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jonfv
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:30 pm    Post subject: Streaming to website Reply with quote

Hello, I'm hoping maybe someone can suggest a simple piece of software to check out which would suit my needs.

I need a piece of software that can stream multiple cameras over different channels which can be embedded into a website.

So, for example, if I have 5 cameras... on a public website I'd need for someone to click a link for "Camera 1" to view camera one, "Camera 2" to view camera two... and so on.

It does need to stream the cameras in realtime, as close to 30 FPS as possible.

I've seen lots of different software packages out there, but really need something pretty simple (I don't need ability to record, playback, triger alerts, etc). If it has "extras" that's fine, but they are not required. The key is having an easy way to view individual cameras.

AND... I don't want for my users to have to download any plugins to view.

Does anyone know of software like this to stream multiple IP cameras so I may input into my website?

Thanks!
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many cameras provide a way to do this, for example Axis can do rtsp streaming directly from the camera to your website. How you layout your website in terms of seeing 5 videos on one screen or one per page is up to you, assuming you have basic HTML skills.

Figure that to do VGA resolution at 30fps on 5 cameras on a public website you'll need a serious network connection. Have you done a test to see what your current upload speed is, like at http://speedtest.net/ or http://speakeasy.net/speedtest/.

Figure that for each camera, each person viewing, you may need about 800Kb/s according to the Axis bandwidth calculator - http://www.axis.com/products/video/design_tool/calculator.htm. Of course if you chose to show 320x240 instead of VGA you only need 1/4th the bandwidth and if you do 15 fps intead of 30fps, it cuts it in half again and so on.

If you only have an upload connection of a few Mb/s, then you may want to consider a service where you upload the live video the service from each camera, and they host the live video on their service and usually they convert it to flash, so you put the link to the swf file on your page for each stream.
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jonfv
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks SO MUCH for the reply!

I don't believe the connection will be an issue. It's a rather robust connection. But you're right I may bring it down some FPS and I do plan to set the cams at 320 x 240.

As far as programming, that's what I do. Where I struggle is on the hardware end.

I have 5 of these cameras: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16881382001.

So, the location has a static IP and on the LAN each camera will have a static address. I thought I'd have to stream all the cam's out of one port and use "channels" in the IP url to build it in.

So that's what I was trying to find software that would do that.

But sounds like you're saying there is no need for such software? I could stream each camera individually without software?

Please forgive me for being naive, this is a learning curve for me.
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, stream directly from the camera to your website. Some manufacturers use java, some use rtsp, some use cgi. It may be in your owners manual, if not call Cisco support and ask them for sample HTML code to display your camera's live stream to a website. Most camera companies will oblige.

If it was a more common camera I would be able to tell you, but outside of my Flip camera, I don't know much about Cisco cameras.
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