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How To Make Your Own Security Camera System With A Computer & Webcams

Updated on July 3, 2016

How To Setup A Great Security Camera System With Your Computer & Webcams


Using A Computer & Webcams To Make A Security Camera System Is Cheap & Easy!

This comprehensive, helpful guide, that I put together, will have your security cameras up and running in no time! Computer programs nowadays are more user friendly.... so the programs involved, in this article, are easy to install. I've listed a couple of programs that I use & have used - they should help if you don't have one....but, for the most part, webcams usually come with their own awesome program with some really great software, especially the Logitech webcams!


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Ultimately, I have some tips and tricks to get to the key things you need, for your own system, to have them operational quickly.

I've also added some great security footage that I've captured with my cameras!

If for some reason you don't plan on making your own system, I also added some of the coolest, best selling, highly rated security camera surveillance systems to check out, near the end of this article, after the security camera footage section.

Also, after that section are other ways to run different types of cameras to your computer through your usb, Primarily running retail security cameras through your computer to view & record them. I've also listed other ways as well as using different devices for security systems outside of your computer.....This page has a wealth of information! Enjoy!

*This page will show and explain to you what method I use, as well as the equipment & software. You can choose to do it this way or make changes with whatever ones you want. Even if this idea, once you're reading it, doesn't appeal to you, you should keep reading it to at least gather some info on things you may have over-looked or may need to know when making your own system from scratch or even when installing a retail one. There are also some other relevant articles that I linked to, for other ways to run a security camera with other implementations.

*No matter the season... Whether it's Summer, when people are out and about a lot more. Especially with school out that's when all sorts of shenanigans will be going on(teenagers with too much time on their hands), to capture on your security cameras. In the wintertime, people are usually cooped up inside and don't cause much chagrin. The only winter problems/security footage are snowball throwings and cars sliding on ice and snow, some great time lapse snowfall videos to film. So, now's definitely the time to get a security camera system going! Here, I'll show you how....

Safeguard Your Property!

Keep An Eye On Your Property,

Even When You're Away!

The Items You'll Need For Running A Security Webcam System! - Here's A Picture of 2 of My Security Webcams Running On A 25" Monitor

2 of My Security Webcams Displayed On a 25" Monitor
2 of My Security Webcams Displayed On a 25" Monitor

There are 3 main items that you need for running this system, they are:

First Things First!

#1. A Computer:

Chances are, you already have one of these because you're reading this right now.

But in more detail you need at least a dual core processor computer to be able to handle two webcams. At this moment, I have my 2 webcams(which I talk about in the next section) hooked up to my dual core 3gb ram laptop in my room.

I need to upgrade to a quad core or more RAM to be able to handle the cameras recording and to be able to do more on my computer without my CPU maxing out. But for the most part it stays good at about 60-80% CPU (It only starts maxing when I have a lot of internet stuff running and more programs)

I currently own a Gateway computer. It's an older model and they don't make it anymore so I can't link to it. As I said, it's a dual core, 3gb ram computer. I need to get a quad core with 4gb of ram or more. I'd like to get up to 8gb! My computer only has a small amount of harddrive space, about 160gb's. (I'll talk about hard drive space later)

The perfect computer to use, to run a security webcam system would most definitely be a Quad Core. Countless times I've had to stop the cameras from recording,(one or both) so I could run another program and get something done. Whether I was doing a lot of internet stuff or running a video editing program, it was maxing the CPU and making everything slow, or in some cases, making the computer shut down and restart... which ultimately effects the video being displayed an even the recordings being choppy and unwatchable.

Maybe if you have a computer that is dual core but has a lot of RAM, then 4gb or more might just get the job done. 3 is right on the edge of enough and not enough. It will leave you close to maxing out the cpu without too much computer usage. You'll probably need a faster computer to handle everything you want to do. I absolutely need to get a faster computer! (sorry, I repeated myself so much, blah)

Computers To Choose From On Amazon

You probably already have a computer if you're checking out this page but, if you're like me and you need a newer, faster one! But, needing a faster one isn't necessarily the only reason to get more...

*Another great idea I came up with, and might eventually implement, is to buy cheap little laptops and place them all around my house and have them each run a camera or two and maybe even network the computers, so I can see them all linked together, on a network.

Also, I eventually plan on getting a desktop computer so I can run the cameras and the computer all day everyday without risk of the computer dying. That's the number one problem with laptops, they die faster if they're on all the time, not desktops, those are more hardcore and built to last and can easily be upgraded for more memory, bigger hard drives and more fans! I always have to shut off my laptop once or twice a week so it doesn't get damaged from continuous use(which means the cameras aren't going 24/7, which is not good) - a desktop computer won't need to be shut down like that and will solve my problems! Plus, with all the extra USB ports, that are on most desktop computers, that means more cameras I can run!

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#2. Item Needed: Webcam(s)


#2. Webcam(s):

When I first started running a webcam as a security camera, it was an older one that didn't have the ability to record audio. Plus, the visual/video quality was extremely unsatisfactory. I used to use a program called Arcsoft Webcam Companion 2, to record and view the video. The program worked great! Now though, it's an old program, outdated & no longer available.

Here is the new hotness!....Arcsoft Webcam Companion 4

Eventually after dealing with the older, lower quality webcam I decided to buy a new webcam. The new camera I decided on was a Logitech Webcam C500.

It has it's own program, which has a lot of great stuff for functionality and a setting for a date/time stamp to run while the video is recording, as well as motion sense recording, which I'll talk about later. So I was still running the old webcam with the Arcsoft Webcam Companion 2 and the new camera with it's own program and my CPU was maxing out. So I had to stop using the old camera and eventually bought another Logitech Webcam C500(after seeing how well the first one I bought was working out) and VICTORY! my computer was able to handle both of these cameras running with their own programs, the programs that came with them. But that was after a hurdle of not being able to run 2 of the same cameras and 2 programs at the same time.....until......

Eventually I found a great, free program online that fixed that problem, it lets you run more than one, of the same program, at the same time.

