5 Best Free Webcam Surveillance Software

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Here are 5 Best Free webcam surveillance software that let you setup home or office surveillance with your webcam.

A webcam surveillance software is  free way to monitor your home or office by using your webcam. You setup your webcam with your computer, and use one of these free webcam surveillance software. These these software will record all the activity monitored by your webcam.

These webcam surveillance software do not simply record webcam stream, but these are quite smart. They can detect motion in front of camera, and alert you by email as per your pre-specified alerts.

1) Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is really my favorite webcam surveillance software. This free webcam surveillance software comes with some really good features.

It can detect moving objects in surveillance video.

It can detect humans in surveillance video, and can distinguish them from other objects (like cars).

It can send you an email when something happens during surveillance video. For example, if someone tries to enter your gate your jump your wall, you can get an email.

Apart from these features, Vitamin D webcam surveillance software also lets you easily review your surveillance video later.

The free version of Vitamin D lets you setup one webcam or network camera. If you need to setup more webcams, you can use one of the software below. Try Vitamin D.

2) HomeCamera

HomeCamera is another good free webcam surveillance software. Unlike Vitamin D, HomeCamera lets you connect up to 4 webcams or CCTV cameras to your computer, and use them together for surveillance.

Another great feature of HomeCamera is that it lets you access your webcams from over the internet. So, wherever you are you can see what is being recorded by HomeCamera. You can even share your HomeCamera webcam surveillance software feed with other people.

HomeCamera can also be configured to send you alerts whenever a motion is detected in front of your webcams. Email alerts are available with free version, and paid version allows cell phone alerts as well.

Overall, HomeCamera is an easy to use and easy to setup free webcam surveillance software. Try HomeCamera.

3) WebcamXP

WebcamXP is another good free webcam surveillance software. It lets you connects up to 6 cameras, and view your webcam stream over internet. WebcamXP lets you pan/tilt your webcams remotely if your webcams support those.

While sharing feed over internet, WebcamXP shows if anyone else is looking at your feed, and shows their IP address, location, and country information.

WebcamXP even lets you stream your webcam feed to your iPhone.

WebcamXP is completely free for Private use, and is feature rich. Try WebcamXP.

4) My Webcam Broadcaster

My Webcam Broadcaster is another free software that lets you use your webcam for surveillance of your home or office. It is extremely easy to setup, and records the feed of any source connected to your computer: webcam, or network camera.

This free software can show you time lapse movie of activities recorded by your webcam, so that you can quickly monitor your complete feed.

Another great feature of this surveillance software is that it makes it extremely easy to monitor your webcam feed over your cell phone. Just go to website of My Webcam Broadcaster, enter your account information, and you can see your live feed. Try My Webcam Broadcaster.

5) Yawcam

Yawcam is another simple to use free home webcam surveillance software. Yawcam stands for Yet Another Webcam Software. As is with other webcam monitoring software, Yawcam comes with Motion Detection, and Video Streaming over the internet.

Apart from  that, Yawcam also supports Stealth mode. In this mode, Yawcam will start whenever your PC starts, and it will immediately start recording without anyone else knowing. Try Yawcam.

You can setup your home or office monitoring easily with these free surveillance software. All these free webcam surveillance software and quite easy to use, and provide a good use for your webcam. Other good uses  of your webcam are to draw on computer with webcam, video chat, and another Virtual webcam.

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  • Varun

    Ishan, thanks for writing about us. Just thought I'd add that HomeCamera is transitioning to a new site and a new name: GotoCamera. This site is at http://www.gotocamera.com – new features include streaming video… and it's a more "usable" site than our old HomeCamera site. HomeCamera subscribers can login to GotoCamera using their HomeCamera user ID and password. The old Client software will also continue to work with GotoCamera – but, for best results, subscribers should download and install the new streaming-enabled GotoCamera Client.

    – Varun Arora
    Founder, HomeCamera / GotoCamera

    • @Varun: Thanks for dropping by, and providing this information.

  • Olw

    Here's a free lightweight one: http://watchinator.com

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  • you only get what you pay for

  • Kelly Forgol

    I have tested a couple of webcam surveillance software packages and I liked the free VM version of C-MOR, http://www.c-mor.com most.


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  • Found this one http://www.mycameralink.com, definitely worth a try.

  • kerry

    yawcam seems to have eberything the rest of them have.
    a 5 year old can run it. that simple. the web. motion
    alerts. movie maker. and you can edit it to your like
    i use it and its good. not fancy. just good

  • oops

    GOTOCAMERA is NOT free… 7 day ‘free’ trial and then streaming stops.

