Re: is it possible to add/embed a cusm video feed into a netscape page/with macintosh in mind

Jason Williams (streak@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu)
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 12:43:43 -0600 (CST)


On Wed, 28 Jan 1998, Mark Andrew Nassy wrote:
> i think when the 1st versions of netscape came out they were able to embed
> video in a web page.

First versions from several years ago? I don't think so..there's been
some Netscape plugins that allow for minimal
videoconferencing/audioconferencing but I don't consider plugins to be the
same thing.

> periodically capture images in jpeg or gif format and then ftp those images
> to ur web site.

The typical webcam scenario...It pounds on the web server for updates.

> the big disadvantage to this is that netscape blinked 2 much when
> reloading the image and the min reasonable time between images was 20
> seconds, not the way to get updated about an exciting ending to a game.

Yeah...reloading images isn't optimal...Netscape does provide support for
server push...Wish allows you to continuously send images without
refreshing...It works rather well if you have the bandwidth for it.

Basically, the HTML is simple depending on what you want to stream.
<img src=http://www.host.com/cgi-bin/push.cgi>
Where push.cgi is a CGI script that sends frame after frame...Webcam32
does this by using your IP at a specific port..
So <img src=http://mymachine.com:81> works...I'm not sure about Mac apps
though..and unfortunately, Internet Explorer doesn't support server push
either.

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