The smartest security camera software for the PC.

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

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PC System Requirements

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

  • Windows 7, 8, 10, and Server 2012 and newer releases
  • 2GHz Pentium 4 processor or higher
  • 2GB RAM or higher
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024x768
  • At least 50GB of free disk space per camera is required
  • An internet connection for software download, updates, and activation

Tips for running Sighthound Video on a PC

Make sure your computer power settings are set so that the computer does NOT automatically sleep after a certain period of time. It may be obvious when you think about it, but a computer which is off, or in sleep mode, cannot run software, including Sighthound Video.

To set your computer's power settings to never sleep:

  • On Windows 7, select Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options > Change When Computer Sleeps. Select Never.
  • On Vista, select Control Panel > Power Options. Click "Change plan settings" for the select power plan, and in the next screen click "Change advanced power settings." Click "Processor power management > Minimum processor state > Setting. Set this at 100%.

Automatic Windows updates can cause your PC to reboot. There is a control panel setting to disable this.

  • On Windows 7, select Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update. On Turn automatic updating on or off, choose anything except install updates automatically.
  • On Vista, select Control panel > Windows Update > Change settings. Select any option except "Install updates automatically."

If you have a system shared by multiple people and accounts, someone may have logged off the account with Sighthound Video. See Using Sighthound Video more securely on a shared computer.

For the moment, Sighthound Video does not support running as a service, although this is a feature we hope to include in the future. You can however make Sighthound one of your startup applications.