Another brain dump from SamChurchill, slapped up on the web site by AdamShand.

Here's a brief review of inexpensive webcasting. Many use USB, CMOS webcams and consumer "live" webcam software. Most use onsite PCs to serve the images and sound so a good, high-speed, bi-directional link is preferred. I guess you could also use shockcast audio streams over silent cameras like the Axis, too. But one-piece, A/V solutions seem simpler.

  1. i-Vista: Intel has a package that includes a 30 day trial of iVISTA software which allows you to broadcast unlimited video and audio to anyone with a Java enabled Browser. iVISTA Pro software ($199) includes extra features such as a domain name like (

Intel's PocketPC Cam and higher resolution are USB point-and-shoots. They can also record 2 minutes of video with on-board memory. Attach the cord and you've got a "live" camera. I-Net Cam's iVISTA3 software supports video AND AUDIO streaming. Here's an A/V stream from a live tv show.Modules can be purchased separately that includes full audio capabilities, multiple video streaming, motion detection, personalized web address, and other features for $50-$200.

Surveyor's Webcam 32 software ($40). Webcam 32's Java Cam Push 9b.htm set-up instructions is available as part of Webcam32 and works with the Logitech $50 webcam. Version 4 browsers can view real time live streaming video from Webcam32. I haven't tried it (yet) but here's a tutorial that may get you going. The Windows-only I-Spy does it too.

The Axis 2100 camera and Stardot's Netcam are the leaders, here.,1361,17496,00.html PC World review.

JVC's VN-C2WU $1600 demo sites also include built-in web servers and ethernet connections for "live" plug and play with a DSL line (or dial-up). The camera's built-in server software gives you two options for displaying images; (1) enter the camera's IP address to view images directly, or (2) instruct the server to upload images to a Web server About 10 people can view it simultaneously. Live shots work best on a LAN, of course. Vantum makes an MPEG 1 & 2 camera with optional internal hard disk ($1200-$2000). It connects directly to an IP network and can be controlled from the web. Got Best of the Show at Inter Op 2001. Internet Product Watch has <A a big list of the latest web cameras Ethernet CCTV specializes in network cameras. Pelco's CCTV lenses can zoom to 30x. The AXIS 2401 video server is a small (6"x8") box that connects any video source, then attaches to a LAN. It lets you add viewer interactivity. Here's an Sony webcamera with viewer controlled Pan, Tilt and Zoom. No dedicated computer required. Canon's VC-C4 also has a user controlled camera and camera control unit that needs no server. It's modeled after the Axis server product. i-Rec can store video on a hard drive for access by others. VPON's self-contained camera server also claims to be easy and live. About the size of a settop box, you just plug cameras in. The video is grabbed, compressed, and transmitted through a LAN or telephone line. It's used for child care, security and tourism.

Linux Servers: I'll let ErikWalthinsen cover the Linux field. His GStreamer looks good Camserv and The Iomojo server/cam is a complete Linux solution that enables you to add postcards, zoom cameras and other advanced stuff. It's available through Smarthome. Linux on Laptops running Linux PCMIA cards are also available. Lots of cool Linux projects are under development such as Humancasting, a peer-to-peer, file sharing, chat and video streaming application.


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