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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is camarades.com?
  2. How do I Start to Broadcast
  3. My WebCam might contain adult content. What to do ?
  4. Why can't I get any video / audio on my page?
  5. If you lost your old camarades page (reformatted, reinstalled, or somehow else) and want to reinstate your old page, read the following to get your old page back.
  6. Which Browser works best on camarades.com ?
  7. How do I find my webcam page on camarades.com ?
  8. How to send someone directly to your webcam page
  9. Lost Text and HTML code on your Camarades page
  10. What is the Archive and how can I use it
  11. Tips for promoting your Webcam Page
  12. Some webcams don't seem to 'stream' like they should. Can I make them go faster? How?
  13. How do I remove/delete my page?
  14. HTML Tips: Introduction
  15. HTML Tips #1: Adding Bold/Italic/Underlined/Strikethrough Text
  16. HTML Tips #2: Adding Pictures/Images to your Cam Page
  17. HTML Tips #3: Adding Hyperlinks to your Cam Page
  18. HTML Tips #4: Left Align/Right Align/Centering Text or Images
  19. HTML Tips #5: Creating Hyperlinks Using Pictures
  20. HTML Tips #6: Placing a Background Image on your Cam Page
  21. Information about the Elite Member Services
  22. Do I need to pay to be able to broadcast video?
  23. I lost my password to Elite. How can I get it sent to me?
  24. Links to all of our HTML Tips
  25. The webcam does not start broadcasting
  26. What is the deal with the limitations on viewing cams?



What is camarades.com?

Camarades.com is a webcam community. It is a place where anyone from anywhere in the world can easily "broadcast" (live) video and audio over the internet.



We offer flash based broadcasting and viewing software, there is no need to download anything or install software on your PC.

Currently the flash application support PCs, Macs and linux based computers.

Members can easily create and share their video, for entertainment, education, communication or just for fun. How you use the site is up to your imagination, as long as it is legal we're fine with it.



For people that want more facilities we offer the possibility of becoming a paying member, this helps to support the site, pay the bandwidth bill and future development.




How do I Start to Broadcast

If you have a camera connected to your PC and would like to join simply click Start Broadcasting.


Depending on whether you are already logged in or not you will either start broadcasting immediately or you will be asked to create an account by picking a username and a password.


After that you will be sent to your homepage to begin broadcasting. If the broadcast does not start immediately it is possible that you will have to give the flash application permission to use your webcam.


To do that right-click inside the video window, choose 'settings' and 'enable' the webcam access.


After that your broadcast should begin.




My WebCam might contain adult content. What to do ?

Click the 'for adults only' button on the broadcaster.




Why can't I get any video / audio on my page?

Probably you have not given the flash application permission to access the microphone. To remedy this, hover with your mouse over the video, right-click your mouse and choose 'settings', then enable access to your webcam and microphone.

If you want this to work automatically next time you log in then you have to check 'remember' as well.

On our computer it looks like this, first select the settings dialog by clicking on the window for the video:





Then, a second level appears:





Here you have to click the 'allow' button and the 'remember' checkbox.

Then, at the bottom row, the four little tabs, you select the 'microphone' icon, this brings up:





Select the right audio input, and then click the 'webcam' icon, which brings up:





Here you have to select the right video input.


Special note for Mac users with a built in iSight cam, the video type to select is 'USB class video'.




If you lost your old camarades page (reformatted, reinstalled, or somehow else) and want to reinstate your old page, read the following to get your old page back.

Select one that describes your situation





Read the following information to avoid losing your page in the future






Which Browser works best on camarades.com ?

Firefox is probably the best browser out there at the moment for any website, but camarades.com will of course work with all major browsers on all operating systems.


To view cam or broadcast you have to have flash installed.




How do I find my webcam page on camarades.com ?

Your webcam page url is http://camarades.com/nickname where nickname is the name you chose to log in. If you are logged in at the top right of the screen, next to the 'logout' link, there is a link with your nickname on it that will take you to your homepage directly.


The 'start broadcast' link will do the same, only it will immediately start your webcam broadcast.





How to send someone directly to your webcam page

If you want to give someone the internet address of your webcam page on Camarades.com, just send them the URL as follows:


http://camarades.com/nickname

Replace "nickname" with the nickname you supplied.




Lost Text and HTML code on your Camarades page

If your recently updated your Camarades page
and your HTML input vanished when you submitted the form, this is why:



Some people abuse the Camarades system by putting freaky javascripts and other types of scripts on their page. Though there is nothing wrong with most scripts, some cause browser crashes, ten's of pop-ups, redirects, security issues, conflicts with the webcam script etc.


