SecuritySpy is a multi-camera video surveillance application for the Macintosh.
This software will enable you to set up a comprehensive and effective surveillance system quickly and easily. The motion detection feature means that you can choose to capture footage only when there is some activity to record. In addition, you can use the timelapse feature to record continuously.
Unlike traditional analog CCTV systems, there is no need for bulky tapes to change nor for spending hours viewing the captured video. SecuritySpy also offers better image quality and much more convenient access to your captured footage.
A major advantage of using SecuritySpy is the Remote Viewing feature, which allows you to access your surveillance system over the internet or over a local network using a web browser.
If you are building a video surveillance system from scratch all you need is SecuritySpy, a Macintosh computer, and one or more cameras (digital cameras, analog cameras with video input devices, or a combination of the two). If you have an existing system using analog cameras, SecuritySpy will enable you to upgrade to a computer-based digital system whilst still retaining your existing cameras and cabling.
SecuritySpy's flexibility will allow you to set up a system tailored for your individual needs. Whether you want a single camera or many dozens, SecuritySpy is ideal, for both domestic and business purposes.
Multiple cameras can be used by SecuritySpy simultaneously. Video from all cameras can be viewed simultaneously in the video preview window:
Additionally, each camera can be viewed in its own window.
SecuritySpy features highly optimized motion detection, so that each camera can be set up to capture video and/or still image files when motion is detected. The sensitivity of the motion detection can be adjusted for best results and detection of motion can be set to all or only part of the video image.
Alternatively, a timelapse capture feature is available for constant round-the-clock capture that is not linked to motion detection.
SecuritySpy compresses captured video on the fly to conserve hard drive space (compression settings are fully adjustable and include the MPEG-4 codec), and still images files are saved in JPEG format. Video is captured as standard QuickTime movies which can be opened by practically all video software on the Mac. The captured image files can be optionally uploaded to a remote computer or web server via FTP so that footage can be viewed on the Internet and/or held safe at a remote location.
It is often useful to have video from both before and after a motion event - in the time before and after, even though the motion is not high enough to trigger recording, there is often something interesting happening in the video that is worth capturing. For this purpose SecuritySpy has Pre-capture and Post-capture features. The Pre-capture feature works by keeping a buffer of frames in memory to so that when motion is detected the video before the time of motion is also captured.
Here is an illustration of a possible video surveillance system: