The goal here is to broadcast video from my laptop, for 1-N video conferencing. This turns out to be hard.
What you're seeing here is basically the MJPEG stream from my Quickcam Communicate MP, sent over HTTP as "multipart/x-mixed-replace", by mjpg-streamer, on my Ubuntu 8.10 Dell Latitude D810.
... and then relayed through a server running mjpeg-relay
Nice things about this approach
Bad things about this approach
In part because mjpeg's are so poorly compressed, it's important to have a splitter-relay with good upstream connectivity, if you don't have it yourself. For this I wrote mjpeg_relay.
Ideally we'd like to be sending an MPEG-4 stream which browsers could view (perhaps with flash), in variable quality, and with low latency. And maybe even with syncronized sound. But this looks to require some software I don't have.... Folks out there offering such a service? "stickam" is one. "paltalk" is another. maybe "spontania". probably "mebeam" (NSFW). I didn't really get any of them to work, though....