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Active WebCam

CNET Editors' review

Welcome to my underground lair, Mr. Bond! How clever of you. But perhaps you didn't realize that I am watching your every move on multiple cameras at once, thanks to PY Software's Active WebCam? It monitors and displays multiple video capture streams simultaneously, and it records video at up to 30 frames per second. And I can use it to stream live video of your impending doom on the Internet! Too bad you didn't know that this versatile Webcam manager is free to try with nothing more than a nag screen, and affordable to any international supercriminal!

Actually, Active WebCam is almost that much fun, and much more versatile. It detects, monitors, and records video from just about any video source, including USB Webcams, analog cameras connected to video capture cards, FireWire video feeds, TV card output, and networked cameras. It can broadcast real-time audio and video to your Web browser or another copy of Active WebCam. If it senses motion, it can sound an alarm, send e-mail alerts, and record or broadcast video. There's even a Dial-Up Connection option, something many users around the world still need but rarely get. You can edit clips, add text, manage different users, and log in remotely, too.

When we started the program, it opened with a splash screen offering a menu of choices: Create New Camera, Search Cameras, Open All Video Capture Channels, Open Session, Create Web Page, and Read Tutorial. The extensive Help options include the Getting Started tutorial as well as a User Guide, a "How Do I?" section, and Technical Q&A. By far the easiest way to set up Active WebCam is to let it automatically detect your Webcams and other video devices. Each feed appears as a thumbnail in a scrolling preview bar above a main window that displays two active feeds simultaneously in its default mode. Even our video card's output showed up in the preview. We had fun with Active WebCam, but it's also a serious security tool that makes it incredibly easy to set up a video surveillance system that you don't have to be a supervillain in a James Bond movie to afford.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Active Webcam 11.5.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 125 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current version:

    2.7 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 1.0 stars

    "OLD OUTDATED"

    April 13, 2014  |  

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    Used to work well when software was updated

    Cons

    No Support. Do NOT respond to emails. Does NOT work with Windows 7 and above.

    Summary

    NOT worth Purchasing. Too Old and Outdated

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't bother"

    July 3, 2012  |   By FireDanMB

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    Can't think of anything

    Cons

    As stated before, support non existent. Wouldn't work with my Wanscam camera. The 'support' web page only works with IE (but they don't tell you that) bit it doesn't matter,. they don't reply anyway! No phone # at all..
    Had to use PayPay resolution center to get refund (Thank you PayPal!)

    Summary

    Try H264WebCam the free version will let you set up your cam and really "use' the software. The you can upgrade if you choose..

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible software, ZERO support."

    December 23, 2011  |   By Winteg

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    Not really any, constant crashes in both XP Pro and Seven Pro.

    Cons

    Constant Crashes. Had 5 stable sessions in the last year since purchase.

    Summary

    DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE. WebcamXP/webcam Pro puts this to shame. If it was cheaper I would buy that, but this was all I could afford and it was a BIG Mistake. I have to constantly babysit this software. Support does not exist. Horrible customer service PY Software!!! In all my efforts very many too many to count I have never gotten a response!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "45% DISCOUNT COUPON found today"

    December 2, 2011  |   By alexbushnirr

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    This program works very good. Very powerful and easy-to-use. It has lots of options and controls. I bought it for half price here:
    http://www.**************.info/active_webcam.htm

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "decent software for the intended use"

    October 2, 2011  |   By joeniIsson

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    Does what it says pretty well; lots of options and controls given

    Cons

    Preview screen a bit laggy when more than 1 camera are "open".

    Summary

    Very solid software as far as I can tell. User interface looked a bit dated but that's minor stylistic point.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Software is good, but I wouldn't expect any support"

    September 29, 2011  |   By boscorocks

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    I have used this for years and this software has become indispensable to me in sending videos to police from my security camera. I pay 8.99 a month for web streaming so I can watch a camera from work or from a cell phone.

    Cons

    Since the software hasn't been updated in 2.5 years I would suspect this company has gone by the wayside and just collects its money. I have never heard back on any emails I have ever sent and I paid a lot of money for the "real" full version.

    Summary

    I have tried every software similar to this one of its kind. I have not found any at all besides this one that has the features and the ability to have streaming without the complicated port forwarding steps.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "great webcam"

    August 28, 2011  |   By rockwepunk

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    great but yeah i cant download

    Cons

    i cant download this coz it cost too much

    Summary

    great..but i can't download it..coz it cost too much ;)..i want a free product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "45% DISCOUNT COUPON found today"

    June 18, 2011  |   By alexdurrak

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    This program works very good. Very powerful and easy-to-use. It has lots of options and controls. I bought it for half price here:
    http://www.********.com/active_webcam.htm

    Cons

    It's a great program!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "does the job, but smells like a scam"

    February 26, 2011  |   By otto.matic

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    nice features, interface is logical, works fine with windows 7

    Cons

    you actually have more features in the freeware version than in the version you pay the $ 29 for. If you want to have all features and no nag screen, you have to bay the pro version. And (ofcourse) all the nice featrues are in the pro version.

    Summary

    don't expect too much. It will do the job, but not more than that. If you think that paying for this software will get you extra's, then you will be dissappointed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unable to test it properly"

    December 5, 2010  |   By filmteknik

    Version: Active WebCam 11.5

    Pros

    Looks like it would do what I need but unable to test due to how fast the nag comes up.

    Cons

    Nag screen came up too fast to be able to properly test this software so I pulled the plug on it.

    Summary

    I am looking for software to replace the dreadful D-Link software that comes with the DCS-900W cameras I use for security at my business. (Terrible cameras but I've used them and the crappy software for years.) Unfortunately I was unable to test this software because the camera would switch to their nag screen so quickly I have no idea if it would be suitable. That's too bad because it seems like it would work but I'm not spending money even just thirty dollars if I am not certain. I have already uninstalled it. Sorry.

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