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Home security webcam recommendation

My partner and I just moved into a new condo in the city, and the added foot traffic in the hallways seems to be driving our dog crazy. We are looking for a wireless webcam security solution that will allow us to check and see how he's doing while we're out, as well as provide a bit of extra security, as a secondary priority. Researching the options on Amazon is totally overwhelming. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by lieber hair on Jan 6, 2017 - 9 answers


Asking for a friend (really): How to go about setting myself up to be a webcam girl, given my requirements? This is not a should-I-do-it question, it's a how to do it question. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 4, 2017 - 9 answers

Free cross-platform webcam baby monitor

I would like to use the webcam on my Mac or PC in my home office/nursery to film the baby while she's sleeping. Ideally, the stream would be viewable from my Android, her mom's iPhone and iPad, and her grandma's computer at work. Is there a free web service or cross-platform app that makes this possible?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Sep 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Webcam recommendations

All I want to do is get a relatively cheap webcam for video unboxings that films beautifully and has auto-focus. Got a good rec for me? Bonus: tripod recs. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 25, 2016 - 11 answers

Most cost effective way of adding a monitor to an NVR (Hikvision brand)

So this might be testing the boundaries of what AskMe is for, but I'm aware there are some hugely techie people here...but this is quite specific! We have a Hikvision NVR which is brilliant, and which we have linked up to a HDMI monitor and then over the network an RTSP substream from the NVR feeds an instance of VLC in another location. Now we want to add another substream location with the least cost and equipment possible... [more inside]
posted by dance on Jun 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Best web/security cam for capturing the catfights?

Looking for something simple that will let me see on my phone a) that the garage door is closed (its usually dark in there) and b) capture video (and audio would be awesome) when motion triggered of our cats scrapping at home. I'm thinking this would be 3 cameras, if something is easier to manage a set of cameras thats a plus. Would love something that alerts me to motion, then I get to see the video hoping for a crazy match. Suggestions?
posted by H. Roark on Feb 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Making long-term timelapse videos

I'm recording a webcam stream, and intend to do this 24/7 for a year. How can I make week/month/year-long timelapses out of it? [more inside]
posted by spreadsheetzu on Jan 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Housemates in my room?

I've had loose change move or disappear in the last few weeks, and some of the items on my desk have seemed to have been moved or shuffled through. I'm seeking recommendations for smaller webcams that I could use to monitor my personal space. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Outdoor webcam

I'm interested in setting up a webcam to livestream the green roof of my workplace. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Oct 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Video Message Collection

I'm wondering if there's a service that provides an easy way to collect video messages. I'd imagine it working like this: I send some people a link to www.vidmsg.com/messagesforme and then they click "record" to record from their webcams. Then I can log in and play all the videos. Does something like that exist?
posted by PJMcPrettypants on Aug 16, 2015 - 5 answers

What Internet camera for puppy cam?

We're having a litter of puppies soon and need a good camera to let interested people look at them playing, eating, sleeping, etc. in their corral. A good camera that is NOT a Dropcam. [more inside]
posted by kindall on May 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Make webcam public (hikvision)

I have a couple of Hikvision network camera's (DS-2CD2032) and I would like to make one them visible on my website without having to enter username and password or giving access to the control pannel. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Mar 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Are there any streaming webcams that are similar to NRK's Piip show?

Piip Show was a live stream of a bird feeder that looked like a coffee shop, and it was pretty much my favourite thing on the internet in 2014. But it doesn't seem to be back for 2015. Is there anything out there that will fill the Piip Show-sized hole in my heart? [more inside]
posted by stokast on Mar 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Live media that feels like the world?

What kind of ambient live streams keeps you connected to the world? What kind of webcams keeps you company at night? Help me find audio (and video) streams that make me feel connected when I'm alone, working at my computer. [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Mar 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Do non-porn cam sites exist?

Are there cam sites out there that are set up similarly to sex cam sites like Jasmin, Chaturbate, etc., but without the, uh, sex? Like where people can host "rooms" and broadcast and chat and such, maybe even receive tips, but where nudity and sexual content are prohibited? My google-fu has absolutely failed me here. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by Enemy of Joy on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

2009 Mac: best webcam/mic for audio input to make training vids & Skype?

I need an external mic or webcam that will work with my aging MacBook Pro in order to tutor via Skype and to create recordings of my screen for video tutorials. I can't use the built-in mic because I want to do all of this with the laptop shut and hooked up to a Cinema Display. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Feb 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Web Cam Audio Source Question

I'd like to include some audio in a web cam broadcast, but right now all I can do is play the audio out of my speakers to the web cam mic, which of course sounds terrible. Is there a way I can stream the audio directly into the broadcast from, say, iTunes or some other application?
posted by Enemy of Joy on Feb 13, 2015 - 6 answers

What's the easiest way to spy on my cats?

