Video Surveillance (July 2007)
Video Surveillance software allows you to monitor one or multiple
cameras/webcams. Record keeping may consist of periodically capturing images
or of keeping complete video streams. Records may be kept on site, transferred
to an internet site, passed through email or sent to cell phones. Additional
features include motion and noise detection.
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following
application for your video surveillance needs:
Video Surveillance Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from video surveillance software.
Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement
the following features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.
- Multiple video sources
- Video/Image recording options
- Event detection (noise, motion, IR)
- Web, email, phone notification
- Password protection
- Capture card compatibility
- Disk overwrite options
- Date/time stamping
- Remote control
- Pan/Tilt/Zoom for compatible cameras
- Built-in web server
These are the programs included in this review.
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other video surveillance programs that should be
considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.