To use live web cam feeds in UpStage, you need to download and install a separate web cam FTP application, and configure it to send your web cam images to the UpStage server. You then create a “web cam avatar” which is the same as a normal avatar, except that its image source is the web cam stream.
At the moment, we recommend the following applications (there are others, but we know that these work):
- Mac: Evocam (click here for settings images; note that you will also need to click on the “Advanced” tab in the FTP settings, and uncheck Passive mode)
- Linux: Camstream – start the application from the console with LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so camstream (click here for settings images)
- Windows: Fwink (click here for settings images)
Once you have installed the appropriate application, you will need to configure it with the settings for the server you are using. These examples show the information used for the main UpStage server (e.g. upstage.org.nz) – if you are using your own server you will need to enter the appropriate information.
Note: you may also wish to install ManyCam (Windows/Mac) – this application allows you to manage multiple web cams, and multiple web cam apps, without running into conflicts. For instance if you are trying to use your web cam in UpStage when you have Skype open, it may not work because Skype has control of the cam. ManyCam overcomes this by either sharing a single cam between apps, or by allowing you to use multiple cams with multiple apps.