SecuritySpy (Video surveillance on Mac)

Multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac.
  • Displays and captures video from multiple cameras simultaneously
    Multiple cameras can be connected and SecuritySpy can use them all at the same time
  • Supports Macintosh compatible video and audio input devices
    Devices that connect to the computer by USB, FireWire, or as a PCI card
  • Supports network cameras and network video servers
    Devices that connect to the computer over an ethernet network
  • Motion Detection and Time-lapse capture features, with audio
    The motion detection capture feature records only when motion is detected; the time-lapse capture features records continuously
  • Built-in web server for viewing of images and video over a network
    You can connect to SecuritySpy remotely using a web browser to view live images and captured footage
  • Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) support for many network cameras
    Allows you to control the pan/tilt angle and Zoom setting of certain cameras directly from within SecuritySpy
  • Powerful real-time compression
    Video can be compressed during recording to conserve disk space - compression options include JPEG and MPEG-4
  • FTP upload feature
    Automatically sends captured footage to a remote computer over a local network or the internet for backup
  • Email notification feature
    Automatically sends an email notification with attached images when motion is detected
  • Pre-capture buffer to capture video before the time of motion
    When a recording is triggered by motion detection, you can have it start from a number of seconds earlier to capture anything important that may have happened before the actual trigger
  • Other features include: audible alarms when motion is detected; timestamp feature; schedule to activate cameras at set times of the day/week; mask feature for ignoring motion in certain parts of the video image; Browser feature for easy playback of captured footage; network video streaming from one copy of SecuritySpy to another running on a different computer; auto-deletion of old footage to free disk space; AppleScript support.


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Multiple cameras can be used by SecuritySpy simultaneously. Video from all cameras can be viewed simultaneously in the Video preview window:


Additionally, each camera can be viewed in its own window.

SecuritySpy features highly optimized motion detection, so that each camera can be set up to capture video and/or still image files when motion is detected. The sensitivity of the motion detection can be adjusted for best results and detection of motion can be set to all or only part of the video image.

Alternatively, a time-lapse capture feature is available for constant round-the-clock capture that is not linked to motion detection.

SecuritySpy compresses captured video on the fly to conserve hard drive space (compression settings are fully adjustable and include the MPEG-4 codec), and still images files are saved in JPEG format. Video is captured as standard QuickTime movies which can be opened by practically all video software on the Mac. The captured image files can be optionally uploaded to a remote computer or web server via FTP so that footage can be viewed on the Internet and/or held safe at a remote location.

It is often useful to have video from both before and after a motion event - in the time before and after, even though the motion is not high enough to trigger recording, there is often something interesting happening in the video that is worth capturing. For this purpose SecuritySpy has Pre-capture and Post-capture features. The Pre-capture feature works by keeping a buffer of frames in memory, so that when motion is detected the video before the time of motion is also captured.

Here is an illustration of a possible video surveillance system:


As you can see, there is a wide variety of cameras and video input devices that can be used with SecuritySpy. More information on this is available in the Hardware setup recommendations section of the user manual. To show what kind of features are available in SecuritySpy, here are screenshots of the Camera Setup window:






During preview and capture there is a status window available to display the capture status of each camera, the amount of motion in the video image, and controls to turn on and off preview:


There is a Browser feature to enable you to easily view and manage captured footage:


SecuritySpy features a built-in web server that allows you to view live video, download captured footage, change settings and control the software, all from a remote location over a network (either a local network or the internet):



Displays and captures from multiple cameras simultaneously

SecuritySpy can capture video and audio from multiple cameras at the same time - up to 60 cameras on the most powerful Mac Pro computer. Analogue cameras, network cameras, and network video servers are all supported.


Motion Detection and Timelapse capture features

Flexible recording options to capture exactly what you need.

Motion detection

Built-in web server for remote monitoring

View your SecuritySpy system over a local network or the Internet.

Remote eye

Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) support

Control your cameras directly from SecuritySpy.

PTZ camera

Powerful real-time compression

SecuritySpy uses the latest standard video and audio codecs (such as MPEG-4, H.264, and AAC), for efficient storage of captured footage.


FTP upload features

Upload captured footage for off-site storage.


Motion-triggered events

SecuritySpy can send email notifications, play alarms, or run scripts when motion is detected.


Manual SecuritySpy User Manual


Download Download SecuritySpy


Upgrade information

SecuritySpy version 3.x is a major update over version 2.x, with an extensive list of important improvements.

The main new feature in version 3.0 is support for MPEG-4 and H.264 video streams from network cameras using the RTSP protocol. As well as opening the door to support for virtually all network cameras on the market, support for these highly-efficient compression formats allows SecuritySpy to harness the cameras' processing power to compress the video footage, rather than the computer's processing power. This means better performance, smaller captured file sizes, and higher-quality captured video. RTSP support also means that SecuritySpy can now support audio from most network cameras too. For a detailed discussion of the new streaming formats, please see our blog post on the subject.

To check if SecuritySpy supports these features for your cameras please refer to our newly-updated camera list. If your camera is not on the list with MPEG-4 or H.264 support, please contact Ben Software and he should be able to add this functionality for you.

Also in this new version is a more sophisticated motion-detection algorithm, as well as a completely re-designed web interface. The full list of new features is as follows.

New features

  • Support for RTSP video and audio streaming from network cameras
  • Support for MPEG-4 and H.264 video data from network cameras
  • Support for AAC and AMR audio data from network cameras
  • Ability to save incoming MPEG-4, H.264, and audio data directly to disk without re-encoding
  • MPEG-4, H.264 and audio support for ACTi, Axis, Toshiba, Sharx, Sony, Y-cam, Vivotek and many more
  • Improved motion detection to reduce false-positive triggers
  • New re-designed web interface for ease of use, functionality and increased iOS compatibility
  • Improved network performance when using Bonjour

Cost and licensing changes

SecuritySpy 2.x license-holders who purchased on or after 1 July 2012 are entitled to a free upgrade to SecuritySpy 3.x. Customers who purchased before this date can obtain SecuritySpy 3.x at a 70% discount off the retail price.

SecuritySpy 1.x license-holders can purchase SecuritySpy 3.x at a 50% discount off the retail price.

Upgrades can be obtained by contacting us. Please note that even if your upgrade is free, you will need to contact us to obtain your new license code for SecuritySpy 3.x.

Downloading and upgrading the software

You can download SecuritySpy here. Once the software is downloaded, you will see a disk image called "SecuritySpy 3.0" on your desktop, which should open automatically.

If you want to trial the new version of SecuritySpy before upgrading, you can open it directly from the disk image; or to install it on your computer, simply drag SecuritySpy from the disk image to your Applications folder, replacing the version of SecuritySpy that you previously had installed. Make sure to quit the previous version of SecuritySpy before you install the new version. The new version will read all settings from the previous version, so upgrading is extremely quick and easy.

NOTE: The discount percentage below is ADDITIONAL to the percentage discount mentioned above.
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