Getting Started | Motion Detection | Troubleshooting
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One of the main features of iCam is the ability for the iCamSource to send Push Notifications to your iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad) or Android device as well as record Motion Events to your computer whenever motion is detected.
iCam's Motion Detection capabilities have been featured on both CNN
and Good Morning America
You can configure the iCamSource to Send Push Notifications
and/or Record Motion Events
whenever motion is detected. You can also adjust the sensitivity
of the motion detection settings so as to reduce "false-positives" while still detecting motion when appropriate.
Those Motion Detection Settings can also be adjusted remotely via iCam:
Here is a quick overview of what to expect with Push Notifications in iCam:
- A Push Notification looks like an SMS message or Calendar alert on your iOS or Android device.
- You will only receive Push Notifications when iCam is not running on your iOS or Android device.
- The maximum number of notifications you will see from a specific camera is one every minute. (In other words, if a camera is constantly detecting motion, you will only be notified at most once a minute.)
Here is a video demonstration
of the Motion Detection Settings and Push Notifications from an earlier version of iCam.
Motion Events are saved to the iCamSource computer's Motion Events Folder
whenever motion is detected. You can View
the Motion Events Folder by clicking the appropriate button on the iCamSource. The Motion Events Folder Limit
can be adjusted to use as little or as much of your computer's hard drive space as you specify. Once the limit is reached, old Motion Events are deleted to make room for new ones.
Motion Events can be browsed through and played back remotely from within iCam. Individual images from a Motion Event can be saved to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad's Photos Camera Roll to be e-mailed, sent via MMS, or simply saved for later viewing. Using iCam, users can delete individual images, entire Motion Events, or even All Motion Events associated with a single camera.
Here is a video demonstration
of the Motion Events features and interface from an earlier version of iCam.
Many iCam users also take advantage of the free DropBox
service to automatically backup their Motion Events Folder to the Internet as Motion Events are recorded in case the iCamSource computer is stolen.
Motion Event Image Thumbnails
button when viewing a Motion Event in iCam will present the Motion Event as a collection of thumbnail images. Tapping one of the thumbnail images will display that Motion Event Image in the full Motion Event Image view.
Global Motion Detection Settings
icon from the iCam thumbnail view will display the Global Motion Detection Settings
that allow you to turn the Sending of Push Notifications and Recording of Motion Events ON or OFF for all cameras with the tap of a single button.
Impact on CPU Usage
The Motion Detection processing does increase the overall CPU usage of the iCamSource, and on some older or slower systems the iCamSource does not run properly when using the default Motion Detection settings. To decrease the overall CPU usage of the iCamSource you can either adjust the Perform Motion Detection
slider down towards Less Often
or uncheck the Enable Motion Detection
checkbox to disable it completely.
Motion Detection Zones
In addition to adjusting the sensitivity of the motion detection settings you can also enable Detection Zones
to selectively monitor or ignore specific sections of your camera's view to further reduce "false-positive" detections.
If your camera's view includes an oscillating fan or trees swaying in the breeze you can specify that those movements be ignored by the motion detection processing by clicking on the appropriate detection zone to disable them.
Advanced Motion Detection Settings
The iCamSource also contains the Notification Threshold
and Event Image Minimum
settings that are revealed when the Send Notifications
and Record Motion
options are enabled, respectively.
One of the most user-requested features was the ability to specify a minimum number of motion detections required before a notification was sent. A flying bird or insect can easily trigger a single motion detection, causing notifications to be sent more frequently than needed. A person or animal that walks into the camera's view, however, will generate a steady stream of contiguous motion detections.
The Notification Threshold
value represents the minimum number of contiguous detections required before a notification is sent. The default value (1) will effectively disable this advanced setting.
Event Image Minimum
Another one of the most user-requested features was the ability to assign a minimum threshold for the number of images required for a stored Motion Event. Depending on what type of scene a camera is viewing, iCamSources can end up accumulating large numbers of 1- and 2-image Motion Events which are of little use and are ultimately deleted by the user.
The Event Image Minimum
value represents the minimum required number of images that must be contained in a Motion Event for it to be retained during the periodic trimming process that occurs approximately every 5 minutes. The default value (1) will effectively disable this advanced setting.
tab of the iCamSource allows you to schedule the Send Push Notification
and Record Motion Events
Motion Detection checkbox states at specific days and times for each camera.
The Schedule entries can best be thought of like this:
"On this day (or these days), at this time, make sure that the Send Push Notifications and Record Motion Events checkboxes are checked (or unchecked)"
So, for example, if you wanted a camera to always Record Motion Events but only Send Push Notifications every weekday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm you would create the two entries shown above.
You can still manually change the states of the Send Push Notifications and Record Motion Events checkboxes at any time. The iCamSource will simply change them to whatever state is specified by the schedule entry when the time comes due.