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Cam for website following building construction


 
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doconner
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Joined: 19 Oct 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:51 pm    Post subject: Cam for website following building construction Reply with quote

Hi all,
I work for a university IT department, and although it is a bit of a stretch from my primary job tasks, I have been given the the task of web camera guy.

About 3 1/2 years ago the university started building a new and rather large building on campus. At that time I purchased and installed 4 separate AXIS 2100 cameras and mounted them in the windows of adjacent buildings and pointed towards the construction site. I created a website that showed streaming 'live' video from the cameras. I also used the FTP server on the camera to capture still images at regular intervals. Now that the building has been completed I have created 4 timelapse videos from each of the angles, and everything worked out rather well.

However, these cameras would lock up very easily if to many people accessed it over the website at once, or even if I were clicking around too quickly within the web-based control panel for the camera.

I'm wondering if this problem has been fixed in some of the new AXIS cameras, such as the AXIS 207MW, AXIS 210A, or AXIS 211M.

I also wonder what the technical & legal implications are for streaming these live videos over a website with their claims that MPEG 4 is a licensed technology. If I set these new cameras up to stream through a website, and 5 or 10 people are viewing it at once will the camera allow it? Is that violating the license?

So my questions are two-fold.

1. Are the newer cameras more stable, or will I still have to deal with frequent lock-ups due to heavy use?

2. What are the limitations to streaming over the web with MPEG4?

and I suppose a 3rd would be, along the lines of most newbies here. Are there cameras that I should consider outside of the Axis lineup. Cameras that would be mounted in a window of a secured building pointing outside whose use would be to stream live video over the web along with keeping image snapshots (FTP) for later use.

Thanks,
Duane-O
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user1
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Joined: 31 Jul 2007
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be good with the Axis 211.
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Mr Sots
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Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Axis cameras (like most IP Cameras) have a hard coded limitation for the number of people viewing a stream at the same time (10 off the top of my head). This could well be the reason you were experiencing the camera "locking up".
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Charles Rhodes
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Joined: 02 Nov 2007
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Location: Tennessee

PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:16 pm    Post subject: Live Web Cam With 50 Viewers Reply with quote

Mr Sots,
Don't envy the camera man position. We used a Canon VB-C50ir and are very pleased. Can have up to 50 viewers at a time, 1 person can control the Pan/Tilt/Zoom at a time, able to limit boundries where the camera or zoom are not permitted, capture video or still photos, limit who can do any of these feets from an easy to operate browser interface. Check the camera in use,

http://www.cabinfevervacations.com/pigeonforgesmokymountains-webcam.shtml
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user1
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you said 5-10 Axis should be fine.
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