nesting box camera software

  Forum Editor 19:44 09 Apr 2011

Has anyone got a suggestion for some decent (preferably free) software that will enable someone to watch birds in a nesting box on a laptop?

An elderly couple who live near me have been sent a box complete with camera by their son, who lives abroad. I set the box up for them, and ran the camera lead into the house, but they don't have any software with which to view the output.

It's not my area of expertise, but I imagine one of you will have the answer. Many thanks in advance.

  Forum Editor 09:04 10 Apr 2011


There is a cable from the camera that goes to a KWorld Video adapter. From this adapter run a USB cable and an audio jack, both of which are plugged into the laptop.

What I need is some software that can show the camera's output on the laptop. At the moment the driver for the adapter is installed, but the adapter isn't recognised by Windows. The leaflet that came with the adapter says it won't work without some software. There is software available from the nest-box maker, but it has to be paid for, and these people have a non-existent budget. I offered to pay for it, but that was refused, so I said I would look for something they could download free of charge. The problem is, I don't have a clue about camera feeds, so I need some help.

  rdave13 20:51 10 Apr 2011

No idea really but would windows live messenger recognise the input as a web cam? Video and audio settings available on it.

  Forum Editor 22:40 10 Apr 2011

By way of an update

I downloaded some software today, and installed it. The camera is now being turned on by the software, but all that's visible is a totally black output screen. I guessed that the format might be wrong, and changed it in the options from NTSC. The problem is, there are quite a few PAL options. I don't have access to the laptop now, and I'm not sure what the options were. My recollection is that they had letters after 'PAL.

Either way, the camera can be turned on, but there appears to be no output.

  dms_05 09:50 11 Apr 2011

UK PAL standard is PAL I but any should work (the main difference is the audio frequency which explains why a UK TV works in Spain but whilst you see the pic you don't hear the sound).

Try YAWCAM free software It has lots of alternatives and may even be used to stream the camera output to the Internet so their son can watch the birds in his parents garden!

  Forum Editor 18:09 17 Apr 2011


I have now had a chance to install YAWCAM and it's up and running. It detects the nest-box camera, and turns it on, but I'm still faced with the same totally black viewing screen.

I'm beginning to wonder if I did something as elementary as leaving a lens cap on the camera. I don't think I did - there wasn't one as far as I can remember - but I'm going to have to swallow my pride and check. The problem is, a pair of Blue-tits have been busy building a nest in the box, and I don't want to risk scaring them off - I would feel pretty guilty.

  Forum Editor 23:38 21 Apr 2011

Peter, Did you try that program

No, I didn't. It has been a manic couple of weeks workwise, and I've been travelling. It left me very short of spare time. I should be able to get around to it over the Easter weekend.

Thank you for your continued help.

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