Camera Viewer turns your PC into a CCTV video surveillance system. Aimed at the home and small business user, the system allows the capture, storage and playback of images from multiple USB Web cams, or Axis, VStarcam, Foscam and Panasonic IP cameras in JPEG and MJPEG modes. The software incorporates advanced features, such as a drag and drop user interface, graphical scheduler, motion detection with notification via e-mail, remote viewing of images over the Internet, uploading images with FTP, as well as storing video clips for playback in AVI format with media players.
Actually works without crashing (major + in this category)
Easy to install and set up; can in fact be removed (see manufacturer reply to last comment)
Motion detection doesn't work, even when overridden. Always continuous records. Try holding mouse down ahead of seeker to review it all faster. No online functions; you must sync it yourself. Saturday often overwrites Friday. Delete your files often.
(Cons continued) Also beware that if you "copy schedule," your radio button settings won't carry over. Do that manually. The files are a weird XML/JPEG hybrid of picture and video I have not seen before. Luckily they have a viewer I mentioned above.
Also, if you start up the program with a camera disconnected, you'll lose all your customized settings for that camera. Make sure you don't do that.
All in all, if you can combine this with a form of Online file sync, maybe with FTP, you can make a reliable yet cumbersome security system for your home. I haven't seen it crash, but it has overwritten some files near the weekend, so if you don't delete files daily, you can lose a little peace of mind. Many of the other "free" options are in fact worse, often are not free and may not function at all, so at the time this is the software I am using.
Thank you for your review of Camera Viewer, I appreciate your feedback both the pros and the cons.
Regarding the overwriting of files, Camera Viewer by default stores the video files for 7 days before deleting them. This can be extended to up to 100 days by opening the "Recording Details" dialog and selecting the number of days next to "Store recording for:" heading. Should you need to keep permanent copy, it can be stored as an AVI file for playback on a media player in the "Playback Details" dialog.
The motion detection should be working. Ensure that the "Enable Motion Detection Recording" check box is ticked. In the scheduler, select the tab for the current day, then the "Motion Detection Recording" radio button. Click on 00.00 with the left hand mouse button and drag it to 24.00 and release. A red bar should appear. Click OK to close the dialog. Motion detection should activate.
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Camera Viewer Pro is installed using Microsoft's new ClickOnce deployment. Unlike the classic Windows Installer that places programs in the "C:\Program Files" directory, instead ClickOnce places the application in the application cache, in the C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Apps\..." directory. This is because ClickOnce apps are run on a per user, rather than a per machine basis.
Camera Viewer Pro is uninstalled in the same way as any other program. Go to the green "start" menu in the bottom right-hand corner. Select Settings -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs. Select Camera Viewer Pro from the list of programs and click on the "Change/Remove" button.