GardenThis Free Video Surveillance and Live Webcam software for Windows is extremely easy on system resources, and does not contain unnecessary bloat. It is fast, light, and versatile enough to meet all your security needs while still being very user friendly and able to run on even the most moderate systems.

Only three easy steps are necessary to setup a camera:

  1. Decide for the usage (security surveillance, live snapshot webcam or manual records / snapshots)
  2. Enter a friendly camera name, choose the web appearance & language
    (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Slovak, Czech, Dutch, Bulgarian, Polish, Vietnamese)
  3. Configure how long to keep the files on your hard disk

Take a look at the Camera Basic Settings screenshot. For the experts there are dozens of additional configuration options, check these screenshots.

With Version 5.1.0 (September 20th 2016)Image

  • HomeThis is a stable release, download it from here
  • Made the application High DPI Aware (displays well on 4K monitors)
  • Generates smaller mp4 files with the same quality
  • Added the possibility to send a daily email notification to make sure the device works properly
  • Encrypted settings (like passwords) are now exportable and work well if used on another computer or by another logon user
  • Attention: with version 4.3.0 we removed UDP networking because it was ContaCam's proprietary streaming protocol not compatible with any current standard (it's still possible to stream a video source through the web server, see this FAQ entry)
  • See the full ChangeLog


  • Supported from Windows XP SP3 up to Windows 10
  • The program is freeware and available in the following languages: English, Bulgarian, German, Italian, Russian and Vietnamese
  • CCTV Security Surveillance with motion detection and 24 hours digital video recording (DVR) ContaCam
  • Motion detection events presented as animated thumbnails in web browser, check the street demo and the home demo
  • Motion detection actions like FTP upload, send email (SSL/TLS or STARTTLS support) with attached movement file or run an external program
  • Live webcam with possibility of history tracking, see this live demo and select a past day
  • Manual records and snapshots (video game captures, movie recording, ...)
  • Integrated web server with password protection (internet or intranet)
  • Supported are Webcams, WDM and DV devices and MJPEG Network cameras (IP cameras)
  • Remote watching by enabling port forwarding or using Dropbox
  • Unlimited parallel cameras setup
  • Can be started as a Windows Service
  • Audio support for USB webcams, capture cards and Axis ip cameras
  • Has all the FreeVimager features for snapshots editing
  • For PAD file click here