Destinations settings

If you want that your video or images from configured sources, will not only be displayed at main window, but also saved into archive (for later review), to another destinations (Internet websites, etc) or be processed via motion detector, then use «Sources» tab inside «Settings» dialog.

For configure destinations:
  1. choose a source from the «Source» list. Each source can have one or multiple destinations;
  2. choose a processing mode «Use archive» or «Use motion detector»;
  3. To configure click the «Destinations settings» button if «Use archive» — mode is selected.
    Click the «Motion detector settings» button if «Use motion detector» mode is selected.

Destination settings with archive using.

For destination settings with use of archive click the «Destinations settings» button in «Destinations and modes» dialog. In the «List of destinations» window you can see the list of configured destinations for current source.

You can add new destination, edit destination, or delete destination by «Add», or «Edit», or «Delete» buttons. It is needed to select a destination from list of configured destinations before editing or deleting it.

Addition of destination.

If you want to add a new destination click the «Add destination» button in «List of Destinations» dialog.

In a «List of destinations» window enter a name of the destination, choose type of destination from the list (video, photo, FTP, HTTP, etc.) and specify details.

For File, for example, it will be an optional path for a file if you need it to be stored in parallel to archive).

For video you will be able also to specify video codec (method of file compressing). Without compressing your video archive will growth very fast! Thus it is very recommended to use compressing coded.

When you choose type of destination as «Photo» you should choose an frame interval - the frequency of images saving.

When you choose type of destination as «Photo» you can also add marking to the saving images.

«Send e-mail» allows to send E-mail to you with text and image (optionally) with a configured frequency, or when motion is detected (like other destination types). For configuring click the Mail Setup button... To make sure all is right - make a Test e-mail sending.

Normally you need to enter from/to, subject and message body to send messages. If clicking on Test button does not send a message and you receive an error, please make sure you are connected to the Internet and have enabled Internet access to WebCam Looker at your firewall. Another reason your message is not sending could be a spam filters at provider (where you are sending the email). In this case it is recommended that you open your Email client/application and use your email account's settings for configuring the same at WebCam Looker.

To configure email settings, it is first recommended to try just with SMTP server address (of your email provider). If you do not have password authorization this will enough. Otherwise you may need to configure login/password (checkbox below) and if this does not work again, then also enter your email provider's POP3 server address (also from your email client/application). Try to click Test button to make sure everything is configured correctly and your message is sent.

«Send SMS» is like E-mail, but sends SMS to your mobile phone. You can send text and (if you have another destination sending image to a web-server) image URL to view on your cellphone. It is recommended to send test SMS to verify possibility to send SMS via your carrier. If your SMS carrier is not working, or your know how to send SMS via carrier that is not listed - please notify the authors of WebCam Looker.

Also you can use a commercial SMS-gateway to send SMS. (This service supports much more number of carriers and international characters in the body of SMS). To do this select "Use commercial SMS gateway" check box. If you are not registered on this service yet, press button "" and follow instructions on this site. After registration you will have: login, password and XML API_ID key (in order to obtain XML API_ID you need additionally register there for XML API service). Type these parameters to appropriate dialog fields and specify the receiver's telephone number.
Attention! The full cell phone number should contain country code and city code like "+1(123)4567890".

You can limit number of SMSes per hour and per day in lower part of SMS settings dialog. By default these parameters are: maximum SMSes per hour - 4, maximum SMSes per day - 16.

«Run program» will execute any application with a given frequency (or on motion detected). Enter there a full path to the program and a command line it requires.
The details field is a command like to be used to call your program (with path).

At a command line you can also use the following macro (will be automatically replaced each run):
{ArchiveFileName} - full path to the image stored in archive, for example: "C:\Program Files\WebcamLooker\Archive\Photo\2011\01\01\16\32\123456.jpg"
{Time} - current date time in format, like: "2011-01-01 16:32:00"
{SourceName} - current source's name, for example: "Source_1"
{MotionState} - determines the motion duration (it represents the 0 if new motion just started; -1 - if motion just ending; and the milliseconds count of current motion duration), for example 10000 means 10 seconds duration of the current motion.

For example: C:\program.exe {ArchiveFileName} {MotionState}

«FTP upload» sends image to FTP server (usually used for publishing on Web Server).

FTP server parameters:
Internet address:
Port: 21 (default port)
User name (login): FtpUser
Password: myPassword
Uploading filepath: /myPicture.jpg (any picture/file name you want).

FTP destination dialog fields need to be:
Login: FtpUser
Password: myPassword

Note: If FTP server's root directory has subdirectories and you want to upload picture to subdirectory - specify «Details» like this: «», etc.

Note: If your FTP server allows anonymous access with login like «anonymous» and any password (usually e-mail), FTP destination dialog fields need to be:
Details: (myPicture.jpg - any picture name you want).
Login: anonymous

Advice: To make sure your FTP server parameters valid, you can use Internet Browser to test it. In address field please enter FTP server address (see field «Details» in examples above) like «» and specify login/password parameters in authentication dialog.
Also, you can specify login/password parameters at Internet Browser like this: «» (where 9021 - server port, but usually FTP servers work on 21 port and you not need to specify it in the address string).

«HTTP upload» destination.

This destination allows you to upload pictures via HTTP to remote computer with web server (with PHP support) running. HTTP upload is faster than FTP upload (because not need the FTP connection).

This destination is used in pair with PHP-script «filereceiver.php» located at «Program Files\Webcam Looker\addons\» folder.

Steps to setup HTTP destination:

1. Open «filereceiver.php» in text editor (for example, in notepad). Here you can see description of file and comments which help you in next steps.

