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22
Aug
0

Camcloud Introduces Video Recording for Foscams FI89XX Cameras!

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Today we are introducing a new video recording feature for Foscam FI89xx series cameras. These cameras are based on an older video standard known as MJPEG and only have the ability to upload images to the cloud. 

Now, using Camcloud you can capture video recordings as well as images! To enable this feature follow these steps.

  • Add your FI89xx camera to Camcloud from the cameras page as you normally would.
  • By default the "Capture Mode" will be set to Image.
  • Once the camera appears in your Camcloud camera list, select the Edit button and change the capture mode to "Video" or "Both". See screenshot below.
  • Camcloud will save 10 second video clips when there's motion detected by the camera.
  • We recommend selecting "Both", at least as an initial configuration to ensure you're capturing the recordings you want.
  • Note that this is a paid feature only -- existing users can upgrade from their My Account page or view our Plans and Pricing page for more info.

 We hope you like the new functionality! Let us know any feedback in the comments below.

Camcloud Edit Foscam Settings
01
Aug
0

Camcloud Introduces New Pan-Tilt Feature for Foscams!

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Today we are introducing a handy new feature for Foscam camera users -- pan-tilt controls! 

Now, any Foscam that has a pan-tilt option can be controlled from the Camcloud web interface. The feature is fairly self-explanatory, but here's the quick overview along with a screenshot to explain how this works.  
  • When you navigate to the Live View page and click a camera window, the pan-tilt controls will activate for that device. (See area highlighted in red below.)
  • You can control the camera's position with a few clicks of the mouse. If the camera doesn't have pan-tilt controls (or we don't support that device) these controls will not activate. 
  • In addition to pan-tilt, we've also added a new full screen option. Also highlighted in a red box below, you will now see quick icons that allow you to jump through all window sizes, including full screen. This is supported for all cameras. 


Camcloud Pan-Tilt

We hope you like the new functionality! Let us know any feedback in the comments below.
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23
Jun
2

Quick Tip: How to Setup D-Link Motion Detection

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips

D-Link IP cameras have a great set of features for motion detection but they can be a bit tricky to setup for first-time users. There are also a few minor but potentially confusing “gotchas” that all users should be aware of when setting up motion detection on a D-Link. This post recaps the required settings, outlines the gotchas and offers a few workarounds.

Figuring out the Event Settings

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19
Jun
2

D-Link DCS-2332L Review

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DCS-2332 ThumbnailThis is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them.

For this post I will review the D-Link DCS-2332L. This is one of D-Link's outdoor cameras and a model we get asked about regularly. D-Link is obviously a well known brand and they make good quality IP cameras (read our previous review of the DCS-942L). I was interested to try this camera and see how it stacks-up against other outdoor cameras. They aren't cheap -- they are priced at $250+ dollars on Amazon at the time of this writing.

I'll review the camera's Hardware & Video Quality, the mydlink Service, and its Monitoring Features.

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16
Jun
0

Introducing New 12 and 3 Month Pre-Pay Plans

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Today we're introducing all-new pre-pay options that allow our customers to save money on their Camcloud subscriptions. Here are the details. 
  • 12 Month plan allows customers to save 25% on their subscription. This is an annual plan, so next year's renewal will be for another 12 months.
  • 3 Month pre-pay option allows monthly plan customers to save 15%. At the end of the 3 month pre-pay period, you will be automatically switched to a regular monthly plan.
  • Pre-pay options are available for all 3 plans -- Basic, Standard and Premium.
  • New and existing customers can take advantage of these savings. If you're an existing customer, just upgrade as you normally would from your My Account page. On checkout you will see new pre-pay options. 
Here's a short FAQ to answer some questions you might have.

1. If I'm an existing customer, how do I take advantage of these savings? 
If you want to upgrade your plan to a pre-pay option for a different plan (e.g. Basic Plan to Standard Plan), simply follow the standard upgrade options from your My Account page. If you want to stay on the same plan but take advantage of pre-pay savings, then you need to cancel your plan (on the Billings Page) then upgrade from the My Account page - and don't worry, your existing camera settings will be maintained through the cancel process, so no need to re-add your cameras.

2. Are there any restrictions on what plan and/or pre-pay options I can select?
No, there are no restrictions. If you're unsure just contact support@camcloud.com.

3. Will Camcloud calculate a pro-rated price depending on where I am in my billing cycle?
Pro-rated amounts are automatically calculated when moving from a plan with no pre-pay to another plan with no pre-pay. Similarly, if you upgrade from a 12 Month plan to another 12 Month plan, a pro-rated value will be calculated. For other upgrade scenarios, your new plan will simply over-ride your previous plan with no pro-rated amount.

4. Ok, sounds good. How do I take advantage of these options?
Existing customers, just Login and upgrade from your My Account page. New customers can checkout our plans and pricing page -- pre-pay options will be presented at checkout. 

If you're unsure about how to take advantage of these options, just post a comment below or email support@camcloud.com -- we're here to help!


05
Jun
1

Quick Tip: Tuning your Foscam Motion Detection

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips

If you're using your IP camera as a monitoring tool that's saving videos (or images) when motion takes place, then you will want to spend some time adjusting your camera's motion detection settings. This means ensuring the available settings are optimized for the particular scene where motion needs to be captured. If you don't adjust these settings, you'll probably be left with a large amount of recordings that can make it difficult or tedious to review at a later date (not to mention the increased storage and bandwidth costs).

Most IP cameras provide some decent settings that allow you to customize what triggers motion and a subsequent recording. Here's a simple example that shows you how to tune a Foscam FI9821P to capture people approaching a front step. 

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