You want to stream video from a camera (video camera, camcorder, or Webcam) to a Media Screen in Video Mill.
These are the essentials for camera streaming. High end video cameras and Webcams may have their own software and methods for streaming. See your camera software manual for details.
If your camera or Webcam does not come with software to perform streaming, you can use third party software to facilitate streaming. See the knowledge base article on VLC which is a free package that we have tested. Or use your own favorite streaming utility.
Some Network enabled cameras have a built-in Web server. A network camera does not need a direct connection to a PC or any other hardware or software to capture and transfer images. It operates as a stand-alone unit and requires only a connection to the network. Using network enabled camera, you can capture live video and send it (via HTTP) to a computer which is running Video Mill to display the feed.
Another possible configuration is multiple computers networked together. The video stream file could be located in a Network Share folder. Allowing one computer to create the stream file. While another computer, running Video Mill to display the feed, accesses the stream file in a Network Share folder.
Assume you have a camera attached to a computer named Skywalker and it has a network share folder named Videos. The camera is streaming to a filename camfeed.asf in the Videos folder. Note the computer name is found in the
Control Panel -- System -- General
Then you could have a second computer on the network running Video Mill. To display the camera feed, you would create a new Media Item. Use the Web Link button to assign the camera feed using the network format \\server\share\file_path. In this case it would be \\Skywalker\Videos\camfeed.asf .