Add or Edit a Webcam
An USB camera, commonly referred to as a Webcam, is a video camera that you can connect to your computer via a USB port. Many computers and almost all laptops have a built-in webcam.
Before starting to work with your webcams, you need to make sure that all USB Cameras are connected and installed correctly on your PC. It is always a good idea to use the newest device drivers to get the best performance and image out of your Webcams.
To view a Webcam with Security Monitor Pro, you must first add the camera and specify its settings. To add a Webcam, click Camera >> Add Camera and select the Webcam type.
Once a Webcam is attached to system and its drivers are installed, the device will appear in the Camera Model drop-down. In the Webcam Settings, the first available Webcam from the Camera Model drop-down will be selected. When a Webcam is selected, the application will automatically start connecting to your Webcam. If the camera is not listed, make sure that it is plugged in and the latest drivers are installed.
You have the option to choose the Frame rate according to your CPU speed. You can optionally name the camera in the Display name text box. By default, the Video device name will be used as the display name for the camera.
Note: When you attach multiple Webcams to the same USB hub, you may not be able to preview both Webcams simultaneously. When the first Webcam starts previewing video, it reserves as much bandwidth as possible which is no longer available to other USB Cameras. To work around this issue, connect your other Webcam to a different USB hub or USB port.
To change camera properties like brightness, contrast, flicker, backlight compensation and many other properties, click Camera Properties.
Security Monitor Pro allows you to change the Webcam's Video Properties such as video dimension, frame rate and image compression. These video properties are driver dependent.
Use the Rotate preview by option to adjust your camera preview by rotating it through a specified angle. The previewed video, and all recorded videos and photos, will be rotated by specified angle. You can rotate your camera preview by 1° to 359°.
Use the Resize video to fit in window option when you want camera image to fit in preview window. The camera image will be resized and adjusted according to the camera preview window.
Capturing audio from the Webcam
Most webcams have built in microphones. Security Monitor Pro allows you to capture audio from your webcams. The audio input devices for your webcams and any other input devices attached to your computer will be listed in audio device drop down.
When you select a webcam with a built in microphone, its audio device is selected by default. If the camera doesn’t have a microphone, then you can select another device from the audio drop down. You can configure audio device properties using Audio device settings icon. Use the volume control slider to control the audio level for the selected device.