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September 26, 2005

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Could you stream this to a commercial streaming company who would then restream (maybe a few second delay) with more possible connections? Could give you more users without using up all your bandwidth.

As for 'how many simultaneous streams' TriCaster can handle, Jason, the number 10 is a licensing limitation, but real-world bandwidth would be more on the order of 3 to 4 simultaneous viewers before your church's ethernet connection maxed out.

The best situation for broad distribution of the stream is to send a single stream of the highest-bandwidth to a streaming service provider (such as www.internetvideochannel.com) who would then provide as many streams as you need.

Paul,

Thanks for the info. Just got off the phone with Brad Giotes over at IVC. We're looking to try a test run through his system next week.

Stay tuned everyone...

Jason

Yeah, 10 is the limit, but that's assuming you aren't tapping out the TriCaster PC, as it's still limited on how much it can push. So, the more you're doing with the TriCaster, the lower the number (and quality in FPS).

However, it's a really not intended to be the main serving host. The idea is to send the stream to a dedicated server so that it can avoid the limitations of the TriCaster.

As a side note, I was hired to work with NewTek to help develop that particular product and then brought back in to tweak the interface GUI. It's quite impressive for $5k, but there are new - uhm - versions (can I say that under NDA?) coming soon. I can't give more info than that, but this little box is up for a Technical Emmy award, so I'm proud to have been part of the dev team.

Oh, one last thing - iVGA. Totally new technology. I freaked when I saw it. You can take another PC/Mac and use your 10/100 network connection to send your screen information (limited to 1024x768 - for now) as a non-video (i.e., scaled 1024x768) input. So if you also use the VGA output on the TriCaster, you can avoid scan converting the incoming PC signal and instead use native XGA resolution. Way cool.

Final comment: at $5K, it's not the end-all-be-all product. It's aimed at non-video people to have an all-in-one portable video setup that's pretty simple to use. Remember, it's not what you can do with it, but what you can't do with it that will deterine how well it will fit into your application.

OK...done rambling.

- Anthony D. Coppedge

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