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Plug and play USB video-streaming also to justin.tv

UPDATE : Justin.tv is no longer online. The solution can still be used to stream to many other online services.

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Low budget video streaming to Justin.TV or anyone else.
I have been working a very long time to build a simple video streaming solution suitable for people that are not so tech-savvy as I am.

Some machines have been installed in churches in the Netherlands, you can find them here :http://www.kerkdienstgemist.nl/browse/video

Techno babble.

The machines until now used an internal frame grabber, a PCI card which converts the analog video signals to lots of bytes representing 25 pictures per second. The internal PCI cards need a real full size PC to fit into, the small boxes just did not work. We do not like large PC boxes anymore right!!

The solution.

I have now created a small and cheap solution based on USB, it works with a simple small PC (dual core) and the Roland V-4 EX (http://www.roland.com/products/en/V-4EX/) which also accepts HDMI, VGA, and S-video inputs.

If you only have one video source, eg. a single camera, you can use a small USB frame grabber which I selected and tested.

Options, not found elsewhere: parallel audio streaming to Icecast2 server, remote control to start/stop transmission with a single switch (so you can install the hardware safely and have a single switch + "On AIR" sign on the desk of the operator)

The total solution (PC+software+USB-grabber) will be available for about 1000,= euro from Schaapsound or you can contact me directly. (Only need to add your own camera and microphone)

Nerd with microphone (me) still taken from live stream at 500kpbs
Nerd wearing DeathStar Starwars T-shirt

The picture shows a screenshot of a live video stream from my basement. Bitrate was set at 500kbps.
Camera used was an 12 year old Sony DCR PC100E. A simple USB video-grabber was used.
You can see some small samples of recorded video here : http://www.justin.tv/oetelaar

Applications: churches, meeting places, democratic meetings, every meeting in town hall should be live and recorded (ieder gemeentehuis, gemeenteraad moet dit hebben !)





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