PC or Laptop (Windows) USB cam as a security camera


@AccessDenied yes I have the onvif feed through WiFi, just put the correct IP and port in the add network camera,. This information can be accessed by using onvif manager.



I got it setup and it lags horribly when watching live. Also the motion is going beserk on one of my Oswoo with nothing happening. I will check it out more tomorrow. Pretty tired tonight.


KoPlayer http://www.koplayer.com/
Nox https://www.bignox.com/

  • Install Alfred, pick viewer or camera


@pinky-free-user I found the source of the horrible lag. It did not like my huge flash drive as the source for all the videos. I have masked areas like you did and it is prerecording motion like alfred now. I will give it a test for a couple days before I pay the 10 bucks to remove the water mark but for now it is running perfectly. :sunglasses:

Also the crazy constant motion was the time stamp from the Oswoo camera settings :joy:


Been tinkering and I have got ContaCam working so smooth. It is just so freaking unreal. Like having Alfred on IP Cams with even more adjustments to the captures. It lets me change the pre and post recording times for each camera. The thumbnail views that are GIFs that lets me speed view a video are wonderful. Loving it.


I should of warned you about the timestamp. Took me a couple of days to realise that especially as the time stamp was hidden behind Contacam date stamp. But from the program you can just enable the display motion detection and then as you are watching live from the program it will give you notifications of where the movement is detected.


First full night with ContaCam going and I woke to over 120 detections. I though for sure I had set something wrong and it was full of false alarms. Went through every GIF and nope, it caught every second of motion properly. Thanks again Pinkylee020 :sunglasses:


@pinky-free-user If you have not checked out the Recordings Browser from the View menu, you have to see it. That is unreal. 27 GIF (default, can be more) all on there for you to scroll through instead of looking at each one in a photo viewer. Totally wicked!!!

Also 9.0.9 was released today. :grinning:


@AccessDenied yea I have checked it out, got mine to snap every 3 sec’s, it uses less resources but makes the event look like a speed up moon walk video and not the Michael Jackson version, I have set up the server in the loft now as a headless server and am happy with this setup… for now. :sunglasses:


Are you able to use the Recordings Browser from another computer and also watch the feed as well? I have a second pc I could setup as the server if I can do those two things.


@AccessDenied you can access it from another PC or browser on any OS or mobile device on Android. Just set up the server from within the program and check your IP and you will probably need to port forward, I think it’s port 4333


How do I set up a port for the server


I will check it out this weekend. I don’t feel like messing with stuff during the week after work. I need to move my desk before I get into that because I still have an old monitor I can use with the server and have the feeds up full screen on there. I will use the browser on this pc. Most likely will get it going Saturday afternoon some time.


There’s plenty of information about port forwarding on the internet you have to search for your specific router @davidpotts69


@AccessDenied just enable the server from the global settings page and don’t forget to add a username and password, search your router for port forwarding settings and forward the specified port to the local IP of your PC which should be something like you can then access your PC server from anywhere on the internet with your WAN IP and port number something like 653.723.224.56:4333 ,. If your WAN IP is prone to changing then you could set up a NO-IP service so you don’t need to keep checking the numerical IP.


@pinky-free-user I got it all setup on my 2nd PC. It is running great on the old spinner HDD for now. I will put an SSD in there tomorrow for faster saving. For now I am making sure the old quad core 3ghz with 4gb ram can handle it over night before I remove the SSD I have in here just for ContaCam to put it in the old PC. That way if it doesn’t work great over night, I can just use it on here like I have been doing. I didn’t need to forward any ports at all, rather just open PCNAME:8800/CameraName and the Recordings Browser loads right up on here while running on the other PC.


@AccessDenied that’s great Mate. Im sure you will have to forward the port to get out of the local network. Make sure you password protected the server.


I have no intention of using the server outside my local network. I have not set a password because it is internal only. My router is locked down and no outside access is possible (through regular means, it is 2019 lol).


Nice one Centurion


I just put a password on it anyway, to be safe. I cannot get the https to work securely for some reason. It is internal so it doesn’t bother me. It connects via port 8443 but Firefox reports the connection as not secure. Oh well. At least anyone I let use my wifi cannot access it without my user name and password lol.