2. To configure «filereceiver.php»:
  • specify login and password for upload success.
  • specify upload path (if need).
  • specify file name to upload (for default the file name is empty, it means usage of default file name «Webcam_Looker.jpg»).

  • 3. Upload «filereceiver.php» file to your web server.

    4. In Webcam Looker HTTP destination settings dialog you have to specify:
  • Details: URL for «filereceiver.php» script. For example: «»;
  • PostData variable name: file (this name if for default, you can change it in «filereceiver.php» if need).

  • To access uploaded pictures use URL like this: «» Where:
  • - Internet address of remote computer;
  • /subdir/ - subdirectory where «filereceiver.php» script located.
  • /storage/ - directory for uploading pictures (you can change it in «filereceiver.php» file);
  • myFileName.jpg - file name of picture you specified in «filereceiver.php» script;
  • Note: if you not specified this file name - the name will be «Webcam_Looker.jpg».

    «Play sound» will play any music file. For example, you can configure here an alarm signal or dog barking to be played on any motion detected.

    For destination «Local Web server» the name of destination specifies the file name part of URL of that image for access via Internet.

    For example, if you have configured built-in Web server (Web server tab inside program Settings dialog) and your IP address is:, port is 80, and a name entered for this destination is: destination_1.jpg , then a complete URL of this file will be: .

    This URL you can publish as a URL of your internet webcam. Or, better, you can create some html page with link to that URL and place at "htdocs" subdirectory (of WebCam Looker installed on disk) for publishing your Internet webcam with all necessary information for your visitors.

    If you configure your destination to refresh with small interval, than you can also use html sample live-refresh.html from "addons" subdirectory (of WebCam Looker installed on disk) to create a page with automatic refresh of your image from source for visitors.

    Note: please do not forget about your Internet data transfer costs in this case...

    «Windows Messenger» destination

    You can use internal Windows net messages service «Messenger» as destination. This service transmits net send and alerter service messages between clients and servers. This service is not related to Windows Messenger. If this service is stopped, alerter messages will not be transmitted.

    To start this service follows next steps:
  • Open system service setup dialog: Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services;
  • Select service «Messenger»;
  • In popup menu for this service select «Start» (if it is not started yet).

  • In Windows Messenger message setup dialog specify next parameters:
    «To address» - One of three variants:
  • IP (Internet Protocol) address of computer to send the message you want. For example: «»;
  • DNS computer name like «»;
  • Local area network computer name like «server1» or «AnotherComputer».

  • «Message» - Any text you want to send.

    «Skype Message» destination

    You can send Skype chat messages directly from computer with installed Skype and WebCam Looker to any other computer with Skype. That other computer must have other Skype ID and it must be in the contact list of Skype on computer with WebCam Looker.

    Note, that WebCam Looker and Skype must be running under the same user at Windows - both either under your logged-in user, or System (if both are running as Service, i.e. loading on Windows boot as Service). Otherwise you will not be able to receive messages.

    To configure this destination - enter the SkypeID of a user from your contact list at computer with WebCam Looker and text to be sent. As soon as motion will be detected (you want to receive messages on motions, right? :-) and your destination's SkypeID is also online - you will receive a notification immediately.

    To make sure it sends your messages, you can click the «Test Send» button at the dialog. Your message must immediately appear at the destination Skype computer.

    «Popup Main Window» destination

    It automatically popup the WebCam Looker's window, that was minimized or in Tray before.

    It is useful, in case, you are working on this computer and are using motion detector. So if, for example, somebody appears at your back, around your car, etc. you will immediately see it (even you are worked with another program) - WebCam Looker will immediately appear as your foreground window with a real-time preview of what is happening in your zone.

    This saves much of your time, because you do not need any more to continuously looking for zones, where nothing is happening. Just safely work with other programs and know you do not miss any intrusions.

    Image marking.

    The program allows you to mark images. As marks can be used:
  • date and time;

  • text;

  • pictures.

  • For starting the marking click the «Markers setting» button in a window of «Destination dialog (the image-marking is possible only for the images saving as Photo).

    In «Image mark settings» dialog, in a preview window you can see, what marks for the current destination already exist.

    You can add mark or delete the existing mark by «Add new mark» or «Delete mark» buttons.

    When you add new mark in a preview window - the rectangular of dark blue color with date and time (by default) will appear.

    In «Image mark settings» dialog you can give any Name to the mark, change type and details of the mark, adjust a transparency.

    By dragging with the mouse you can change the placement of mark at the image.

    Destination settings with «Use motion detector».

    For destination settings with motion detector in «Destinations and modes» dialog click the «Motion detector settings» button.

    In the appeared «Motion detector settings» dialog you can see the list of the configured detectors areas for the current source.

    You can add a new area by «Add new area» button, or delete area by «Delete area» button (for the selected area in the list).

    New Area addition.

    For addition a new area click the «Add new area» button in «Motion detector settings» dialog.

    In the preview window the rectangular with a yellow framework will appear.

    You could adjust the size and position of the area so that it will cover a controllable object.

    Dragging with the mouse can resize, or change the position of the area.

    You can make several areas for one source.

    You can give any name for the area.

    For the settings of the motion detector sensitivity level use the indicator of current activity level in the configuring area.

    Each area can have different motion activity characteristics. In this case, you can configure individual value of sensitivity for each zone.

    In a preview window you can see the blinking of the area framework when motion detector is detected at the area.

    Addition Destination for the current detector area.

    Each detector area must have destination.

    For destination setting click the «Destinations» button.

    Addition of new destinations to the motion detector is similar to the addition of new destination with use of archive: click the «Add destination» button in «Destination List» dialog.

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