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I'm looking for some really simple software to broadcast video from a webcam.

PC is running Vista, web cam is a standard MS one.

All I'd like to be able to do is access the output from the camera in a web-browser. I can take care of all the networking, so just need the software.

Anybody have good experience here?

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Not used it myself but I think VLC can do this.

About VLC

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats (H.264, Ogg, DivX, MKV, TS, MPEG-2, mp3, MPEG-4, aac, ...) from files, physical media (DVDs, VCD, Audio-CD), TV capture cards and many network streaming protocols.

It can also convert media files, transcode and act as a streaming server over unicast or multicast and IPv4 or IPv6. It doesn't need any external codec, program or codec pack to work.

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webcamXP is a powerful webcam and network camera monitoring, recording and streaming software for private and professional use. it offers unique features and unequaled ease of use to let you manage multiple video sources on the same computer.

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free for personal use, compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 2003 and 2008 Server.

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Ok, not in a web browser but it achieves nearly the same thing. I used skype. On the cam-end I set up a new skype account and told skype to auto-answer every call only from people on the contact list.

One minus is that it's not publicly available and one plus is that it's only available to the selected users.

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FFMpeg will help you very much. Get it here http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com . It is a little exe file without dlls, and also works in command line.

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