Seeking software based live to tape solution to do muti-cam event recording

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by mensoy, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. mensoy

    mensoy Guest

    Hello, I am trying to replace my hardware video mixer console with a
    software version to perform multiple cameras live to tape event
    recording. Does anyone know which software(s) that can do that? Here
    are my options:


    Option1 - Direct cable connection to PC
    1. Connect multiple cameras (up to 4) to my video server via S-video
    or firewire cable
    2. Use the software I am looking for to preview and switch between the
    cameras. Don't need a whole lot of special effect/transition. It
    would be great if I can do cross fade transition when needed.
    3. The output video can be saved onto HDD in DV-AVI format and/or
    output via firewire to a DV Deck.

    Option2 - Network based connection to PC.
    1. Connect multiple cameras (up to 4) to their own laptop via firewire
    2. Connect each camera/laptop to my video server via 108mbs wireless
    network.
    3. Use the software I am looking for to preview and switch between the
    camera feeds. Don't need a whole lot of special effect/transition.
    It would be great if I can do cross fade transition from time to time.
    4. The output video can be saved onto HDD in DV-AVI format and/or
    output via firewire to a DV Deck.


    Option2 is ideal because I don't have to run long video/audio feed
    cables in live events. Which I am sure most of you know is a big
    pain. I know wireless firewire protocol is being developed and
    preview will be available by end of 2005. By that time, it would be
    great if the 4 laptops can also be replaced with just a wireless
    firewire module plugged into the camera's firewire port.

    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
    mensoy, Jul 4, 2004
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  2. mensoy

    MSu1049321 Guest

    IMO The best bet on the PC side is to buy a Video Toaster3 or the earlier
    models, used. You might also pick up a Pinnacle Alladin or Streamgenie, these
    too could handle most of what you're looking for, with really nice quality, and
    they can be found for cheap occasionally on e-bay and similar sites.
     
    MSu1049321, Jul 4, 2004
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  3. mensoy

    Ryan Boni Guest

    I was just going to say the Video Toaster 3. It's received a lot of good
    press. BTW, does 3 still have the old falling sheep wipe??

    Ryan


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    Ryan Boni, Jul 4, 2004
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  4. mensoy

    The Videoguy Guest

    The Videoguy, Jul 5, 2004
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  5. mensoy

    MSu1049321 Guest

    This is not a switcher, just a recorder with monitoring.
     
    MSu1049321, Jul 5, 2004
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