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.
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.
I’ve tested this application extensively and overall, I’ve been very pleased with its performance.
Automatically captures images when motion is detected
Adjustable motion detection trigger level
Supports up to 99 cameras
DVR card 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
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 (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.
(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.
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: Download.com
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