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I'm trying to set up a webpage which will feature live video streams from three webcams at three locations, unfortunately I have no idea how to do this!

Can anyone recommend a good place to look for tutorials etc - everytime I search it seems like 90% of the results are for "unsuitable content" type sites - NOT what I am looking for! ;o)


I am planning to use 3 Phillips Toucam Pro II webcams with pretty basic machines attached to stream the video from, and this needs to take place over a company LAN.

TIA

LH
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You could use micro$oft netmeeting, which conforms to H323 specs and has sound, or
webcam32 which is very easy to set up.

http://www.webcam32.com/
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Don't suppose anyone else has an idea of how to directly stream live video from camera to server?

Still stuck on this.

Can't use Netmeeting because I require the image to be viewable from a webpage by many people simoultaneously.


I am using Creative NX Pro webcams, with a Abyss Webserver, and Cerberus FTP server to ftp the webcam images to the server.

Thanks.
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POINTS INCREASED!! :o)

TIA.
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did you look at webcam32? It has a java applet to do this in a browser
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Just had a look - but I don't really want to download more software :o(

This is only an excercise really, and I have not "budget" left for buying software  - which it seems I would need to do with webcam 32 in order to get the correct Java Applet (can't see it on the site myself).

Thanks for the tip, but a "cheaper" alternative would suit me better.

LH
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Creative's image studio has this function built in, no:?
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Sounds promising...

I didn't get this software with the camera, and can't find it by searching on Google.

Can you suggest anywhere I can download it from?

Thanks,
LH
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I don't believe they allow you to download the entire CD, you'd have to conact Creative for a replacement.
If you need multiple streams in one page, save yourself a lot of trouble and get a commercial application.
http://www.webcamresource.com/ has a free demo of webcamsat (1 cam)
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I'm closing this question and gettng the points back.

<<PLEASE DON'T POST ANSWERS HERE NOW>>

Sorry - thanks for all the help offered, but none of these answers really helped my problem.

in the end I just went with a regularly updated jpg using a java applet instead of a continuous video stream.
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