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Hi, im going to be working with a major radio station who wants to offer a live studio feed on their website.
I have a VERY good webcam which only requires a network connection and it has its own IP. The cam can FTP on its own as well as serve images to a local browser via its on board webserver.
I need help finding a way to get the stream from my cam to the webserver, then redispursed via an application or script on the webserver.
Does anybody have any ideas? I would like to make this as real time as possible, and in the back of my mind, i feel like FTP is way to slow.
Thanks very much.
I don't have any experience with webcams, but FTP doesn't sound good for video. I would think still images would be fine.
As for software, look here:
thank you for the link, but of course i have searched google before asking here...
still images are actually not fine because they are not a stream....and look kind of cheap imo.
Does anyone have any experience or advice in this area?
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|I need help finding a way to get the stream from my cam to the webserver, then redispursed via an application or script on the webserver. |
You might want to email Bill over at Radio Paradise. They have a pretty neat setup that they've put a lot of time into, and could probably give you some pointers.
Other than that, you may be able to implement a RewriteRule that grabs the stream via mod_proxy and serves it transparently with the webpage. Easy to do, free, and should accomplish what you're trying to do.
I hate long urls in forums :(
Anyways, I used to stream video for awhile, was always very busy. You gotta pick your technologies careful though. I thikn I know hte cam you'Re talking about. It runs linux as far as I recall, so you'Re limited n software.
The cam doesnT' matter much, as your quality is limited more by what people can download. Also remember that for a decent number of people your bandwidth usage skyrockets FAST.
1000 watchers can easily use up a few megabytes/sec of bandwidth.
Also, choose carefully as only certain codecs are widely suppoerted and don't need cams.
You should try to remember how often you saw truly life streams on teh net, and you will realise it's not as easy as it sounds.