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The best programs for video surveillance with WebCam and IPcam

Many of our PCs and laptops are now equipped with webcams, this is a very convenient accessory especially when making and receiving video calls. But thanks to the Webcams, with the use of special programs for video surveillance, we can effectively monitor the environment in which it is located. We can even put up a simple video surveillance system (even together with other IPCams, if we have them scattered around the house). In this article we will see what i am best programs for video surveillance with WebCam and IPcam.If you don't have a webcam, there are some cheap and very interesting models on the net:

If you don't want to buy a webcam, but you have an old Android smartphone, you can try to turn it into a cam through our appreciated guide.

Best programs for video surveillance

Let's see together what are the best programs to create your own video surveillance system.


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<p>It is a true point of reference in the sector, a very effective and powerful open source video surveillance program. compatible with practically every webcam on the market and with a truly endless number of IPcam (IP cameras). The software is simple to configure and allows you to detect movement or sounds via cams and microphones.</p>
<p>If you have multiple cameras, the program allows you to manage them together and create a convenient video surveillance system.</p>
<p>If you leave the PC active you can have the entire system under control even remotely and be notified in case of anomalies.</p>
<p>For more information and if you want to download iSpy you can go to the official website of the project.</p>
<p>Unfortunately, the application is only available for the Windows operating system. Simple installation: from the download page just download the executable and once the download is complete you can proceed with the short installation. For most PCs today it is recommended to choose the 64-bit version, making sure that you have installed the 64bit operating system.</p>
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It is an interesting free (but not open source) program that allows you to transform a webcam into an easy-to-use security device. Through Yawcam, with a few clicks, it is possible to enable movement control on an area (obviously framed by the cam). If movement is detected, you can receive a notification (and video or sequence of photos) via email or ftp.

There are plenty of options that you can enjoy exploring and using. You can choose to enable motion detection only on a part of the framed area and adjust the sensitivity for motion detection.

This application available only for Windows operating system, simple installation just download the executable from this page (it weighs only 4.6 MB). Once the download is complete, just double click on the downloaded file to start the wizard.


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This is another interesting open source software dedicated to surveillance (also translated into Italian) that can also be used for CCTV systems. The application can be used to manage not only the webcam but also the IPcam.

Offers motion detection and remote control via Webserver.

Unfortunately, this solution is also available only for the Windows operating system. Also in this case the very simple installation procedure is enough to download the executable, double click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions on the screen.

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NetCam Studio

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another good video surveillance software with many convenient functions that can be used according to your needs. It has motion detection and some advanced options such as audio and plate detection, it also allows you to synchronize recordings on Cloud and NAS.

The free version has only one limitation which however does not limit the functionality: in all the material recorded below the program logo will appear.

If you want to try NetCam Studio, just go to the official website and download the free version.

Sentry Vision Security

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It is one of the easiest video surveillance programs to use, among the free ones. It takes just a few clicks to create a surveillance circuit. It can be configured to receive a notification when movement is detected by an intruder.

Unfortunately, this solution is also available only for Windows. To connect to the official website and download the executable just connect to this page.

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Periscope Pro

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So far we have listed only free solutions for computers running Windows. A valid and excellent solution for video surveillance with MAC Periscope Pro, which unfortunately not available for free, can be purchased directly from the App Store. The application works very simply. Once the installation is complete, start the program to immediately see your Cam recognized and to be able to set up surveillance and notifications in the event of a break-in.

Our article dedicated to the best video surveillance programs ended, we hope to have helped you find the best solutions.