Is live video streaming possible with a digital camcorder?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by George Adams, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. George Adams

    George Adams Guest

    Our church has a small, older camcorder mounted in the sanctuary. We run a
    cable from the (analog) "Video Out" RCA jack on the camera to a VCR in a
    cabinet a few feet away. The camera has a standard record-to-tape option,
    but can also provide a "live stream" over the Video Out jack, which allow us
    to record live sermons directly to VHS tape on the VCR.

    We've been offering audio sermons for download on our website for a while,
    and we'd like to being offering video sermon downloads (probably DivX or
    Windows Media) as well.

    I suppose we could put a splitter on the camcorder's video cable and
    continue to run one end into the VCR, while running the other end into a PC
    with a video capture card. But I'm assuming that would probably result in a
    lower quality signal.

    So here's my questions (and my apologies that these are probably newbie

    1) Are digital camcorders capable of providing a live digital feed (via
    Firewire or USB 2.0 or whatever) in the same way that our old analog
    camcorder can provide a live feed over a coax cable?

    2) If they can, do I need any other special hardware on the PC besides a
    Firewire/USB 2.0 connector? And what software would be required to capture
    the incoming digital video?

    3) Again assuming #1 is possible, is it possible to "split" a digital signal
    so that it can be sent to both a PC and, say, a standalone DVD-R unit?

    Thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction!
    George Adams, Dec 3, 2003
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    Dan Volker Guest

    If you had a Windows media server in your building, you could have the
    camera plugged in to a computer with the free Windows Media encoder set to
    stream live ( as well as to archive a file), and then have this computer
    direct the live stream file to your server. If you had a T1 line, you
    could probably forego having to have the server in your building with
    you---you could have the live file upload directly to the server over the
    If you download the free Windows Media Encoder
    you can read through the help section on how to stream live from the camera.
    You do need a powerful computer to be able to handle decent resolution video
    in real time.

    Dan V
    Dan Volker, Dec 3, 2003
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  3. George Adams

    Dan Volker Guest

    Considering your "industry", you ought to check out the Christmas card
    link on top of the web page...this is an electronic
    Christmas Card that goes out with the "Gift" of beautiful Christmas Music.
    In this case, a song--O Come all Ye Faithful is purchased ( $5.00) by a
    person who wants to send a nice Christmas card to a friend or family member,
    and the Windows Media Audio file of O come all Ye Faithful is "gifted" to
    the friend or family member---it shows up in their e-mail as a nice html
    based and personalized Christmas card, and it has a link to the downloadable
    music which has been "purchased" for them by the sender--whose name appears
    in the e-mail "From" portion of the e-mail. An alternative is for the sender
    to purchase the entire Christmas album for $15.00 and "gift" this instead. A
    one hour "Christmas in Kiev" show ( which was a DVD) is about to be offered
    as a high res Windows Media Video download, which can be "gifted" in the
    same way, but for more money.

    Music Mission Kiev raises money with these sales, and pays no shipping or
    receiving fees---this is all electronic, so the charitable purpose has a
    wonderfully low "cost" for this form of fundraising.

    If you have an interest in trying something like this for your church, there
    is still plenty of time before Christmas--provided you have some music or
    video which could function in an equivalent manner---Christmas Carols, etc.

    Dan Volker
    Dan Volker, Dec 3, 2003
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