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Need webcam software to capture image and post to website

  1. #1


    Posts : 132
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC

    Need webcam software to capture image and post to website


    Many years ago I had a webcam and bought software that allowed me to automatically capture an image every so often and upload it to a website. Now I have Microsoft Studio webcam and it does not come with any software that I can set up to automatically capture images and upload them to the website.

    I know there is software out there that can do this and I have been searching the Internet to find it. So far I have had to restore my system three times. It seems that the software I find comes with a bunch of crap software that even if you tell it NOT to install, the crap software gets installed too. I figure that any software that comes with crap is crap by association; I don't even bother looking at the webcam software, I go straight to restore and get rid of everything.

    I am hoping that someone here can provide me with a link to good webcam software. I might even consider buying another webcam if it came with the software.

    Ak

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  2. #2


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    You can use reputable software like virtualdub (Welcome to virtualdub.org! - virtualdub.org), vlc (https://www.videolan.org/vlc/) or even ffmpeg (FFmpeg) to capture snapshots from your webcam. This can be done via command line.

    For VLC, the command line should look like :
    Code:
    vlc --dshow-vdev="Monitor Webcam" --dshow-size=640x480 -V dummy --intf=dummy --dummy-quiet --video-filter=scene --no-audio --scene-path=D:\temp --scene-format=jpeg --scene-prefix=snap --scene-replace --run-time=1 --scene-ratio=24 "dshow://" vlc://quit
    This captures 1 second and saves it as jpg images on D:\temp
    More help on command line options : http://wiki.videolan.org/VLC_command-line_help

    For Virtualdub (much easier) :
    Code:
    vdub /capture /capdevice Monitor Webcam /capfile D:\temp\video.avi /capstart 2s /x
    Same as above but saves it as an avi video file.

    For ffpmeg :
    Code:
    ffmpeg -f dshow -i video="Monitor Webcam" -c copy raw.avi \-c:v libx264 -preset veryfast -t 1 -crf 25 D:\temp\video.mp4
    This saves as a mp4 video file (h264 format)
    Code:
    ffmpeg -f dshow -i video="Monitor Webcam" -t 1 r 25 D:\temp\image%d.jpg
    This saves as jpeg images.
    More info here : http://sonnati.wordpress.com/2011/08...ing--part-ii/

    Replace Monitor Webcam with the correct name for your webcam as seen by direct show. This can be done via ffmpeg too :
    Code:
    ffmpeg -list_devices true -f dshow -i dummy
    To upload (via ftp, I assume but you didn't say), you can also do it from the command line : How to automate FTP uploads from the Windows Command Line

    Finally you can merge both of these solutions in a .bat file that you run in task scheduler at whatever interval you want.
    Last edited by oneeyed; 30 Dec 2013 at 01:55.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 132
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC


    I will try your suggestions very soon and let you know how it goes.

    Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

    Ak
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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