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motion detection program for pc (to monitor a window or an area on a window)

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Hi, at my work we have a cheap security camera system (manufactured by Lorex) and its hooked up to our router and I would like my pc to make an audio tone if someone drives into the parking lot. It is ok if it is not 100% accurate and gives a false alarm every once and a while, because I would not be using it every day, I would only be using it when I am expecting someone after hours (so I can set it and when they pull in I will hear it beep so I can go unlock the door). In my work area I can not hear the door if they knock, so an audio tone would be great if I can figure out a program to do that.

Below is a screen shot of what the web login looks like.

The cam with the red box has a pretty good overview of the lot, so if I could find some program to monitor the colors and if a major change is noted it would beep. I can maybe put in the xy cordanates that I want to monitor if it is an option.

Or I can make that cam (circled in red) take the full window for better monitoring posably. Does anyone know of such a program?

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by:Ugo Mena
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are you sure that the current camera software your using doesn't already have a motion detection setting?

Can you provide the details on what Lorex camera system you have?
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I was looking for the papers that came with the system and the only paper I can find is a quick start pamphlet and it says its lorex cvc6930r "series". I know it had an instruction manual (which would have the model number I am sure) but it went MIA. I found this on the website- http://www.lorextechnology.com/support/self-serve/Lorex+Discontinued+Products+Download/2700037 its listed in the security cameras section, but I still can not find a full manual, just the quick start guide even on the site.

Tomorrow I am going to ask my co workers where the full manual is because I know it came with one.

I know it can be configured to be motion activated, but I assume that would only be for recording. Maybe I am wrong though?
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by:Ugo Mena
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The motion detection in most camera systems can also be used to play an audio file and be run on a schedule to only play it after a certain time of day.

I see what you mean with Lorex support site and available manuals.

What type of DVR do you have these cameras connected to? Is it also from Lorex?
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by:Ugo Mena
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This is the only info beyond the Quick Start Guide I have found:

http://www.lorextechnology.com/downloads/security-camera-system/LH320-8ch-Wired-Series/LH328501C4_LH328501C8_LH328501C8HR_Specs_R3.pdf

Specs show it is capable of doing what you want:

Recording modes: Continuous, motion, alarm
Pre Recording: Max. 10 seconds
Post Recording :Max. 255 seconds
Alarm Recording: Programmable per camera
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Ugo Mena earned 500 total points
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found it!

http://www.lorextechnology.com/downloads/security-dvr/LH300-Series/LH300_SERIES_MANUAL_EN_R2_web.pdf
Taken from page 48 of above manual:

Configure alarm and motion detection
settings.
To configure the alarm settings:


Motion Enable
: Click under each
camera and select O
to enable motion
detection or select X
to disable it.
If enabled, the camera can record in
specific recording parameters when it
detects motion.
NOTE:
With Motion Detection enabled, the
text, "Motion" appears on-screen
(full-screen and quad split-screen)
whenever a motion event is triggered.

Buzzer:
Select O
to enable the system
to beep when an alarm is triggered or
motion is detected; select X
to disable it.
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by:hydrive1902
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Ultra- sorry it took me so long to reply but I have not logged in here latley. This should do it though, thanks for your help! I am going to give it a try later on this week, but I am sure this will do. Thanks again for ur help!
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