It's called Sandboxie & it's a life saver! Sandboxie can be found for free, here:

Sandboxie Program

But also for it to run 2 of the Logitech cameras I had to enter in a special command type code into the program for it to work, which thankfully someone online had posted. I'll get into the Sandboxie code & running 2 of the same webcams at the same time info later, as well as some Logitech webcam program stuff for optimal usage.( I put all the info of how to run 2 of the same types of webcams/programs down bottom)

*If you want a really cheap webcam that gets the job done, and is easily recognized by Windows or Mac & Skype, then this is the one for you: Rocketfish HD WebCam It's quite easily, the most affordable camera that I've ever come across that gets excellent reviews for the price! So if you need more cameras for less money, this one might be right up your alley.

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Logitech Webcam Ideas To Choose From

If you already own a webcam or need a new, better one....or, if you don't have one and want one, or if you need another one because you want to run more than one webcam security camera,(like the way talked about on this page) then here are some suggestions for you.....

These are only a few webcams to choose from, be sure and check Amazon for some more. There are even some nightvision webcams available, in the marketplace, but you'll want to check on those because some of them only use LED's for the light and they're not real, true nightvision. So just read reviews and see what's what.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam

A Super High Quality Webcam to use as a security camera! The reviews are excellent, but the price is over $50

 

*When I first came across the brand Logitech, I figured it was a crap brand. I was like no I don't want anything from them, they're cheap and probably garbage. I was way beyond wrong!!! (That was an extremely harsh & ignorant assessment to make, that's for sure! I rarely ever make those rude mistakes either) Needless to say, now I own a lot of Logitech brand products - like my wireless computer mouse & yes, even the webcams I use as my security cameras, just to name a few! I Love Logitech!

Don't under-estimate Logitech's awesomeness like I did. They make quality products for sure and I've never had a problem with anything I've ever owned of theirs - even people I know have used their products and love them. So if I ever buy some more cameras or need a new mouse or keyboard, that's who I'm buying one from, absolutely! Don't believe they're any good? go and read Amazon reviews for their products, even reviews on other sites too.

Logitech 2 MP HD Webcam C600 with Built-in Microphone
Logitech 2 MP HD Webcam C600 with Built-in Microphone

This camera beats the one I have. The webcam I use is a C500, this one is a C600. It's their newest model in the C series. I plan on getting this one to see what it's like, compared to the C500. It supposedly touts the same awesomeness and with even more added coolness.

 

The Best Nightvision Webcams

Yes, they make nightvision webcams! There are some really cool ones available but you have to be careful which ones you get because they're not true night vision. Some of them use LED's and say they're nightvision, when in fact it's just LED's lighting up what you're recording or viewing.

Some of them also use LED's in the right way to make the camera actual nightvision worthy. I personally don't own one but I have researched them a lot, in hopes of getting one. I've bookmarked several of them into a wishlist folder that I keep on my desktop, so I thought I'd share some great ones I've come across....

First off is the one pictured to the right: "Foscam Night Vision Webcam"

Here is that one on Amazon:


Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)
Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)

That one is pretty expensive but really cool because you can pan and tilt the camera, by using the software on your computer, so you can be in another room and control it while it's in another room. Definitely check out the cool specs on that one.

 

If you're looking for anything night vision then you need to make sure you try to find one's that say IR, uses IR or IR illumination technology, etc., especially the IR, because that's how true night vision works. IR stands for Infrared Radiation. To learn more about how night vision works here are 2 helpful pages:

#1. Wikipedia's Explanation Of Night Vision

#2. HowStuffWorks.com's Night Vision Info

Up next are some more cool night vision webcams to check out, with different price ranges....

If you don't have, or if you don't end up buying a nightvision webcam but still need to see outside with a regular webcam, you could use a motion activated spotlight, if you have one. That way if anyone or anything goes by the camera then you can see what or who it is, when the light goes on from motion.

Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light

This motion sensor light is awesome! It uses solar, so you don't have to worry about wiring it electrically to your fusebox and all that hassle. Just make sure you put these on the sides of your house that the sun goes by. They also won't break your wallet either!

 

More Great Night Vision Webcams Available On Amazon

Maybe you don't have a motion sensor spotlight to light up the night so you can see what's outside moving around... If you look on Amazon for night vision webcams you'll find some high end webcams, for much more money than the ones I listed here. I've seen ones that go for a couple hundred and with high ratings too. Sometimes you have to pay more money to get a better product...

TENVIS JPT3815W Wireless IP Pan/Tilt/ Night Vision Internet Surveillance Camera (2015 Upgraded)
TENVIS JPT3815W Wireless IP Pan/Tilt/ Night Vision Internet Surveillance Camera (2015 Upgraded)

This one looks similar to the last one, but it' actually different and runs around the same price-wise.

 

#3. Item Needed: A Video Editing Program

#3. A Video Editing Program:

Computers, nowadays, come preloaded with video editing programs, such as Windows Movie Maker. But that program is only in it's simplest form, I needed a more in depth program which is why I scoured the internet....in hopes of finding a free one (who doesn't like free?). But I was unbiased, I tried trial versions of programs too and was sold on the one I ended up buying and still have. I've owned it for about 6 years now...Arcsoft Showbiz DVD 2 is the one I have but it's outdated and they don't sell it anymore! The newer one is this one.......

Arcsoft Showbiz 5 HD - This program is perfect for what I need, a lot of functionality and great for skimming through security camera footage. It'll take someone a little while to find out all the workings/goodies it has to offer(which is fun & worth it). As time went on, I kept finding more and more awesome things my video editor could do, to save time and make videos more enhanced but, I'll talk about this program more later.

Now that you have all the main items you need........

It's pretty basic to understand what to do next...

Install:

Install the camera(s) onto your computer and get them up and running.

The good thing is that you only need to get one camera installed and after it's installed for one of the cameras you can then plug them both into the USB ports and then you can switch between the cameras within the Logitech Quick Capture main program running in the "Settings" of that said program. (Just remember to only plug in the Logitech webcam when they prompt you to, during the set up, from the cd-rom)

*You can choose to install Sandboxie before or after you install the Logitech Quick Cam Program CD. It makes no difference which you install first.

*If you plan on setting up 2 of the same cameras etc. Then scroll down on this page and find the section for:

"Sandboxie Help Running 2 of the Same Webcams!!!"

