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  1. I am wanting to embed a live webcam on our website. It is successfully working using an iframe linked to the webcams IP address/port. The website hosting doesn't have unlimited bandwidth. Will this add to the websites bandwidth usage or does it bypass the web server and stream straight to the browser like YouTube does when embedded on a web page.

    Don't want to end up with a huge bandwidth charge from the Hosting Company.

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  2. Pretty sure that you will use your hosting bandwidth using that setup. Can't you use something like USteam?
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  3. OK. So how does this work differently to iframing a YouTube video that bypasses the hosting bandwidth? Will look at UStream but might end up being more expensive than the bandwidth and don't want ads showing.

    Thanks!
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    In one, the Youtube server is serving that segment and it has many features on its side: on backbone, able to multicast, able to throttle quality to available rate.
    In the other, your cam is acting as the server for its segment and it has none of those features. Even using UDP so as not to re-send packets, it is going to have major problems with scalability.

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  5. Plus 1 for Scott's info. And another suggestion: don't use iframes on your website. The user can not set a book mark on iframes. Just upload your vid to youtube and embed it in your website with the code they provide. Very easy and free.
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    I think he said wanting a live cam feed? So file upload no go. Not sure if FBlive or YTlive would work.

    Yes, don't use Iframes if you can help it.

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  7. Youtube also does live steaming. Here's the link for instructions:

    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026?hl=en
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  8. Hi Guys,

    Thanks for your assistance. Sorry for the delay in replying.

    I'm not sure if I have misunderstood your replies but what I was meaning about the difference between YouTube and the webcam is that streaming from YouTube, when a video is iframe embedded bypasses the web server and goes straight to the browser. Just wondering why the webcam wouldn't do the same thing?

    The webcams are currently loaded on a website and working fine so scalability isn't an issue we are facing at the moment. The bandwidth on the current hosting isn't metered but we are moving to a different host (to help with restricting access to the cams to logged in users only) where bandwidth is metered and invoiced.

    Don't want a surprise big invoice.

    Thanks again!
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