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DIY Video Surveillance

DIY Video Surveillance

Adding a motion detecting video surveillance system to your home or apartment is easier, and cheaper than you might think, and the solution lies right in your PC. Something like this could be a lifesaver, when it comes to checking up on your family, home, children and pets. A PC based video surveillance system is as easy as adding a webcam, or digital camera to free video surveillance software on your own computer.

 

How to set up a free PC Video Surveillance System for either Windows or Linux!

 

A PC video motion detecting surveillance system can effectively monitor your children or pets at home while you are at work too, using a remote desktop software that allows you to access your home computer, from a remote one, like at the office for example. Some of these solutions even can be set up to upload images to the Net for you to see.

 

PC Video Surveillance System on Windows using HSSVSS

 

 

HSSVSS is a free software that allows you to use either a camera or webcam as a video and motion detecting surveillance system, which can even generate timestamped images of anything that moves in specified key monitoring zones, and saves them as JPEG images.

 

You can set HSSVSS to monitor every room in your home using a USB hub, which allows multiple cameras, providing that the digital cameras themselves support video, which most of them do. For this all you need are USB Active extension cables to ensure that the camera can be located at a distance.

 

Video Surveillance System on Linux using Motion

 

Motion is a command line program written for use on a Linux/Unix OS. The most practical and least intrusive motion detecting video surveillance system one can set up using Motion is to purchase a small 12 volt CCD pinhole lens camera. The Axis 2100 Network Camera is perfect for this. It can stream live video with a frame rate of up to 10 frames/second and with high quality images. The only other software you need is the ffmpeg library, which Motion needs to create MPEG videos.

 

Axis 2100 Network Camera can be installed in three different ways, depending on your needs: on a LAN with an IP, or if you do not have a network card, a modem cable, and a build-in IP installer. The beauty of this camera software is that it has an integrated web server that can upload images at given times or intervals to a website. That has endless possibilities!

 

The Motion video surveillance software package website has extensive documentation on installing and configuring the package.