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ZipZapMac has introduced Periscope Pro 1.0, an application that turns a Mac into a multi-featured video surveillance system.
The motion-detection algorithm developed for Periscope Pro is user tunable and is purportedly comparable those used in standalone surveillance systems costing thousands of dollars. By automatically uploading clips to a free DropBox account, the user can view clips anytime.
Periscope Pro can be set to shoot only when there's motion, that is, activity going on, capturing exactly what the user is looking for, saving enormous amounts of search time and storage. The user can choose everything from the sensitivity of the motion detection, to clip length, to alternate recording mode, including timed and continuous mode, and even video resolution. It can be set to start recording at login, at launch, or it can be started manually from its control panel.
Periscope Pro requires OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category (http://tinyurl.com/pvpzfhd).