AutoWebCam is a software application which can be used for surveillance, as it enables you to take pictures with your webcam using custom parameters.
Hassle-free setup and clean interface
The installation process you are required to go through is over in a jiffy and does not come with any unpleasant surprises, while the interface you are met with presents a minimal and clear-cut build. It only consists of a few buttons and a pane in which to view the webcam feed.
Although Help contents are not integrated, it becomes quite clear that all types of users can find their way around it, including those with little or no previous experience with computers.
Tweak parameters and set up surveillance
First and foremost, you should know it is possible to configure some settings regarding your webcam. You can adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, sharpness and gamma levels, as well as control the exposure rate and the white balance.
It is possible to take a custom number of pictures with a gap of a user-input period (expressed in seconds), as well as take a single photo by simply clicking the button. In addition to that, you should know you can schedule jobs, record a custom amount of frames, preview taken images in a new window, as well as open the file location using Windows File Explorer.
Conclusion and performance
The CPU and memory usage is low at all times, meaning that it does not put a strain on the computer’s performance and you can run it alongside other tools, be they demanding or not, without experiencing problems. The response time is good and the interface, although not very appealing, is intuitive. Nevertheless you should know that it sometimes crashes, and it has not received any updates in quite a while.
All in all, AutoWebCam is a pretty decent piece of software which can let you know your computer is being used while you are away, yet it definitely needs more work.