Webcam Motion Detection Software – Two Free Applications

This is the year that you can prove to your children that Santa Clause really does exist!

Using one of the following free software applications, which will turn your webcam into a high-tech surveillance system, good old St. Nick will  be  caught just as he comes down your chimney. Hard to argue with that kind of proof – right?

After Christmas you can then use these applications to monitor your home, your office, or any other location, for that matter.

Secure Cam


Setting up Secure Cam is a breeze since the interface is minimal. Simply launch the application, and from the main menu select your device, select the device format and then initialize the device.

You will then need to set the application options – click on the image in the Secure Cam window to bring up the options dialog box. Choose your options and you’re good to go.

SecureCam 5

I’ve tested this application extensively and overall, I’ve been very pleased with its performance.

Fast facts:

Automatically captures images when motion is detected

Adjustable motion detection trigger level

Supports up to 99 cameras

DVR card capable

Multiplexing capable

Capture Images when motion is detected, or continuous

Image sensitivity adjustment

Image Archiving (1,000s of images)

Dynamically expanding and contracting archive

Archive images from minutes, to years

Application viewer for image playback

Image playback at various speeds

Low processor and memory usage

Adjustable Jpeg Quality

Text Overlay


Image Rotating, & Flipping

If you’re looking for a free (Open Source), Web Cam surveillance solution, Secure Cam may be just what you have been searching for.

System requirements: Windows (all), DirectX 9 or greater, 600Mhz Pentium 3 with 128MB Memory, Web Cam or DVR PCI card

Download at: Source Forge

Rise Sun

Rise Sun (where do they come up with these names?), is another free web cam surveillance application that’s perhaps not quite as feature rich as Secure Cam. But, if you don’t need all of these features, (some of the bells and whistles are just that – bells and whistles), this application is a very acceptable alternative that will meet your basic  surveillance needs.

Rise Sun 3

(No, I don’t really have green dots on my face – this is the motion detector in action).

Installation is straightforward and the interface is simple – no esoteric manual to digest here. New users should not encounter any difficulty getting this application to perform as advertised.

Fast facts:

Works on all webcam models available on the market.

Powerful motion detection algorithm that allows flexible adjustments to suit your needs.

Extended Period Algorithm (For Extra Precision)

Automatically take pictures, logs events or display silent warnings when motion is detected.

Silent Alarm, Alarm, Motion Logging System

Extended Threshold, Sensibility and Performance Variables

Automatic Snapshot (JPG Compression to reduce file size.

While I haven’t run this application for very long, other than for testing purposes, it’s a very capable application. It does what it’s designed to do, and turns your webcam into a fully functioning motion detection video surveillance system.

System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/NT, Win 7

Download at:

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4 responses to “Webcam Motion Detection Software – Two Free Applications

  1. Liam O'Moulain

    Gotta give this a try – looks very interesting. Besides, I wouldn’t mind catching Santa slipping down the chimney. LOL.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Liam,

      I’m not sure what a security system costs, but FREE is definitely appealing. Catching Santa Claus – now that would be an added bonus. LOL!

      Thanks for dropping by.


  2. Hi Bill,

    This sound interesting and hope other also use this software. By the way I love Christmas season because so many give away come our ways. Wish you all a very happy Christmas.


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