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Video Editors To Choose From On Amazon

The best way to review your security camera footage is to put the video(s) in a video editor and skim through them for activity. Also, if you have a big video file, full of security footage and only need a certain portion of the video, to save, then the video editor is a life saver, so that you don't have to save the huge file just for those few seconds or minutes worth of footage - then you can delete the big file after you save the piece you wanted, helping to also save hard drive space.

Make sure you get a video editing program that can handle different file types your camera records/exports to. Especially if it's HD Video, then you'll want to get an editing program that can handle and export HD. Which is cool by the way, if you have old footage, you can upconvert it into HD and now have those movies in high quality.

As for video editors, I highly recommend the Arcsoft Showbiz DVD program that I use, that I talked about earlier, but if you want a different program, maybe some of these might be right up your alley......

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12
Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12

I don't own this video editing program but I've heard good things about it. It's around the same price for the one I previously bought and currently own. I'm a big fan of Sony products! They've never let me down.

 

The Best Way To Back Up Your Security Footage

My current laptop has 2 hard drives, but they're both only 80gb's each! Security webcam footage can pile up quickly so I went and bought some external hard drives on Amazon.

I bought one of those "WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drives" (pictured to the right and linked down below)and then when it worked out great and had no problems, so I went and bought another one - so now I have two of them and I still really need to buy more!

They work great so far - I've owned them for about 3-4 years now and I even put other folders and files on them, aside from security footage. They even sell those hard drives in bigger sizes, all the way up to 3TB and even as low as 500GB, the ones that I bought are each 1TB.

I try to make sure that I review my footage and only keep the useful stuff backed up, for space reasons or I even let my footage build up until the hard drives are full and then delete the oldest irrelevant footage first, to free up space.

I think it's a good idea to keep the footage for a long time in case anything ever happens where someone needs footage from a certain time frame. There are a number of different reasons why someone might need the old footage. Proof of someone being somewhere that the video shows etc. Especially if the police are investigating a crime that your cameras may have been pointed in the direction of. Sometimes crimes can happen awhile back and then they'll ask you if you saw anything(even as far back as a year or more!)

WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

This is the exact Western Digital external hard drive I own. (I own 2 of them)

I've had one for 4 years and one for 3 years. So far so good! Some people have talked about theirs dying out of nowhere in many different timeframes.

Ultimately, I need to back up everything off my hard drives to something even more stable. Preferably, a solid state drive, something more expensive.

Some file sizes I have on my drives are really big, so I do my best to edit them down to smaller sizes to be able to put them on CD etc.

 

I think eventually I'll have a plethora of hard drives piled up, full of footage dating back years and years. I mark each file and I even already, separate my folders of files, by month and then all the months are put/saved into a folder for the specified year. I even have my cameras saving their footage each into their own folders so that way I know which folder I need to look at for which camera. I have a folder on each hard drive(of my laptop), each drive is for each camera recordings so that way I don't have one hard drive doing double the work of recording footage. I also label the folders as what windows they are in my house or even what area they're viewing/recording. Like I have the folder saying front window or side window or driveway or street.

Ok, I hope you were able to follow all of this. I have a nice system in place, for file saving and backing them up. I hope this helps you get your new system in order, if, or when, you plan on making one.


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How To Get Your Security Camera To Reach Long Distances

How to run a security camera with long wires....

Camera(s) Reaching To Where You Want Them To Be:

*Now, if your camera won't reach the window you need it to, because the window and computer are too far away, then you will absolutely have to buy some USB Extension Cords/Cables.

I own a 6 foot usb extension cord, like that one pictured to the right and linked to down bottom, and use it for one of my cameras that needed to reach a window. Someday, I'll also get a longer one, so I can put another camera in a window across the room - for that one I figure I'll need a 30ft. one, to run it along the floor, so that it's not in the way. I always make sure, in whatever place I live(where ever I end up moving to), to strategically setup my computer desk near the windows I plan on having cameras in.

As far as usb extension cords go... they sell these really cool cords that have these repeaters in them which stores energy in the middle so it can be sent through the extra length of the cord to reach your electronics to power them for long distances, very cool stuff! *Because USB cords can only go so long before the power drops out to reach your electronics - which is why the long ones with the repeaters are needed after about 15 feet.(basically, if you need to reach further than 15 feet, then you need to buy a special longer cord that can handle longer, you can't hook a 15 feet cord up to a longer cord because it would still have less electricity and slowly destroy your electronic.)

I personally have never tried those yet. I've seen some on Amazon but I've yet to need any, eventually I will though, if I run more cameras in places that are further away. I do, however, use USB Extension Cords to travel the distance I need like I said, but that's only a 6 foot cord.

USB 2.0 Extension Cable Type A Male to Type A Female 6 ft, Black
USB 2.0 Extension Cable Type A Male to Type A Female 6 ft, Black

I have one just like this, it came with a memory card reader to make it reach longer so now I use it for my usb webcam to reach further...

 

USB Extensions Cords

Chances are, if you want to get a good system up and running you'll need longer usb cords to be able to have your cameras reach your computer, just like mine. Make sure you read the reviews for certain extension cords so that you know whether or not it will work for the device you want it for.

If you end up needing more than 10 or 15 feet extension cords, then you'll probably want one of the more expensive ones(only about a $10 difference in price) The shorter ones are only a few bux upwards to like 5$ and the longer ones with repeaters are about $15.

Here are some cords to check out, As I stated before... you'll want a repeater type cord if the length needs to be more than 15 feet, because you'll lose quality and your device won't have the power to work if your cord-spans reach more than 15ft. - that is the total of the original cord that is on your device plus the extension cord put together, once you're at 15, then you need the repeater ones.

Plugable 10 Meter (32 Foot) USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable Type A Male to A Female
Plugable 10 Meter (32 Foot) USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable Type A Male to A Female

These are one of those repeater type usb extension cords that I was talking about. For around $15(give or a take a few dollars) you can't beat the price and the length! I have to buy one of these so I can reach my cameras to even longer distances.

 

Helpful Hints For Setting Up A Security Camera In Your Window

Helpful Tips & Tricks For Camera Placement & Setup

Now you just have to decide where you want the camera to go - the front entry way, the side or back door, the garage, the backyard? There are a number of different places to set it up. Here are some helpful tips, tricks & hints for your camera setups, in whatever location you ultimately decide on....

Now it's Time For Camera Placement:

Now that you have the camera(s) set up/installed now you have to find the placement for them in the windows.

