[ubuntu-uk] Webcam as a security camera
javadayaz at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 15:55:44 BST 2009
motion sounds brilliant, and exactly what i need.
But how would i view the feed? on a webbrowser?
2009/7/1 David Jones <djones.dancol at googlemail.com>
> Rob Beard wrote:
> > javadayaz wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> As some of you may know i have an android phone G1 phone. I would like
> >> to avail the phones unlimited data plan. Some of you may also know
> >> about my exploits are linking my media to a TV in my new house.
> >> I was just wondering if anyone here uses a webcam as security camera.
> >> Preferably in Ubuntu. I would like the ability to "dial in" and look
> >> in as well.
> >> Has anyone had any experience in this?
> > Yes, there is a program in the repositories called Motion. It can
> > capture still images or video (not sure about audio too) from a webcam
> > or TV tuner (so you could plug a better camera in) and it will save the
> > images, e-mail them or upload them to a web site. I used it for a
> > studio web cam in a radio station I used to work at. IIRC it worked
> > happily on an old P3 733 with 256MB Ram for capturing images and doing
> > motion detection. It is also possible to use multiple cameras too and
> > it also supports network webcams.
> > The web site for motion is here:
> > http://www.lavrsen.dk/foswiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHome
> > There are other applications available, some simple and some more
> > complicated (I found one which had a fancy web interface and all sorts
> > of complicated stuff in it and never managed to get it working, but
> > motion is fairly simple if you read the instructions on the
> > configuration files).
> > Hope this helps.
> > Rob
> I'd second the vote for motion mentioned by Rob, I used it on a
> similarly spec'd machine with no problems.
> One thing to be aware of though, I found that if you tried to view the
> stream/feed from the camera via the web from a windows machines,
> Internet explorer wasn't capeable of displaying the feed. It was
> something about the mjpeg format that motion uses is a classed as a
> video stream, and the IE developers wouldn't include it because it was
> video and not a fixed image.
> ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
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