Using in-camera motion detection?

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  1. Deke

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    I am currently using iSpy with a USB webcam for a simple setup watching my office and it seems to work pretty well. I notice that iSpy is getting a constant image and recording whenever it detects motion.

    I'm planning to expand my system with 4-5 new cameras and I have a question about motion detection. A lot of cameras seem to offer motion detection as a feature. Is this done in the camera?

    How I would like it to work is: The camera detects motion, and only sends video when there is motion. This way my computer isn't burdened with constant image processing for motion detection, and my wifi spectrum isn't polluted with 4-5 1080P video streams 24/7--I imagine the cameras should only transmit video when they detect motion.

    Is this a possible setup with iSpy? Or if not, is there a better way to accomplish this?

    I really like iSpy's interface and I especially like working from a computer rather than a proprietary NVR.

    Thanks!
     
  2. fenderman

    fenderman Staff Member

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    No, the camera constantly sends images to ispy..there is no way around it...you should not be using wifi for surveillance cameras....there are much better alternatives to ispy (which charges a monthly fee for alerts and remote access), like milestone (free for 8 cameras) and blue iris (70),,,
     
  3. Deke

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    Thanks for the response. So I see that a lot of cameras advertise motion detection as a feature. If they don't use that to start/stop transmitting video, what does that feature actually do? It seems like it would be very useful for a wifi setup, so that overall bandwidth and CPU usage is reduced.

    So far I like what I see with iSpy. It can be configured to easily run a script on my computer for an alert. All of the "pay" features seem unnecessary to me since it is open source and integrates with a regular computer.
     
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    They trigger an NVR or vms to record...it will not work the way you want...you will also miss footage with wifi..
    ispy is garbage...if you want free go with milestone...blue iris is very feature rich and only 70...
    So I guess you dont view your recordings remotely or want alerts...
     
  5. Deke

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    So the in-camera detection signals to an NVR to record, but it's not capable of only sending video during an event triggered by motion?

    I think your approach might be very different from mine. I have a robust 802.11AC wifi network with almost a gigabit of available bandwidth, and little nearby interference. From the computer's perspective, it's the same as wired Ethernet.

    iSpy records my videos to a computer hard drive. Once they are on a computer hard drive, they can be auto-uploaded to the cloud; streamed from my smartphone; copied to another networked device; or I can remote into the computer from any other device and view them there. I'm not interested in a proprietary remote viewing system that limits my options.

    And iSpy handles alerts just fine. It will run a batch file on the host computer which means it can do literally anything. It can email me. Call me. Tweet at me. Sound an alarm. Literally anything my computer can do.

    I'm certainly willing to explore other options, but at the moment I'm failing to see what iSpy is lacking.
     
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    for the 3rd time, YES.
    And for the third time, i dont care how great your network is it will fail. Add a local sd card for when this happens...
    Uploading to the cloud is another silly idea that hogs bandwidth and presents no benefit...
    "a proprietary remote viewing system" as you call it is the basis of any good VMS, it allows for EASY remote viewing...your solution is clumsy at best.
    You dont see what its lacking because you have not tried anything better...but seems like you dont really care for advice...so for the last time THE CAMERAS CANNOT DO WHAT YOU WANT!!