You want to make sure that you are conscious of where the sun is in relation to the windows and if the sun will go by the camera(s). Then you want to make sure the cameras are pointing down enough so the sun doesn't blind them or damage the video quality over time.

*One of my cameras has lost it's quality over time because I got it sun damaged by having it pointing where the sun shined on the lens, so if you can see the sun in your camera, on the video screen, then you need to move it downwards.

Also, another thing I did with my camera, that was in the sun, was to put an old pair of sunglasses over the lens. It makes the hard to see, sun glared display, darker and somewhat clearer, the same way you would see it when you wear a pair of sunglasses yourself. I did it two different ways: I had a broken pair of sunglasses, the frame was broken and the lenses were in tact. So I took out one of the lenses and also took another pair of sunglasses that were still in good shape and put the good pair over the front of the camera lens and it sat nicely without having to fendangle it too much. Then when the sun was extremely bright, on a hot Summer's day, I would slide the other lens, that I took out of the broken pair, into the good sunglasses lens part, to then have 2 lenses providing sun protection to my camera lens and to help save my too bright picture quality thus making the footage viewable without glare.

What to put your camera(s) in:

I made camera holders out of cardboard boxes, for the cameras to sit in and so that if anyone saw a box in the window they'd be none-the-wiser. (I used the retail boxes that my Logitech C500's came in) I just had to cut enough of a hole in the box, for the camera to move left or right without it seeing the cardboard. It took a couple of re-cutting and checking, to see if the cardboard still needed to be cut again.

There's a problem with the boxes you might use:

That is, if it's a white colored box, or just lighter colored, it will reflect the box on the window glass and ruin the video being recorded because of the mirrored reflection of a lighter colored object. I fixed that problem with black duct tape and covered every colored part of the box, that faces the window, with the tape, Problem Solved!

So just have fun and make yourself a cool box for your webcam to sit in.

It'll take some time to configure a box or any other idea of how you want to place the camera(s) in your window (It took me some time and there's no quick way to do it. You'll just have to find what works for you.)

Another thing to note:

I also had to slide my window screens to the up position or take them out completely, depending on what part of the window I have the camera sitting. With my old generic webcam, the quality made the screens mesh in with the video and you couldn't notice them, but then when I bought a high quality camera, WOW! could I notice the screen, the screen was then ruining the cameras view of outside! So, if you're putting the camera on the top section of your window, then make sure the screen is down, or if you put the camera on the bottom, then the screen needs to be up or out of the window

One more piece of info as well!

You'll want to hide the camera wire. You can run the camera wire along the windowsill so it's not seen by anyone looking at your window. It's sloppy looking, for the camera wire to hang out in the open and obviously if you don't want anyone knowing you have a camera in your window, otherwise the criminals will just break in wearing ski masks and cover their identities in other ways & basically anyway that they can.

Also, if you have windows blinds in the that window, you can feed the wire through that, so that it runs through it and so it's not that noticeable when you go outside and look at the window.

Do You Want People To See Your Camera Or Not?

*I highly recommend that you hide your cameras - to not make them visible for anyone to see...if you can. The reason being, that if someone knows there are cameras there, then they won't do anything near them and they'll surely tell others that there are cameras and to avoid them. I mean, if people are going to act like fools, then it's better that we can capture it and have a laugh(or put it on Youtube), and even to bring criminals to justice!

Not to mention, if someone wants to do something to you or your property, and they know that you have cameras, then they'll just put on masks or disguise themselves - just look at bank robbers...they hide their identity(sometimes horribly) to commit their crimes...the majority of them get caught though, but that's because of law enforcement efficiency. So, if you can, try to keep your cameras from being visible, or detected...unless you really want to deter people from acting like fools, then you can have them noticeable.

Also, if you want cameras visible, you could even get fake ones that look like they're real, and save some money. I posted the cool fake dummy cameras(with red lights) into the best retail security camera systems section.

*Like I said before, I use my cameras in my window. I don't know if they even sell webcams that are waterproof or weatherproof and I've never tried putting one of mine outside, like on the front porch to see if it would be able to handle it. I'm sure if the temperature doesn't drop too low or get to high and if the camera is protected from rain and wind then you'd probably be safe with putting your camera outside

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Viewing The Security Web Cameras In The Best Possible Way!

Viewing The Camera(s) On Screen:

The other thing you might want to do, is to get a Bigger Monitor to plug into your computer/laptop so that the video screen is bigger for viewing the cameras. It's hard to see them from a long distance across the room, if it's only on a 15" screen, I've used a 32" screen and a 25" and it definitely looks great on a big screen, to see the cameras running. Basically, it's a computer monitor and a bigger screen.

***I'll post a video another time so you can see how a car drives through both cameras, i think it's pretty cool.

*** Also I'll probably post some other follow ups for the video editor program and/or the Logitech Webcam info in more detail.....

Great Monitors To Choose From......

Whether you have a laptop or a desktop pc, you'll really want to try and get a bigger screened monitor for your security camera viewing pleasure. It's so much cooler to see the video feed on a bigger screen. If you have multiple cameras running then it's a must, unless you happen to have a computer program that can make each window nice and big.

Here are some random ideas for monitors to get, to either replace the one you have for your desktop pc(and save that old one as a backup) or to plug into your laptop and mirror the display so you can keep the monitor next to your tv or desk and see it when you're not near your computer......

Viewing Your Security Webcams Live Through The Internet

There are some programs that can run your security webcams through the internet in a live feed so that you can view it online, where ever you are, using the internet to see them by typing in a web address. But, I can't remember what ones they were, I came across them years ago. Most of them are versions that you have to pay for, to have that accessibility.

One great way to view your security webcams on your tablet, or on another computer, is by using a remote viewing application/program. There are programs that you can install on your computer and then on another computer or tablet so you can open that program and then put in the name and password and see your computer screen. Technicians use this software a lot so that when someone needs help with their stuff, they can access it from across the world.

I came across a free app for my tablet and a corresponding download for the computer so I could view my computer screen that was displaying my security cameras. It's an alright program but as for any streaming videos across the web, you lose quality, but it still works decent enough. You'll never be able to see a great video of your screens unless you get some kind of high quality, high bandwidth program/website.

