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Setup your Webcam using "FTP upload" with the software Webcam32.

This is a basic installation with a common Webcam software using the "FTP Upload" mode. For more details about all the fonctionnalities of the Webcam32 software, please refer to their user guide.

First of all you need to be OK with the following items:

1. You have a Webcam.
2. You have an internet connection (dial-up, cablemodem, LAN, etc...).
3. You have a place to host your Webcam page.

Download the trial version of Webcam32 here. (Then you may buy this great software for only $25 at: http://surveyorcorp.com.

When you are ready you can continue with the following steps:

A. Webcam32 configuration.

1. Install your Webcam on your PC.

2. install Webcam32 and restart your computer.

3. Sart Webcam32, you must see your Webcam picture like this:

main32.jpg (9342 bytes)

4. Now we are going to configure FTP to send your Webcam pictures: Click on the FTP button ftp32.jpg (491 bytes), the following window will appear:

ftpbasic.jpg (24462 bytes)

"FTP basic"configuration:

FTP server: enter the name of the FTP server you use to upload your web pages.
FTP Userid: Your user ID
FTP password: your password
Directory: Usually it is "public_html" sometimes nothing, if you are not sure you may ask your provider or try with different possibilities.
Upload interval: it is in seconds. (If you enter 10, the webcam captured picture will be sent every 10 seconds).
Save count: this option allow to archive the last x pics (on our exemple x = 0 = no pictures archived). For exemple if you enter 6, when the next upload happens the previous picture will be renamed with a number at the end. In our exemple the pictures have the name "webcam32.jpg" so  the previous pictures will be archived with the following names:
webcam321.jpg, webcam322.jpg......... webcam326.jpg.
(the freshest picture upload will always have the name you gave in the field "File name").

Then click on the "FTP advanced" tab, the following window appears:

ftpadvan.jpg (22880 bytes)

Verify that it is configured as above. It should be OK like this but you could check "Passive FTP" if you are behind a firewall and modify the "Proxy settings" if you are behind a Proxy.

Then press OK.

5. Now you need to set the picture size you will send by clicking on "setting" then "Format":

setting.jpg (12801 bytes)

We srtongly suggest the 320x240 size as it is the most common.

6. You are now back on the main window and it is time to do the first test: Press once on the "FTP Now" button ("FTP now" will send a single capture and "FTP start" will send a capture every x seconds depending on your configuration).

ftpnow.jpg (2356 bytes)

7. Close Webcam32 and open your favorite FTP software (the one you use to upload your web pages) and check if the picture "webcam32.jpg" is there. If yes: the configuration is fine. If no: check again from the Step 4.

B. Build your webcam page.

The next step consist to displays the pictures on your webcam page. we'll talk abour 2 solutions: the META REFRESH is simple but refresh all the page and the JAVA REFRESH is more complicated but refresh only the picture.

The META REFRESH:

To generate your Webcam page using Meta refresh do the following:

1. Fill the form below.
2. Click on "create my HTML code".
3. Copy the code
4. Paste it on a blank page (in HTML mode) of your favorite web editor.
5. Save your webcam page on your server:

1.  My Webcam page title:
2. The full URL of my picture: (ex: http://myserver/.../webcam32.jpg)
3. The refreshing interval of my webcam in SECONDS:
4. My keywords separated by commas: (ex: webcam,my_name, my_country)
5. My Webcam description:
6. My comment (it will come below your Webcam):


JAVA REFRESH:

1. Download the JavaCam Applet here.

2. Unzip the file and put the file JavaCam.class in the same directory as you send the pictures from your cam (webcam32.jpg in our exemple).

To generate your Webcam page using Java refresh do the following:

1. Fill the form below.
2. Click on "create my HTML code".
3. Copy the code
4. Paste it on a blank page (in HTML mode) of your favorite web editor.
5. Save your webcam page on your server:

1. My Webcam page title:
2. The URL of the applet directory: (ex: http://myserver/...)
WITHOUT the file name at the end !
3.The full URL of my picture: (ex: http://myserver/.../webcam32.jpg)
4. The refreshing interval of my webcam in SECONDS:
5. My keywords separated by commas: (ex: webcam,my_name, my_country)
6. My Webcam description:
7. My comment (it will come below your Webcam):


To check if it works:

1. Start "webcam32" and press the "FTP start" button:

ftpstart.jpg (1884 bytes)

2. Open your Web browser, go to your Webcam page and see your webcam LIVE !

Normally it should work but (of course) sometimes it doesn't so try to check everything again and ICQ me if you desperate  :-))

HAVE FUN !