Get Real with Web Cams.

By: Thomas Hunter

With the internet, there has come ease of connection to those from whom you live far away. You can email, instant message, or talk over a voice connection for only the price of your internet service. However, you can make it more real. Web cams are becoming a bigger and bigger craze on the internet, and if you are willing to get one hooked up and running, you can add more realism and a better connection with your distant loved ones. There are two fairly simple steps in making it all happen for you.

First of all, you will need to get a web cam. Pretty much any web cam will work, and there are a ton of brands and types out there. Just find the one that is right for you. A lot of them can be bought for under $50, which is a reasonable price for what you will get out of the experience. If, though, you are seeking a better image quality you may have to spend a little more. Itís up to you and your own standards.

With a video camera, you can use it instead with the proper connection to your computer. It is a much more complicated and difficult process if you donít know what you are doing or already have web cam experience, so you will probably be better off buying a standard computer web cam right off the bat.

Once you have purchased the camera, you will need to install whatever software came with it. Once you have done that, you are ready to move on. Make sure, though, that you do read over the directions first. There are some web cams that require that you install the drivers first, but there are others that require that you plug in the camera before installing the drivers. Doing it in the wrong order can result in you not being able to get your new web cam up and working at all.

Second, you will need to choose a delivery system for your images. There are really three basic ways to get your images out there. You will need to do some research on your own to figure out which is best for you, but it is important that you know what your options are.

You could use a web cam service offered by many free email and search engine providers on the internet. This way is probably the simplest for someone that has not had a lot of experience with web cams. However, using this method will require that the person to whom you are sending your images install the same service. It is also the method that often gives the poorest image quality. If you do some research, you will find there are also a lot of pay web cam services out there, but cost versus what you get is something you will need to figure out for yourself.

Another option is to FTP to your website. You can use web cam software that uploads pictures to websites via File Transfer Protocol, or FTP. Using this method is more complicated than a free service and you will need to have a website that is FTP accessible. This is likely the best way to go if you are using a dial up internet connection and anticipate a lot of people uploading simultaneously.

The third option for getting your images out there is using an in house server. For this method you will use web cam software that uses your computer like a web server. This is probably not a good method to go with if you are a complete beginner because the setup is complicated and there are security issues with an in house server of any type. On the other hand, this is certainly the method that can, in most cases, deliver the best image quality. It can also offer a much quicker refresh rate for your images than the free service of the FTP method. This all, however, is dependent on you having a high speed internet connection of some sort.

As you can see, getting your web cam and getting it hooked up is not a difficult process. For just a few dollars and a little bit of your time, you can add a certain realism and excitement to your email or IM experience. So what are you waiting for, get real with your web cam and step into something exciting.

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