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Active WebCam 6.5 - User Guide and FAQ

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Network Cameras

Network cameras are devices in local network or in Internet that are answer with JPEG image by HTTP request.

Select Network Camera from the Video Devices drop-down list. The Camera Interface dialog box appears. Select the network camera type from the Camera Model drop-down list. If your camera is not presented in this list, select Unknown. In the IP Address box type the network address of your network camera. Don't place the protocol prefix (like http://) in the IP address box, just four digits of IP address delimited by dots, like: If your network camera has dynamic IP address, you can find the camera address in the DHCP table of your network router.

For Network cameras there are two control buttons - Camera Interface and Control Camera. The Camera Interface button allows select the camera model and set up command strings, which are used for image requests. The Control Camera button shows dialog box with controls that are enabled for the particular model of network camera.

Remote Cameras

Remote camera is another Active WebCam program with enabled Remote Access launched on remote computer. Both programs use UDP protocol to communicate each other. If connection with Remote camera goes through firewall, make sure that the IP address of your computer, local and remote ports are opened on the firewall, and the UDP protocol is enabled.

To connect to Remote Camera
In the Device tab click to select Remote Camera.

Specify the computer address in the IP address box. Don't place the protocol prefix (like http://) in the address, just four digits of IP address delimited by dots, like: You can find out the remote computer IP address by clicking Get Computer IP Address from the Tools menu on the remote computer.

Type port, which is opened on remote computer for remote access in the Remote Port box. This value is specified in the Port box in the Broadcasting | Remote Access properties on the remote computer.

Specify port, which will be used to receive data from remote camera, in the Local Port box. If your network uses firewall, make sure that Local Port and computer's IP address are opened in the firewall. Use the Check the Port Availability button to make sure that this port is not used by another program.

If the remote computer requires authorization, enter user name and password in the appropriate boxes. The authorization could be set in the Broadcasting tab in the Camera Settings window in the Remote Access Additional Settings window on the remote computer.

If the Remember Password check box is checked, the user name and password will be saved among the session parameters.

Frequently Asked Questions - Active WebCam

  1. Why the WebCam screen is black?
    Make sure that your camera is turned on and properly connected. Also, try running other video applications to see if it is a problem with the camera. If so, contact the technical support of your camera vendor.

  2. WebCam screen is black but program, which came with camera, works. What is wrong?
    Check to ensure that your camera is Video for Windows? compliant.

  3. How can I make video screen brighter?
    Click Camera Settings from the Options menu. In the Camera Settings dialog box, change the brightness by clicking the Source button. For capture devices that do not provide a Video Source dialog box, the setting is probably in the Video Format dialog box.

  4. How do I upload captured images?
    If you select Publishing Method - FTP upload, the program automatically connects to your FTP server and uploads captured images.

  5. What does the Motion Sensitivity control do?
    This control determines what level of movement is required to trigger a motion action performing. The large value of sensitivity causes that the smaller changes in the image can start a motion action. Lover values decrease sensitivity, which result in more or larger changes without motion action performing.

  6. Does the program needs a fixed connection?
    No. Active WebCam can use dial-up networking to automatically connect only when needed.

  7. Visitors of my Web page can only see 1-2 frames per minute. What the reason?
    Probably this is because of the narrow bandwidth of your or the visitor's network connection. Try to reduce the Image Quality and Publishing Frame Rate in the Internet Settings dialog box.

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