Archive for April, 2008

5.0 Video Window Size & Screen Space

Today a user sent us a message that he uninstalled Camfrog 5.0 because he could not open very many webcams in recommended or super rooms, because it would fill up his screen. The user said he did not like that room owners could choose what size video windows he had to view.

In Camfrog 5.0 we made sure Camfrog client users are still in complete control when it comes to choosing what size video you want to view. Go to your contact list to find the “actions” menu then choose “settings” then go to “video”.

From there you can choose to set your default video viewing size to whatever you want for any type of room. The video you are viewing will still come in at the resolution the room owner selected but it will be resized to fit your screen better.

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Server won't logon?

If your server won’t logon please try upgrading to the newest version of Camfrog server. Please upgrade your room so users can begin to see high quality video with the new 5.0 Camfrog client.

SuperCamfrog Super Demo Room

If you would like to see how Super mode works please download Camfrog 5.0, then join the “SuperCamfrog” room to try our demo. You can also find this room under “Camfrog Hosted” in the North America zone.

Camfrog Translated

Camfrog 5.0 now includes German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish languages built into the client. Go to the “actions” menu and choose “Change Language” to choose a different language. You can find detailed instructions and more updated language packs to download here.

Did you find an error in the translation, or do you want to translate Camfrog to your own native language? If so please visit our Camfrog Translation page and join our translation team.

After the software has been successfully translated to all major languages we will then begin work on our website. I would like to thank all translators who helped us accomplish this. Without you we would never have been able to do this. Thank you!

Camfrog Server 4.0 Bandwidth Usage

We have worked carefully on the new version of Camfrog Server and Client to make sure our software actually uses less bandwidth, not more. This way your hosting fees will stay the same, or possibly decrease.
The new Camfrog Server software allows you to set your room to three different video modes; Classic, Recommended, or Super. As you are probably already aware the original version of Camfrog Server has always used about 145-150 kbps per video stream.

Classic Mode – Classic mode is the original Camfrog 176X144 video resolution, but it uses only 90 kbps per video stream. The video quality should actually be better than our older software due to changes in our video streaming technology. If you want to keep the same size video windows as the old Camfrog version you can use “Classic” mode and your bandwidth usage from your hosting company should actually decrease.

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Recommended Mode – Recommended uses a new resolution of 264X216. Recommended is named this way obviously because this is what we recommend all room owners use now. The bandwidth usage should be the same or less than what you are using with our original software. Each stream should work at around 150 Kbps, or the same as the original Camfrog server and client versions we have had for years. If you use Recommended mode we hope you will not see any significant bandwidth increases. Recommended mode is what we run our own “Camfrog Hosted” rooms in.

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Super Mode – Super mode uses twice the amount of bandwidth as Recommended mode. Therefore this Super mode uses significantly more bandwidth than our software has ever used before. We do not recommend using this mode unless you have an extremely high quality network and if you don’t mind paying your hosting company for the extra bandwidth costs. Super mode should use around 250 kbps per stream and the resolution is a huge 352X288 size. Right now Super mode is not limited, but we may limit these rooms to 50 or 100 users in the future depending on user feedback and testing. If you want to try Super mode, yet you don’t want to use a lot of bandwidth you could try limiting your room to around 10 or 25 users as a test.

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IMPORTANT: If you are using recommended mode yet your bandwidth seems to still be higher than normal it’s because a lot of your users are using the older 3.X or 4.X clients. 3.X and 4.X Camfrog clients will view older style video streams from new 5.X users. Therefore if a 5.X and a 4.X user are both viewing a 5.X user then the 5.X viewer will be giving off two video streams. Until your room is 100% 5.X client users then you may see a temporary increase in bandwidth. If you are worried about this you can switch to Classic mode until most users have upgraded to Camfrog 5.X client.

I hope this helps you understand about the three new video settings for Camfrog Servers. We have tried our best to make sure everyone is happy by offering three options, and keeping the bandwidth usage the same or less than what you are used to.

Thank you for hosting Camfrog rooms. We could not exist without the users who host their own rooms world-wide. Camfrog salutes you!

Please visit our contact page help desk email to report any bugs or problems you find with this new client or server version.

Camfrog 5.0 Features

Camfrog 5.0 is finally launched! Download.com should update today or tomorrow with the new software version. All room owners should update their Camfrog Server software to version 4.0 as soon as possible, otherwise the users who visit your room with the new 5.0 Camfrog client cannot enjoy the new features.

What’s new with Camfrog client 5.0?

* New larger higher resolution video windows for 5.0 client users. If the person you are viewing is still using an older Camfrog client version or if you are in an old room then the video window will be resized, but it will use a low resolution and lower quality video stream. Please upgrade your rooms to the newest version and try to get your users to upgrade their Camfrog clients so everyone can see the new higher quality higher resolution video.

* Camfrog client has been translated to many languages including German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish. Go to the “actions” menu and choose “Change Language” to choose a different language.

* You can now give Virtual Gifts to your friends. Users who receive virtual gifts will also have a special icon in front of their name on their user profile, in other user contact lists, and in chat rooms.

I will make more detailed posts about these features separately soon. Please note Camfrog 5 is a free upgrade. If you have any problems or find any bugs please alert our contact page help desk email.

Server Upgrades for Camfrog 5.0

Unfortunately it is possible we may have a few outages as we upgrade our servers for Camfrog 5.0. We appear to be having a temporary outage right now.

Any downtime is unacceptable and we will do our best to avoid any in the future.

Thank you for supporting Camfrog.