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Is there a software program that will let me use my camcorder as a motion detector?

Asked by yoyoo29 (69 points ) July 14th, 2011

I’d like my camcorder to automatically record when it detects motion. Is there a software program that will let me do this? A free program would be preferable.

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osquid's avatar

I know there are options for webcams like webcamspy, but I have never been able to locate an option for using a camcorder hooked up to a PC, whether by USB streaming or firewire/DV.

http://webcamspy.sourceforge.net/

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Think the “button to start” the camcorder is where you have to start which means you may not be able get it to work.
The webcam in always “On” so a program could act as a “recognize the motion”.

lillycoyote's avatar

You would need something to sense the motion first. You couldn’t just do it with software. Here’s how motion sensors work

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abysmalbeauty's avatar

My laptop came with a program called “lifeframe” and it has a setting that will activate my webcam to snap photos whenever there is motion. HOWEVER it is not a “hidden” camera as there is a little light that shines when the camera is active making it quite obvious to anyone who knows anything about PCs or Cameras

lillycoyote's avatar

@abysmalbeauty Wow, I ‘m wrong again. That’s happening a lot to me lately. I didn’t realize laptop web cams sensed motion. I’ll have to see if mine does that. I don’t really need my laptop web cam to be a motion sensing cameral but it would be cool if it was.

abysmalbeauty's avatar

:D you can be a secret agent

lillycoyote's avatar

@abysmalbeauty Well, I can’t be secret agent, now can I? Shush!

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