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Webcam Surveyor is intended for video capture and surveillance. The program’s basic functions are quite easy to use; yet, it may be more complicated to configure it properly. In this regard, it can be used to record video directly from your webcam. Likewise, it can grab audio from the system’s card or a microphone.
The tool can record a video for hours provided there is enough storage space as it supports using fairly powerful video compression algorithms. Two main formats are allowed as output: WMA and AVI. When storing video in WMA format, you can configure its bitrate to reach a quality/size ratio that meets your needs. Likewise, if you prefer to encode video as AVI, it is possible to pick one of the multiple compression codecs available. Still, you can have the program take shots at a given frequency, which is even more efficient in terms of necessary storage space.
Luckily, you do not need to record everything continuously because the program also supports detecting motion. Regarding this, it is possible to adjust sensitivity and use masks to exclude certain regions in order to minimize the occurrence of false alarms. You can set the program to trigger various kinds of actions when it detects a motion event. Thus, you may configure it to start capturing video, send email messages to the provided address and upload alerts to an FTP server. Likewise, in such event, the tool can execute another program or play a sound.
The program can also broadcast video, which allows monitoring the surveilled region in real time. It is great that the tool can be run in stealth mode. This means that it works in a such a way that the intruders cannot know that they are being watched. What is more, in this mode, Webcam Surveyor can only be stopped if you know a specific key combination and the password previously set.
To sum up, Webcam Surveyor is a cost-effective solution for surveillance needs. Unfortunately, it is not a free program. However, it can be tried at no cost. Therefore, it is a product I recommend trying.
- Motion-detection capability
- Minimizes false alarms by masks and sensitivity adjustment
- Various types of alarms
- Works in stealth mode
- Only WMA and AVI formats supported