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Craig Ricker
Setting up a cheap broadcast solution from scratch - input welcomed
on May 30, 2014 at 6:36:37 am

Hi guys,

Simply put, trying to setup a very low budget (under $50k) studio/broadcast setup for a 1 hour fortnightly forum show. I'm mainly looking for input here on the best way to do video playback through a BDM switcher.

Heres what I've come up with so far:

BMD ATEM ME2- $4835
Alpha transitions, basic cutting, fades, clip store for guest/host animated supers
The 4K will not be in use. But is there for future upgradeability of cameras if desired.

Third party macro support for the BMD switcher
XKeys 80 – macro keyboard - $200 x 3
Just macros software – free

BMD Studio camera - $1995 x 3

Video Insert playback -

Option 1
Hyperdeck studio - $995 X 3
1. Instant cue and playback VT inserts
2. Motion graphics in background set
3. Motion graphics in background set
cons – no alpha

Macbook pro or similar - $2000 (or use existing)
HDMI output of premiere for animated name supers or name titles

Option 2 –
Basic PC tower - $1500
BMD Decklink cards - $300 x 3

CasperCG software – free
Pros – allows alphas and a host of video processing and effects

Macbook pro or similar - $2000 (or use existing)
HDMI output of premiere for animated name supers or name titles

Second issue is point to point streaming. Essentially to transport our material to a satellite distributor such as optus or telenor, we wish to utilise an encoding unit to take our stream onto the internet and then receive it at the optus/telenor sites and convert it back to SDI so they can switch it to the satellite.

The second half is what i'm curious about. Trying to find a cheap reliable solution to receive the stream and take to SDI. At the moment, I know we could just use a PC tower open up a web browser, and output full screen our stream playing back via HDMI and run through a HDMI to SDI converter, but wondered if there was a more elegant solution?

Mac Pro 2.4Ghz 8 core, 24GB RAM, GTX 670


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M. Venom
Re: Setting up a cheap broadcast solution from scratch - input welcomed
on Jul 2, 2014 at 6:22:46 pm

If you are going with option go definitely include one Hyperdeck studio Pro, for the thunderbolt capture capability and as far as encoding you can run a computer with Telestream Wirecast, great encoding as well as live streaming.

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