Re: is it possible to add/embed a cusm video feed into a netscape

Mark Andrew Nassy (nassy@earthlink.net)
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 19:23:18 -0500


At 12:43 PM -0600 on 1/29/98, Jason Williams wrote:

> 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.

sorry about the misunderstanding with the terminology. i didnt mean embed
as with plug ins. that was my fault. u r correct that plug ins were not in
existance at that time. what i meant was i suspect the video was in a
netscape window as opposed to a helper application. i was never able to
verify this suspicion as i never was able to gain access to a copy of unix
netscape. i recall this rather vaguely, and its been a while, but i think
mit had live video from some classroom and u had to have unix netscape to c
it. certainly added an air of mystery to the unix system for me. i just had
begun to develop an interest in computers.

> 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.

forgot about this possibility. this option would probably result in better
video as it may avoid that annoying blinking associated with the refresh
meta tag. another option may b to use java to serve the series of images
that way u may b able to view images while others r being downloaded.

at the time when i wanted a web cam the cgi bin accounts at .edu i had
access to were either off limits or limited to certain cgis (ie i couldnt
install my own cgi) and commerical isps required u to have a more expensive
account (business account) to run ur own cgis. i was just hoping to use a
freeware solution to watch images from my television on my web page. hence
i wrote a script to do the work for me; and the nice thing about it is that
it was all free.

i havent tried it but u should b able to specify a port to go with a
specific ip address with an applescript. u can also have the script save
and serve the images to the users web browser upon request from the web
server. i dont know if any of the mac web cam shareware programs do this.

should u b using a modem to serve the series of images and if u anticipate
several people simultaneously connecting to ur web page u may suffer some
degradation in the speed with which images r served as the number of people
connecting to ur web page increases. for that reason i chose to ftp the
images to my .edu account. this never really turned out to b a major factor
however as there was never that many if any people connected simultaneously.

Mark Andrew Nassy, <MAILTO:nassy@earthlink.net>