[bsdcan-volunteers] A/V Setup - so who has more h/w?

Allan Fields afields at afields.ca
Tue May 9 06:16:55 PDT 2006

We still need:
	1) 1-2 more cameras	Potentially 3 if we have/need

	2) 1 good A/V box       Avail FreeBSD machine to borrow,
				pref. lots of fast disks/ram, or I
				can install on a mid-range Athlon
				I have around..)

	3) 1 Laptop w/ fw and good CPU/RAM
				Would be more luggable for webcast

	4) 1-3 WinTV (or like) video capture cards
				Just in case FW capture isn't
				working: anyone with easy to support
				video capture (eg. brooktree chipset)
Email/phone and I'll get it to BSDCan/setup.

As mentioned, video streaming for FreeBSD dev-summit would be nice.

How's the pipe out of SITE/network looking like, Dan?

I could do this if we have necessary h/w..  Spend a day testing/setup
before hand.  Luckily todays the 9th, so there's still time.

	* http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffmpeg/
	* http://www.livecamserver.com/ (FreeBSD-based live video streaming)
	* http://www.oav.net/mirrors/video-streaming-servers.html

Let me see if my Athlon box is avail, I have a multiport firewire
card which seems to recognize fine.  Haven't tested capture on it.

Wondering if PCI bus is fast enough.  I don't know bandwidth
requirements per stream.  Multiple streams possible?

Same goes for OCLUG if I can help, perhaps sync up w/ Andrew on

Thankx..  -afields

----- From last year (2005): Some thought to encoding options.. -----
> Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 00:48:46 -0400
> From: Allan Fields <bsd at afields.ca>
> To: Isaac Levy <isaac at diversaform.com>
> Cc: ocuug at listserv.storm.ca, video at bsdcan.org, chrisc at daemonsnews.org
> Subject: Cross-platform Video Streaming using mp4 (Re: bsdcan video problem)
> On Tue, May 31, 2005 at 03:22:07PM -0400, Isaac Levy wrote:
> > Hello Alan,
> >
> > I was just now starting to try downloading some talks, (and I'm a bit
> > embarrassed even to say I was trying to download my own talk on Jailing
> > right off the bat :)
> That's fine, it's an opportunity to see it from the other side.. I did the
> same for my first presentation on Perl Shells at YAPC::Canada.
> I also have clips ironically enough on MPEG animation at the NRC using
> Linux/Apache/Perl/ImageMagick which I can put online.
> http://afields.ca/yapc.ca/
> > Anyhow, I downloaded the mp4 file, but after trying twice now, it seems
> > the file may be corrupted or something- I can't natively watch the file
> > using the usual means on my mac.
> True, I have similar problems on my Mac.  Seems the streaming versions
> use something QuickTime doesn't like.
> I was able to get them to play in Windows Media Player after installing
> DivX Codec, but it doesn't properly stream from my server.  Many
> of the hits to the server are from NT/XP machines, which I assume I
> would have heard if it was broken.
> I didn't really follow any guidelines creating these.. I just used
> a simple single pass command line from .dv to .mp4 enabling compression
> of audio and video tracks at once.
> A linuxjournal.com article (http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6720)
> recommends using a multipass approach and mp4creator which would clean
> up the mp4 files and make them actually streamable.
> I'll try to fix them up and reupload.  I might take down the hiqual
> versions.  I also need to edit the Bob Beck clip which goes past
> the end of his presentation.  ( http://afields.ca/bsdcan/2005/ )
> > Is there something I'm missing?  Should I load up any X11 video
> > software on a FreeBSD box in the house to view it?
> The video was prepared with ffmpeg under FreeBSD and works with
> mmplayer (X11) in ports.
> > --
> > Thanks for posting all of this!
> >
> > Best,
> > .ike
> >
> --
> Allan Fields

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