Is there a cheaper and easier set-up for spying on my cats than setting up something like Simplicam or Dropcam? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz on Dec 8, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I make something glow in the infrared -- no flame or AC power?

For a science demonstration at my son's school, I have modified a webcam so it can detect infrared light. I would like to be able to heat up an object (I don't mind what) so that it can be seen on the infrared camera. So far, I have found that I can see a match (even after it has gone out), an IR remote control, and a gas flame. But these are all a bit tricky in the school environment. Ideally, I would have a battery powered device that would heat up a piece of metal enough that it will glow (in the IR) without anyone being able to burn themselves or set light to anything. I don't mind making the device, modifying something, or just buying something.
posted by beniamino on Oct 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Easiest way to record webcam / application combination video?

What's the easiest way to record a video on a Mac that can easily allow switching -- or even a split screen -- between a webcam and an application (say, Word)? The idea is to be able to record video of the speaker, type or draw notes that can be on the video, and be able to switch focus from the face to the notes or have both on screen at once, like a teacher with a software whiteboard. Most screencasting software only seems to focus on the screen and doesn't allow easy switching back and forth from the webcam.
posted by shivohum on Apr 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Webcam Problem....Device Manager Sees it as a USB Video Device

Seriously if I knew this was the story - wouldn't have gotten a brand new webcam today. But so here it is - Livecam VX800 - uninstalled, reinstalled - and as a plug and play install for *New Hardware* (XP) is not recognizing it as a webcam - but as *USB Audio Device* Then when I check it in Device Manager under Imaging Devices, it's a *USB video device*. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 1, 2014 - 9 answers

What's the best way to cover my built in webcam?

In light of revelations that some folks can look at me over the internet through my webcam without me knowing, I would like to have a solution to this problem. I was thinking that taping over the webcam would work well, but it might also look tacky, and might also add a residue to my computer that I would not like. Is there a kind of tape that would look good on a unibody macbook pro? How would I make that tape look good? What sort of tape would be suggested for its no residue, opaque characteristics? Is there a better solution than tape, like a well-thought out kickstarter project or something of that nature? Please help me with my paranoid bougie computer problem.
posted by oceanjesse on Mar 6, 2014 - 26 answers

How do I set up a basic, 1994-style webcam?

I need to set up a basic webcam stream for a gallery exhibition. I'm looking to have a live-ish still image of the gallery space (ideally just a JPG that refreshes every 30 seconds or so—no video, no audio, like this) that can be viewed via a web browser at a second, off-site location. I think I have any hardware I would need — is there a piece of (Mac) software or some other option that can handle the capture and upload/broadcast with minimal headache? [more inside]
posted by wreckingball on Feb 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a mobile webcam that can stream video w/o WiFi?

I would like to put a streaming webcam on the front of a large piece of machinery as it goes about its daily business. The problem is that this piece of machinery will most likely be outside of WiFi range for the majority of its day. However, it will be within good cellphone/4G range. Are there webcams built to handle this kind of use? Any recommendations if so? (Or, potentially, could I just use a smartphone or something similar?)
posted by Peemster on Nov 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Employment scam or legit invite?

I've been job searching for the past couple of months. Some online listings compel you to apply for them through a recruiter site. I try to avoid doing this, because I've been spammed as a result by sites like Careerbuilder.com who apparently don't vet their partners very well. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

What is the cheapest video camera around?

I'm looking for the most bare-bones video cameras that money can buy. I've been searching among security cameras, but what are some other possible searches? Imagine a security camera without the LED lights. As in, I would prefer an analog as opposed to USB output, but cost is more important than anything. The current cheapest security cameras I can find are $28 or so. Do any exist that are perhaps less than $20? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Are there any webcams that do at least *60fps* at 1024x768?

I'm building an interactive art piece that processes video from a webcam using Processing. The piece would look much more fluid if I could get 60fps at a minimum resolution of 1024x768 from the webcam. I'd love to spend $100±.
posted by gregr on Sep 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Baby monitor from webcam? (portable screen connected to wi-fi?)

We have a foscam webcam with night vision and the works. We can access it via wifi on our phones and computers, but want a dedicated screen to use as a baby monitor. Portable and/or plug-in... what are our options? Thanks!
posted by Chris4d on Sep 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Making great videos with a laptop webcam

What is the highest quality videos I can make using a laptop webcam? I have been using a digital camera to take HD video for some educational courses I do, but the inconvenience of having it set up separate from my computer is getting to be too much. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Aug 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Dearest human can see through walls!

What's the best way to monitor a webcam over a local area network? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 19, 2013 - 5 answers

How do we collaborate on a video online?

