GlanceCam is a secure IP camera viewer with support for standard streaming protocols. GlanceCam is unobtrusive,
loved by Users (over 220 App Store ratings with an average of more than 4 stars) and modern (20+ free updates since
2018, 100% compatible with Big Sur). It's perfect to keep an eye on one, or 50, IP cameras:
• Install cameras from different manufacturers and avoid cumbersome web interfaces or obsolete apps.
• Install webcams in your living room, kitchen and garden to check on your pet when you're away, maybe turning on a light at night.
• Point a camera at your front gate and let visitors in by activating a network relay.
GlanceCam is a bit nerdy, but very useful if you want to take advantage of inexpensive IP cameras and maybe combine them to the automation capabilities of the Internet of Things; it works on your LAN or via Internet (please see the requirements below) and, while it's not the most "works out-of-the-box" solution to configure (you'll need to retrieve some network parameters), it's flexible and brand-agnostic.
Here's how it works:
• With most IP cameras, you can receive the realtime video stream via RTSP, HTTP(s) or RTMP, without opening a browser; GlanceCam shows you those feeds in resizable windows you can keep on your Desktop.
• You can add as many cameras as you like.
• By default the app shows one camera at a time in a single window, and you can switch between cameras inside that window; if you want to view multiple cameras at the same time, you will be able to upgrade to GlanceCam Pro and open as many windows as you need and have them remembered between sessions.
• GlanceCam windows can be configured to be Always on top and visible in every Space; you can use Insta-zoom (right click and hold to temporarily maximise) and optionally auto-launch at login.
• 4K and audio streams are supported.
• GlanceCam has lots of keyboard shortcuts, an URL scheme and supports Apple Script.
• For every camera, you can configure up to 2 optional buttons to perform actions via HTTP GET calls (PUT not supported).
GlanceCam Pro is available either as a lifetime in-app purchase or as a yearly subscription (both provide the same functionality, you can pick your favorite purchasing method) and includes multi-windows, an optional minimalistic UI, custom icons, manual aspect ratios and a preferential channel for email support.
Please be advised that GlanceCam and GlanceCam Pro are designed for realtime playback and do not support DVRs/NVRs, cloud services, recording (nor playing back previous recordings), pan and tilt (PTZ) and motion detection/notifications.
To take advantage of this app you'll need at least one IP camera and a little knowledge about your network; please, check these requirements below (or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org before purchasing):
• A Mac running Big Sur or a previous version of macOS or OS X (compatibility goes back to 10.12.2).
• One or more IP cameras capable of broadcasting their stream via RTSP, HTTP(s) or RTMP; you'll need to know the webcam IP address, the protocol of its video stream, the credentials and port and to put those informations into a string.
You can check if your camera provides a RTSP, HTTP or RTMP stream by searching the web, usually on the manufacturer website; since there is no standard for the stream URL format, you'll need to retrieve the proper string on the camera's manual or website. If you can't find it, get in touch at email@example.com: I - Cesare, the developer of GlanceCam - always try to help, and often succeed, but can't promise to be able to figure out the right URL for every model out there.
• For triggering actions from the optional buttons, you'll need devices that can react to HTTP GET calls.
• To work over the Internet, you'll need a static public IP address or a dynamic DNS service, to configure port forwarding for each camera and, optionally, for the action buttons; I recommend to start testing in LAN to check compatibility.