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I have three Linksys WVC54GC cameras and am looking for a better program to monitor/record the video from the cameras than the one that comes with them.  I have used CyeWeb (http://www.novosun.com) and am not sure if I like it, so I am trying to find an alternative before I spend the money on this program.

I do not need advanced features -- just to be able to monitor and record the video.  I want it to be in a standard video format (WMV, AVI, MP4, or etc.).

Preferably free or inexpensive.  
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by:FatManc
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This software is great and I have used it for years.

http://www.webcamxp.com/home.aspx

Easy to set up, very customisable and rock solid.

Regards
John
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by:Brian Pringle
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I'll try these out this evening and will let you know.  

Thanks!
Brian

By the way, are any of these free (or inexpensive)?  CyeWeb starts at $399.
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by:FatManc
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WebCamXP is free for private use but is quite limited.

The full PRO version is 49.95 EUR

http://www.webcamxp.com/products.aspx

Thanks
John
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by:Brian Pringle
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WebCam Monitor - did not get video feed from cameras

Mobi ReCam - Discontinued and received really bad reviews.  I'll try it, if the others don't work.

vdocapture - Need to purchase their hardware system

TrafficCam - More than I need.

NetCamCenter - Did not get video feed from cameras

webcamXP - This one seems to do what I want.  How do you get it to record all three cameras at the same time?  Does it record three separate streams or will it combine them into on grid view?

Visual Hindsight - I will play with that on this weekend after I try webcamXP for a couple of days.

Thanks!!!
Brian
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by:Brian Pringle
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I just found a serious flaw in the webcamXP program....

The Web site is nice, but you can easily get around the security.  There is a user/password dialog that is needed at the main page, but if you know the URL to the individual pages, you can directly access them without a password -- including the user administration page.

In other words, not only can you access it without a password, you can add/delete users without having a password.

Any fixes/suggestions for that?  

I am going to play with user security for the Web site (It's on port 8080) to see if I can lock it down.
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by:Brian Pringle
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Visual Hindsight - Does not support ASF format.

Any work on webcamXP's security problem?  

None of these programs works well as far as recording video.  Any others?
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Brian

I'll look at the security issue for you... I take it your server is a windows machine?


Cheers,
John.
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by:Brian Pringle
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John - Yes, it is Windows Server 2003 SBS.  Since this runs on port 8080 and appears to run its own Web server, I couldn't figure out how to lock it down with Windows Security -- just the username/password security that the program has built-in.

As for recording, I want to be able to record video from all three cameras 24/7.  I would like the following:

-- for each camera to record to its own folder (or a file name that specifies which camera it is)
-- for them to record in 1-2 hour chunks (Recording starts, records to one file for 1-2 hours, stops, starts a new file)
-- retains a certain number of days worth of videos

Can this program do that?

Thanks,
Brian
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Brian

Let me check on all this and I'll get back to you tomorrow morning

Cheers,
John.
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by:Brian Pringle
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Any word on the security issue?  NovoSun is offering a discount and free tech support for CyeWeb.  Still expensive, but I may try it.
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by:Brian Pringle
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FatManc,

Where did you go?  Have you found anything about the security problem?  Also, I have to restart the Web server once a day or else the video feed stops refreshing.  It seems like it stops updating the video on the Web site whenever it changes to a new file for the DVR recordings.

Thanks,
Brian
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by:Brian Pringle
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FatManc,

Are you still there or did you give up on this question?  I only have three days left on my trial.

Thanks,
Brian
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by:Brian Pringle
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Any more suggestions before I close this question?  WebCamXP was the closest to what I need, but with the security problem and the fact that it does not always refresh the video on the Web site make it worthless.

Anybody -- Any others?

Fatmanc -- Are you still here?
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by:Brian Pringle
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I tried the WebcamXP program on another server just to see if there was a way to work around the security issue, but could not come up with anything.  If nobody has any other ideas, suggestions, or different programs to try, I am going to request to have this question closed.

Please let me know.
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I guess nobody has a better idea or any other programs, so I am going to use CyeWeb.  I know that they have good support, but they are expensive.  I just wish another one would have worked out.

Fatmanc - That seems to be a good program, but you could at least say that you couldn't figure out the security problem.  

I am going to purchase CyeWeb and am accepting this as the solution.
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