About this project
What is Cameleon?
The easiest (really) and cheapest (free) solution to start your own:
- live streaming, without technical knowledge
- on-line tv channel or "Real World" show
- DIY home security system
- remote baby monitoring and pet camera
- new: stream live video directly to YouTube
- new: facebook live stream HD
Cameleon is the broadcaster software for free video streaming and YouTube Live streaming from mobile, GoPro, webcams and any CCTV, IP camera. The app is made to open limitless possibilities without the need for technical knowledge. Take a look at our first campaign to learn more about Cameleon.
✔ Goal: the simplest live streaming and live broadcasting app (done)
✔ 2015: Meerkat, Periscope and YouTube Live quickly gained popularity
Goal: the best YouTube Live Streaming app, Cameleon (test beta)
Drop, connect, watch!
- turn any camera into a powerful live video streaming tool
- use it with your laptop, phone or tablet
- run it on both Windows and Mac
- open limitless possibilities (see ideas)
- broadcast live directly to YouTube with Cameleon and YouTube Live Events
What is YouTube Live Events?
Whether you're recording a concert, a sports event, a talk show, or just yourself, now you can stream your event — live and direct — right to your audience. Learn more
How about Facebook Live?
We are aware of every major move of the livestreaming industry and live streaming to Facebook is possible with Cameleon. The difference between the recently rolled out Live Video from Facebook and Cameleon Live for Facebook is the diversity of input devices (iPhone vs multiple devices and any kind of camera) and quality. Cameleon Live is able to send HD and Full HD streams (4k is possible, turned off for obvious reasons). Cameleon Live vs Live Video from Facebook is about how you would like to use the Facebook live feed. Cameleon is best for videographers, broadcasters and professional users who will install a camera somewhere (anywhere) vs holding an iPhone in their hands and for those who need 720p and 1080p HD for better quality.
YouTube Live Streaming with Cameleon!
Before you can start streaming on YouTube, you need to download and configure your encoding software. The encoding software allows you to capture content and send it to YouTube to be streamed live - this is where things are getting complicated: bitrate, upstream, bandwidth, audio-channels, encoder, ffmpeg, port forwarding, firewalls, etc. ... and about two dozen clicks here and there. Now watch the same process with Cameleon:
Cameleon makes things very easy by enabling YouTube Live Streaming with one click. Connect Cameleon to your YouTube account and Go Live! That's all, as simple as it can get.
Standardized and well-tested presets are built-into the app to supercharge your live streaming tasks, predefined settings for most scenarios and advanced editing will help you with network and quality issues. The built-in streams will enable IP Cameras without audio input for use with YouTube Live Events. Saving your camerasets to a flash-drive and loading them anywhere (to any device) will save hours of configuration and setup. Did we miss something? No problem, simply use pligg.yatko and get it done.
About the project:
How it works?
- Streaming: 1. log in▸ 2. add camera▸ 3. publish▸ Done!
- Viewing (unlimited options): YouTube App, YouTube, add the stream to your WordPress blog, Joomla portal, HTML website, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, etc. or watch your secured private streams withthe Cameleon app
For streaming use any camera, your laptop's built-in camera, iPhone, iPad, Android, iSight, USB cameras, common PnP webcams, GoPro HERO and most CCTV IP cameras. With some hacking, you may even use your GoPro or Canon DSLR. Viewing and administration works on virtually any device, desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.
Before starting your stream, you can chose from the following options:
- 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 to websites, share the livestream, etc.)
- YouTube Live: everyone can tune in and watch ...
We are making the broadcaster, player and streamer apps available for:
We are also releasing apps with limited features for iOS, Android and possibly Windows Mobile.
Next to Cameleon Cloud, we're creating apps for YouTube Live, based on Java (Android), Swift2/Objective-C (iOS and tvOS), Adobe AIR and several free resources from code editors to UI-, creative- and icon kits (SPECIAL THANK YOU for all the support and for all free resources!).
Carefully selecting the best cameras involve continuous testing and reviewing every single brand that is somewhat popular. We started with hundreds and ended up comparing the top 26 to find the ones we are using today:
GoPro HERO 4 vs Hikvision (500 vs 100)
Where are we and what's to be done?
We started spycam.io (the software behind Cameleon) to reduce the maintenance cost for an existing service and found several new and affordable ways to bring the otherwise high costs down to affordable (almost free) level. Also, after starting the project, we didn't like some of the features of most common IP cameras and came up with a tool to access the basic command-set of these devices to achieve amazing results: think about the annoying IR-filter sensitivity, color correction, exposure and light detection that aren't always what you would expect. Sometimes it is just better not to rely on the camera's build-in software but auto-update settings e.g. based on current weather conditions. Uploading a modified firmware opens exciting new possibilities.
Let's take CHIP, the $9 computer on Kickstarter, attach a USB port to it and you have your WiFi camera, you may even try processing the stream. Now, attach a camera module and you'll end up having a programmable WiFi camera. These are some steps we are experimenting with, the first two will be included in Cameleon. The third one needs some extra time but with your support it will happen.
What we have today is a fully functional and well tested broadcaster software for free video streaming and YouTube Live streaming from mobile, GoPros, webcams, CCTV, IP -cameras and camera modules. We also have the mobile apps to remotely access and control the software and view the live-stream on the go.
What we have nearly done is modified firmware for three major IP camera brands that will enhance the software, find hidden features and open some exciting new ways of using a standard CCTV camera. We are working on these sets for every camera brand that has a way of hacking the settings or the camera firmware with a simple firmware upload. Facebook live stream is our next major focus by implementing a free solution with Facebook authentication and various sharing options via Facebook SDK.
What's to be done in the close future are the native iOS and Android apps to enhance efficiency and possibly dig deeper into hardware-given features. Implementing the complete YouTube API is next and we are considering replacing the modified cameras with a single, well-supported brand that will give us less flexibility but way more control and higher quality.
For Cameleon's core functionality, we invite you to take a look at our growing playlist of Cameleon and YouTube Live Streaming Tutorials:
Please don't hesitate to ask any question in a public comment, private message or using our community forum.
Help us take it to the next level!
Our goal is the zero setup live streaming app and to see how close we are, please download Cameleon Beta for Win | Mac. We would like to bring these great features to the iPhone, iPad and Android and this is where we are asking for your support.
The live streaming apps for iPhone are being developed by our newest and youngest team member in Norway. We're all working hard and for free, for many months and after a year, this is slowing us down in certain areas. In order to keep up with our maturing apps, the iOS development needs some support that we aren't able to provide any more. By supporting Cameleon, you will help focusing on the iPhone application for two months. This will be more than enough to show you what our new friend is capable of. Even with the tiniest support, you will take Cameleon from Windows and Mac to your iPhones and Android devices.
Is there more?
Definitely! Cameleon is much more than just a broadcaster app for YouTube Live Events. Please give us a few minutes and take a quick look at what else you can do with Cameleon ► Live Video Streaming
Risks and challenges
Risks with the software: we've spent a half-decade on engineering video-software and live-streaming products. Our solutions always meet the highest standards of quality, performance and ease of use. Still learning from previous projects. Until now, we managed to successfully finish two apps for Mac and Windows and we are able to deliver for all platforms. There could be special cases and situations where some unexpected scenario will give a hard time, in such case we will do our best to give prompt answers.
Risk with the hardware: about the new cameras we use every year, we spend months on testing both the camera and the manufacturer for support and warranty. There should not be any issues but if anything comes up, we will be sure to notify our backers promptly and work quickly to deliver the best solution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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