We are a university looking to develop a streaming package based on Wirecast. We produce using a Mac Pro Dual-Core Intel Xeon-3GHz Tower, OS 10.5.8 with 4 Gigs of RAM.
For cameras we use a Panasonic AG-HVX200P and HPX500 in the Panasonic ProHD720 30PN format. Our goal would be to capture Panasonic ProHD 720 30PN footage to P2 cards at each camera and have the signal via firewire recognized by Wirecast. At this point in the software evaluation it appears Wirecast does not recognize PanasonicProHD720.
If there was a method that would allow us to shoot HD at the camera and send a 16:9 formatted signal from cameras to Wirecast then we would consider moving forward on a purchase of the following equipment and would look to the forum to comment.
3) Vewnex FireNex Cat5 repeaters for camera to card extension
1) MacMini with Snow Leopard Server installed
For live streaming we would place the MacPro Tower and MacMini within our university network. Both devices would have static IP addresses and priority for QOS could possibly be established between them. Each would have 100Base-T Ethernet connection. Supposing we would like to create an H.264 file for playback on Mac, PC and smart phones, how would we best guess the number of connections that could hit the stream at any one time?
Thanks for any suggestions. We are excited to replace a single camera realProducer live streaming system with what looks to be a multicam graphics system that will get us to any computer and many phones. Very nice bump for us!
We're just starting a streaming workflow using the HVX200 cameras. After some investigation and chats with the Telestream folks, the firewire 720p/60 output from the camera WILL work in Wirecast if you have the DVCPro codec loaded on the machine (I have not been able to get the PN formats to work). The catch is that I have not been able to figure out how to use any of the firewire audio stream from the camera - we've rigged a USB M-Audio device to work with the DVCPro HD feed from the camera. Also, it took some tweaking and preference setup in order to get the HD pictures flowing over the firewire. Basically some trial and error yielded success!
My advise would be to fiddle with the demo and give it a try. So far so good for us, but we're just starting out - I'm sure there will be more to sort out as we go.