I am looking to mount a webcam on my laptop (which sits at home all day) to act as a security camera.
I'd like to it to write the video to an external hard drive, which I can then review later. It would be awesome if I could schedule when the camera is on or off. Another feature that I want is streaming on the Internet or at least Ustream.
The problem is that I've never done this; thus I don't know where to start. I've been looking at webcams - Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD looks good. And I am sure there are others.
The problem is that I can't find any software that would do what I need. Any suggestions for both hardware or software?