I received a request to broadcast a live seminar over the internet. The client is hosting a couple of workshops at some large hotels across the country. They want to have the seminars broadcast on the web. I've contacted several server providers who offer the service. Most want you to connect your camera via firewire to the laptop then to the internet. I have the Sony NXCAM which does not have 1394 output. This camera offers component, USB, Composite and HDMI. Does anyone have experience in setting up the gear to broadcast this scenario? Appreciate any input.
I believe I will output through the composite jacks on the NX5 and into a composite to USB interface attached to the laptop. Not sure about the format as that will be up to the service providers software.
If you're planning on using composite out then I would get a Canopus ADVC-300 or ADVC-1000. I prefer the 1000 because you can tweak the image settings and audio coming in. If I remember correctly there is even an EQ and compressor on the 1000 if you want to use it. The 300 is pretty much a simple analog to DV converter with no way to adjust the image. Anyway, I use both of these boxes for both Windows Media and Flash streaming and they both work fine. Pretty much just hook up your camera and plug the box into your computer and you're ready to go with whatever software is needed for your stream.