The program/app I'm speaking of, that I've used is called: TeamViewer

It's free for private use! I recommend it. It worked decent enough. So what you should do is download it for your computer, the one you're using for security webcams and even the one you want to watch it through, and get the app in your app store and give it a try. It's free and worth a shot so you can see your screen and even access your computer files and etc.

"I saw someone dressed all in black, with a hood, come from the basement!"

A Somewhat Scary & Funny Story About Calling The Cops From What I Saw On My Security Cameras!

Back in 2010, about a year and a half into running security cameras, I had to set one up downstairs, inside my house. We had to keep an eye on our cat who kept causing trouble by jumping for our birds(which are now secured & safe behind plexiglass), and most importantly because our cat wanted to keep urinating around the house(anywhere but the litterbox!). That problem has been remedied by neutering him - the urinating was actually the whole marking territory/spraying/urinating deal.

So anyway, during one of those nights that I had the cameras running....I had just come upstairs from doing some stuff downstairs. About 10 seconds after I got in my room I glanced over at my computer screen, that was viewing the cameras, and I saw someone dressed all in black, with a hood, come from the room that the basement door is located in. I was like "oh crap! someone's in the house and they came through the basement!"

The unknown male figure was walking with a confidence, like he knew the house layout and he wasn't even being cautious, that was a major red flag! I hurried across the hall to wake people up and let them know that someone was in the house and that they were going to be coming up the stairs any second(that was the way they were headed on the camera!) So I hurried back to my room and grabbed the phone and dialed 911!!! I figured any second I'd hear a scuffle or a struggle but it was all quiet as I talked to the dispatcher and told him everything he needed to know and answered all his questions. About 30 seconds into the conversation I saw one of the people I had woke up, go by the camera and I thought to myself that he should've been in that room already... "OH NO!" It hit me!

The way I was running the camera, and viewing it, was over the internet. There was a delay!!! I was the person who was on the camera! It wasn't an intruder!!! I was able to breathe a sigh of relief, but I felt like such a moron. I told the dispatcher but he said they would come anyway just to make sure. When they got there we explained the whole thing to them and everything was fine. That was quite the unnecessary nightmare for sure! I totally forgot about the delay!

All in all, I think it would've worked out alright if there was an intruder because it was really late at night & the cops arrived superfast without being busy with daytime offenders. Obviously, it would've been bad if the bad guy had a weapon(if there was a bad guy!) lol What a relief! Also, I acted quickly with waking everyone up in time, in case the invisible assailant made it up the stairs, and with calling the cops fast too. Thank God it wasn't a bad situation! Security cameras are definitely a great early detection! Another plus side, since then, is making sure I carry a phone with me whenever I go around the house, so I don't have to hurry back to a room to use one in an emergency.

So yeah it was scary for those few moments before I realized it was me on the camera - afterwards, my family & friends like to make jokes about the situation, like "Ok, well, I'm going to bed, don't call the cops If I walk by the camera to go to the bathroom." LOL

Sandboxie Help Running 2 of the Same Webcams!!!

*This Part Only Matters If you Plan On Running 2 of the Same Type of Logitech Cameras:

So You Can Skip This Part & Read It Another Time If You End Up Using 2 Cameras & End Up Needing This Problem Solver

Ok, Now, The Important Part About Sandboxie Running 2 of the Same Logitech Webcams & 2 of the Same Logitech Quick Cam Programs

In order for your computer to be able to acknowledge two of the same type of Logitech Cameras and append a number to one of them so that they can both be used....

Open the main window for "Sandboxie Control" (That's the window that shows up when sandboxie is running, which is in your taskbar, you can double click your icon in the taskbar for it and it was bring up the main "Sandboxie Control" box.

From there click on "Sandbox" next to File and View,

Then Click "Default Box" which then opens another set to choose from,

Then Click "Sandbox Settings" That will open a new box for settings......

Then Click "Resource Access"

Then Click "Direct Access"

Then on the right side click "Add" (Not Add Program) Just "Add"

Then type in: \RPC Control\plugplay

Then Click OK

& Lastly Apply Those Settings by Clicking Apply at the bottom right.

Now You're All Set!!!

Now you can go and Right Click the Logitech Webcam Capture Software Icon on your desktop and click on "Run Sandboxed"

Now you can have two of the same Logitech Webcams & Same Programs Running and each can record into their own separate folders.

It has to be in 2 separate folders on purpose and can't be changed as far as i know.

The sandboxie program is meant for running a program to check for if it has problems or for virus checking of some sort, but i only use it for running 2 of the same programs. The downside to sandboxie is that the video recorded from the camera that is sandboxed, the file size will be bigger than the original camera running on the un-sandboxed logitech quick cam program.

Finding Your Video Folder Through Sandboxie

Now another toughy is finding the folder that has your recordings that are recorded through the sandboxed program. It's deep in some folder settings which I'll explain right here too.....

Ok when you go through your "Settings" in the "Logitech Quick Capture" program and you set the folder that you want your video/ pictures to be saved to, pay attention to what folder that is because that will have a major hint to where your sandboxie saved recordings are in the sub directories.....

Ok, Now, Lets find that folder in your Sandboxie hidden subfolders:

Open the Main Sandboxie Window Again,

Then Click "View"

Then Click "Files and Folders"

Then Look At What Shows Up In the Bottom Area and Right Click "Sandbox DefaultBox" (It's the first one on the list with a plus or minus next to it)

Then Click "Explore Contents"

And Then Click "OK" on that box that pops up, warning you to not mess with anything in the folders or it will mess up the programs etc.

But don't worry because you're not going to mess anything up. You're just going to find your folder of the recordings and Right Click it and send a shortcut to the desktop, easy peasy!

Next you want to double click the "Drive" Folder Icon and the folder will be under whatever drive you set the videos to be saved to, in the Logitech Quick Capture Program Settings before. So find the folder with the videos and Right Click the Folder and Send A Shortcut To The Desktop so that you can access the videos easier and transfer them out of there and put them in a different folder each time you want to review the footage in your video editor because otherwise you won't be able to find the folder in any directories you search for on your computer, other than through the sandboxie way that i just explained. So make a folder on your desktop and label it whatever you want and transfer videos to there when you need to review them. "Finally Done!!!"

