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    Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    Need a good software for using webcam as a security cam. Needs to be able to record video on detecting motion and saving it to hard disk. Most importantly, it should be hassle free and easy to use.

    What app/program do you recommend? I had a look at motion but that was waaaaay too hard, needs manual editing of .conf files to get it to work. I need something with a GUI.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    What hardware are you using? I've never successfully set up a webcam, but there's lots of programs:

    Code:
    brock@hops:~$ apt-cache search security camera
    camstream - collection of tools for webcams and other video-devices
    zoneminder - Linux video camera security and surveillance solution
    brock@hops:~$ apt-cache search webcam
    came - Rewrite of the xawtv webcam app using imlib2
    cameramonitor - Webcam monitoring in system tray
    camgrab - A command line tool to download a single image from a webcam
    camorama - gnome utility to view and save images from a webcam
    camstream - collection of tools for webcams and other video-devices
    camstream-doc - documentation for CamStream
    feh - imlib2 based image viewer
    geekast - GNOME interface to peercast
    geekast-binary - GNOME interface to peercast - binaries
    gkrellkam - GKrellM plugin that displays a periodically updating image
    gmotionlive - A simple multipart/x-mixed-replace viewer
    gqcam - GTK Webcam control
    gspca-source - source for the gspca v4l kernel module
    libdecodeqr-dev - A C/C++ library for decoding QR code
    libdecodeqr-examples - Sample program in C/C++ library for decoding QR code
    libdecodeqr0 - A C/C++ library for decoding QR code
    luvcview - USB Video Class grabber
    lynkeos.app - Tool to process planetary astronomical images for GNUstep
    motion - V4L capture program supporting motion detection
    ov51x-jpeg-source - Source for the ov51x-jpeg driver
    peercast-geekast - GNOME interface to peercast - peercast-servent data files
    pymissile - Control Marks and Spencer USB Missile Launcher
    qc-usb-source - source for the QuickCam Express driver
    qc-usb-utils - utility programs for the QuickCam Express driver
    setpwc - program to set and query settings of (mainly) Philips WebCams
    telak - display remote or local pictures on your desktop
    uvccapture - USB UVC Video Class snapshot software
    vgrabbj - grabs a image from a camera and puts it in jpg/png format
    webcam - image grabber and uploader
    webcam-server - a tool to share webcam streaming in www-browser
    webcamd - Capture images from video devices
    cheese - A tool to take pictures and videos from your webcam
    brock@hops:~$

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    Re: Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    Dunno. Never bothered to find out

    How to find out on Linux? IIRC when I had windows it would show up as Ricoh or Chicony in Device manager. In the Device manager app on GNOME, its just a question mark. Works though. Checked with Cheese.

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    Re: Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    High quality video security with Ubuntu desktop 10.10, Zoneminder 1.24.x and webcam. This link may be help you:

    http://www.howtoforge.org/forums/showthread.php?t=50199

    Gook luck!

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    Re: Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    Zoneminder or Motion.

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    Re: Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by ly9000 View Post
    High quality video security with Ubuntu desktop 10.10, Zoneminder 1.24.x and webcam. This link may be help you:

    http://www.howtoforge.org/forums/showthread.php?t=50199

    Gook luck!
    wow. so much work for such a task....

    still, i might give this a try. would be an interesting experiment.

    a bit dissapointing for linux again... - in windows you would get such a programme together with cam and they are usually really easy to set up.
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    Disk backup (works on newer PC): Clonezilla

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    Re: Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    wow. so much work for such a task....

    still, i might give this a try. would be an interesting experiment.

    a bit dissapointing for linux again... - in windows you would get such a programme together with cam and they are usually really easy to set up.
    Yes but there's a trade off for that ease of use that Windo$e has,
    VULNERABILITY !
    It's so much easier for spyware applications, port attacks etc when your system is so easy to use for you it's also just as easy for some remote application or hacker to just walk in and do their best.
    Linux is harder to penetrate remotely because you need to use command lines passwords etc etc. removing the need for anti-virus/spyware, apps.
    Linux is way more stable too.

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    Re: Webcam Security/Motion Capture on Linux?

    I use Xeoma for Linux edition, flawless so far. google it if you need easy software with the full functionality of win apps

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