In the meantime I found another interesting project to stream video from the webcam: it’s mjpg-streamer SVN repository on Sourceforge which I checked out. It compiles well, but so far I had no success to get it working (well, its supposed to work, as it did before for many others; maybe I am just too stupid). Anyway, if you try it out and have some success please let me know.
and then you point your browser at ‘http://localhost:8080/’ for local viewing or open the firewall and view from anywhere in the world. Other ports can be selected (I wonder which one is best). Very recommended.
A quick FYI -
I haven’t done it recently, but in the past found that setting up VLC to stream video was very easy and perhaps most importantly is a highly configurable solution supporting may options like bitrate, screen sizes, protocols, hardware acceleration (was experimental then but worked nicely for me) and some pretty cool auto-discovery for simple LAN broadcasting.
Doesn’t require anything more minimally than the standard VLC client, but the viewers must also be running VLC.
I have VLC already installed because it’s so powerful as a universal multimedia client, so it wasn’t any issue for me to also use it as a server.
Remember than on the fly encoding is extremely resource-intensive, you can throw a ton of expensive processing power and it’ll probably still be lacking if you’re expecting quality streaming.
I tried also VLC and, although it was able to capture the camera, downstream VLCs could not display them. Something to do with decoding the stream judging from the error messages.
We got hold of some modern cameras that are driven by the uvc driver and used mjpg_streamer with total success. It would seem that mjpg_streamer ifnores the parameter that is supposed to tell it where its www files are. Only way I could get it to use these was to locate them at /www. Not good and have posted a comment to their site.
Using VLC as a server also worked fine but, as tsu mentions, it used a lot of resource.
My recommendation would be to go with mjpg_streamer. It’s very lightweight and can easily be started during the boot process so an unattended server can be used.
Am now looking into Zone Minder hoping to use mjpg_streamer to capture the streams to monitor.