Services like UStream and JustinTv are a good platforms to broadcast live videos, but what if you want to convert your computer into a video streaming server? BroadCam is a free tool for Windows that let’s you stream live videos over both local network and internet. Apart from basic live streaming, you can also stream pre-recorded videos instantly. The pre-recorded videos can be either in Divx(AVI format), Windows ASF AND WMV files, or DV videos files.
On the main window, you will find options to add both live video streams and pre-recorded video files. Once you are ready to stream the video, click Connect. You can change the status of your Webcam by hitting Enable/Disable button.
Go to Options and it will provide you with the network address that you can share with your friends, both local network and public network are given. If you are using a router then you will have to forward it, the details of which are given next to Current Status.
There are loads of other options such as you can change the way program starts, and also change the video compression settings for both Broadband and Dial-Up streams.
You can also set the options for broadband or dialup quality streams of both Live and Pre-recorded videos. Your viewers can select between the broadband and dial-up quality streams depending on their internet connectivity. If a lot of people are watching your video, you can add a custom watermark or a clickable banner image.
Overall, it’s a great tool that generates a custom page where people can come and watch your live streaming videos. What’s great is that it does not require some technical knowledge to setup, all you have to do is set up your webcam or select the videos and hit Connect. It does not disturb your other computer activities, since it sits silently in the system tray. It works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit OS. Enjoy!