Who uses your Mac when you’re not in front of the keyboard?
Who’s walking through your house when you’re not at home? What is the babysitter really doing with your children or boyfriend when you’re out to dinner? Answers to these and other questions about fun with web cams on a Mac are straight ahead.
Security Cam? Spy Cam? Fun Cam?
There’s something intriguing about the Mac’s built-in iSight-cum-FaceTime camera. Maybe it’s the fear and loathing of seeing your own image on the Mac screen.
Maybe it’s the self-admiration and love of seeing your own image on the Mac screen.
Or, maybe– just maybe– it’s all the cool things you can do with the Mac’s camera if only there were an app that would let you record video of what’s going on when you’re not around.
There’s an app for that. It’s called EvoCam. It uses your Mac’s built-in camera to capture photos and videos, stream video over the web or network, create time-lapse movies or photos.
Or, use it as a motion sensor security system. That alone opens up all kinds of fun opportunities.
Point. Click. Spy!
What EvoCam does is turn your Mac (or a Mac with an attached video camera) into a security device. It’s a bit complex to set up but EvoCam is remarkably powerful considering the nominal price tag.
Controls are no really self explanatory, but once you set it up EvoCam is mostly forget it. It features a built-in web server so your Mac can be used as a live web cam (HTTP live streaming using HTML5, no less).
EvoCam can ask for a username and password to view the live video stream. It also records video and saves the clips to your Mac. Actions are set up to capture video according to parameters you determine.
For example, set EvoCam to record when it senses motion (movement in front of the camera) or when the mic picks up sound, or x-number of minutes/hours/days.
It can save a time stamped image, email an image, record a video, and a bunch of other actions, all set to run when specific conditions occur in front of the camera.
The video recording or camera snap shot can be automatically time stamped, and you can add captions to each frame. Even the size of the video or photo can adjusted. Photos and videos can be uploaded to a remote server via FTP, or you can view the live stream while online (even using iPhone).
The latest version handles many cameras other than your Mac’s iSight FaceTime, including cameras with controls for pan, tilt, and zoom.
EvoCam is an inexpensive way to become your own Big Brother.