A number of us want to collaborate on a web video. Basically, we'd love to find a site where each of us could record a short clip via web cam and someone could edit them all together. Nothing fancy, just a video like those super cuts of a character doing a signature phrase over and over again. Are there any sites that make this easy?
posted by advicepig on Jun 27, 2013 - 1 answer

ghost skype? malware?

A few minutes ago, my macbook pro (OSX 10.6.8) played what I think was the Skype incoming call chime. I didn't think Skype was running, and as I was Cmd-Tabbing through applications to see if I'd accidentally left Skype turned on, the webcam light briefly flashed. Skype wasn't running, but I double-checked by starting Activity Monitor, and didn't see any processes with Skype in the name. I'm not totally sure it was the skype chime, because I don't use skype often. I do have google chat running in gmail with video chat enabled, but there were no visible notifications in the gmail window. I suppose it could've been a deceptive flash ad in a browser tab, but it's the webcam light that creeps me out. Any ideas what might have happened? Should I find a malware scanner? Is that even a thing? The last ask.metafilter match for "osx malware" is almost 2 years old.
posted by moonmilk on Mar 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Where are the outlets???

Company wants to group skype, and everything is working great Except the main conference room, which is about 8x bigger than the others. [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

How to be a camgirl

Help me be a sexy webcam model [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Feb 8, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I check in on the Pitch Drop Experiment?

I'm interested in checking out the Pitch Drop Experiment. I've tried on a couple of computers and browsers and I can't see the web cam - which is supposed to be viewable on this page. Is it just me or my computer or is it disabled? Hurry, it could happen any moment now! [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Feb 7, 2013 - 42 answers

Help me choose a web camcorder

I'm making some videos for the internet on a very low budget and am having trouble finding a suitable camera. I need something a step up from a webcam or a Flip HD. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Feb 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for webcam monitors/aggregators for Windows

I'm looking for a Windows app for viewing multiple remote webcams on a single screen -- something like Live Cams Pro on iOS. Ideally it would be able to categorize cameras by topic or location, support live feeds as well as static ones, and maybe be able to store timed snapshots from the cams over time (like Camembert could do back in the day). I'm not as concerned about receiving audio or controlling the cameras. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Nibble on Jan 1, 2013 - 0 answers

Help me beat Ceiling Cat at his own game

Help me create the ultimate CatCam! I want a way to watch what our cats are doing at home from the internet. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Dec 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Skype-like software that can play pre-recorded video?

(Asking for a friend.) I need to find some sort of software that lets you both record yourself through a webcam (showing the image live in a window on the screen) and (not simultaneously) play a pre-recorded video in the same screen. Ideally it would have very minimalist buttons, or configurable buttons/toolbar. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Outdoor webcam for construction site?

I need an weather proof outdoor webcam. I have intermittent power and wifi. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Jul 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Seeking webcam with superb low light performance

I'm looking for a USB webcam with really good low light performance and full manual controls (exposure, focus, etc). A digital camera or camcorder that can emulate a webcam would work too. Bonus if it's known to work well with software like Processing, OpenFrameworks, and/or Jitter.
posted by moonmilk on Jun 30, 2012 - 3 answers

"Happy little trees..."

Help me design the best video setup for recording myself drawing/painting. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Know of any webcam chat sites for gay teens that are NOT chatroulette / cam4 style?

Know of any webcam chat sites for gay teens that are NOT chatroulette / cam4 style? [more inside]
posted by audio on Feb 24, 2012 - 1 answer

OSX Screencast App with tons of specific features?

Cheap screencast app with simultaneous webcam and audio recording for OSX? A few more catches, too... [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Feb 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Home Monitoring Via WebCam (Short Term)

Is there an economical way to set up a few webcams so I can remotely monitor my house (for disasters) while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Blank Faced

(OS X Lion) Why won't my 'ye olde' webcam work with FaceTime? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

What's a good Windows alternative to Photobooth?

What's a good Windows program that I can use to take photos with a webcam? Think Photo Booth for Mac. [more inside]
posted by apip on Nov 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Can I make a sexy video and keep my job?

I'm making a sexy video for someone, but want to make sure there's no way it could be traced back to me if he shares it. Keeping my face/identifying marks off screen (obviously), but what about technologically? Recording with iSight on my macbookpro, maybe an edit or 2 in iMovie, then send the file thru gmail. Will anyone be able to trace it back to this macbook? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Easy-to-use video setup

Questions about setting up a recording/video conferencing setup for my company. Hardware, software, and studio tips needed. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 20, 2011 - 0 answers

What do I want to make a video recording kiosk?

Say I have a computer (Mac) with a web cam. What's a good way to build an otherwise simple program that can record and play back what happens on the web cam? (With the audio) [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

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