Streaming Media / Video Conferencing

Hi all,

I'm struggling to find a start point for a little project I'm working on as video and streaming is not an area I have ever worked in, so I hope someone will be able to point me in the right direction....

I want to create a video broadcast system, one person broadcasting with multiple viewers via webbrowsers and text-chat client. I'd also like the ability to transmit low and broadband versions of the same stream - e.g. full motion video and a lower version (1 image per quarter-second or less).

So I guess my questions are:

1. How to encode a webcam stream?
2. What to format to encode to?
3. How to create the browser reader/client(s)?

Any assistance would be great... I seem to be going around in circles reading about it online!

Thanks,
Setsquare
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PreachDotNetCommented:
Check out windows media serverit will do all of the above.

Need something set up as an IIS server though

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/server/server.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/broadcast.aspx
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PreachDotNetCommented:
Oh, to answer your questions.... no need to encode the stream it does it on the fly.

It broadcasts in wmv format.

You dont need to configure the client you just have a special URL such as

mms://www.sample.com/publish.wmv this opens it straight up in windows media player.

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setsquareAuthor Commented:
Preach,

Sorry for being thick (like I said, I'm a newbie) how do I go about getting my camera and audio images connected to server2003? (my fault - I think a bad explination of what I'm trying to achive: the video isn't pre-recorded... its would be live).

Also, the mms stream could be embedded into a web page though as a simply as adding a windows media viewer? (So I can authenticate users etc and perhaps provide a text-chat client?). Question though: Would it work on any browser (explorer, firefox etc) and on any machine (windows, mac, linux) etc.

Thanks!
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PreachDotNetCommented:
you can embed the object in a webpage but by default it opens in windows media player.  

If you go to configure your server and switch on windows media streaming it should install it.

This should explain more

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/WMMobile_Scenario3.aspx

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