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Webcam Motion Detector 1.8 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Webcam Motion Detector 1.8

Webcam Motion Detector is designed for motion detection and webcam monitoring.
$49.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 274 34 comments

Webcam Motion Detector 1.8 was available as a giveaway on February 3, 2014!

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Motion detection and webcam monitoring. Video surveillance with multiple IP cameras and video capture devices. For each video frame, if motion is detected, the Alarm event occurs, that returns a global motion ratio, depending of the number of cells in which motion has been detected, and the level of motion in each cell.

A sensitivity grid is applied on video frames. You can adjust the sensitivity of the detection, and mask out areas of the camera view to avoid false alarms. When the camera captures video frames in a dark environment, it is possible that the electrical background noise of the CCD video cell creates fake motion detection events. It is possible to reduce the sensitivity of to the video noise by enabling the Reduce Video Noise option.

When an alarm condition is detected, the program can sound an audible alarm, or send you an email with a photo. Automatically capture photos, or record video in compressed files. The FTP Option can be used to transfer files to FTP server. Webcam Motion Detector includes an advanced player that allows to play video clips, capture video frames and perform frame overlay. Each camera has its own individual monitoring and recording settings. All settings, such as alerts, photos, and video recordings can be turned on and off using the built-in scheduler.

System Requirements:

Windows ME/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ 2008/ Vista/ 7/ 8 Pro





File Size:

23.2 MB



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Unfortunately not working in Win 7 64bit.
During start: Invalid floating point operation.
Adding camera: cxGroupBox2: Form1db:Cannot perform operation -- DB is not open.

Reply   |   Comment by thaler  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

@26 NC Relic. The Vitamin D Video program has been taken over by Sighthound software. They have a trial low resolution one camera program (unknown duration) for free and a $60.00 (two cameras higher resolution) or $250.00 unlimited camera "Pro" version. Too rich for my budget.

@25 southleft. ispyconnect has a subscription fee if you want any remote viewing or notices that runs from about $8.00 month (and then it looks as if they charge additional by the event message) for one camera and the rate increases steeply from there. The software looks great though if you are only recording and viewing locally.
@23 zan. The link to Genius Vision worked for me (it took a while to come up) and the headlines of the offer there:

Best NVR, for Free
All-In-One IP Video Management Software
NVR + CMS + IVS + 360°, Community Edition
16-channel license with 4-channel intelligent video.
* Non-commercial use only. No activation and registration required, no time limit with full functions
Version: 864, size: 12MB

@22 Joe Hannagan. Contaware now has a set up "assistant" for those who do not know if they can set up the more complex programs. It has 3 main steps and looks pretty easy.

@14 Bill. Yawcam (short for Yet Another Webcam software) is written in Java so you need that on your machine to make it work. Looks to be very light weight on resources.

Reply   |   Comment by Father Richard  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Installed on Win-7 Pro 32-bit. Screen message said activation was successful, but I couldn't confirm it. About button did not show license info. Tried to shut down and couldn't - had to use Task Manager. Reinstalled over itself with same results. Uninstalled with Revo and reinstalled fresh with exact same results. Just will not shut down. Disappointing. Sure glad I didn't pay $49.95 for this!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Folks, you'll never accomplish what a standalone dvr can do with this type of app. A dvr is in fact a PC, it's pared down to it's task, so it has ample cpu for the job. As far as motion detection, the lower the resolution, the less effective, and motion is motion. Humans, pets, trees waving in the wind, it's all the same. Facial recognition? Even in the pro biz [my occupation] that is stratopheric in cost, and you need a database [as in server]. The grid pattern for masking unwanted motion is the way pro dvr's function. You fill in the grid sections you don't want, say the landscape surrounding a driveway for example. I saw a ? about RTSP [real time streaming protocol]filter, try http://sourceforge.net/projects/rtspdirectshow/

Reply   |   Comment by marksg  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

The program would not close for me, either: Win7 x64. Setting up the camera had no effect on this behaviour, nor using the "Exit" button.

Reply   |   Comment by MyTuppenceWorth  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Also with me...The program crashes (“stopped working” according to the Windows messaging system). Uninstalled. Thumbs down.
My PC: Windows7, 32 b

Reply   |   Comment by Manuel Soares  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@ZAN #23, Try the link again, because I go straight to Genius Vision webpage when I click on the link you posted in your comment and the one in Giovanni's comment. The problem may be on your end. Give it a little extra time to load the page. It did take about full minute to fully load the web page the first time I tried. [running WIN7 HOMEPREM, 64BIT, INTEL i3, 8GIGS RAM.]

