Miles City Webcam Question for Webmaster
Posted by Marty Scheid (+231) 7 years ago
Are they planning on returning the ability to view the webcam full screen?

My office has no window and I use it in full screen to make it seem like it does!
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1433) 7 years ago
I was told there was a technical problem with making that happen. I'm not sure what that could be with the JW Player handling just about most of that automatically?

I miss the full screen too. "HD" at that small of a size is a bit disappointing.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9993) 7 years ago
I don't know, I don't run the webcam. IMO, the disappearance of the full screen option makes the video feed not very useful.
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Posted by Tim Niles (+13) 7 years ago
Not sure who actually programs or does the coding on the webpage, but line 68 of the source code is the problem with the option not being there. Here is the coding that needs to be changed:

allowfullscreen: "false",

That should be "true",

Then you enable the button, that is assuming the person is using the most updated version of Adobe Flash Player.

Just have the webmaster recode that section of the page and the fullscreen button should reappear. Also, once it is updated people may need to refresh their webpage.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9993) 7 years ago
I know. I assume they don't want to offer the full screen option though.
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Posted by Julie (+415) 7 years ago
My cousin Timothy is SO smart!
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Posted by Tim Niles (+13) 7 years ago
I'll get with Lucy and let her know, believe she's the one who maintains it.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1433) 7 years ago
It could be even easier than recoding? On sites I've used JWPlayer and a variety of cams it's simply a setting to turn on/off - not really any coding required as long as the output is in a conventional format, correct?

Although I was told by whomever runs the cam that it was a technical problem, and nothing comes to mind, personally, what that might be, I wonder if bandwidth was actually the problem? Maybe?

[This message has been edited by Dan Mowry (8/27/2013)]
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1433) 7 years ago
FWIW...

Midrivers charges "x" for bandwidth and is the only game in town, if I'm correct? A cam uses up a fairly good amount of bandwidth (then imagine BHS parade day or night) and it would be quite great.

It's surely going to be a big bill for someone to foot (or to collect donations) to push maximum pixels, full-screen, and then however sporadic the usage would be. From my own experience in renting servers those surprise moments cost an arm and a leg. I pushed usage up in a one hour spike one time and my overage charge was 6 months-worth of regular payment alone.

It's been suggested that one can just supersize your screen... hold CTRL down and scroll your mouse wheel. Next best thing?
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Posted by MRH (+1486) 7 years ago
You can always contact them via their site. They have always answered when I've contacted them in the past. Those with Macs can expand to full screen. They have made some changes to help the budget.

It's been suggested that one can just supersize your screen... hold CTRL down and scroll your mouse wheel.


You're correct, that works!!

[This message has been edited by MRH (8/27/2013)]
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9993) 7 years ago
Dan Mowry wrote:
Midrivers charges "x" for bandwidth and is the only game in town, if I'm correct? A cam uses up a fairly good amount of bandwidth (then imagine BHS parade day or night) and it would be quite great.

The video is fed through Midrivers to another site, then re-broadcast from it. The cost of delivering video through Midrivers should not be affected by the number of viewers nor the quality levels used to view it.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2313) 7 years ago
Or, you can take the route I did when they decided Full Screen is no longer an option. I dug through the website code and found this link. rtsp://54.213.91.242/live/camera.stream

That is the direct line to the camera feed. If you happen to have VLC downloaded http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html, you can open it up, go to Media > Open Network Stream... and paste that link into the box. Click play and bam you have a full screen capable video feed once again. Plus, no need to keep memory hogging browser windows open.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9993) 7 years ago
And that's one reason why it is pointless to try and protect a public video stream. IMO, better to provide a better user experience so there's no reason to resort to that.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2313) 7 years ago
^^ Exactly. If you take the time to overcome barriers, you shall succeed.
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Posted by Ken Ziebarth (+316) 7 years ago
I can run it full screen on my Android tablet (or phone).
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