The smartest video surveillance software for the Mac.

Sighthound Video enables you to quickly set up an intelligent video surveillance system using your Mac. Sighthound Video works with most IP cameras and webcams and is perfect for home or business use.

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Mac System Requirements

Video recognition requires intensive processing by your computer. The minimum requirements for a single IP camera at QVGA are:

  • Mac OS X 10.10 or higher
  • 2.0GHz Intel-based processor or higher
  • 2GB RAM or higher
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024x768
  • At least 25GB of free disk space per camera is required
  • An internet connection for software download, updates, and activation

Tips for running Sighthound Video on a Mac

Even Sighthound users who normally use Windows machines have written to us to say that they run a Mac Mini as a dedicated machine for Sighthound Video. While Sighthound allows you to upload your clips to a cloud service, the small form factor and ability to hide the machine in a closet make the Mac Mini a better bet in the event of a burglary.

Make sure that the power settings on the Mac are such that the computer does NOT automatically go into sleep mode. The Mac may be a great machine, but when it’s asleep it doesn’t run any software, including Sighthound Video. Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver. Click the Sleep Tab to see the first setting "Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for." Set this at "Never."

If you are using the remote access feature of Sighthound Video’s Mac surveillance software, which allows you to view your cameras and event clips on a web browser on machines that are not running the application itself, you may try using Firefox or Chrome rather than Safari. Our friends at Apple say they are working on a fix, but for now, Firefox and Chrome are the more reliable choices.