I used to install CCTV cameras in jails, hospitals and other government facilities, back when they had a vidicon tube and PTZ was a huge motor with another huge box on top. And an 8mm lens would give you the same view, no matter what camera you screwed it on, unlike today because of the different size CCDs.
I know there are plenty of new cameras, I already have one that is NOT in netcam " Westmile ". I have recently replaced an old analog camera with an IP camera that offers ONVIF. It's not always easy to get the string that's used to pull images or streams from the seller of the camera, and nearly impossible with some to get info from the manufacturer. Most reasonable, inexpensive cameras are coming from the orient and most can't even speak English..
About 20 years ago I started with composite cameras, added an RF modulator so the kids could change to cable channel 88, to see who was at the front door added a filter to stop my broadcast going out to the 10 or 12 houses on my street amplifier..
Also, many years ago I have programmed in Fortran, Cobol, Apple Basic, GWBasic, Quick Basic & C++, didn't get into the visuals..
So what you say about 2 different languages,,, is not entirely correct,, if something can be done in one language,, it may be easy to replicate or if not, but you want to bad enough, there is always a way to do the same in another language..
Yes, I am certainly not alone as far as webcamXP users are concerned and yes it is the best, just old and no longer getting updated (he is also getting old). So I have been forced to netcam. I'm hopeful this will get better and from my questions before buying the product, I was lead to believe netcam is a work in progress.
Any of my suggestions will likely be about things in webcamXP, but not yet offered in netcam. We may as well make netcam as good as it can be.