The program lets you catalog all investigators and paranormal-capturing equipment, so you can select what you need from a drop-down menu when you embark on a new investigation.
Now, to document your ghost hunt: Fill in each section of the program, describing the location, initial reactions, investigation notes, interviews, and all the media you can muster. Be thorough!
The program is a bit dull to look at, but incredibly useful. Plus, it's completely free.
Do you come home to find open cupboards, stacked chairs, and your laundry thrown about? (And you don't have a really flaky roommate?) Does your pet look terrified after spending a few hours alone? Time for some spooky sleuthing to see what's up when you're not around.
Ghost Monitor is a free program that sets up your webcam for ideal ghost-watching. It thrives in a dark environment, the creepier the better, and has the ability to focus on specific, strategic areas. A Pro version ($5.99) lets your webcam record at the highest resolution.
Once you set it up, you can choose to start recording or set the motion detector. The motion detector uses two algorithms: One tracks normal motion, while the other tracks "low alpha," which senses changes in transparency and local luminescence.
A sound trigger can be set up to start recording when any noise is detected. With this, it will also record an EVP session to go along with all your video recordings. Ghost Monitor really is the all-encompassing creepy recorder.
Ghost hunting from home
So you're more of the armchair ghost-hunting enthusiast. Lurking in damp, dark basements, or sitting out all night in the cold just isn't your cup of tea. You're in luck! Thanks to the Web, you can be on the lookout from wherever you're sitting.
Just search for "ghost cams" to find a plethora of purported peeks at paranormal activity, set up in some iconic haunted locations and run 24 hours a day for your viewing pleasure. For instance, Willard Library is the oldest public library building in Indiana, and home to plenty of spooky stories, sightings, and the resident Grey Lady that hangs out in the children's reading room. Cams have been placed all over the building and give viewers a chance to capture a screenshot and submit it as proof.
With all this talk of high-tech ghost hunting, it's important to remember the low-tech way to talk to ghosts. With Brainjar.com's Ouija board, you can ask questions to the ghost in your machine and assist the planchette in spelling out the answers. Sure, maybe it's just programmed to come up with the best answer, but you never know!
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