If you've been thinking about setting up a web surveillance camera but were put off by the expense or hassle, Vitamin D makes it easy to turn your web or networked camera into an easy-to-use monitoring tool.
One of the downsides to many camera monitoring applications available in the same price range as Vitamin D — free! — is that their detection algorithms are too primitive and overly sensitive. You don't need a notification image sent to your mobile phone every time the wind blows or a squirrel runs across your front lawn.
Vitamin D allows you to specify the size of objects that will trigger events and set up detection windows to only monitor activity in specified areas of the video frame. Using a simple wizard-style selection process, you can give a set of instructions to Vitamin D, like wanting a door to be monitored for people leaving, or a parking lot to be monitored for vehicles arriving. Check out the demonstration video below for a closer look:
Vitamin D supports email and mobile phone notifications and has a "highlights reel" function to allow you to quickly review the activity triggers from the day. Vitamin D is free and available for Windows and Mac operating systems. Have a favourite tool for monitoring activity with your web cam? Let's hear about it in the comments.