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    could someone briefly explain what goes into setting up a live video feed on a webpage?

    what languages will I need to know to do it, how difficult is it to setup and maintain?

    and what roughly is the going rate for setting something like this up?

    thank you
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    Well, the easiest cheapest way would be to use Real Media software. You will need:
    • A video camera of some sort
    • A computer with a highspeed Internet connection and a video capture card
    • RealProducer ( http://www.realnetworks.com/products...207realhome_2a )You can get this for free for thirty days
    • A host provider with a Real Server (there is HTTP Streaming, but you need the Real Server for live broadcasts)

    Westmich
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    Ok.

    Im wondering if I could get a bit more detail?

    The task at hand is to offer live video feed mon thru fri from like 8 to 5 for various people to connect. The client doesnt have a computer, that would mean that this video capture card would have to be on my computer unless he buys one.
    The computer with the highspeed connection and video capture card. Would it play some sort of mediator? I mean would the camera be connected to it and it would take in all the video, send it to the server which would then send the video streaming to anyone who might be connected?

    Im to say the least IGNORANT in this field and would love some links to various learning tools about this.


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    In order to have a live video on a Web site, the signal needs to orginate from a camera and be broadcast onto the Web.

    You will need a camera. An inexpensive camcorder will work provided it has some type of output like audio and video RCA jacks, SVHS video jack, or a DV (digital firwire). These lines take the output of the camera and hook into the capture card on the computer.

    Now you have this signal coming into your computer. You need sometype of software that will turn into a usable format like MPEG, AVI, or RAM. It should also be able to compress it for different users (T1, Cable, or 56K). The least expensive program I know for doing this is the RealProducer from Real. http://www.realnetworks.com/products...1207realhome_1

    Now in order for people to see this broadcast you will need a Web site, thus, a host provider. This host provider needs to have a an option for a RealServer in order to receive and send a live video signal (this is different then HTTP streaming over a regular server).

    As for timing when the video is seen, this might best be done on the site so that people don't see a blank screen when the camera is off. This might be done using frames and a script.

    One other option that is hands down the least expensive and easiest to install is a simple PC cam. You can buy them on-line or at a local electronics store for less then $100 and they usually come with the necassary software. They plug into a USB port and take a picture every X amount of seconds. This really isn't a 'live video feed', though.

    Hope this helps.
    Westmich
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