My Security Webcam Footage

Security Webcam Footage I Captured On My System

Here are some videos I've captured On My Security Webcams.............

The next section coming up, after these videos, is the one that showcases the best selling, highly rated security camera surveillance systems on the market today. That way, if you'd rather buy one instead of making one then you can see which ones are at the top of the food chain.

A really cool project you can do with your security cameras is to make a time lapse video, just like some of my videos that are up next.

If you want or need some pointers for making time lapse movies...

I made an article talking about it: How To Make A Time Lapse Video

Be sure and watch the security camera footage I captured, down below, and the time lapse videos I made......

*Also, another thing to point out is, that you never know, you might end up catching something amazing on your webcams - a video that might turn out to be epic or viral! Definitely another reason to run your webcams as security cameras or to even install a retail system. Another thing you can do with your webcams, in general, is to try and make your own successful, viral video. Here are some pointers and a formula I came up with, for making your own viral video: How To Make Your Own Viral Video

Bike Crash

A Bike Crash captured on my security cameras.

The crash wasn't that bad, I even added a sound effect for the crash because you couldn't hear much on the camera when it happened.

Snowfall Time Lapse Video

A Snowfall Time Lapse Video that I captured on my security cameras and video edited.

I love the way this video came out, it took some time recording it, editing it and putting it together. The music I found, to use for it, is great! If you want to know what song it is, and where I got it, It's at the end of the video. Also, on this writing website, that you're on, I have a page dedicated to where you can find some great royalty free music and sound effects: Where Can I Find Royalty Free Music & Sound Effects?

Road Construction Time Lapse

A Time Lapse Video of Road Construction/Paving, that I captured on my security cameras and video-edited.

Clouds Time Lapse

A Time Lapse Video Of The Sky/Clouds, that I captured on my security cameras, and then video-edited.

Ladder Fail

A Construction Mishap - Ladder Fail, that was captured on my security cameras.

Drunk Driving On The Sidewalk

A Genius! Drunk Driving On The Sidewalk & Eventually Wrecking/Flipping The Car, Down The Road(Car Flipping Not On Video)

Cars Slipping & Sliding On Ice & Snow

Vehicles Driving & Sliding On Slippery Roads, recorded on my security cameras and edited for entertainment.

The Best Home Security Surveillance Camera Systems 2014

So maybe you don't want to go through the hassle of putting together your own security camera system, from scratch, and would rather buy a highly rated, time saving one.

Here are 2 of the top, best systems on Amazon to check out.....

First up is a great camera package from Uniden. This one's great, you can carry the monitor around the house with you, wherever you travel to, wireless and everything. Uniden does a great job with their electronics.

It's a portable home security camera package. Basically you get 2 weatherproof cameras, you set them up and then you can view them on a portable/handheld device that you can carry around the house with you(you can even zoom in).

Be sure to check it out on Amazon down below to see other deals on that page.

So, whatever you decide on, I hope you, your family & property stay safe. It doesn't hurt to add a little more safety and precaution to your life. You can never be too cautious, I say. I don't want to scare you, but monsters do exist! They might not be under your bed, or in your closet like you thought, when you were a kid, but it doesn't mean they won't try and find their way there!

I'm always in the habit of checking all the rooms in my house if I come home and noone's there and in the middle of the night if the doors or windows weren't secured, and even when they are secured!

*There are also a different number of directions you could go with security cameras. I eventually plan on buying some really cool hidden cameras - like the alarm clock hidden camera ones and even little button size cameras that comedy shows use to do hidden camera gags. I especially want to buy some sunglasses with cameras built into them. I do a lot of audio recordings of conversations I have with people and those sunglasses would be the next step in recording everything. Very cool! Be sure and look for those sweet hidden camera gadgets on Amazon to check out!

Swann Security Camera Package

This next system is a bit more expensive... but it's worth it for all the perks!

It's made by Swann. Swann's name and brand is pretty much synonymous with security cameras. They make some really good systems.

It's a complete DVR system with 4 indoor/outdoor cameras. With over 500GB's of space you're set, it even comes out to more free space if you set it to motion detection mode(it'll only record when something goes by a camera).

The coolest thing about this system and some other systems on the market is that they can be viewed on your android devices, like your phone or tablet. Also, it can notify you by email if there is activity. That's absolutely helped people catch someone who is in their house and they got busted before they could get away! Good times!

Using Fake Cameras

Ok, so, maybe you don't want to buy an expensive security camera system or even set one up, like I talked about. Then maybe using fake/dummy cameras are the way to go. Maybe you just want to give the illusion that you have real cameras(without having real cameras), to deter any criminals.

There are only 2 real problems with fake dummy cameras.

#1. The bad guys will think you have a camera and cover their faces.

#2.The other problem is that you won't really be able to capture a lot of possibly great video on your cameras(if only you had real ones, shucks!)

But! One thing you could do is have a real camera(or more than one) and have it near the fake one, so that if someone tries to break or take your camera, then you have them on footage doing it(which, believe it or not, has really happened!)

Or, you can have a fake camera on one side/part of the house and then the criminals will go to the other side to do bad stuff and you can have a camera on that side.

I personally prefer to not show my cards(so to speak) and not let anyone know there's a camera. People will act like fools either way but they'll be deterred more so if they think they're being watched. Plus, they'll end up going and messing with someone else's stuff, which stinks too! It's better to catch them red-handed so they can be caught and brought to justice and ultimately, hopefully, stopped! darn habitual offenders!

Retail Security Camera Systems To Choose From On eBay

eBay has a really good selection of affordable security surveillance systems to check out. Especially the ones you don't have to bid on, you can just use the buy now function for a lot of them and they're a lot cheaper than retail ones and they have a lot of inventory. Just make sure to check for the products reviews somewhere online because eBay doesn't have customer reviews for products, only feedback for the sellers and buyers.

How To Make An Old Or New Camera Into A Security Camera.....

If you came to this page looking for info on making old cameras, or even newer ones, into security cameras....here are some links to some great pages full of that info.....(I've never made a camcorder or an android phone, or any other camera, aside from using webcams, into a surveillance system type camera)......There's no need for me to explain what each link goes to, because they're self explanatory by their titles......

