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Watcher is a software for broadcasting, monitoring
and recording events while you are away from
home. Standalone, it acts as an intelligent
home watcher. It also has an interface with the free
RemoteView software, so that you can use
RemoteView to connect to Watcher and do
remote video surveillance (real time).
Watcher software has two modes of operation,
Mode and Log
Mode, Watcher can do the
captured video/audio into compressed video
- Monitor events and trigger alert
according to your alert
settings, including video logging alerts, email/FTP alerts, etc.
- Listen for connection request
from RemoteView to send real time
streamed video/audio to remote location.
- Broadcast the camera image files
to either remote or local web server.
- SnapShot can be taken at any time.
Note the difference between monitoring and recording. In recording mode, it is a continous recording of video stream until you press stop or Watcher is terminated; while in monitoring mode, video clips (video log files) will only be created whe a motion is detected (other alerts like email/ftp can also be activated).
Note that some of these operations can be used simultaneously, including:
- Recording and Broadcasting
- Monitoring and Broadcasting
- Monitoring and Listening
- SnapShot can be taken even when the above functions are being performed.
The parallel run of these operations means that you can use Watcher to do
almost everything you want. However, it is recommended that you try those
parallel running of operations after you are familiar with Watcher.
In Log Mode, Watcher can manage a list of
video files (created during monitoring or recording), let you play back video logs, or
play back any recorded video clips.
The settings menu
can be found by clicking the button on the
upper left corner of the Watcher windows. All
settings of Watcher can be set there,
- General settings, such as always on top, hidden
mode options, auto start options, audio
settings, internal web server (to be used for broadcasting) and internet
- Video settings, such as video
source and format, time stamping and some
advanced video compression/frame rate
- Recording settings, where you can set whether to prompt for a filename or
to automatically spawn a new video file every 20 minutes (or specified time) upon clicking 'start recording' button.
- Monitoring settings, where you
can set motion sensitivity level and a
complete list of alert functions, such as
video logging, ftp alert, email alert, phone alert and
- Listening settings, where you
can set how you want to listen to
connection request to RemoteView for real
time video streaming.
- Broadcasting settings, where you
can select either to broadcast to remote
FTP server or local web server and other
settings such as frequency, authentication
To use Watcher for multi-cam
solutions, please click here.
To schedule Watcher, please click
To run Watcher as an NT service, click on
"Run as NT Service" from Watcher's system menu. You can also directly
find the link to the NT Service settings dialog from Watcher's program group.
Typically, an NT service acts as a console application. An NT Service can be
started without the user having to login to the computer and it won't die after
the user logs off. It also doesn't matter which account the user uses to log in.
The dialog for setting Watcher as an NT Service is quite straightforward. A lot
of hint texts are provided, please read through them as you use them. Here are a
few additional notes:
- Only WinNT/2000/XP users with administrator rights can
install/remove/run/stop Watcher NT service.
- By default, when started as NT service, Watcher is running under the
"local system" account. However, "local system" cannot
access resources including, the current user's registry settings, or mapped
network drive or any other resource on the LAN. You can change the account
used by Watcher manually, on Windows 2000, use the "Adminstrative
Tools" menu, select "Services" and then double click service
named as "DW ...", from the displayed list to change the logon
information (domain name, user name and password). On Windows NT 4.0, use
the Control Panel, select/open the Services icon, then double click "DW
..." from the displayed list to change the logon information.
- You need to go to Watcher's auto-start settings to enable Watcher to
auto-start recording/monitoring/listening/broadcasting when Watcher is
started as NT service. Otherwise, there is no point of run Watcher as NT
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