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Last Updated: Jul 27, 2013 09:18AM EDT

Remote Broadcast

A Remote Broadcast allows you to send live video from anywhere and receive it at a TV Studio for use in an "on the air" production, typically broadcast on cable-TV. Examples include:
  • Live High School Graducations
  • Local town events
  • Breaking News
  • Political events and election coverage

Needed Components

To conduct a live remote broadcast, you need at five things:
  1. A live audio/video source and a streaming encoder at the event location
  2. A connection to the public Internet at the event location 
  3. A streaming server account to receive the live video stream
  4. A connection to the public Internet at the studio
  5. A receiving device at the studio

Encoder

You can use DVME on a laptop computer. DVME allows you to have two video sources (e.g. camera 1 and camera 2) and either switch between them or show them side-by-side or in any other arrangement.

You can use Streamsie to stream the live video from an iPad or iPhone.  

Internet

The quality of your broadcast will depend on the available bandwidth.  You can deliver amazingly good video via cellular 4G service, and some customers stream live video at 1 Mbps...but in most cases you will stream in the 200 Kbps to 500 Kbps range if using 3G/4G.  If possible, try to connect to a quality WiFi network -- but be careful because a public WiFi network can easily become overloaded if there are other guests using it.  Some customers have had excellent results during setup...but then the network fails when the public arrives at the location and start to suck up all available WiFi bandwidth.  In this case, 4G may be better!  Best results will be via dedicated, wired connection.

Streaming Account

Use your Arcus or DEVOS account to send your live video.  This makes it very easy because you don't have to enter complex server values...just your account ID, username, password.  For Remote Broadcast applicaiton, your bandwidth use will be minimal because you will have only one viewer: the receiving device at the studio.

Receiving The Stream

There are several choices for receiving and airing-out the live Remote Broadcast video.  The best choice is to use a Roku Box with Discover Video USB dongle.  The USB dongle allows your video to be received only by you, and it features "persistant streaming" where it will automatically display the video when it appears and the Roku box will not return to the consumer menu when the stream is absent.  You cannot connect a Roku HDMI to a converter (because HDMI is copy protected), so you will want to use a Roku SX box that has composite video output.

Another choice is to use Discover Video's Soft Top Box which gives you HDMI output without copy protection (because it is a computer, not a consumer device).

Or you could simply receive the video on any computer browser and use a scan converter or that computer's video output.





 

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