How to Set Up a Surveillance IP Camera With Webcam

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Webcam video capture devices are most often used for video chatting and simple video recording, but they can also be used as surveillance IP cameras if you need to monitor a specific area. As the webcam records the surveillance video, it saves the video to your computer's hard drive, meaning that you must have a large amount of storage space for saving the surveillance footage. If you want to set up your webcam as a surveillance IP camera device, you can do so through the Windows Live Movie Maker program that comes with every Windows computer.

  • Connect the webcam to the computer via the USB connection cable that came with the device. Windows comes with a number of webcam drivers preinstalled, so most webcams will work without having to download any additional drivers. If your webcam does not work with the Windows default drivers, open a Web browser, navigate to the manufacturer's website and download the drivers for the webcam.

  • Click the "Start" button in the computer's taskbar and move your mouse cursor over the "Programs" option. Select "Windows Live Movie Maker" from the list of available programs to launch the program.

  • Click the "File" tab and select the "Options" option. Select the "Webcam" option from the Options menu.

  • Click the "Home" tab, followed by the "Webcam Video" option. The Windows Live Movie Maker window will now display the webcam input.

  • Position the webcam so that it is pointed in the direction of the area that you want to monitor.

  • Click the "Record" button to begin recording. You can leave the webcam recording for as long as you like, but the video file will increase in size as long as the webcam is recording.

  • Click the "Stop" button when the surveillance recording is finished. Click the "Save" button when prompted to save the file.

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