Security is everybody concerned and most of us use security or CCTV cameras in shops, homes etc. ContaCam is a free video surveillance and ‘live camera’ software for Windows computer that can be used with any camera attached to PC / laptop or network cameras. With the help of this freeware tool, you can easily monitor places where you cannot be present physically. ContaCam is very user-friendly software and monitors the places through WebCam. It comes with various features and privacy settings.
Just download the ContaCam and install it in PC. Open this freeware app from the desktop shortcut. Once it is running go to Capture menu and then select the camera for which you want to start surveillance.
In a new window, you can see a live stream from the camera. You can take a snapshot manually or record audio and video.
Most of the things can be customized through its settings. You can open up ‘Camera Basic Settings’ for configuring a few basic settings. Under this you can choose how you want to use your camera. There are four options, ‘Movement Detection Surveillance’ (in this option you can do recording 24 hrs), ‘Snapshots with History’, ‘Snapshots without History’ and ‘Manual Record’.
Under Basic settings, you can give your camera a name and also customize the web interface corresponding to it.
Next, you can choose the video file format in which the recordings will be saved, there are two of them available : MP4 and AVI. You can choose the file save duration from one day to unlimited days after specific time saved videos will be deleted automatically. You can adjust the hard disk size limitation in percentage and also camera folder size limit. In case, the free disk space becomes low or the camera folder size is reached, the older recordings will be automatically deleted.
Finally, coming to the Email settings. ContaCam has an inbuilt feature of email alerts when a motion occurs or there is any malfunction in the camera. Just configure your email and you will receive notification if something goes wrong.
Now moving to its advanced settings, which allows us to control everything about the video source including the camera. You can set frame rate, brightness, hue, saturation, contrast, sharpness, video compression quality, audio source to record the voices etc. It also comes with a scheduler that lets you automate the recording and surveillance process.
Under the Snapshots tab, you can choose the time interval between snapshots and also set the quality as well. You can schedule snapshot and can be automatically uploaded using FTP.
You can enable movement detection from the last tab. You can set the detection parameters and choose detection sensitivity and then you can set detection limits and again you can schedule detection as well.
“On Detection commands”– one motion is detected, it will be executed. It can start recording a short as well as a long video, send emails with those videos attached, upload them to an FTP server or execute a CMD command.
The video streaming from the camera can also be accessed from a browser by typing the address provided by ContaCam, from both local area network as well as the internet.
ContaCam is a great tool with a set of features that makes it, the best surveillance software. Since its access is allowed from the internet, you can surveillance from anywhere in this world. You can download ContaCam from here.