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How to make a simple video security system?

Security is never superfluous in life, but therefore it will not be superfluous to consider the budget variation of building a security system based on a conventional computer with a webcam connected to it. Fortunately, now computers eat almost every building, but the cost of the simplest USB-cameras dropped down to the bar of $ 15, thereby creating a friendly ground for the development of videoconferencing and other multimedia network things.

Clearly, in addition to the hardware elements, we still need a software assistant, in whose face will become a ferocious beast named EyeCU 2.2 Professional from JPC Software. Naturally, programs of this kind are not free of charge, and for the purchase of a license for the above product will have to fork out for $ 30 - mental silence requires sacrifice. What is the key feature of this wonderful instrument, and why did we choose this program as an attentive guard? The whole thing is that EyeCU 2.2 is activated only at the moment when any motion is fixed in the video camera. In addition, the program very eagerly responds to extraneous sounds (of course, an external microphone is required for this), and at the first opportunity it will write them in WAV format to the hard disk of your computer. Depending on the settings, all suspicious video frames are allowed to be saved as AVI-clips or in separate JPEG-pictures.

Another significant point is the notification of the remote user about the events that occur. And also here EyeCU 2.2 illustrates itself in all its glory. The program allows you to send a message by e-mail, or to a pager, to save the captured images on a remote FTP or HTTP server, but it's similar to run any external application.

Summarizing the material, one more time we will say two words about the hardware share, we will also give some useful recommendations.

First, the computer. The EyeCU 2.2 application does not require any resources, so any more or less productive machine with USB ports and sound compensation will work for you (the program allows you to audit 10 cameras at a time, with the settings of each). Secondly, do not forget about the extension cable for your web camera (it will have to be hidden in some secluded place) as well as a microphone. Thirdly, take care of the fact that the equipment exhibited by you was elusive to others. And, in the end, if there were difficulties with the purchase because of the lack of an international credit card, we recommend to refer to our material How to make a virtual credit card. " Good luck!