Since Camarades has received many complaints about users who do this, we now filter out any type of script from the Camarades user pages.



We realise that some people may now have problems adding couters, ICQ staus bars etc. and this is unfortunate. Make sure that your input does not contain any JavaScript or even (the word) "script" and in general, you'll be fine.



We highly recommend making a back up of your html in notepad just in case you inadvertently loose your text during an update.




What is the Archive and how can I use it



The pic gallery is an archive of all the "photos" taken of your webcam by you and other viewers.



Here is how to add pics to your archive.



  • open a browser and your Webcam software
  • go to view homepage in your Webcam software
  • Smile big for the camera and click on the "postcards" tab in the toolbar below your video. That will capture the image.
  • fill in the form and click send.



    The image is then saved in your archives and a copy is sent to the email address you specified on the form.





    Here is how to see all the pics taken of your webcam.



  • Go to your homepage and click on toolbar icon with the little pink person (usually closer to the left on the toolbar).



    To edit the pics in your archive:



  • enter through your webcam software and go into edit homepage
  • click on Archive Review and there you can decide which stay and which don't.



    You can also disable the Archive function by deselecting the Archive checkbox found in "Page design".




    Please allow some time for your pictures to actually show up via your page as Camarades reviews the pictures first to avoid indecent material from getting into general Camarades areas. If you are waiting more than a few days for your pics to be reviewed, please contact Camarades




    Tips for promoting your Webcam Page

    If you are looking for ways to get more people to visit your camarades page, here are a few pointers to help you get started:


    1. Try broadcasting interesting video, people do not tend to return to cams showing a still image
    2. Tag your cam with keywords that describe the video
    3. Tell your friends about your webcam page, using Twitter, Facebook and Myspace.





    Some webcams don't seem to 'stream' like they should. Can I make them go faster? How?

    If you are using a proxy server, disable it.


    The speed at which webcams operate is highly dependent on the connection on the sending and the receiving side, our servers have plenty of capacit, so they are rarely the bottle-neck.


    If you have issues with a particular webcam then most likely that cam is on a very narrow connection to the internet.




    How do I remove/delete my page?

    To remove your page, all you would need to do is remove the information from your page. Click the Edit Homepage button and click on Page Design. Backspace all the information you see there. Hit the Save and Continue button, doing the same for the next 2 pages.

    On the 'About You page', be sure to uncheck the checkbox towards the top. =) ID numbers cannot be removed from the server, but without having your private information on the page, it shouldnt be of any bother to you. =)




    HTML Tips: Introduction

    The examples provided in the next few FAQ's are to show you how to "dress up" your Camarades page. These are pretty much the basics of HTML, and should be enough to get ya started. =) For more insight into HTML, there's a book available (called "HTML for Dummies") that helps quite a bit! It ranges from the very basic beginner's tutorials, to the more advanced. I suggest checking it out! =) PS: I highly recommend reading all the HTML Tips FAQ's, *in order* just so ya know what's going on. =) You can find the rest of these tips by doing a search in the FAQ for "HTML Tips".




    HTML Tips #1: Adding Bold/Italic/Underlined/Strikethrough Text

    The instructions here will show you
    how to dress up your Camarades page, by way of putting
    emphasis on
    or giving more notice to words on your page.



    First, a little more understanding into how these "HTML Tags"
    work. Each set of tags is marked by a beginning tag, and an ending
    tag, that marks where the the bold/italic/underlined/strikethrough
    text wil start and stop. =) You can also combine tags to, for
    example, make certain text appear both italic and bold!
    =)



    Here's how you'd do it:

    To make bold text, you would type it something like this: <b>bold
    text</b> - Always remember that the "closing"
    tag has a slash / in it.

    Making only part of a sentence bold, would appear like this: This
    is the <b>bold text</b> of the sentence.



