Web cameras are really inexpensive these days. With no technical knowledge,
you can hook up one or several camerass to your PC and create own surveillance
system, much like CCTV (closed curcuit television). But you'll need the right
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.
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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
* Use motion or audio sensing to trigger recording, or record continuously or
* 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.
* The initial view shows live views on the left, and a list of clips on the
* 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
* Automatically archive and retire images.
* 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).