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Old 01-13-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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My questions are do I also need some additional software or not, and if not what or how do I set this up?

Problem: I want to monitor customers coming in the front door with a webcam that is attached to the pc. The pc should be left on monitoring the front door while employees are doing other work; if they hear someone come in they can look at the monitor first to see who it is without getting up and running over to the counter. Is this possible with a webcam attached to the pc? I don’t want to record video or have it go out on the internet, I only want to have employees able to view the screen and see who or how many are coming in the front door.

What do I need if anything other than buying a small webcam that can be plugged into the pc? The OS is windows 7.

The old security camera and DVD died a month or so and it’s too costly right now to replace the unit, however if this can be done with a pc and webcam could serve the same purpose of monitoring who’s there without getting up and running to the counter. Later we’ll replace the DVD and security unit.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yes it is possible if I understand you correctly. You want to attach a camera to a PC and view the video feed from that camera on that PC, right? Not view the feed on a different PC?
If so, you just need a webcam. It will come with the software you need.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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That is exactly what I want or need. Simply attach and plug in a new webcam that is pointed or facing the front door of the store, the employee at or near the pc screen will see who is coming into the store and then be able to assist them properly.

What I didn’t know is if there was software that came with the webcam that would “allow” this type of setup, where the entire screen was turned into viewing what the camera was seeing at the same location.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:32 AM
 
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Take a look at Yawcam, it's free and it works....

Yawcam - Yet Another Webcam Software
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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OMG Yawcam sucks. Tried it years ago and thought it was complete junk.
Bad Advice from someone that generally doesn't hand out bad advice. :P
Buy a Webcam. Any Webcam that you like. Inside the box will be a disc with the software you need. You don't need to find anything else.
Once the software installs you can open the software and view what ever your cam is looking at. Easy Breezy Beautiful.... Cover Girl.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:48 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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OMG Yawcam sucks. Tried it years ago and thought it was complete junk.
Bad Advice from someone that generally doesn't hand out bad advice. :P
Buy a Webcam. Any Webcam that you like. Inside the box will be a disc with the software you need. You don't need to find anything else.
Once the software installs you can open the software and view what ever your cam is looking at. Easy Breezy Beautiful.... Cover Girl.
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Yes, the ones I have installed came with enough software to do this.

I'm curious how you know something that you tried years ago is still junk today. Years ago, Norton made security software that was a resource hog. Today, not so much.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That is why I specifically mentioned that I tried it YEARS ago (3 to be exact) so that people are aware I am NOT talking about today's software, which might be vastly improved.
Without the qualification that I used it "YEARS AGO" people may wrongly assume I am talking about what is freely available today. I'd say it's better that I say YEARS AGO then to make everyone I assume I meant yesterday.

And Plwhit knows me well enough to know I mean no offense by my bad advice comment.
Just saying... if there is software in the box, why screw around with 3rd party stuff, especially someone that is somewhat new to this?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
OMG Yawcam sucks. Tried it years ago and thought it was complete junk.
Bad Advice from someone that generally doesn't hand out bad advice. :P
Buy a Webcam. Any Webcam that you like. Inside the box will be a disc with the software you need. You don't need to find anything else.
Once the software installs you can open the software and view what ever your cam is looking at. Easy Breezy Beautiful.... Cover Girl.
Hey!!! I've been using it now for a few months with an HD webcam and it has been flawless....

Only thing I would add to this topic is buy a USB extension cable for the webcam...
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