    It's that simple! You can do the same for italic, underlined and
    strikethrough text simply by replacing the letter "b"
    that appears above, with different letters, like this:

    <i>italic text</i>

    <u>underlined text</u>

    <s>strikethrough text</s>



    You can combine tags by using for example, <b><i>bold
    & italic text</i></b>. The important think here,
    is to *REVERSE* the closing tag sequence. The first starting tag
    you use (in this example, was <b>) should always be the
    last closing tag. =)




    HTML Tips #2: Adding Pictures/Images to your Cam Page

    If you've read these
    HTML Tips in order, then you'll know what I mean when I say that
    the HTML tag used to place an image on your page doesn't need
    an opening and closing tag. First things first. You can't upload
    images to your Camarades page. These pictures will need to be
    "linked" to from another website. Make sure you link
    pictures from your OWN website and not someone else's. They might
    not like it too much. =)



    An example of this would be simply: <IMG SRC=" COLOR="#ff0000">http://www.mywebsite.com/mywebpage/mypic.gif COLOR="#000000">"> - The text in red COLOR="#000000"> would be replaced with the FULL URL to your
    picture. This is just the simple version of placing an image on
    your page. Want more control over it? You can also set the image
    to appear as a certain size to your viewers. This would be done
    like so: <IMG SRC="http://www.mywebsite.com/mywebpage/mypic.gif COLOR="#000000">" HEIGHT="100"
    WIDTH="100"
    > - Notice
    the
    blue
    text. This will show your picture in the viewer's web browser
    as 100 by 100 pixels, no matter what size the picture actually
    is! Keep in mind though, if you have a very LARGE picture and
    you set it to show up really small in the web browser, the viewer
    will still be downloading a very large picture! The HEIGHT and
    WIDTH markers don't actually "shrink" the picture, it
    only makes it appear to be shrunken. =)




    HTML Tips #3: Adding Hyperlinks to your Cam Page

    There are two ways to make a link on your Camarades
    page. A simple text link, or using a picture as a link. For now,
    we'll discuss making text links. This procedure is actually more
    simple than you would think. =) If you read the HTML Tip about
    bold/italic/underlined/strikethrough text, you'll understand that
    a Hyperlink also uses a beginning and closing tag. Here would
    be an example of a text link.



    <A HREF="http://www.mywebsite.com/mywebpage/"> COLOR="#0000ff">The text of the link
    </A>
    - In this example, http://www.mywebsite.com/mywebpage/
    would be replaced with the URL (Website
    Address) to your homepage, or wherever you'd like a link to point
    to. The text that appears in this example in
    blue COLOR="#000000"> specifies the text that will appear on your
    page as the link (ya can't miss it, it'll be blue and underlined
    when you're finished!) =) Here's another little trick with links:



    Lets say you want the link to open in a new window. No problem!
    Here's the same example above, but with a twist: COLOR="#ff0000"><A HREF="http://www.mywebsite.com/mywebpage/"
    target="other" COLOR="#ff0000">>The text of
    the link
    </A> -
    Now you'll notice the black text that was inserted. Remember to
    include the space before the word "target". =)




    HTML Tips #4: Left Align/Right Align/Centering Text or Images

    Really simple! By default,
    the text or images will be aligned to the left side of the browser
    window, until you specify otherwise. To specify otherwise, you
    would first figure out where in the text you would want it to
    be altered, and find the end of it. These HTML Tags use starting
    and closing tags (explained in previous HTML Tips). Use the tags
    below to change it. =)



    To align text to the left: Do nothing. By default, it's aligned
    to the left.

    To center the text:

    This text will appear in the
    center of your page


    To align text to the right:

    This text will
    appear on the right side of the browser window.





    The closing tags used in this example will simply restore the
    text to the previous alignment, NOT put it back to left-aligned,
    unless that WAS the previous alignment. Confusing? Okay, example:



    This text is aligned to the left.



    This text appears
    in the center, but notice I'm not using a closing "center"
    tag.



    This
    text appears on the right, and I'll use the closing right-align
    tag



    Which puts me back to the center
    of the page.



    And now back to the left side. =)




    HTML Tips #5: Creating Hyperlinks Using Pictures

    You can also use pictures
    as hyperlinks. Remember that the <A HREF tag for the hyperlink
    uses an opening and closing tag, but the <IMG SRC for placing
    a picture did not. You'll notice this in the example below:



    <A HREF="http://mywebsite.com/"> COLOR="#ff0000"><IMG SRC="http://mywebsite.com/banner.jpg"
    border="0"></A>

    The text in
    blue
    indicates the starting and closing
    tags that make a hyperlink. The text in
    red COLOR="#000000"> marks where the picture is placed. Since the
    picture is placed in between the starting and closing tags
    of the hyperlink, it will be turned into a hyperlink. =) Also
    notice the border="0" that I added. This stops
    that ugly blue border from appearing around the picture! But,
    if you happen to like that blue border, leave that little part
    out. =)




    HTML Tips #6: Placing a Background Image on your Cam Page

    So, you don't like plain
    colors on the background of your page huh? Neither do I. =)


    For a simple background color change set the 'background' field of your page to a color value (to go to the page editor click 'settings' from the webcam software).


