You can use Active WebCam to record a stream of full-motion video and audio from your video and audio sources. The program has the following recording features: Live Recording, Archive Recording, and ability to create Archive of Snapshots.
 
With Live Recording the program records video and audio constantly in a temporary file that allows you pause, fast-forward, and rewind live video from camera at any time.
 
The Archive Recording is performed when user clicks the Record button. The video and audio content is streamed into a file on your hard disk.
 
Archive of Snapshots is a sequence of still images captured with a predefined time interval.
 

Recording Video Clip
 
To record a video clip, click Record a Video from the Tools menu.
 
To stop recording, click Record a Video again.
 
To see the list of recorded files, click Gallery from the View menu.
 
To play recorded file double click on it in the Gallery panel.
 
Customizing Recording
 
To customize video recording, click Recording Settings from the Settings menu.
 
Recording Frame-Rate
Use the Frame-Rate box to set the number of frames per second for the video record. The Frame-Rate value can be set from 1 to 30. How much you adjust this value should depend on the speed of computer’s processor and the type of video (high movement versus low movement) the computer is encoding. More frames used per second means that there are smaller changes between frames, which equates to smoother-looking video. The lower the number of frames per second means that there are fewer frames per second to display action, which equates to less smooth or even jerky video. The more frames per second that your computer has to encode, the harder the processor has to work.
 
Maximum file size
Set maximum size of single video clip.
 
Minimum disk space
Specify minimum disk space when Active WebCam starts to delete oldest video clips before record new one.
 
Live Recording
The Live Recording means that the program records video and audio constantly in a temporary file. This process takes some CPU usage, but at any moment you can rewind and playback recorded content. The maximum duration of live content is controlled by the Max. File Size value.
 
Click to select the Enable Live Recording check box to switch on the live recording.
 
Specify temporary file name in the Live File box.
 
The file with live recording can be encrypted to prevent its misusing. Select the encryption type from the Encrypt Live File list.
 
 
Archive Recording
The Archive Recording is performed when user clicks the Record button, or if a motion has been detected, or if the recording was scheduled at certain time. The video and audio content is streamed into a file on the computer's hard disk.
 
Active WebCam saves the recorded clips in a predefined folder. You can change this folder in the Folder for Archives box.
 
Also you can define how to name the video files in the File Name box. File name may include parameters like time: {hh:nn}, camera number: {CAMERA}, or index: {COUNTER} enclosed in the braces {}. See more info about parameters in the time formatting macros topic.
 
Format of Archive files
Select a video format, which will be used to record and playback video files.
 
AWLive (Own Video Format) is used in the Active WebCam program only. These video files can be played only on computers where Active WebCam is installed. In opposite of using standard video formats like AVI and MPEG, this video format provides encryption and password protection that all video and audio information in a password protected file is scrambled and the file can be played with a valid password only. Click the Additional Settings button to change these options.
 
AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave and it is defined by Microsoft®. The most common AVI problem: if viewer's computer doesn't have a codec to decode AVI file, it pops up an error message and doesn't show video. You can use the AVI format if you are sure that the viewer's computer has the appropriate codec to decode the AVI file. Click the Additional Settings button to change the AVI codec and its options. During playback, the video quality depends on the selected video codec and its quality setting.  Experiment with each video codec and quality setting to obtain a satisfactory recording. The trade off of having better quality is bigger video file size.
 
MPEG is an ISO/IEC standard being developed by MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group), for compressing sound and movie files into for downloading across the Internet. All modern Internet browsers support the MPEG format.
The MPEG format recording is available in the DELUXE version only.
 
Recording Sound with Video
If the Record Sound check-box is selected, the recorded video file will contain audio as well as recorded video. This greatly increases the file size.
 
Continue recording when maximum file size or minimum disk space exceeds.
When the Record button is pressed and the maximum file size or minimum disk space exceeds the program closes video file and stops the recording. If you want the program to continue recording, click to select the Create new file and continue recording when max. file size or min. disk space exceeds check box. In this case the program closes video file but creates new one and doesn't stop the recording.
 
Uploading Recorded Video to FTP server
Click to select the FTP Upload Archives check box to cause the program to upload recorded video files to FTP server right after its creation.
 
Click to select the Rename uploaded file to box and specify a file name, if you want the program to rename the uploaded file on FTP server. This option can be useful if you want to place a link to last recorded video file on your web page.
This option is available in the DELUXE version only.
 
How to add Recorded Video to Web Page
Open your page in Notepad add the following code to HTML text:
 
<OBJECT ID="MMPlayer1" WIDTH=pixels HEIGHT=pixels
  classid="CLSID:22d6f312-b0f6-11d0-94ab-0080c74c7e95"
CODEBASE="http://activex.microsoft.com/activex/controls/mplayer/en/nsmp2inf.cab#Version=5,1,52,701"
standby="Loading Microsoft Windows Media Player components..." type="application/x-oleobject">
<PARAM NAME="FileName" VALUE="http://www.mysite.com/WebCamVideo.mpeg">
<PARAM NAME="ShowControls" VALUE="1">
<PARAM NAME="ShowStatusBar" VALUE="1">
<PARAM NAME="ShowDisplay" VALUE="0">
<PARAM NAME="DefaultFrame" VALUE="Slide">
<PARAM NAME="Autostart" VALUE="1">
<embed type="application/x-mplayer2"
pluginspage="http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/MediaPlayer/download/default.asp"
  src="http://www.mysite.com/WebCamVideo.mpeg"
  Name=MMPlayer1 Autostart=1 ShowControls=1
  ShowDisplay=0 ShowStatusBar=1 DefaultFrame="Slide"
  width=pixels height=pixels>
</embed>
</OBJECT>
 
Modify the FileName and src parameters with full URL to video file.
 
Change the Width and Height parameters according to image size.
 
How to add recorded video to Web page using the Actual Drawing program
 
In the Actual Drawing program:To record a video clip
Click Record Video Clip from the Tools menu
 
To stop the video clip recording
Click Record Video Clip from the Tools menu again.
 
Archive of Snapshots
 
If you want the program to create archive of captured images, click to select the Create Archive of Snapshots check box.
 
Click the Archive of Snapshots Settings button to change the following parameters:
 
File Name - the program saves incrementally named JPEG images under the file name specified in this box. Use the {COUNTER} tag in the file name as a place-holder for the counter value.
 
If you specify full path in the File Name box, snapshots are saved under this file name, otherwise they are saved in the Gallery folder.
 
Frame Rate - use this box to set the how many snapshots created per second, per minute, or per hour.
 
Click to select the Reset counter to the Start Index when the snapshots creation starts box if you want the counter to be set to the start value every time when new snapshots sequence begins.
 
The Upload Snapshots check box causes the program to upload snapshots to the FTP server. Click the FTP Settings button to set up FTP parameters. More info about FTP parameters.

Click to select the When the snapshots creation starts, make new sub-folder: if you want the program to create new sub-folder on the FTP server every time when new snapshots sequence begins. The folder name may include parameters like time: {hh:nn}, camera number: {CAMERA}, or current motion value: {MOTION} enclosed in the braces {}. See more info about parameters in the time formatting macros topic.
 
Archived images can change size of snapshots in order to use them as thumbnails. Click to select the Resize Snapshots check box and enter the thumbnail width and height in appropriate boxes.

This option is available in the PRO version only.
 
 
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