Periscope Pro
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Turn your Mac into a motion-based surveillance system.   Demo ($19.99)
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Periscope Pro turns your Mac into a surveillance system that records video clips with sound. You can store the clips to view them later, or automatically upload them so you can see what’s happening remotely!

Periscope Pro uses your Mac’s built-in camera and microphone, or an external camera and microphone, to take video clips of whatever it is pointed at: your desk, your front door, a filing cabinet, the refrigerator, or anything else you want to monitor, including who is using your Mac when you are not there.

Features and Benefits:
What's New
Version 1.5:
  • Improved stability and efficiency.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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ver. 1.x:
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Mcfallsco reviewed on 19 Dec 2013
Waste of $10 and an hour of my time. Too buggy. I tested the Demo. Saw that it was sufficient for my needs. Purchased it. Setup a WebDAV connection to a server. Set the video clips folder to the WebDAV connection. It transferred the video and then nothing worked from there on in. Wouldn't record any longer. Tried setting the video clips folder back to a local drive but can't. I'm doing loops. One message is that if can't find the WebDAV drive. So I remounted, then rebooted and remounted, no success even though I have it mounted. I deleted it's contents, unmounted, rebooted, still can't set the video clips folder to anything else. Tried looking for preference files to delete. Can't find them. A waste of valuable time and $10.
[Version 1.5]

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ZipZapMac replied on 19 Dec 2013
Thank you for your valuable report. Indeed we haven't tested Periscope Pro with WebDAV drives. We will do it and issue bugfix as soon as possible.

Also now we are working hard on Periscope Pro 2.0 which will be full of new features including IP Cameras, sound level detection and much more.

To reset Periscope Pro to defaults:
1) Close Periscope Pro.
2) Launch Terminal.app
3) Execute command:
defaults delete com.zipzapmac.Periscope-Pro
4) Launch Periscope Pro

Also you could try to create symbolic link ~/Movies/Periscope Pro to point to your WebDAV drive.
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Ryno Steyn reviewed on 19 Sep 2013
Nice features, but unfortunately it just doesn't work.
I tried for 3 hours to get the sensitivity to work accurately and eventually gave up.
If you want to record everything, all the time, then there are easier ways.
[Version 1.5]

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ZipZapMac replied on 19 Dec 2013
Are you really using version 1.5?
If so, please tell what camera u are using? Also may be you are in super dynamic environment? If motion detection indicator is always full?
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Vyper007 reviewed on 25 Aug 2013
I bought this software the other day and wanted to use my iMac to run the software. The problem is it wont let the sleep settings apply, which is fair enough on a mac mini where you have a seperate screen but on an iMac its not like you have a seperate power switch for the screen, which means once the software is running the screen will not dim and then turn off. The semi solution is to turn down the brightness on the screen but I'd rather the software allow my sleep settings to apply so I can control the mac and when it dims the screen automatically.
[Version 1.4]

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ZipZapMac replied on 25 Aug 2013
Update to 1.4 version, this issue was already addressed.
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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 25 Aug 2013
Another trick you can try, Vyper007, is typing Ctrl-Shift-Eject (the media key) [⌃+⇧+⏏]. This will put your display--either one or more connected displays, or that of an iMac or MacBook--into display-sleep mode.
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ZipZapMac commented on 21 Aug 2013
Hi guys!
Periscope Pro 1.4 is here!
It fixes all issues with high cpu usage, false detections.
Just give it a try.
[Version 1.4]


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PatrickLangford1289 reviewed on 14 Aug 2013
There are not nearly enough options for controlling the behavior of this app. Also, I had to turn the sensitivity all the way down for the motion detection to seem to work correctly. Finally, and most damning, this app consumes the CPU on my laptop when doing motion detection. There is no way I can leave it running. It will eventually melt my laptop down. This app has potential but the current implementation is very flawed.
[Version 1.2]

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ZipZapMac replied on 14 Aug 2013
If you set motion detection resolution to HIGH, it is very CPU consuming, there is hint about that in calibration window.
Anyway thank you for review. We currently working on improving motion detection algorithm, and migrating to another recording framework.
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Iturtle replied on 14 Aug 2013
even in low resolution mode the cpu load is quite high. one kernel around 90% when the app is active and not recording a video! it seems not to make a big difference when set on high (130%). but since zipzap are going to work on that problem I will buy :)
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ZipZapMac replied on 21 Aug 2013
We worked on that :) Just download version 1.4 ) Have a nice day.
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Iturtle replied on 21 Aug 2013
wicked update! thanks so much. now it is usable :)
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ZipZapMac rated on 30 Dec 2013

[Version 1.5]



Kunihiko rated on 26 Dec 2013

[Version 1.5]



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ZipZapMac rated on 25 Aug 2013

[Version 1.4]



Oma rated on 18 Aug 2013

[Version 1.2]



StanislavK8174 rated on 14 Aug 2013

[Version 1.2]



Norman Peay rated on 14 Aug 2013

[Version 1.2]



paulberger rated on 14 Aug 2013

[Version 1.0]


Downloads:2,757
Version Downloads:1,225
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Demo
Date:17 Sep 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.99
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Periscope Pro turns your Mac into a surveillance system that records video clips with sound. You can store the clips to view them later, or automatically upload them so you can see what’s happening remotely!

Periscope Pro uses your Mac’s built-in camera and microphone, or an external camera and microphone, to take video clips of whatever it is pointed at: your desk, your front door, a filing cabinet, the refrigerator, or anything else you want to monitor, including who is using your Mac when you are not there.

Features and Benefits:
  • Easy-to-use - Setups in less than 1 minute
  • Three modes of operation - Motion Detection, Timed (intermittent), Continuous,
  • Motion Detection Mode
  • Choose sensitivity level - ignore or detect small movements such as the wind ruffling a curtain.
  • Choose clip length from 5 to 60 seconds
  • Timed Mode
  • Choose interval between recordings from 1 to 30 minutes
  • Choose clip length from 5 to 60 seconds
  • Automatically sends clips to your Dropbox account - view clips from anywhere
  • Covert Operation
  • App can be hidden from users
  • Clips are hidden deep in your file structure
  • Activates automatically on login
  • Multiple recording formats - 160 x 120, 320 x 240, 640-720 x 480
  • Multiple maximum clip size from 1 to 500 MB
  • Optimally compresses clips to minimize storage
  • Creates folders and stores files automatically by date - easy to find clips
  • Can be activated at login, launch or from the control panel
  • Does not interfere with other auto-launch apps
  • Can be password protected so that only you can operate it
  • Supports either the built-in or an external camera


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