You all are very tech-savvy, so I thought I'd see if you all could help:
I've gotten way in over my head in promising to try to broadcast my cousin's wedding live via webcam so that her brother's wife can watch and others whom may be able to unattend due to traveling restrictions (money restrictions, that is).
I have a webcam and a laptop and portable internet connection (all I need are two outlets to keep the laptop and internet powered on), but I need to know of a good program to broadcast with.
Sor far, I found this: Vidiac Live:
1. I don't want to pay an arm and a leg (if anything at all).
2. It should be relatively fast, like 30 bps refresh/ good quality.
3. It should have the ability to be secure, such as not allow ANYONE on the world-wide web to view it. So some sort of viewer-group, with passcode access would be good.
Any suggestions will be most welcome.
Are you forced to broadcast the wedding live? If no, a better option may be to tape the wedding using a digital camcorder and then upload the video to a website for people to access the video.
The major benefit of this would be the video would be MUCH better quality.
You may want to consider an IP camera, such as the Axis 207W
You don't need a laptop, only a hi-speed internet connection, wireless router, and the camera. No additional software needed as everything is built-in. I have one hooked up for security on our house when we're away for the winter. You also have the option of recording on a computer that is connected via internet. This camera isn't cheap, but has good picture quality. If you want a picture sample, email me at my contact email.
The quality of the video feed and the number of viewers allowed will be determined by the bandwidth of your internet connection.
I haven't tried it myself but many people are broadcasting from http://www.ustream.tv/ - I think it is free. Check it out, this may be the solution.
Windows Live Messenger can broadcast your video feed for free. Just need a user account.
However running a webcam from a laptop can be a bit choppy depending on how powerful the graphics card and processor are.
Then there is the type of webcam that you use, a hook up through a DVD Cam to feed the pictures might deliver better quality.
Then there is the quality of the internet connection at your end and the receiving end.
Then try following the wedding in a way that doesn’t send pictures of the wedding party looking like ants due to lack of mobility and subjects too far away from the laptop/webcam.
As stated earlier, it may be best to get a good DVD Cam and record the event, make copies and send.
Yahoo Messenger can be used as well. But the quality and size will be small.
After an hour of trying to get the stupid thing to run (internet connection was lousy at the church), the one person who wanted to watch couldn't find her dang power cable and couldn't even turn her computer on.
Then, she asks if I can send her video of the vows via my telephone. I did it, all whilst handling the video camera that the bride put me in charge of.
So, here I am, the idiot, with a cell phone video and a video camera, both taping at the same time AND sending via MMS on my phone!
The things I do for people! (rolls eyes).
Thanks again everyone.
Did I read this right and you used your cell phone as a modem to send a video stream to another location? Wow! Hope you have deep pockets or a data deal with your service provider.
I once, and only once, made the mistake of using my cell in a remote location as a modem and transferred a video stream. $800.00plus later… The bill came in the mail and I freaked out.
Called the service provider and plead STUPIDITY!!!
Lucky me the charge got reversed and I will never do that again.
Not that it's going to help you now, but here's a potential alternative solution. How about using a video phone? If a high speed Internet connection is available, that's all you need.
I recently started with a company that's endorsed by Donald Trump, called ACN. One of the products and services that we offer is an Internet Protocal (IP) based digital telephone with video. We have our own robust network in the US and it's expanding into Europe and the Far East.
The service for unlimited local and long distance within the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico is only $29.99 per month, and that includes call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, voice mail, VIDEO voice mail and way much more!
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I haven't tried video but did do a 2 day conference out of downtown San Francisco using SKYPE to connect to a phone conference bridge. The hotel wanted almost $400 per day for a audio conference phone, plus line charges. The SKYPE connection was just pennies on an all you can eat (as long as it's less than 5GB) data card. The savings over those 2 days paid for 10 months of data card charges and when you consider many hotels are now charging up to $15 per day for Internet. It only takes a few days to recoup the month's cost.
At least everything seem to be fine, but I would check out the logistics first, before saying "yes"..02
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