I have spent the better part of the day searching the internet for some gizmo that will allow us to insert text and possibly images onto our stream as it leaves the stake center. We will be broadcasting from our stake center to three other buildings in April, and we were asked if we could add text for hymns or other items such as images.
I ran across this item: http://www.ambery.com/pcvgatovimeg.html
I called them to ask about it since our camera is a Sony EVI-D70 that we use to capture the video. Since the camera is S-video, I wanted to be sure that we could take the signal from the camera, run it into this device and then out to the encoding PC. I was assured that it will. I also verified that the device can be controlled by either another PC like a laptop to inject the images or text, or run from the same PC that does the encoding. The answer was yes. It can run on either.
So, I am going to bite the bullet and buy one. I will report back to you after I do. I want to be able to give some useful information about it for others who may be looking for a solution to text overlay while encoding.
As a side note, our current setup is:
Intel Core 2 Quad, 6 gig of ram, Osprey 210 capture card w/ integrated analog stereo sound, Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder streaming to a commercial Flash streaming service (will give info if requested by email), Sony EVI-D70 camera using S-Video, VISCA control cable running the Sony EVI-D70 demo control software.
That pretty much sums it up. The stream is received at each meetinghouse with a laptop, a projector and an EJ-10 for connection to the sound system in each building. Audio backup is done by injecting the sound into an EJ-10 at the Stake Center with a wireless hearing impaired device and then dialing into a free conference call service which the three meeting houses can dial into.
I am soliciting prayers from everyone that it works....