It’s easy to setup ContaCam to use your Dropbox folder so that the recorded detection files can be viewed remotely on another computer or on a smartphone.

  • Prerequisite: Dropbox client is installed on all the involved machines.
  • Attention: Dropbox has a space limit so remember to set a Maximum camera folder size in ContaCam’s Camera Basic Settings dialog.
  • Hint: in ContaCam’s Camera Advanced Settings - Snapshot Tab lower the snapshot rate to one snapshot per minute otherwise Dropbox will not update the live jpeg snapshot files.

On the PC where ContaCam is capturing

  1. Create a ContaCam subfolder inside your Dropbox
    To do that just open your Dropbox and create a ContaCam folder in it
  2. Setup Dropbox for all cameras
    In ContaCam's Global Settings dialog set the above created directory as Parent Directory of all Cameras
    Usually that’s:
    C:\Users\Your User Name\Dropbox\ContaCam
    or on XP and older systems:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name\My Documents\Dropbox\ContaCam

    Hint: use Dropbox selective sync to exclude camera folders from Dropbox.
    Note: because of web server constraints it's not possible to change the location for individual cameras. Advanced users can create junctions or symlinks remembering to place the files inside the Dropbox folder and have the link outside of it because Windows doesn't propagate file system events to both ends of the link, just the "real" end.

On as many remote PCs as you like

  1. Install ContaCam and point ContaCam to the Dropbox ContaCam folder
    In ContaCam's Global Settings dialog set the Dropbox’s ContaCam directory as Parent Directory of all Cameras
    Usually that’s:
    C:\Users\Your User Name\Dropbox\ContaCam
    or on XP and older systems:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name\My Documents\Dropbox\ContaCam
  2. On ContaCam’s main background click one of the two web links
    Hint: bookmark the opened web page showing all the cameras shared through Dropbox.

On your Smartphone

Install Dropbox and navigate to the ContaCam folder, here open the files you are interest in. Mp4 files or gif files can be viewed on mobile devices.