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April 26, 2012 9:25 AM Subscribe
Currently live coverage of my city's council meeting is only available on the local access channel of a cable provider, to which I am not subscribed. This got me curious about the whats and hows and costs of livestreaming video coverage of city council and committee meetings.
posted by Alvy Ampersand to Technology (13 answers total)
-Presumably at least 3 video cameras would be required; one for wide shots of the council, one for individual shots for councilors who rise to speak, the Speaker, etc., and one for petitioners and others who come to speak before council. What types of commercially available cameras would be appropriate?
-Vision mixing/switching. There is open source software available to enable this, but I have no clue, specwise, of the machine needed to handle at least three video streams being switched to and fro. What would be needed to hook up at least three cameras (And audio, natch) to said machine? Would they plug into a mixing board which would then feed into the computer? The machine would also need to enable lower thirds/chyrons/captioning, I presume.
-Bandwidth costs for livestreaming. I know nothing about bandwidth, how it's priced, how it's measured, etc. How much would be required to stream, say, an average of 5 hours of video to an audience of, say, 10000 viewers (Arbitrary number), and how much would that cost? And what's needed to actually get the livestream out onto the internets?
-Archiving. Ideally, all previous sessions would be archived, which brings us once again to bandwidth. Or could such things be legitimately archived via resources like YouTube?
Basically, my question comes down to costs and hardware of such an endeavor. I am sure that there are a plenty of municipal governments that already do this, any examples you could provide would be appreciated!