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WebCam-Control-Center

Version 6.2 for Windows ™ (95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP)
Release 25 October 2003

WebCam-Control-Center Manual
Part 6: First Steps

 

First Steps

Sending an email at motion detection
Play an alarm sound at motion detection
Periodic generating a picture on your harddisk
Periodic generating a number of pictures with different filenames on your HD
Periodic upload a picture to your webpage
Recording an AVI video in DIVX format

 

Sending an email at motion detection

Step 1

main dialog - select adjust from the motion detector section
adjust motion detector dialog - select select the relevant picture areas

You have to select which areas of the video picture should be tested for a motion. The pixels in this selected areas are the only ones which are tested for differences.

Step 2

adjust motion detector dialog - select from the action at detection dialog the email sending option

If you want to take a picture before sending the email, select take a picture before sending .If you want to attach the picture which causes the motion, you don't need to select this option, you have to include the akt.jpg picture within the choose files to attach dialog. If you want to record an AVI before sending, select record an AVI Video before sending. All files which should be attached to the email, must be selected within the choose files to attach dialog.

Then you have to go to the general settings dialog and select the standard motion detector settings. How to test the actual picture and how often to test for motion. Select how many % of the selected area should be different to the reference picture, to report a motion. Select a COLOR-VALUE-DIFF value, which is important for the pixel comparsion. If you want a delay for the motion detection between starting the motion detection from the main dialog and beginning to test for motions, select the at start of the motion detector wait option.

Step 3

main dialog - select adjust from the file transfer section. Select the email sending dialog.

Input the email address of the receiver under send the email to and press the insert button. Input your SMTP server. You can find this setting in your standard email program. If you want you can input your email address under your email address. Input an email subject for the headline and an email body text. Then press the 'choose files to attach' button. All other settings are made within the motion detector dialog, not here.!

If you are not already online and want to dial up before email sending select the dialup before FTP/email/ppm option from the dialup dialog. Input your dial up settings. You can hide the file transfer status window by selecting the hide the file transfer status window option.

It is not necessary to select the activate email option, because this is only necessary for email sending in intervalls within the file transfer mode. For the motion detection mode, you have selected the email sending in Step 2.

Step 4

main dialog - select picture settings from the settings dialog.

Select convert taken BMP picture into JPG to generate JPG pictures from the taken BMP pictures.There are smaller in size and could be faster uploaded. You can select different options here. Press the preview button to see the result.

Step 5

Press the start button from the motion detector section. Don't select activate file transfer, because this is only for email/FTP sending in intervals or for the Permanent-Picture-Mode.

 

Play an alarm sound at motion detection

main dialog - select adjust from the motion detector section
adjust motion detector dialog - select select the relevant picture areas

You have to select which areas of the video picture should be tested for a motion. The pixels in this selected areas are the only ones which are tested for differences.

Step 2

main dialog - select adjust from the motion detector section

Select the sound playing option from the action at detection dialog.Then select the sound playing dialog. If you want to let the sound play in a loop select play the sound in a loop. Press the select the sound button to select the WAV file, which should be played.
Then you have to go to the general settings dialog and select the standard motion detector settings. How to test the actual picture and how often to test for motion. Select how many % of the selected area should be different to the reference picture, to report a motion. Select a COLOR-VALUE-DIFF value, which is important for the pixel comparsion. If you want a delay for the motion detection between starting the motion detection from the main dialog and beginning to test for motions, select the at start of the motion detector wait option.

Step 3

Press the start button from the motion detector section.

 

Periodic generating a picture on your harddisk

Step 1

main dialog - select adjust from the file transfer section

We use the Permanent-Picture-Mode for our purpose. Select the activate Permanent-Picture-Mode option from the general dialog.


Then select the Perm.Pic.Mode dialog. Select in which intervals the picture should be taken. You can select take a picture continuously to take the picture often as possible. Or select the interval in seconds with the take a picture every x sec option. Press the select the picturefilename button to select a filename for the picture. If you want to stop the picture taking for a while, select stop after x sec and restart after x sec. So you can take pictures, let's say, every 3 seconds, for a duration of 5 minutes, with 10 minutes pause between. Let the options for the stop and restart time unchecked to use the whole time your selected interval without an interruption.

If you have a LAN, you can install a webserver program to let all people see what the camera connected to your PC is seen.

Step 2

Select the activate file transfer option to activate the Permanent-Picture-Mode.

 

Periodic generating a number of pictures with different filenames on your harddisk

Step 1

main dialog - select adjust from the motion detector section

We use the motion detection for our purpose.
The relevant area is not important here, because we want only new pictures in intervalls and no test for motion. Select under test for motion the intervall for a new picture. Select often as possible or every x sec.Then select for % of the selected area ... 0 %. So each test for motion would report a motion.

Now select the picture taking option from the action at detection dialog.
Then select the picture taking dialog. If you want select add a number to the filename. Then set the max picture number with set the max number to. To generate 50 pictures select 50. Select the picture filename with select the filename. If you have selected the filename move_.bmp, the program generates the picture files from move_001.bmp to move_050.bmp.

Step 2

Press the start button from the motion detector section.

 

Periodic upload a picture to your webpage

Step 1

main dialog - select adjust from the file transfer section

We use the Permanent-Picture-Mode for our purpose so select activate Permanent Picture Mode. You can also use the FTP mode, but there is no option for pause and restart the taking and uploading. If you use the FTP mode you have to select the picture for uploading in the choose files to transfer dialog. The second difference is, that in FTP mode the program each time it uploads files it connects to the FTP server and in PPM only at the start the FTP server connection is established. So the PPM can faster upload the pictures, the interval could be shorter, because the connection always exists.

Step 2

Select the Perm.Pic.Mode dialog.



Select in which intervals the picture should be taken. You can select take a picture continuously to take the picture often as possible. Or select the interval in seconds with the take a picture every x sec option. Press the select the picturefilename button to select a filename for the picture. If you want to stop the picture taking for a while, select stop after x sec and restart after x sec. So you can take pictures, let's say, every 3 seconds, for a duration of 5 minutes, with 10 minutes pause between. Let the options for the stop and restart time unchecked to use the whole time your selected interval without an interruption.

Select the send GIF picture ... option to upload a GIF picture or the send JPG picture ... option to upload the JPG picture or both.

Step 3

Select the dialup dialog.

If you are not already online and the program should dial up at PPM start and disconnect at stop after and redial up at restart after, select the dialup before FTP/email/ppm option. You can hide the file transfer status window by selecting the hide the file transfer status window option.

Step 4

Select the FTP dialog.



Adjust the FTP settings in the FTP section connection to the FTP server. The additional settings are only important for the FTP mode, not for the PPM.

Step 5

main dialog - select picture settings from the settings dialog.

Select convert taken BMP picture into JPG to generate JPG pictures from the taken BMP pictures.There are smaller in size and could be faster uploaded. You can select different options here. Press the preview button to see the result.

Step 6

Select the activate file transfer option to activate the Permanent-Picture-Mode.

 

Recording an AVI video in DIVX format

Step 1

main dialog - select video compression from the adjust video device section

Your dialog could look different to this one, because it's a dialog of the video device driver manufacturer.

You must have installed the DIVX codec for your Windows OS. If this has happend you can select the DIVX codec in the compressor section.

Sorry for the german dialog, but you can see the DivX selection.

Step 2

Select a filename for the AVI video with select filename from the AVI record section. Press the start AVI record button to start the recording. Now a really small in size AVI is recorded through the DivX codec.

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