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Good-Free Webcam software

by dsmega55 / March 9, 2007 11:20 PM PST

I am in need of some software that will allow me to capture video from my web cam. I have a web cam and a computer in my office. There has been some recent thefts taking place in our workplace, and security approached me since i am the supervisor and have asked for my computer to be the one used as the "surveillance" hub. Anyways, I have the web cam, now I need a software program that will allow me to film about 3 straight hours of video and store it on my hard drive. I have a program that will take 30 seconds of video every 1 min, but that is not enough. Can anyone help me out? The company is too cheap to invest in a real security system, but they went out and purchased me a 150 dollar webcam! go figure!

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Free, but not great.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2007 12:04 AM PST
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Which webcam?
by John.Wilkinson / March 10, 2007 12:17 AM PST

Considering it's a $150 webcam, it would be nice to know which one it is so that software can be chosen to maximize its potential. An initial thought, though, would be to simply use Windows Movie Maker, preinstalled in Windows, to record the footage. It's relatively basic software, but it can certainly get the job done.

Another consideration: Is this a wired or wireless webcam? If it is wired, what are the chances the suspect will simply follow the cord back to the computer and take it as a souvenir instead of leaving behind evidence? You'll not only want to hide the webcam such that it's not easily seen but also ensure that the computer is locked so that he/she cannot simply erase the video or haul it away.

One final thought: You could also elect to broadcast the webcam over MSN or Yahoo! messenger/IM services, watching it from the comfort of your own home. That way if he/she does find the webcam and destroy the evidence, you'd at least know who it is.

Best of luck in catching the thief.

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