Using AWS IOT To Arm Blink Cameras

Posted on Sat 16 December 2017 in iot • Tagged with iot, lambda, security, tutorial, awsLeave a comment

Blink security cameras are an affordable home security camera system. Although they lack a formal public API, inventive devs have reverse-engineered their private API to allow for better integration.

Here we'll use AWS IOT Core, Lambda and node-blink-security to arm and disarm Blink security cameras using an AWS IOT Button.

Activating Your IOT Button

The IOT Button must be configured to your account, which includes joining it to your wifi access point, and installing the client certificates.

The easiest way to perform activation is by using the AWS IOT Button App for Android or IOS. Complete instructions are found on …

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Using AWS Lambda for Web Video Transcoding

Posted on Thu 03 September 2015 in aws • Tagged with lambda, elastic-transcoder, videoLeave a comment

Often your creative team will produce master videos in 4k or 1080p, but you need to downcode these videos into 720p/1080p for web broadcasting. Here we automate transcoding of masters into web-friendly formats like 720p h264 mp4 & webm.

AWS Elastic Transcoder is a cloud video transcoding service. At it's simplest it transcodes video files from one bitrate, framerate, codec, container, etc--into another. By default you trigger new jobs either manually in the aws console or via the rest API. And naturally all inputs & outputs are saved in S3.

Transcoder setup includes creating a pipeline and presets. Then for each …

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