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turtle
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Join Date: Mar 2005
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2008-04-03, 23:51

I'm looking for some software that will allow me to use either my iSight or camcorder as a motion sensitive capture device. I don't want to record a bunch of nothing, just when there is action.

Ultimately I'm going to look for a whole home security setup that incorporates cameras that are accessible from anywhere via the web. So I'm certainly open to pointers of this. I can use a PC if I must, but I would like the solution to be Mac based.

For now though, I just need to be able to record motion to "catch a thief" without having to waste a lot of HDD space and also not have to sift through and bunch of blank space and likely miss the part I need to see. I'd be cool if Apple offered it, but where ever. Free is good, though I'm willing to pay if it's worth it.

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Mr. Farmiga
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2008-04-04, 00:16

I found this on my second Google hit. Typed in something like "motion detection webcam for Mac", just to see what was out there.

Seems like a possibility?
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turtle
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2008-04-04, 00:21

I didn't think to Google before posting the thread so I headed there right after posting the thread. I found EvoCam which looks a lot like keycamx, but it says it supports Leopard and keycamx doesn't.

After doing the search though I thought I'd still like to have this thread going so some of our users can tell us what they are using. IOW, practical hands on opinions of what works.

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Mr. Farmiga
 
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2008-04-04, 00:26

Sure, definitely. I wasn't chastising you at all. I didn't even know this kind of thing existed. It's just something I've never really thought about, but it makes sense.



Surely someone here at 'Nova has some experience.

Yeah, I just noted that KeyCamX thing only mentions 10.3 and 10.4 on their site. Hmmm...

EDIT: I just saw this. Scroll down toward the bottom:

Quote:
What's New in This Release:

· Fixed bug on Leopard with missing or incomplete text in buttons.
Sounds like KeyCamX runs on Leopard. Maybe they just haven't updated their site in forever?
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turtle
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2008-04-04, 04:45

From what I can see, I'm liking EvoCam a little more because it'll work with network cams where KeyCamX only works with USB or Firewire cameras. That would get impractical quickly once I start building the larger scale system.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

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