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Motion Detection Software

Link to this post 16 May 09

Hi Forum,
I'd like to get started with some sort of motion detection software, i need to save images (still frames) or videos from a common webcam when something changes. I even need to shape the area I need di capture cause in some areas there are noises or non interesting things (car traffic and so on). I need it for a private remote camera control for surveillance. Any hints ? is there someone having experience on it ?


Link to this post 16 May 09

I've been using Motion for our security cameras at work as well as some ones I have at home. The software is very configurable and can be found here: I have it setup so that when motion gets detected on one of my cameras at home, it sends a text message to my phone with the image of what caused the motion, and it works really well for my needs.

Link to this post 16 May 09

Oops, forgot to login, so that's my post above. One other thing I wanted to mention was that Motion may already be included in your distro's repository. I know Motion is included in the RPM Fusion repo, so I just used the yum install motion command to install it, instead of downloading the source and compiling that. You can install the RPM Fusion repository for Fedora 8, 9 or 10 with this command as root, if need be:
rpm -Uvh
rpm -Uvh

Also, motion does allow you to create a mask to prevent areas with high motion from triggering motion events. There are instructions for this on the site here:

Link to this post 16 May 09

Woah, That's what I was looking for !
Indeed that's exactly what I'm trying to do, I was pretty sure someone else already did it. And thanks again for your reply
It seems to be the quickest and complete reply I've ever seen ;-)

I think I'll use these forums heavily from now


Link to this post 16 May 09

thanks for the question , your question helped me learning about new things.

Link to this post 18 May 09

thanks for the question and the answer, i am really excited to do this at my home. to see what happening when im here at office ^__^

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