#1. How To Use An iPhone As A Security Camera

#2. How To Make An Old Android Phone Into A Surveillance Camera System

#3. How To Use A Camcorder As A Security Camera

If you have a camera that you want to use on your computer then you'll want to see read this next section for another great way to possibly hook it up....

Another Easy Way To Hook Up A Camera Or Device To Your Computer

There is another easy way to hook up a camera to your computer. (specifically, a device that uses a/v cables) They make usb/av adapters so you can hook up a camera, camcorder, vcr, dvd player, or even your tv by using a special adapter, like the one pictured to the right: "Mygica EZgrabber2 USB 2.0 Video Capture Adapter Device"

What it does is, you hook up the av cables to it, the red, yellow & white cords, then you plug it into your usb port after installing the cd software that comes with it and then you can record or stream video, as well as audio and even take pictures of what shows on your screen. That is the best way I know of, to run older cameras and even actual security cameras to your computer, rather than through an external dvr system.

Plugging Your TV Cable Into Your Computer

Up next are some more ideas, from Amazon, for these type of adapters.....

*Also, on a side note, they make usb adapters that can hook up to cable cords - like the cable cords we plug into our t.v.'s. So that way you can watch tv on your computer and record it too Here is one I'm talking about, it also comes with a remote control, very cool!

"Hauppauge TV Tuner Stick/Personal Video Recorder with Remote Control"

you can check it out down below this...

That one is kind of expensive but they do sell cheaper ones. This type of cable/usb adapter, doesn't help in hooking up a security camera though, because cameras don't use cable type cords. I just thought I'd talk about it because it's cool that they make them.

*Another thing to point out about retail security cameras is that they usually have two main cords running out of them, one for power and the other is usually video and/or audio if the camera does both of those function, so that makes it easy for hooking it up to an a/v & usb hook up.

A/V To USB Adapters

Here is one more great av to usb type adapter to check out....

*This one is quite easily, one of the best of the bests because I've come across a lot of adapters that have low ratings and I wouldn't dare buy one of those.

Hauppauge 610 USB-Live 2 Analog Video Digitizer and Video Capture Device
Hauppauge 610 USB-Live 2 Analog Video Digitizer and Video Capture Device

This is one of the most expensive one I've come across and also, with the highest ratings. Sometimes you have to spend a little more to get quality. This great adapter comes with a cover case to protect from dust(as you can see in the picture, it's covering the other ends cords. It also comes with some great software to make the connection and recordings easier to manage.

 

How To Hook A Camera Up To Your Computer

Aside from webcams hooking up to the computer by way of the USB ports, there is another way that I'm aware of but not fully knowledgeable about is by using your computer's firewire. Some computers have that easy hook up plug/port but the majority of computers don't have the hook up.

To learn more about firewire, here are some in depth articles I've come across years ago and even most recently:

#1. Wikipedia's Firewire info

#2. How FireWire Works

#3. An interesting Youtube Video Discussing FireWire

#4. A Forum Posting of Someone Discussing Not Having A Firewire Port & Possibly Using The USB For It

Why You Should Have Security Cameras Setup....

There are a lot of different reasons why you should setup a security camera system!

Here are some obvious and not so obvious reasons why....

Criminal Activity

Thieves:

It's simple, this world is split into two groups of people - those who are good & work hard for what they get and want to keep it safe & those who work hard at trying to take what others have. Whether it's a burglary or a robbery, the bad guys will probably want what you have. Cameras that can easily be seen by anyone going by your house will most likely deter criminals from trying to pilfer your goods, but if they're really brazen then it will just make them wear disguises to hide their identity.

Also, to be forewarned, it's of the highest probability that they are someone you know, or someone who has been on your property before - a houseworker(maintenance, lawn, etc.), a friend, or even a friend of a friend. Generally it's an inside job because the person knows what you have or they "cased the joint" for some ripe pickings! Also because your home might be well-suited for a smash & grab - because of it's location and accessibility. Like if you have trees or bushes around your house that will shield them from being seen while they do their dirty deeds. A big tip: make sure, if you have a sliding door on your house, to keep a wood or metal bar in the sliding part so they can't jimmy the door open(which, from what I've seen, is very easy to do! even if it's locked!)

Overall, that's one main reason to have cameras going. I personally prefer hidden cameras so the person doesn't know they're being taped. I love catching bad eggs in the act, acting like fools and downright scurge! Scum & Villainy! I Say! lol

Obviously, I root for people - hoping that they do the right thing and that I don't have to see any shady dealings because that person, or persons, don't see the big picture in this life.

Vandals:

Some people are just destructive...whether it's a neighbor, a random passerby, or an enemy you have, that lives away from your home and traveled there for the sole reason to destroy your possessions....that wants to vandalize your property - home, car or other. Also, around the holiday seasons(primarily Christmas) there are some brazen people who will come onto your property and steal or destroy your decorations. There are plenty of videos online of this happening and even my brother has had items stolen off his lawn - it's more common than you think.

There are a number of different reasons why you should have a security camera system up and running, and I'll be adding some more reasons at another time, but those 2 that I mentioned so far, are pretty big reasons!

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In Closing...

So, whatever you decide on, I hope you, your family & property stay safe. It doesn't hurt to add a little more safety and precaution to your life. You can never be too cautious, I say. I don't want to scare you, but monsters do exist! They might not be under your bed, or in your closet like you thought, when you were a kid, but it doesn't mean they won't try and find their way there!

Although, one thing that really scares me is the idea of someone already being in the house and hiding-in-wait for you. Security system anyone? You know, the ones that go off if someone opens a window or door. Don't forget to have them installed on your basement windows, sometimes people forget and then the criminal can break in there and shut off your system and then do whatever they want in the house and even leave out the front door. Yikes!

I'm always in the habit of checking all the rooms in my house if I come home and noone's there and in the middle of the night if the doors or windows weren't secured, and even when they are secured!

I make sure my bedroom & bedroom door are the last line of defense! I mean, sure it would suck to have someone steal all your stuff, but what about someone who wants more of an up close & personal... No thanks!

*There are also a different number of directions you could go with security cameras. I eventually plan on buying some really cool hidden cameras - like the alarm clock hidden camera ones and even little button size cameras that comedy shows use to do hidden camera gags. I especially want to buy some sunglasses with cameras built into them. I do a lot of audio recordings of conversations I have with people and those sunglasses would be the next step in recording everything. Very cool! Be sure and look for those sweet hidden camera gadgets on Amazon to check out!

