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Old 05-12-06, 09:14 PM
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I am looking for a place that would be able to host a webcam feed but all I can seem to find are porn oriented ones or some that are free and sound too good to be true.

I want to offer to a limited number of people the ability to connect to my webcam that is pointed to a Robin's nest with a female sitting on her eggs.
This is an area I am quite unfamiliar with.

I am on a wireless, medium speed internet connection but do not have a public IP.
As I understand it I should be able to use software to capture and upload continuously changing images to a host server.

Any ideas?
 
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Try Earthcam..
 
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Old 05-13-06, 09:57 AM
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I looked at Earthcam and it appears they only collect links to existing cams rather than host the images themselves.

Trying to be the independant dad is too much of a headache.
My programmer son is going to set me up with a domain name and recommend a safe place to host the images.
My intel provideo webcam has software that can upload to an ftp so I'll experiment with that. (Once he tells me what to do.)
 
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Old 05-13-06, 11:22 AM
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My intel provideo webcam has software that can upload to an ftp so I'll experiment with that. (Once he tells me what to do.)
That would be the way to go.. You can upload the image to our own website..
By the way, we have 3 baby robins in our Blue spruce.. They're almost too big for the nest, and I expect them to get booted out by mommy and daddy within the next week or so..
 
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I read an article about a new camera line from Creative which offered web hosting for your stream. I picked up a Creative Live Motion ( VF0150 possibly ) in part because the model name sounded like the one I'd read about and because the box claims one can "monitor your home with a mobile phone or pda".

Just hope they includ Palm OS units in their definition...
 
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Old 05-13-06, 08:16 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions.
I'll look up the info on the creative site.

I am going to play with the software for the Intel cam I have at least to get my feet wet.

Here is an image captured with the notebook cam I have set up now.
It is only around 320 x 240 resolution.
I am hopefull that the 640 x 480 cam I might try to set up tomorrow will be a big improvement.
I assume that the larger resolution might hog bandwidth but I would rather have a clearer image over a faster stream if that is how it works.

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v611/hal2000/robin2sm.jpg">
 
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> I assume that the larger resolution might hog bandwidth

I generally presume that, however discovered a year ago that Citrix Metaframe was tuned to make setting the screen color mode to 24 bit MUCH faster than setting it to 16 bit! Now I tend to bug the tech support people more with questions like that which might make things work a bit better than they do just out of the box

The image of the Robin is great. I'm hoping to capture something like a mating 'dance' I watched for 45 minutes last week just outside the window when a VERY young male and mature female squirrel were trying to avoid/attract each other....
 
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Update:

My son came to my rescue and set me up with a domain name and some space.
He threw a quick page together for me but I am having stability problems with my computer.
I downloaded a little application called Fwink to upload timed images but it seems my computer took a disliking to it and now freezes up.
I went back to using the Intel webcam software and now that I travelled to my hometown for our long weekend I see I made it 24 hrs before the site has stopped being updated.

Interesting to see if my computer froze up or some robber is playing video games on it.
Find out tomorrow.

I have some parts I have been accumulating to build a 3100 Sempron system I think I'll just put a rush on and try to get it ready in case we are lucky enough to have a successfull hatch.

When I get my reliability problem sorted out I'll post a link.
 

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Further update

I am still having problems with the current computer but I am close to finishing my new one.

Until it's ready you can try the link and it will likely work.

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