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How can I produce a time-lapse video of a workarea (mostly of a project board).

The post Time-lapse software for Windows 7 pointed at some software, but they generate too much video or are images only.

Willing Webcam (http://www.willingsoftware.com/) meets most of what I am looking for, but tends to crash my XP machine (sorry, that's a work restriction).

What I want to do is

  • detect motion
  • when motion stops, add a frame to a video
  • block detection for a time period

Basic time-lapse may be the best solution in the end (and various tools support that) but does end up with a surprising number of people wandering through.

Useful features, but not essential

  • add a date and timestamp in the image
  • zoom into the portion of the Image I want to keep

Although I would rather a video file were produced, images that could be strung together would do.

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Not going to post as an answer (yet) but take a look at WebCamXP (webcamxp.com/download.aspx) and see if this is OK. –  tombull89 Mar 31 '11 at 12:08
Webcam XP seems reliable (probably best menu settings of the many apps I have played with), but unfortunately security mode records the motion - and seems to create new files (the latter may be my fault) –  itj Mar 31 '11 at 13:18
Alright. Only really used as a webcam server so don't know about the other features that well, but thought it would be worth pointing out. –  tombull89 Mar 31 '11 at 14:04
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Have You tried out Vitamin d. http://www.vitamindinc.com

I think it will cover everything you need.

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Unfortunately, although I can set it to monitor people... it records all of the event. This is another good tool though and the people identification was very good. –  itj Mar 31 '11 at 14:13
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