Are there any network cameras that will work with the Meetinghouse Webcast Software?
We are thinking that a network camera might be easier to control remotely (from the satellite closet in the materials center) than one like the Sony EVI-D70 if we need to use it somewhere other than the chapel.
Conversations around originating a webcast for conference, including cameras and mixers.
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tsheffield wrote:I am not sure why the D70 will not do what you are asking for. With the RS232 connection on the camera and Cat5 along with the software to control the camera you should be able to control the camera from the materials center without any problem.
Below is some of what I have been thinking when comparing the options. Nothing is set in stone right now, but we will probably start solidifying things after the Hill Cumorah Pageant is over
Note: The linked items are not endorsements, they are just what I have run across that looks like it may work
- With the D70 (or most any other comparable camera) we would need:
- Camera (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/302318-REG/Sony_EVID70_EVI_D70_1_4_CCD_Color.html): $850
- Serial extender (http://www.amazon.com/Gefen-EXT-RS232-RS232-Extender/dp/B0002CZJDO/): $70
- USB to Serial adapter (http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Serial-Converter-TU-S9-Blue/dp/B0007T27H8): $15
- Audio/Video to Cat 5 balun (http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Solution-Connecting-Composite-Standard/dp/B000IXU3X8): $64
- Total known costs: $999
- How much more will 2 CAT 5 drops/room be than 1?
- What risk is there of someone mixing up the RJ45 jacks in the wall (would it damage the camera if the video balun was connected to the serial jack)?
- Can a normal game joystick be used to control the camera's Pan and Tilt functions?
- Positives and Negatives
- +Cheaper up front
- +Known and supported
- ?How fine grained control can be achived by the computer software and serial control?
- -Not very flexible
- -Needs two CAT5 cables or a CAT5 and a coax for each location
- -Can only be controlled from one location
- -More complicated for new user to setup
- For a network camera:
- Camera (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/496132-REG/Axis_Communications_0220_004_AXIS_213_Day_Night_PTZ.html): $1487
- Analog Video Adapter (to feed the current analog video system)(http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/506145-REG/Axis_Communications_22581.html): $100
- Total known costs: $1587
- How much more will a CAT 5 drop in each room be?
- How well will streaming over the network work?
- Positives and Negatives
- +MFG makes driver to use camera (over LAN) as a WME input
- +Can control the Pan/Tilt functions with a standard joystick from computer
- +Camera has website where multiple people can control camera (Watch, control PTZ fuctions, select presets, etc)
- +Only 1 CAT 5 drop needed per location
- +Can run back through our current switches
- +Can run audio back with video (1/8" input on camera)
- ?Will there be lag/jerky video from running over LAN?
- ?Will the webcasting software be able to use the audio from the video stream?
- -Not supported by the global service desk
- -More expensive up front
So, the costs are about $600 more up front for a networked video camera, but it could potentially be cheaper and easier to use in the long run
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