flagged folder.

Added scripts and folders for bear and person.

Also added &MEMO to all the actions so will be in log.




5/7/2021 10:16

Upgrade to

5/8/2021 14:39

Noticed a typo in copyPublic.bat script made on 5/4 broke all the saving of flagged alerts fail. Fixed it.

Also changed repost when triggered from every 10 sec to every 60 to try and stop Odrive warnings about long wait times.

5/9/2021 13:10

Removing "truck,bus,bicycle,motorcycle,car" from DAH616 AND IPcam124 now detection set to


DAH628 changed to mouse,bird,cat,dog,horse,sheep,cow,elephant,bear,zebra,giraffe,person:70

Replacing dead DAH626 with DAH345 set to 

mouse,bird,cat,dog,horse,sheep,cow,elephant,bear,zebra,giraffe,person @ 60%

5/14/2021 System hung ~4:42 AM

rebooted and upgraded to (note is now listed as stable)


upgrade to to get custom models support. (note almost no detected objects after)


Note: Turned out you can only have one custom model.


upgrade to try and sort almost nothing being detected. Helped but still detecting less than before. Seem to be getting fewer triggers causing fewer frames sent to AI.


Increase extra frames to 30

upgrade to try and sort almost nothing being detected. 


turned off custom models which helped on cams set to 10 sec end triggers so set all cams to 10 secs.

It appears the second model is causing the issues. Left just the logo model in the custom folder and things seem to be back to normal.

Also turning off ignore static objects as that seems to be causing issues.

6/15/2021 11:33

switch custom model from logos to plates and upgrade to


update to Adds DeepStack stats dialog.

6/22/2021 9AM

update to (note said 6/17/2021 though not there 6/18)

Finally got a licence-plate hit.

10:10 AM

Added plates to saved alerts.




6/26/2021 14:34

update to

6/29/2021 15:30

Swapped logo custom model for plate one since all it tells you is there is a readable plate in the frame and often mistakes signs for plates.


update Iris6 to

Set up a flag archive script for logo objects


Cloned cams from Iris4 (BI4) to Iris7 with BI5. Massive CPU reduction so installed and setup DeepStack Working well.


update Iris6 and Iris7 to

Iris6:lmost no alerts much less IDed. Cancelled alerts say DeepStack -1. Tried rebooting and such.

Iris7: still working as before.

7/12/2021 17:00

update Iris6 to

Iris6: Still almost nothing getting IDed. Running a clip of me returning from the mailbox registered my face and nothing else. I've unchecked custom models, "default objects and face recog but that did not help. Cancelled alerts say DeepStack -1. Tried rebooting and such.

Iris7: still working as before.


reverted to

Started see alerts almost immediately. Ran the clip through analyse again and is seeing multiple times.

7/14/2021 11:47

Without changing anything IDs on Iris7 seem to have returned to normal.

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