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Monitoring hardware and software needed

I want to hook up an inexpensive ceiling cam for a very small office.  It should record for a specified time frame each time the door opens and make those videos immediately available to an online location that I specify.

I want to avoid any monthly fees for something proprietary and would prefer open-source free software.  I might even try to start small with my Logitech cam pro 9000.

What hardware and software do I need to tie that to the door opening?
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Outstanding!
What can I do for the door frame hardware?
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p_nutsCommented:
I think that's software based so it's not in the hardware. Just take a normal we can.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
I didn't understand your last sentence.  I get the software piece.  Thank you for that suggestion.

I need to tie it to the door so that when the door opens, it starts recording and uploading.
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p_nutsCommented:
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p_nutsCommented:
We can should be webcam my phone screws it ;)
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JustinCommented:
Hi there,
If you are looking for a hardware solution, rather than a "motion detection" solution, it might be worth looking at the vivotek range of ip cameras. Some of them have hard wired inputs, which can trigger recording. All you would need is a switch on the door (normaly closed contact maybe) and some cable. The vivotek cameras have the ability to record to network locations or onboard sd cards - no software or dedicated pc! I have several of their cameras, and love them. They also have a swag of other features, and the quality of the image is great compared to more expensive brands.

http://www.vivotek.com/
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
What is their cheapest color motion sensitive?
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JustinCommented:
Ah, depends where your buying from I guess.

This one is a dome camera - no PoE tho.
http://www.vivotek.com/products/model.php?network_camera=fd8133&tab=spe
AUD$238 from megabuy.

This is a unit I have in front of me now which works well. Has IR, weather resistant, wall mount and PoE.
http://www.vivotek.com/products/model.php?network_camera=ip8332&tab=spe
AUD$304 from megabuy.

This is my pick. Awesome.
http://www.vivotek.com/products/model.php?network_camera=fd8136&tab=spe
AUD$217 from PCS

There is a heap to choose from. have a browse and check the specs before buying to make sure it does what you want:
http://www.vivotek.com/
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p_nutsCommented:
You don't need a PC dedicated for this you can run it in the background.

And you can use 30$ webcams.
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