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Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Adam, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. Adam

    Adam Guest

    Hi there,

    I've got birds nest at the roof of my house. I would like to install a
    web cam before birds come back and transmit live picture though my
    website. What prerequisites do I need it order to succeed and how much
    roughly it would cost me?

    I assume I would need a proper web cam, which could stand bad weather
    and temperature changes. The place where birds have a nest is quite
    dark as well, so probably it would be good to have one with a light or
    something?

    The second thing is how to stream ( with a good rate, at least 1 frame
    a sec ) the picture from the camra through my website? Do I need a
    specific hosting?

    What else would I need to do in order to succeed with my plan? Birds
    are coming soon! Need help!

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
    Adam, Feb 22, 2007
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    :Jerry: Guest

    The webcam etc. is the least of your worries, I suggest that you post
    your question to a web authoring group, you should also connect your
    ISP and domain host (if different to your ISP) about what they require
    / allow. Until you know if you can / are allowed to stream media via
    your IP connection anything else is of a secondary importance ATM.
     
    :Jerry:, Feb 22, 2007
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    Trev Guest

    This is a link to one I watched year Before last You could get in touch
    maybe
    http://www.cornwall.dsl.pipex.com/webcamxp/webcamxp2.html
     
    Trev, Feb 22, 2007
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  4. Adding lighting is a different problem. For the camera, you could
    google for ethernet (network) webcams - specifically using "Power over
    ethernet". That would reduce the cabling to a single cable for the
    camera which can withstand quite a long cable run.

    Most webcams are USB and can only have a couple of metres cabling
    between them and the PC. A POE ethernet camera would supply both the
    power and the connectivity to get the image to your PC, in some cases
    it would also run its own web server which you could tunnel out
    through your router to the internet.

    Examples of these adpaters and cameras might be like :

    http://www.think4.com/batteries_power_ups/usrobotics_power_over_ethernet_kit_usr805446a.html
    http://www.gadget-spot.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=POE12
    http://www.action-electronics.com/ipcameras.htm

    You would also want an exterior housing, which should be 100%
    waterproof. Otterbox are typical manfacturers for weatherproof
    equipment cases : http://www.otterbox.com and may be able to produce
    one close to your design requirements.


    It depends. It mainly depends on the camera type. It also depends on
    how many viewers at a time during the day - remember there may be
    viewers 24/7 if you have the location lit by infrared.

    In general, 1fps can be arranged by finding a camera which does FTP
    upload of still images to a website - live streaming of moving images
    is more demanding and might require some type of "reflector" or in
    extreme usage, a true media server such as Darwin Streaming Server
    (from Apple).


    I think you might start planning now, for next year - consider this
    one a dry run and test some of the concepts with yourself and friends
    ? Perhaps you could archive some video onto the website so people
    remain engaged till next time.

    Cheers - Neil
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    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Feb 22, 2007
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