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Security Camera setup with cheap webcams?

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Hello,
Hope this is in the right spot, if not, please feel free to move it.

I'm looking for a rather cheap (and if not, free) solution to setup cheap webcams as security cameras.

I'd really like:
Motion detecting.
Upload pics to gmail.

I already have a couple of cheap logitech webcams laying around... Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 11
Check out ZoneMinder
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Check out ZoneMinder
It's Linux only. But +Rep for the advice.
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What kind of area do you need to monitor? Is it going to be dark?

I don't honestly have any suggestions really. But I know that if you're trying to monitor outside, and it gets dark...you'll have a hard time picking anything up without the proper equipment.
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It's Linux only. But +Rep for the advice.
that's the whole idea, setting up a dedicated machine that runs 24/7 for the task of security.

or maybe that's not what you had in mind...

you could set up a virtual machine... that's always fun.
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/86653
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Its actually for my room, I have a sneaking suspicion that my room mates ex has been in the house. No proof yet, but if I can catch her on video I can get her ass deported back to Indonesia. Light is not A concern. Just need it to capture movement and send emails with stills. That way I can call the cops as soon as I get an email on my android...
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WebcamXP
Trial only allows 1 camera though.
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Awesome, I'll check it out! +Rep in the mean time I'm open for any other suggestions.
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I used a PS eyetoy for a security cam. When I did the research to do it, it came with a program that did vid and pic capture on movement. Also, Infrared LEDs like the ones from TV remotes are basically invisible light to the human eye, but more than visible light through electronic visual devices. I used 50 or so I bought from Ebay (came from china lol) for like a dollar and used them for my lighting source with the eyetoy.
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post #10 of 11
Yawcam

I think yawcam is good for everything you want.
It has motion sensor, and works pretty well. You have a lot of configurations for the amount of pictures being taken. You can also have some hacks (which are located in the forum) to add sound.
You can view it over the net.

edit:
With yawcam you can setup multiple cameras, by copy and pasting the program folder. You can name it Yawcam1, Yawcam2, and etc.

Kind of old thread, but just for anyone that needs a solution to this.
    
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