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Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated on 9-Aug-2003 6:50AM CDT.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get WebCam2000?

Download WebCam2000 right here. Put the program wherever you want. The file "webcamdoc.html"  explains how to use the program.

How much is WebCam2000?

WebCam2000 is freely distributed open source software. It is covered by the "Artistic License" which is the same license used by the Perl programming language. Details on the copyright and license can be found in the COPYRIGHT and LICENSE files included in the distribution.

Use WebCam2000 and enjoy.

How about a new feature?

If you have ideas for new features please email Jeff or download the source and add the feature yourself. If you add a feature that others might consider useful, please send patches to Jeff for consideration for inclusion in the next release of WebCam2000.

What's with the stupid name?

Paul Chinn chose the name for the software. WinCam, WebCam, WebCam32, etc. were all taken. The name was chosen in 1998, and at the time WinCam98 or 99 seemed like good choices; but Paul figured he would buy some time and avoid the Y2K problems by going right to 2000. As it turned out Microsoft used the same naming strategy for their next version of Windows. Now in 2001 the name seems a bit dated.

Does Webcam2000 work in NT, 2000, XP?

Yes! Hooray!

How do I get streaming video?

Webcam2000 serves still images only.

How do I put the webcam image on my page?

Use an "image src" tag just like for any normal picture but instead of pointing the URL to a static image, point it to your Webcam2000 server.

See Jeff's homepage for an example. If you use my page as an example, be sure to replace the DNS name of my computer with the IP address or name of your computer. Here is the HTML tag that I use to show my camera:

<img src="" width="352" height="288" alt="If you see this, the webcam is broken." />

You should replace with your IP address or DNS name. See the following questions for information on how to discover your IP address.

Webcam2000 works fine on my machine but when I give my friends the address "http://localhost:8080/" it doesn't work?

The name "localhost" is a special name in TCP that all computers support that means "this computer".  It is an easy way for programs on a computer to connect back to that same computer.  The sample URL "http://localhost:8080/" in the docs because it is a guaranteed way to test the connection on your own machine. If you give that URL to other people though, it will simply tell their browser to connect to their own machine- which of course is not what you want.

For people on other computers on the Internet to be able to reach you must use the valid IP address or computer name that is given to you by your ISP. For example: or

I have a dialup connection. How do I find my computer name or IP address?

If you are a dial-up Internet user then your IP address almost certainly changes every time you call into your ISP.  There may be some automated way to determine your name or IP address and then send that info to your home page at your ISP, but I'm not aware of it.  Because it is a server, Webcam2000 is best suited for use on computers with full-time connections whose IP numbers don't change.

There are several websites which offer static DNS names for dial-up connections. Two such websites are and

I have the [insert your off the wall video contraption here]. How do I make it work with WebCam2000?

WebCam2000 works with devices that have standard "Video For Windows" drivers. If your device has the proper drivers, they will show up in WebCam2000 and should work. If you don't have a "Video for Windows" device, you should check with your device's manufacturer to see if &guot;Video for Windows" drivers are available.

How can I make my digital camera work with WebCam2000?

As mentioned in the question above, WebCam2000 works with devices that have standard "Video For Windows" drivers. I am not aware of any stand alone digital cameras that include these drivers; WebCam2000 is intended for use with "webcam" camera (such as the Logitech QuickCam and many others) and not with stand alone digital cameras.

Why can't it find OLEACC.DLL?

Due to reasons involving Jeff upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft's programming tools, WebCam2000 now requires OLEACC.DLL to run. Jeff wishes it didn't, but it does.

OLEACC.DLL is installed by the "Accessibility" components of the Windows operating system. To install these features, go to the Windows Control Panel. Open "Add/Remove Programs" and then click on "Add/Remove Windows Components." Under the Accessories option, choose the Accessibility option. The exact name and procedure for installing the Accessibility components varies between the different versions of Windows.

I found a bug. What should I do?

Stomp on it.

Try to repeat the bug, and then send detailed information on how to reproduce the problem to Jeff. He might not be able to provide an immediate solution, but he will try to address the problem in future versions of WebCam2000.

How can I receive announcements about new versions of WebCam2000 and keep up-to-date on its development?

You can subscribe to the WebCam2000 mailing list. To subscribe, send an email to <>.

How do I use WebCam2000 with multiple cameras?

Beginning with version 1.63, WebCam2000 supports multiple cameras via a command-line option.

You can create a new configuration, by starting WebCam2000 with the command-line parameters:

/config configuration-name

Configuration-name is any name you wish. Configure your camera however you wish, and then use the File menu to save your settings.

Example: If you have three different cameras, you could make three shortcuts to WebCam2000 with the following command-lines:

  • webcam2000.exe /config camera1
  • webcam2000.exe /config camera2
  • webcam2000.exe /config camera3

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