Most of the Web cams comes with the software which may or may not fulfil all your requirements like video streaming, password protection, motion detection etc. There are lot of web cam software available over web which claim to turn your web cam into security system with cheap prices but most of them are time trial or buggy or just useless.
So today we are going to tell you about a freeware named YAWCAM which is a complete package for all your web cam needs. YAWCAM stands for “Yet Another Webcam software” and it is written in Java. The basic idea behind development of this tool is not only to keep it simple and easy to use but also to integrate it with several new and innovative features such that it become a complete package for everyone’s needs.
When you run this tool, you will see 2 windows one showing the preview of your cam and others is this tool’s main window. This tool will automatically detect your web cam and from its main window you can customize the settings according to your usage. Control Panel and Console are the option given at main window. In control panel by default all options like File, Ftp, Http, Stream and motion are enabled. You may disable any if you don’t require it.
From console you can see the detailed log of this tool. To use this tool, go to Window and there you will see various options like preview, capture, Motion Detection, Console and Viewers.
Click on Preview mode if you only want to see preview with you cam. Capture mode will help you to take images. This mode will even allow you to take snapshots after every fixed interval and then save those snapshots in particular location of you system. You can even configure this tool to automatically upload your captured snapshots to your FTP server every 5 seconds.
Motion Detection is usually poorly coded in most web cam software. But I assure you, you will love the quality of this tool’s Motion Sensor. From Console as I have already told, you can see the detailed log of this tool’s history. And Viewers option will allow you to see live Stream Viewers. It will show the number of viewers and their respective details. You can even block a viewer or add them to ban list.
To configure this tool, go to settings and then click on edit settings. There you will find large options which you are required to fill according to type of your usage.
Hence you can customize all the settings and then enable motion detection simultaneously with capturing images and then save them to your hard drive, upload them to FTP server, email you to alert you and simultaneously play an audio clip and even much more. The complete list of features which you can perform using this tool are as follows.
- Video streaming
- Image snapshots
- Built-in web server
- Motion detection
- Text and image overlays
- Password protection
- Online announcements for communities
- Scheduler for online time
- Multi – language
The size of YAWCAM is 4 Mb and still it will not take much time to get installed and as usual it will create a desktop shortcut which can be used to access this freeware. This tool requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 or later, DirectX 9 or later, Windows Media Player 9 or newer and is compatible with all the versions of Windows and have been tested successfully on Windows 7 Ultimate-32 bit edition.