Security Camera Footage On Youtube

The best place to find some golden security camera footage - Youtube!

Whether it's security footage of criminals being dumb or just accidents caught on tape, you'll find some great youtube videos - full of security footage epicness!

Let me know what you think......

Super Sunglasses With A Camera Built-In!

Oh yeah and they come in different colors!!!
Oh yeah and they come in different colors!!!

A New Way To Ace Your View!

I recently, and finally, bought some sweet video camera sunglasses to really UP! my security camera game. I purchased 3 pairs of GoVision sunglasses from HSN.com and they're working out perfectly.

The first pair I bought have the ability to take a removable micro sd memory card which is just splendiforous! Seeing as how the most recent pairs I bought are water-resistant and have the memory databanks hardwired into them - which makes sense for the water repelling casing. The downside to the newer ones, aside from the the memory card option is the fact that the microphone is kind of hard to pick up sound as well as the previous model.

Back to the memory card fiasco... if you take the memory card out of the older pairs you can pop it into your computer for a faster transfer rate, seeing as how the time it takes to transfer saved files is atrocious using the special comes-with cord to do so.

The newer model vibrates when you turn it off or on and when the storage is full. The built-in storage is only 8gb so you can only get 45 minutes of recordings. You can also take pictures by pressing the button whilst the vdeo recording is going. They also put the flashing red light on the front of the glasses. not on the outside of the glasses so people can see it(but i think people can see it flashing on your face) but you can see it easier in the middle of your eyebrow area. The older model has the light on the right frame, around your temple area.


If you'd like to see or read about the older pair, I linked it to Amazon down below this sentence structure housing...

GoVision Sunglasses

GoVision Polarized HD Video-Capture Sunglasses with Still Camera, Carrying Case and 4GB microSDHC Card - BLACK
GoVision Polarized HD Video-Capture Sunglasses with Still Camera, Carrying Case and 4GB microSDHC Card - BLACK

These are the first model sunglasses I purchased.

I highly recommend buying a 32gb MicroSD card to use for it, because the 4gb card has so little space which you'll see very shortly after using them. 32gb is the biggest card these sunglasses can handle, any higher and they won't work.

The ones I purchased came with 2 sets of lenses. A regular pair of dark lenses and a pair of automatic adjusting ones that get darker when you're in high-light and clearer when not.

The only downside to these is that they are somewhat big and clunky and not uber-sharp looking, but still cool nonetheless. They don't work too great for gripping your head IF you're wearing around the head headphones like i wear a lot. They'll work fine for over the head ones though.

For video space & duration: It's 45 minutes of video for every 8gb of storage. So, for a 32gb card that's 3 hours of footage but the sunglasses only run for 2 hours if you're lucky, which is why I purchased more than one pair. The charging time isn't anywhere's near as bad as they make it sound for 2 hours to charge it's more like 30 minutes to an hour! Not bad at all!

 

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Welcome to squidoo! Good information with nice detailed directions.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @rallo-smith: Thanks for the warm welcome & taking the time to check out my lens.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Nice shall come back to this again soon.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      This is a great lens very informative, I pin it to have it handy and come back...

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thanks to technology, we can make our own security camera systems with our computers and webcams. Hopefully this lens will help some people that need to keep an eye on things around their property. Thanks Again!

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      InSearchOf LM 4 years ago

      I'm going to come back to this because I've always wanted a security cam and have looked online at several options, especially after our house was broken into by a neighbor's kid who stole my son's computer and other items! But we got the stuff back.

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @InSearchOf LM: A Security Camera is definitely a worthy thing to own. You never know what goodies you'll capture. I'm glad you got your stuff back from that bad egg neighbor, hopefully he learned his lesson! So hopefully my article helps and gives you a good idea on what to get. Thanks!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Yeah, you definitely should. It's a great way to make a security camera system. Pretty much everyone has a webcam and by now the majority have a computer. The main program needed for running two of the same type of webcams, and it's similar programs, is called "Sandboxie" It's a free program, easily found online. Thank you for checking the article out!

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      chft55 lm 4 years ago

      This looks really awesome, and your directions are great. I nominated it for lens of the day, that's how great it was. Hope it wins :)

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @chft55 lm: Wow! Thanks! That's so nice of you! It's a great way to make your own security camera system. It's my 1st or 2nd article that I ever wrote on here and I think I need to clean it up a little more. By far, my best helpful article that I've made is my: "Top 10 Ways To Prepare For A Power Outage"

      Thank you very much for the nomination!!! :o)

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      dave-sutton 4 years ago

      Never thought about using a webcam like this. Loved the snow videos.

      Very entertaining and thought provoking lens.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Where were you when I needed to set up a surveillance system 2 years ago? I don't need this anymore, but I know some people who do. I will be passing this along. Very helpful and practical advice!

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      akunsquidoku 4 years ago

      very interesting..:D

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      Geekytricky 4 years ago

      A nice guide for people who needs this security camera skills and knowledge!

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      mollyse 4 years ago

      Very useful in planning this kind of camera system.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I am glad I ran across your article about using my computer and webcam for a security camera system. I have recently moved to an area in Florida that has black bears running loose in my neighborhood! I would love to capture them on camera at night when they are rummaging through the trash while I am sleeping!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Ruthi: I just recently moved, as well. Moved to a mountain type region and I think there are some bears somewhere deep in the woods but haven't seen any. I also hope that I don't end up seeing any because then maybe they're getting enough food that in the wilderness and don't need to resort to Yogi The bear tactics to steal my picnic baskets LOL That should be pretty cool to capture the bears that are pilfering your trash receptacles lol I hope I was able to help in the security camera department! Thanks for stopping by Ruthi! Best Wishes!

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great lens. I'm mostly interested in a simple home system that covers our front entry.

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      Marcel White 3 years ago

      This is a very interesting and useful lens. Thanks for the good work you have done.

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      hesborn nyakundi 8 months ago

      this is great iwant to give atry with my 1 webcam and core 2 duo 4gb ram

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      platinumowl4 5 months ago

      Great article, I am always looking for this kind of information.

      Again great article.

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