Simple video archiving and streaming for a theater
June 21, 2010 7:47 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a DIY live video archiving/local-streaming solution for a small theater.
posted by andrewpendleton to technology (3 answers total)
My boyfriend works for a small theater. They don't currently record all of their shows, but would like to start doing so. In particular, they want their setup to involve capturing video with a cheap-ish HD camera, and sending it the following places:
* A computer, for archiving.
* An HD TV in the lobby, so late-comers know when to come in (maybe 20-30 feet away from the camera)
* One or more not-necessarily-HD displays backstage and elsewhere, for crew (potentially more than 100 feet from the camera)
My first thought was that the camera captures the video straight from the camera, writes it uncompressed to disk, and on-the-fly streams it over a network to the other displays with some sort of network-streaming contraptions at the end points connected to displays (maybe something like the WD TV Live or similar), but I have no idea what combination of software would do it, other than something cludgy involving VLC or some such, and something more permanent/less hacky/easier to use would be good. I'd also love suggestions for alternative topologies (maybe the camera connects straight to the TVs?). Mac-friendly things would be slick, followed by Linux, with Windows as a last resort.