The easiest way to set a camera up is to make it record all the time. However, this requires large amounts of tape or hard drive space. It will also be difficult to search through the videos so that you can find the parts that you are looking for. A much more effective way is to use motion detection on your camera. If you are connecting the camera to your computer, then almost all home security software will support this.

Motion detection optimizes your system by stopping the camera from recording all the time. When the camera detects someone moving, then it will start recording. This means that you don’t need to worry about running out of space on your tape or hard drive. This also makes it much simpler to search through the videos that you want to look at because they are also shorter.