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Limitless possibilities without technical knowledge. Set up any webcam or IP camera easily and start broadcasting live video.
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Broadcaster software for free video streaming and YouTube Live streaming from mobile, webcam and CCTV, IP camera. Windows / Mac / iPhone ☛ www.cameleon.live
Free live streaming apps! Broadcaster software for free video streaming and YouTube Live streaming from mobile, webcam and CCTV, IP camera. Windows / Mac / iPhone ☛ www.cameleon.live
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Imagine having unprecedented control over your own home security system, baby monitor or pet camera. Imagine having the option to secure and privately access your cameras but also turn them into powerful live streaming tools. It’s like having your own on-line tv channel or "big brother" show. Stream live video, the possibilities are limitless.

What is Cameleon?

The easiest (really) and cheapest (free) solution to start your own:

  • live streaming, without technical knowledge
  • on-line tv channel, "big brother" show
  • DIY home security system
  • remote baby monitoring and pet camera

Cameleon brings our experience with spycam.io to everyone and does two things:

1. spycam.io was built upon request to dig for hidden capabilities of existing CCTV cameras. While recent camera hardwares are well built and have outstanding quality, the shipped software is in most cases confusing, incomplete or even unusable. Take a look at this popular Foscam hack on YouTube, similar hacks are used for most wireless cameras. By using spycam.io, you can do the same with a click within the software.

The other important feature is enhancing the video quality -see YouTube- by correcting the often poorly programmed auto-switches. Also, where most firmwares fail and users get lost is the video recording, timed shots, motion detection triggers and automation. This is where spycam.io excels with its simple and working interface.

2. Cameleon is built on spycam.io by adding simplicity, user friendliness and live streaming capabilities to the system. In it's current phase, Cameleon is also an effort to bring all these great features to native mobile platforms, iPhone, iPad and Android.

Drop, connect and watch!

  • turn any camera into a powerful live video streaming tool
  • use it with your laptop, phone or tablet

Opens limitless possibilities (see ideas)

How it works?

  • Streaming: Simple. Log in, attach camera, publish. That's all.
  • Viewing: Fire up your browser or download our app and watch.

To stream live, you can use any built-in camera, iPhone, iPad, Android, iSight, USB cameras, common PnP webcams and most CCTV IP cameras. Viewing and administration works on virtually any device, laptop, tablet or phone.

Chose from the following features:

  • Private: only you can see the stream
  • Public: you and anyone you invite can see the stream
  • Live: anyone can tune in and watch (embed it on your website or share the url)

How is the OS support?

We are making the player and streamer apps available for:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux (via browser only)
  • Major Browsers

We are also releasing apps with limited features for iOS, Android, Windows and OS X. If our stretch goals are met, a native iOS app is coming with the needed OS support for some exciting new features.

Help us take it to the next level.

We looked at the current live streaming services out there, most of them are very (very) expensive and complicated. All of them require a fair amount of technical know-how and often complicated setup. Our goal is Zero Setup:  plug, klick, klick => you are live!

Is this possible?

Yes, absolutely. Throw any question at us and we will answer.

If you really want to go all the way to the zero wires, zero setup and some edge, fine-tuned features, some very simple firmware hacking is needed (e.g. configuring and compiling a custom Linux kernel and release a modified firmware for cameras and routers). Also, hardware hacking gave some amazing results, take a look at these projects, they hold some key answers for the very close future.

What else is Cameleon?

  • an access to enhance (hidden) features of most CCTV / IP Cameras
  • a strong effort to bring live streaming costs and maintenance expenses down to a widely acceptable and affordable level
  • an effort to bring complex streaming solutions close to everyone with "one tap" streaming
  • a powerful and flexible tool to match various requirements, made with the main goal to easily adapt to your own idea

More details

  • Cameleon makes you reach masses, live. It’s powerful and very easy to use.
  • Cameleon is for anyone and everyone, really. You can reach your fans, broadcast your street or city view, showcase your business and you will be surprised how much more (see ideas).
  • Cameleon is the first step towards breaking the barriers of physical location (see ideas).

Even more ...

