Motion detection video software?

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  1. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Are there good apps for motion detection activated video recording? I tried camera spy and although it works well, I get really bad framerates.

    Any other apps, not too expensive?

    Thanks

    Loa
     
  2. DavidDoyle macrumors member

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  3. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Oh, that's the one I have. I got the name wrong. Maybe you could help me figure out my issue: my HD camera works as advertised when I use Quicktime. But in Security Spy, I can only get 10 fps. Any ideas why?

    Loa
     
  4. DavidDoyle macrumors member

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    Ah ok. In the record settings you should be able to set the frame rate/frame size and format.

    e.g. http://www.bensoftware.com/securityspy/manual/index.html#videodevicesettings

    Worth going through that whole help page to make sure all your settings are set to what you want. Though I like the software I do find it difficult to configure correctly, and find myself going through lots of different screens to verify details.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    I did try it, but it seems that when I use full resolution, the framerate drops. It's as if there was a performance bottleneck somewhere, but my CPUs are all at 0-5%... No idea why.

    Thanks for the help anyway.

    Loa
     
  6. DavidDoyle macrumors member

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    Hmmm ok. I don't get full framerate on mine but thats not a problem for my use. There's a few things I would suggest:

    - If the camera is USB, see if it's contending with other USB ports and is plugged into the hi-speed port (which I think is to do with multiple USB ports on same bus?) - http://www.bensoftware.com/securityspy/installationmanual/usbinputs.html
    - See this section on performance - http://www.bensoftware.com/securityspy/manual/index.html#performance
    - This page gives details on supported cameras and (I think) expected frame rates - http://www.bensoftware.com/securityspy/helpcameralist.html

    Other than that I'd suggest logging a support call and seeing what comes back from that.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    I can see that from their perspective (and yours too), that 10-15 fps is good enough for security. But I'm not using mine for security, I just want a motion detection start-stop. I can't believe that such an feature isn't standard today...

    Thanks for the info. I'll look it up and see if it helps. What bugs me is that Quicktime can record full rez at 30fps without any problem.

    Loa
     

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