Reply   |   Comment by Ernie Bell  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

this progam have to many bugs, when i exit this software it causes problem to exit, so i tried out to use window task manager

Reply   |   Comment by azim  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I downloaded and installed the program twice. When I click on the red x to close the program, it says the program is not responding and will not close. The first time I clicked the activation program. The second time I didn't.

I have Win 7 Professional, 64x

Any ideas?

Reply   |   Comment by ytad1  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

installed no problem on XP SP3

Seemed a bit buggy at first, it wanted to freeze up.
Restart seems ok..after having a good look and search for different options..some are a bit confusing..found them ok.

Multi-Camera support is good too.

Exit button doesn't want to work, had to shut it down different ways.
Toolbar icon is just a 3 in a yellow box.(also useless for exit).

Clicking on other options just freezes up program.

i like this giveaway today and i'm glad to see something different from this site today, but most likely will uninstall this in favor of my other webcam software.

i use Vitamin D Video for monotoring the yard,,but this has a few more options, (none of which i need),like print options. event scheduler ect.

Thanx GAOTD and Zebra.

Reply   |   Comment by NC Relic  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

One feature that strikes me as very useful is being able to select just part of the camera's field of view where motion detection will operate. For example, a camera placed to look out at our front yard would be frequently triggered by the motion of shrubs or a small tree waving in the breeze. By selecting an area of view for the camera that excludes those plants we could have good motion-sensing security recording. Of course, the ease of setting that up would be important for most of us, too!
There's a free program called iSpy ( http://www.ispyconnect.com/ ) which offers substantially similar features, and it's easy to draw or select a section of the camera's field of view for monitoring with the motion-sensing record feature. Another cool feature is available when you install it on, say, a laptop. You can set up iSpy software so that if the laptop is stolen it will begin silently recording when someone turns the laptop on. So it will record the thief and email the video (or a link to the video?) to you. Or, it can send you an instant alert from motion detection wherever it's located and you can remotely view a burglar in your home or apartment. iSpy has an extensive user guide on their website with step-by-step instructions for using every feature of the program. Worth a look (pun intended!).

Reply   |   Comment by southleft  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

There certainly is a problem with closing the program. I also could not get confirmation of registration; do you have to register at their site?
#15 another good person to watch for is Fubar; he is great for the technical end of software.
Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Skull Collector  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

to 11 Givanni:

the link


does not work... what is the good link. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by zan  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Unnecessarily complex. I've been using Contacam - excellent freeware - and decided to revisit Webcam Motion Detector 1.8 after trying an earlier version in the past. Contacam simply works without issue. Webcam Motion Detector 1.8 crashed several times, and CPU load was 15% (12G Ram, Win7 64). Uninstalled....

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Hannigan  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Giovanni: I've always enjoyed your comments.
But sometimes adifferent perspective means everything.
Boss from Hell? Man, if I had a boss from Hell,
I would have a job.

My Employer, closd a paper mill and there's 1500 of us wishing we had a boss from hell right now.

Reply   |   Comment by John K  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

The software installed fine on my Win7x32. Later I will test it to see for my self it is that hard to personalize it's settings.

@11.Giovanni. Glad to see you are back. You and Ashraf disappeared on us and we[not just me, myself and I :P] have missed your comments. And be careful; do not get 'burned', but come back to life. My best thoughts.

Reply   |   Comment by idluckyone  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Glad you're back Giovanni. wish that phone app was for android as well as ios systems. would have been nice. if you have a suggestion for the android phone video surveillance let me know. I can use a remote video surveillance system for my cheap Samsung android phone. so please help me out if you can. today's giveaway is no good to me. Don't have a webcam.

Reply   |   Comment by mario  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@8 - Here's a 2nd for iSpy open source. It helped us discover which dog decided chewing the couch was entertaining and tasty!

Reply   |   Comment by warpwiz  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Addendum to #3

This Webcam Motion detection consumes in 1280x960 resolution 60 MB of main memory and 11% of the CPU power (I5K 16 GB RAM).