  • Cameleon is dead simple {GIF: plug in, click, click, live!}
  • yet very powerful {PNG: show features}
  • works with any device
  • built on very serious stuff
  • Cameleon is for you and for everyone (ideas here)
  • gives you unlimited and unimaginable powers
  • use it for fun or use it for work
  • Cameleon evolves as you're reading
  • and it listens {forum}
  • Cameleon is us {Image: us}
  • and you {addthis sharing icons}

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Let's get deeper into the features

You will need a camera, while most cameras are supported, it is a good idea to pick a well-known (or recommended) webcam or ip-camera to unlock the advanced features. At the moment, Cameleon supports virtually any built-in camera, iPhone, iPad, Android, iSight, USB cameras, common PnP webcams and most CCTV IP cameras. Foscam, Hikvision, Tenvis, D-link, Dahua, HuaCam, HooToo, Escam, GrandStream, FujiCam and more. There are certain limitations on iOS due to lack of Flash support but these issues will be fixed by using HTML players and introducing native apps.

See how we tested the top 26 CCTV/IP HD Cameras:

Cameleon will probably work on any platform trough a simple web-browser, it also offers downloadable applications for Mac, Windows and Linux and early-stage mobile apps for Android and iOS

What else can I do with Cameleon?

  • you can literally

What's your idea? ...

The possibilities are limitless! We are also very excited to hear about yours, here is a growing list from others of what you can do with Cameleon

Video streaming is very expensive, how you make this work?

We started spycam.io (the software behind Cameleon) to reduce the maintenance cost for an existing service. After trying many solutions, we found several new and affordable ways to bring the otherwise high costs down to affordable (almost free) level.

Take a look at spycam.io (the predecessor of Cameleon):

I am skeptical, sounds good but without tech knowledge?

Yes. Dead simple. Even more advanced features are simplified and grandma-tested. {GIF: screenshots}

Tech stuff: How it works?

Streaming: the system is grabbing the audio-video stream from the attached (or built in) camera. After some background processing(*) the stream is securely (RTSP over SSL is not supported by WoWza) sent to the spycam.io media servers and forwarded to the viewer. Every stream is private until the owner publishes it. If published, the video stream is distributed to the content delivery networks for mass-viewing. Camera settings, location and any optional info is saved in a separate database and can be accessed via ID-linked accounts.

Viewing: viewing via web-browser is using our proprietary, lightweight Flash player (HTML5 player where Flash is not available), mobile apps have the option for using their built-in players. Viewing trough YouTube, Twitch and Ustream will be available soon.

Tech stuff: What type of cameras can be used?

Cameleon supports virtually any built-in camera, iPhone, iPad, Android, iSight, USB cameras, common PnP webcams and most CCTV IP cameras. Foscam, Hikvision, Tenvis, D-link, Dahua, HuaCam, HooToo, Escam, GrandStream, FujiCam and more. We tested nearly 100 USB and IP cameras, see our youtube channel for various tests and results.

Timeline

Tech stuff: Is there more?

When we started the project, we did not like some of the features of most common IP cameras. We created a tool to access the basic command-set of the cameras and achieved amazing results. Think about the annoying IR-filter sensitivity or the color correction and exposure, the light detection isn't always the best. Sometimes it is just better not to rely on the camera's build-in software but auto-update settings based on current weather conditions (using public weather info).

Connecting an USB camera to a network needs a computer. It could be done by connecting it to the USB port of a router but these things have no driver support. Uploading a modified firmware opens exciting new possibilities.

I guess you saw CHIP, the $9 computer on Kickstarter. Attach an USB port to it and you have your Wifi camera, you may even try processing the stream. What if you attach a camera module? You end up having a programmable WiFi camera and if you attach the right module, the quality will surprise you.

These are some steps we are experimenting with, the first two will be included in Cameleon, very soon. The third one needs some extra time, with your support it will happen. 

Risks and challenges

Risks with the software: we've spent a half-decade on engineering video-software and live-streaming products. Our software solutions were always very popular and met the highest standards of quality, performance and ease of use. We learned from previous projects and our team-members worked for the industry-leaders before we started spycam.io. Until now, we managed to get 98% of hundreds of tested cameras working and we are able to deliver for all platforms. Still, there could be special cases and situations where a certain camera (or camera brand) will give a hard time or a computer hardware or complex network will refuse to play nice. In such case we will do our best to investigate the situation and give answers.

Risk with the hardware: about the cameras we use, we spent months of testing both the cameras and the manufacturer, support, warranty. There should dot be any issue but if anything comes up, we will be sure to notify our backers promptly and work quickly to resolve any issue.

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