The Live Streaming If you don’t have a budget to pay for your own CDN, services like USTREAM and Livestream provide the full infrastructure to deliver video content to your viewers.
And more importantly, if ads are acceptable, they offer the basic service for free.
A popular encoder is the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, which is easy to setup and free.
Even better, USTREAM provides a downloadable XML configuration file, which the encoder can simply load, and you are ready to stream.
The quality difference is literally night and day compared to the Mac Book Pro webcam.
One advice would be not to mimic my setup on the right though, it was experimental at best, and certainly adds a certain level of stress.
The Webcam Although you can find webcams included in almost every laptop and mobile phone, the quality of the camera is normally mediocre under low light conditions.Now hook it up to your computer with the included instructions (most of them are plug-in-and-use now) and move on to step 2! You will both need a Windows Live account, but it's free, and you can get it at the URL I just gave.Now you've got a webcam, you probably want to talk to some people. Windows Windows Live Messenger is your friend here. If you don't want to have to download things (and frankly, who does? It's an online version of Windows Live Messenger, so you'll still need that Windows Live account (which, by the way, you have if you have a Hotmail account). Chat is one place to look for chat rooms, and is another.The last challenge is the quality, obviously HD quality would be nice, and is not supposed to be part of the basic package.USTREAM, maybe unintentionally, allows to modify the encoder profile, upgrade the bitrate to 800kbps, and the screen resolution to 720p.