The mentioned LogiTech software consumes in motion detection 30 MB of memory and 0,7% (less than a 10th!) of CPU power.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Hope it discriminates between humans and clock pendulums and changing clock digital numbers, cats, curtains and sailboats passing by.
Needs facial recog to assure it catches the maid and mother-in-law fiddling with my liquor cabinet.
Wonder if it will take a snapshot of the monster under the kid's bed?

Reply   |   Comment by Carpe Derriere  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Thanks for your help Giovanni! (I always look for your and Ashraf's input).

Reply   |   Comment by h warriner  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

I used freeware "yawcam" for which also does motion detection

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

What 49.95 for this. Won't close, video quality is very lo res (I have a HD wed cam) cluttered interface and frequently crashes on Win 7, 64 bit. If I bought this for 49.95 I'd be demanding a refund it's simply not fit for purpose. Assigning this to the trash can!

Reply   |   Comment by Quark  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

If there is an insect moving near the webcam then I'm going to get a lot of insect photos e-mailed to me.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Not use for me (my boss here in HELL doesn't allow me to use any webcam motion for privacy reasons....)

.... but ....

http://geniusvision.net/community.html?a=spd (can turn your PC, mobile phone and any other device into an amazing remote video surveillance system with tons of features)
http://www.contaware.com/content/view/44/46 (==> Amazing FREE App)

==> FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE <== Enjoy!!! ^_^

50 $?? Maybe it's a fair price here in HELL where I am now after passing away a few days ago!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (I'm in HELL...there's fire, fire, f  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+155)

Dont these webcam manufacturers have motion detection "built in"?

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

For IP cams it says: (RTSP requires an additional filter)

Where does one get this filter from?



Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Houseman  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Installed fine Wind 7 64 bit. Not sure if it really activated as I couldn't find anywhere to confirm. The 'about' window sent me to a buy/support page.

Could not close out of the program. It just froze up my Windows Explorer and everything else. Tried several different times with same result. A frozen screen. Only way out was to restart my computer.

Thanks but NO Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Brad  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Installed quickly and easily NP there.
I tried it with the webcam on my laptop and it works fine. It's fairly easy to use and could be quite useful for people who are a little paranoid, like I am, to use as a secondary doorbell and let me know when there is movement in the staircase or to monitor my kids bedroom to let me know when there is movement there. Now I don't have to stair at the screen all the time.
I've tried to set the sensitivity level and see no difference.
Nice to have something different from GOTD for a change.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

The program crashes ("stopped working" according to the Windows messaging system). Uninstalled. Thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by Dean Reed  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Setting up the cam is not that difficult. You have to put in a string with IP and USER and Pass, something like this:
Replace XXX with your relevant data; hope I could help you!

Reply   |   Comment by Franz  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1 64 bit system.

The homepage is one of the better ones, the user interface does not correspond with that. A cluttered windows office like interface.

I use a webcam to monitor the computer room, so I have some experience.

The software recognizes my webcam, but you have to click "start" to see, the cameras output. This should done automatically.

This software has a terrible way to define the area of interest (e.g. the door) Not with your mouse, but with a grid, row and column of numbers, you have to choose the "click level" (what's that?) or the "global level (and that?), which does not do anything in my case. There is no useful help for the unexperienced user, no hints, what the buttons really do.

If you choose the camera resolution of 1280x960, the camera window is not resized to fit the programs window. That's imply bad.

Once defined the area, you can choose different action, what should be done, if something triggers the "click level".

When i wanted to exit the program, I have had to use the task manager.

This software could be used by a patient experienced user, but it is far away from a simple and usefull software. If you don't have a webcam monitoring system, this is today a good choice, because it is free.

I'll stick with the software I have got from LogiTech.

Uninstalled via reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+63)

Program is nice to look at and has a lot of options. But, helas, it also has lot's of bugs; and worse then that is the heavy load on the CPU! Former version was already a giveaway sometime ago and I contacted Zebra several times about the problems but neither they responded neither they tried to fix the problems in version offered this time.
So I will stay with my freeware program that does the same (and more) without probs.

Reply   |   Comment by Franz  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)

I have a copy from the previous giveaway, tested today's download and again had problems setting up the camera, this could be me as I'm not very experienced setting up Wi-Fi cameras.
Having said that I did find a much easier to use and very good program, it is called Security Monitor Pro 5.0 but it should be it is expensive at $90.

Having said that don't be put off by my experience as it has an easy to read interface and looks quite versatile, if only I could set up the damned camera!

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
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