  • just try this its a best in this categery.

  • Joe1024

    Webcam Zone Trigger has a free trial that lasts a few weeks. Its a pretty good software that deserves mention…

  • Quang

    iSpy is an opensource camera security software. I’ve been using it for about a month now and it seems to be working quite well. However, having four IP cameras monitored at the same time on a low powered laptop it does chew up 50-75% CPU. If you have a recommended computer, that should not be an issue.

    Its website is: http://www.ispyconnect.com/

    • Steve

      iSpy SUX! and is not free!! To monitor your child PC to PC over home
      network REQUIRES either $400 server package or having to $ubscribe to a

    • David Desjardins CD

      I Spy is definitely not free. Sure you can monitor your camera “on the same network” but who stays at home and wants to monitor the living room from the another room. If I want to monitor something it’s going to be while I’m away. Thanks but no thanks.

  • iyr

    go to camera only records 20 seconds when it detects motion, which sucks to use for security. ispy is by far the best ive tryed

  • Darren

    Hi there i have a CPW00017 CIG webcam and i can’t find the correct software for it please can anyone help me.

  • Simonton

    There is one excellent and free software ‘ContaCam’ and it supports many cameras.
    Get it from here http://www.contaware.com/content/view/44/46/

    • I agree, I used ispy for awhile then discovered Contacam and found it much easier to use and more stable.

      • Prince-W

        i agree with you two. ispy vs contacam: contacam performs well, simple and stable. overall, contacam is the best choice for Best Free webcam surveillance software. experienced and used both software before.

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  • ICU

    I’ve been using Vitamin D and I really like it because it’s totally free and ultra simple. However, my only complaint is it’s a little too simple. It would be nice to have a way to adjust simple things like brightness, color, resolution etc. and it would also be nice to be able to stream it online.

    Ispy is totally feature rich and fully loaded but at the other end of the spectrum. I simply can’t run it on my little 2ghz XP laptop because it constantly crashes. If I had a more powerful PC it would be great though.

    I think I’m going to download Yawcam and see if that’s somewhere in the middle.

    Thanks for the links BTW. I always love testing out freeware.

    • @ICU: Thanks for your feedback about these freeware. Do let us know about your experience with Yawcam as well.

    • Steve

      Do not think you want to try iSpy … iSpy SUX! and is not free!! To monitor your child PC to PC over home
      network REQUIRES either $400 server package or having to $ubscribe to a

      • IamSecurty Partner

        Steve, somethings not right about what you are saying. I use ISPY and monitor cameras from 4 different locations as well as in my home and on phones local onsite and remotely. you do not have to susbscribe to anything for any reason. Hope you got the correct info as you are missing out on a great product

  • Bill S.

    Try iSpy (free). It has a record buffer and when it detects movement, it can record video before and after the detection as a .mp4 file.

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  • I think it would only be fair to add 1AVMonitor to your list of remote webcam surveillance software. 1AVMonitor is truly awesome.

  • Cacarulo

    WebcamXP is not a freeware product. It only support one (1) camera in this mode. Bull of Sheit.

  • Defender

    No one has mentioned voice. I would be nice to use the microphone on your laptop to listen or speak. If you set up Skype so it answers automatically you can have your web cam an two way audio for free.

  • Ernesti Kyöstilä

    Tested three of these plus Contacam. Many have gone commercial and Contacam simply stops working after a few minutes and never recovers after its first problem. Yawcam is not too good but still the only one that seems to be reliable enough for surveillance.

    Many “free” product are crippled, requiring a subscription to some commercial services and thus totally useless for casual needs.

    • Ellipsis_Elided

      I use ContaCam with several computers, XP to Win8, and have not had the problems you mention. Some of my cameras/computers run unattended for months.

  • Veruca Salt

    iSpy or BroView. iSpy you most def get sound. Can’t recall if BroView has that function.

  • Steve

    As far HOMECAMARA, it is nothing but an ad down-loader from cash buyer media
    I was alerted and it disabled by my Panda

  • Alex Ferri

    I wanna add to this list of programs that turn your webcam into a surveillance system 1AVMonitor by PCWinSoft Software. 1AVMonitor publishes a secure website from your PC and you can log in to your surveillance website from anywhere using any browser and instantly you have access to live video, real-time picture, slideshow of captured images, and it also works for your PC desktop or Microphone.

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