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Setting Up a Remote Web Cam

your instructions are fine, however i have a problem in as much as FWINK cant find the server altho im sure the ftp address is correct as it works direct from my FTP program which i uase to upload my site, but FWINK dosnt seem to understand the address Im uploading to talktalk if that makes any differance

Can you help please

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 17:45:52 +0000

Does your ISP use a standard FTP port? If not, you might need to find out how to enter the special port into Fwink. What is the host and port you specified in your FTP program?

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 24 Jul 2008 22:39:15 +0000

Good day Sir,

Your software is really user friendly. I've gotten everything set up and have the web page working however the "image" that is uploaded is black. I see the image fine in Fwink but the image that uploads to the server is just black. Any suggestions?

Thank you,

John Jaeger
Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:50:02 +0000

Try saving the image to a local file and see if it is black. I suspect you've uploaded the image to a different FTP location than you expect. You are probably looking at an old black image. Because JPG is a specialized format, it's not possible to load a corrupt image file and see black. You'd see a broken image instead. So if the local file is not black, then you are uploading to a different FTP location. If the local image is black, then you have to work out Fwink settings.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:54:05 +0000

Hello! Your instructions are great, I noticed that you had problem with low light enviroment - you could use IR (infrared) diode to light it up - camera see this light, people don't.

Regards, Kuba;)

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 17:31:49 +0000

That's a great idea, Kuba. I thought about the same. But I was using the remote web cam with my baby. I wasn't sure what the effect of IR to my baby's eyes. I think it would be like shining a flashlight into someone's eyes, even though they can't see it, it didn't feel safe. So decided to forgo the IR. But I'm sure it will work great in other cases.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 24 Jan 2009 20:39:36 +0000

Are you serious? You are worried about what effect infrared light has on a baby? ***The sun emits enormous amounts of infrared light*** It's always there, you just can't see it, genius.

The camera isn't emitting the infrared light, just detecting it. Jeez.

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:12:32 +0000

Actually, you failed to understand the article fully. My Sony DCR-TRV350 Handycam (mentioned in the article) does emit infrared light to film in total darkness.

And the sun emits a lot of different types of radiation. It's ok to be bathed in it for a reasonable amount of time. But you wouldn't want to stand under it for a very long time (sun burns), nor should you stare into it.

Much like you shouldn't stare into a regular LED (try staring into one if you don't believe me; your eyes gets uncomfortable quick), you probably shouldn't stare into a regular infrared LED. The radiation strength of the infrared LED is likely the same as the regular LED, but your eyes wouldn't feel uncomfortable staring at a infrared LED (yah, I tried it before). But it could possible induce the same amount of damage as a regular LED.

The two LED on my Sony DCR-TRV350 can't be seen. But it does glow slightly in the dark. In total darkness, it will certainly attract a baby's eyes. I don't want my baby to stare into those LED's until I see scientific proof that the infrared LED's are harmless.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 08 Dec 2009 18:26:14 +0000

Sounds like you are a couple of uptight, paranoid new parents.
Chill out......A mother should be up and about in a few days,
unless she had complications. Your wife sounds like a baby
herself, needing you...and the web cam, as her baby sitter.
Sounds ridiculous. Or....are you not trusting your wife???
Good luck. I feel sorry for the teachers when your child
starts school. Relax, your wife and your baby ain't gonna break!

Marina Lease
Wed, 03 Feb 2010 04:20:56 +0000

How about you tell that to parents that just had their first child die due to SIDS.

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:19:35 +0000

Your method seems working but to be honest I don't like it very much, since I don't use FTP.. I tried to make my build of Fwink and add an option to allow it execute a command each time it completes capturing a picture, and I wrote a bat script to archive the file. Seems it's working perfectly. If any one is interested in it, I can share my build.

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:02:07 +0000

Sure. I'm interested in your build. Would you post it here?

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 22:14:53 +0000

Hey Chieh,

Sure. I am posting my build here. There is a readme in the package and you can have a try. I am still trying to do some other improvements. I found fwink always captures at 320x240. If you choose 640x480 in the settings, it just resize the small 320x240 image to 640x480 after capture, so the image is not sharp. Even if I am using a Logitech C910 which supports HD video, I can only get 320x240 in the capture source. Hope I can fix this in a few weeks.

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Kai Zhang
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:51:06 +0000

Thanks Kai. I'm sure your build will come in handy for many of us.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 05 Jan 2011 16:52:33 +0000

What software would you use on apple computers? I have an Imac deck top. Thanks.

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