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How To Turn Thirty Dollar Web Camera Into Surveillance System.

Written By: David D. Deprice

Web cameras are really inexpensive these days. With no technical knowledge, you can hook up one or several to your PC and create own surveillance system, much like CCTV (closed curcuit television). But you’ll need the right tools first.

Active WebCam

Active WebCam captures images up to 30 frames per second from any video device including USB and Analog cameras, TV-boards, Camcorders and Network IP cameras. The program broadcasts captured content or from your computer or uploads it to FTP server. Broadcasting can be viewed using any Internet browser; no plug-ins or downloads required. The program performs simultaneous recording and broadcasting from unlimited number of cameras. Your camera / cameras can be used as surveillance system. When the program detects motion in the monitored area, it sounds alarm, e-mails you captured images, starts broadcasting, or records video. Live broadcasting as well as recording can be password protected that all video and audio information are scrambled and cannot be viewed without valid password. The program has features to place image overlays and date/time stamp on each video frame, and adjust picture size / quality.

Free Download: http://www.deprice.com/activewebcam.htm

Blue Iris

Blue Iris is professional-grade software utilizing the latest video software technologies, including MPEG and Windows Media webcasting. Watch your home, cars, and valuables. Watch your pets. Watch your kids. Watch your nanny, babysitter, or your friends. Use up to 12 cameras, the $20 kind, or your digital camcorders. Use motion detection, audio detection, or capture continuously. Overlay text and graphics. Use the built-in web server, or post to a website. Receive alerts via loudspeaker, e-mail, instant messaging, or phone. Updates and support included.

Video Security:

* Use motion or audio sensing to trigger recording, or record continuously or periodically.
* Images may be captured as either JPEG images, MPEG movies or Windows Media movies (full version).
* Receive alerts via loudspeaker, email, instant message, voice phone call, or external program/script.

Friendly Interface:

* The initial view shows live views on the left, and a list of clips on the right.
* When you size the window, the main image sizes with you.
* Click on a camera view or clip to open it.
* Click on the image to zoom in or out.
* A status bar at the bottom lets you know what Blue Iris is doing, and provides help when you pass the cursor over windows and controls.

Powerful Clip Viewer:

* There are controls for playback and stepping frame by frame. A position slider allows random access to any point in the video.
* Zoom and Pan functionality.
* Control the speed of playback (audio as well as video) and the audio volume.
* Automatically archive and retire images.

WebCam Features:

* Built-in multithreaded web server, supports authentication.
* Post images to a remote web server.
* Broadcast MPEG, a JPEG image stream to a Java client applet.
* Perform “true” webcasting using leading-edge Windows Media Technologies such as variable and multiple-bitrate encoding (full version).
* Detailed stats.

Free Download: http://www.deprice.com/blueiris.htm

About the Author

David Deprice owns and operates Deprice.Com. For the latest tools, gadgets and software, visit http://www.deprice.com/utilities.htm

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