    If you wish to use an image then you can put the url of the image you want to use in the background field.




    Information about the Elite Member Services

    First, let's go over a few main points of interest.



    The Elite Member service allows members of the site to browse the webcams with much more control and functionality. You're given 12 thumbnails per index page, NO advertising, better search capabilities, a buddy list, your own profile, an ignore list, daily/weekly/monthly/all-time rankings.



    If you decide to pay for the Elite Member service, you can do so in a couple of ways:



    VXSbill



    VXSbill is our current credit card processor, they process the bulk of all the payments for our members.



    Cancellation of the elite account


    If you signed with our former credit card processor "paybuynet" or "opsbilling" then please use their customer support site to process your cancellation. At signup time you have received an email that has all the relevant details.

    If you are paying via http://www.vxsbill.com you may send a message to us at elite@camarades.com or to cancel@vxsbill.com. Please, include your membership information and use "cancel membership" in the subject.



    If you paid via paypal you can send a message to elite@camarades.com and we will not send you another request for your membership contribution what will result in your membership expiring at the end of the current billing cycle








    Do I need to pay to be able to broadcast video?

    NO, you don't.


    The site is free for everyone to use, all the major features (broadcasting, audio, viewing webcams) are available to everybody.


    If you want to support the site though we would welcome you as a paying member, as you can imagine we consume an enormous amount of bandwidth compared to a 'regular' website.


    You can sign up at any time by clicking one of the links in the menu bar that give access to advanced features.





    I lost my password to Elite. How can I get it sent to me?

    You can recover your password with the password-recovery-feature, all you need is your nickname or email address. Simply fill out the form, click the button and your account information will be mailed to you.


    This works for both elite accounts and 'regular' user accounts.




    Links to all of our HTML Tips

    Here's the One Stop HTML Shop. It's a collection of the HTML faq's designed to help you personalize your Camarades cam page. If you have more ideas to add, contact us . Thanks !






    • HTML Tips: Introduction







    • HTML Tips #1: Adding Bold/Italic/Underlined/Strikethrough Text






    • HTML Tips #2: Adding Pictures/Images to your Cam Page






    • HTML Tips #3: Adding Hyperlinks to your Cam Page






    • HTML Tips #4: Left Align/Right Align/Centering Text or Images






    • HTML Tips #5: Creating Hyperlinks Using Pictures






    • HTML Tips #6: Placing a Background Image on your Cam Page







    • Lost Text and HTML code on your Camarades page











      The webcam does not start broadcasting

      To use your webcam on camarades.com you need to have the following:


    • a usb attached video device or a built in webcam
    • a modern browser, such as Firefox, Mozilla, Internet Explorer
    • Adobe 'flash' installed and working


      After clicking the 'start broadcast' link you go to your hompage and the broadcast will attempt to start, if it does not work the most common cause is that 'flash' does not have permission to access your webcam.


      To remedy that you must move your mouse over the video area of the flash application, 'right-click' with the mouse, choose 'settings' and then enable the webcam and remember the setting. If you want to transmit audio along with your video you have to enable access to the microphone as well.


      After doing this the broadcast should start normally.


      If it *still* doesn't work there are a number of possible causes:
    • some other program (such as skype, netmeeting or our old software) is using the webcam
    • there is a problem with the driver of your webcam, possibly in combination with flash, consider upgrading the driver, flash or both




      What is the deal with the limitations on viewing cams?

      On Saturday Nov 6th 2010 we maxed out our 1G uplink, this has never happened before and it is a very serious thing because it means that the server is instantly unreachable. Analysis revealed an influx of a large number of non-members that had multiple cams open, some only two but many had (many!) more open and this caused an enormous amount of bandwidth to be consumed by a relatively small number of users. As of Sunday the 7th the following limits are now in place: - guests can view 1 cam - logged in users cam view 2 cams - cam owners can view 4 cams - elite members can view an unlimited number of cams All these numbers are based on simultaneous viewing, people that have their own cam on can always view that cam in addition to the limit. When you switch from one cam back to the index it can take up to 10 seconds for the server to realize that you are no longer viewing that cam, which means you may get the warning message in error, in that case simply wait a few seconds and try again.




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    Please read the FAQ thoroughly first, but if you're still having trouble or you've noticed something wrong click the button to contact us: