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    Anyone know how to setup/host a WEB CAM?....

    We have a mare that is going to drop a foal in January and I want to set up a web cam at our barn so that my sons Equine Vet class can monitor the birth of the foal.

    I need info on:
    1. Type of webcam that would work best (low light level)
    2. How do you host - who does it?
    3. Do I need a computer at the barn or just a power source for the webcam???

    Any info is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks..
    Paul

    LOL...just so noone thinks this will secretly be for some porn site - attached is a picture of the horse and MY DAUGHTER....
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    SPEED KILLS, BUT YOU GET THERE QUICKER Keddano's Avatar
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    You could always set-up a web cam and use a computer(maybe a older one)in the barn running a wireless router. Most newer webcams have good low light boost.

    Harbor Freight has a Color Security Camera that is half way decent,and runs infrared LED's for night vision usage.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/manuals...5999/95914.pdf
    The camera wire can be extended running to a computer in the house by a phone line extension wire.It hooks up with RCA connectors,so you'd need a tv tuner card or some adaptor like a RCA to USB/RCA to S-Video.

    For broadcasting,use a free service like http://www.stickam.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by BartenderSmalley View Post
    We have a mare that is going to drop a foal in January and I want to set up a web cam at our barn so that my sons Equine Vet class can monitor the birth of the foal.

    I need info on:
    1. Type of webcam that would work best (low light level)
    2. How do you host - who does it?
    3. Do I need a computer at the barn or just a power source for the webcam?...
    Does the video need to be live, or can it be recorded for later playback?

    If it needs to be live, will the vet class be on-site, or somewhere distant?

    Distant means the video stream needs to be sent over the Internet, which means the speed of the Internet connections (both yours and theirs) will have a big effect on the video quality.

    Low light and high video quality are opposites. To get both, the camera will cost more.

    Cheap web cameras tend to have mediocre video quality, require lots of light for good video, and have medium picture quality when motion is occurring.

    The video compression used then further degrades the image, especially during motion and low light scenes.

    Long cables also tend to degrade video quality.

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    This is a good low light cam but it is kind of pricey. http://www.amazon.com/DIGI-INTERNATI...dp/B00006LHIN/

    You can use the free site listed above. The big deal is if you are going to have a computer in the barn and I recommend no wireless connectivity. Run cat5 wire and you will need a good internet connection preferably cable over DSL with the biggest upstream available.



    Hold on I take all that back. Look into a Slingbox with a good low light video camera. Whatever camera you have will hook up to the standalone Sling Box and the Slingbox hooks directly to the internet. The only downside is that only one source can view the video at the time but is you have at least 400mb upstream the video quality will be pretty good with at least 30 frames per second. This setup will require no computer and and minimal hardware. If you can wait till tomorrow when I get back home I can prepare a setup like this at my home and let you remote view it. I have a security setup for my garage like this with 2 cameras. you could do a simular setup if you need to see various angles. Cat5 wire will still need to be run to the internet connection

    You can get a Slingbox Solo or AV for about $100 on eBay and you can connect any camera with a composite out.

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    SPEED KILLS, BUT YOU GET THERE QUICKER Keddano's Avatar
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    Did you set something up?

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    No I didn't because this thread seemed to die so I figured he had found something.

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    SPEED KILLS, BUT YOU GET THERE QUICKER Keddano's Avatar
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    LOL, That was directed to Bartender,because it looked like it died.

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    He gets side tracked easily,

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