433Re: Does anyone know how to set up streaming video?
- Feb 5, 2003A nice idea but I don't believe it's workable with your computer
Part of my job is streaming live and recorded audio and video. In
fact, I recently used the DVD of the documentary, "Looking For Lulu" as
a test when I was setting up for a live event this past December. It
was more than a week before the event so someone would have had to
stumble upon the stream by accident. No one did so I don't believe I
could have been accused of violation of copyright. Of course, working
for an educational institution, I may have a bit more latitude in that
area but I do take the issue very seriously and try not to be in
violation of the copyright law.
That brings me to a non-technical point about the possibility of
streaming an LB movie. You may wish to check into the related
copyright issues. I don't believe you'd be hassled by anyone in
particular since the video quality wouldn't be that good and it would
be difficult to copy the live stream effectively. Also, while I don't
know your financial situation, I doubt it would be cost-effective for
them to go after you (money, to be lost or gained, is a determining
factor). Perhaps some of the LB films are public domain. I haven't
researched the issue since I'm sending this response just as I've read
the referenced message.
On the technical side, your hardware is not up to sending a broadband
video stream and it's doubtful that you could send a low speed modem
version, either. The minimum configuration I've used for a "live"
broadcast video stream, at modem data rates, is a 400 MHz G4. Now if
you were to get one of those 1 GHz G4 17" widescreen iMacs, then you'd
be onto something. That's the least expensive way to get that much
power in a Mac configuration and it would work as a streaming server
with the appropriate software. It's time to upgrade that system!
I could go into more technical details about different broadcast
configurations and hardware requirements but this message is already
getting too long. I could check into what is possible with your
hardware configuration but I don't believe you'd find the end result
acceptable. I will tell you that a video digitized and optimized for
streaming requires less powerful hardware than streaming "on the fly".
Please let me know if you want more information.
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