I work from home and I have a young dog
who I'm starting to trust a little more. She had been restricted to the office with me, then I added the bedroom and hallway. Now, I'm giving her the full run of the house but I'm tired of constantly getting up to make sure she isn't getting into trouble. Every once in a while, I'll catch her doing something she shouldn't (like chewing on the A/C adapter for my laptop). I have a webcam hooked up to a windows computer that will let me keep an eye on her and I have solutions that work okay but aren't ideal.
I've used a program called CamLAN
that is almost perfect except that it seems to be intended to be used as a 24/7 security feed and the images flicker if I ask it to stream at a rate higher than one frame-per-second.
I tried VLC
and that will stream video well enough but with a bit of a delay. Comically, the delay is exactly as long as it takes for me to get up and go into the office to check if I like the camera position in time to see myself get up and walk to the office. I'm concerned that she'll chomp on something and I'll miss my chance to correct her or she'll have damaged something before I can get it away from her.
I also occasionally watch my neighbor's dog
. The two of them get along really well but I hesitate to leave them alone together without being able to keep an eye on them.
There are plenty of solutions for streaming a webcam feed over the internet but I'm on a LAN with plenty of bandwidth and have no need to view the feed from anything more remote than the next room.
So, what other cheap/free programs can I use that will give me a 30 fps feed from the webcam at it's full 720p resolution with little to no delay over my local area network?