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Dropcam: Any way to record the video stream without paying for subscription?

Brian1 6,233 1,370 October 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Is there any way to record the live video stream from a Dropcam to a hard drive, phone, cloud service, or other means without paying Dropcam's monthly subscription charge?

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if you can see it on your screen you can probably use cam studio to record it
http://camstudio.org/

not sure of the quality
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Is there any way to record the live video stream from a Dropcam to a hard drive, phone, cloud service, or other means without paying Dropcam's monthly subscription charge?
Not in an efficient manor, its not designed to stream to devices like other ip cameras. komondor suggestion would work if you had something specific you wanted to record. You are way better off spending your money on one of these http://www.axis.com/files/datashe...304_lo.pdf
or something from av-tech which has a great push notification app http://www.avtech.com.tw/. their website is down right now. Here is an idea of what they have http://www.cctvgold.com/Av-Tech_b...6-0-1.html
either product could be recorded to a pc or NVR.
Dropcams monthly fee is for the non-techies....
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Not in an efficient manor, its not designed to stream to devices like other ip cameras. komondor suggestion would work if you had something specific you wanted to record. You are way better off spending your money on one of these http://www.axis.com/files/datashe...304_lo.pdf
or something from av-tech which has a great push notification app http://www.avtech.com.tw/. their website is down right now. Here is an idea of what they have http://www.cctvgold.com/Av-Tech_b...6-0-1.html
either product could be recorded to a pc or NVR.
Dropcams monthly fee is for the non-techies....
Thanks. I'll look into those options.
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It may be somewhat inelegant from a cost perspective to setup new, but if you have a spare\older laptop lying around and do not mind leaving it on all the time and have a home network, you can use a number of PC software products like iSpy (free) and write the video to a NAS or send to an ftp site.
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I used a program called Debut to record my desktop when I made educational videos, but the quality was low and if you want it to be high res, you'd have to get the paid version and also have a good powerful computer to do it, as these programs are bloody heavy.
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Thanks. I'll look into those options.
if you decide to record to pc, blue iris is a great option.
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if you decide to record to pc, blue iris is a great option.
Got it. Thank you.
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