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Old February 5th, 2014, 11:18 AM   #1
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HDMI to USB stream

Hi,
I'm not sure if this is the right thread or even the right forum, but I hope you can help.
I'm an AV and VC support technician with a company that has just had a great refit - with plenty of new Cisco VC codecs in the meeting rooms. Trouble is the rest of their global offices have not caught up yet and I find almost none of the users here in London are using the VC systems because the people they're wanting to VC in with are mainly still using Skype and Google Hangout and other web meeting/webcast software not compatible with IP/H323/SIP etc.
I'd like to integrate one of the Panasonic cameras we have - into the auditorium PC to use with Skype. I have an audio feed sorted, just need a way to get HDMI down scaled into what the PC thinks is a USB webcam I can select with Windows/Skype.
All the devices I've seen that could do this are for capturing, not "streaming".
I'm guessing I first need to convert to DVI, then use some sort of scaler, then capture it live.
Has anyone done something like this before - I know it is a bit dodgy. Does a converter/scaler device with windows drivers for this use exist?
Just for camera so don't need HDCP support.
Any help is much appreciated.
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Old February 5th, 2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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Re: HDMI to USB stream

Hi Victor,

I've never heard of any adapter that will convert HDMI video down to USB /webcam spec. However, there are converters to let the PC or Mac treat the HDMI input as a source for certain streaming apps. Check out the Black Magic Intensity Pro capture device for instance.

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Old February 6th, 2014, 06:49 AM   #3
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Thanks Jeff,

That's easier than I thought - I did look at the BMI but didn't think it could stream - thought it was more for capturing for editing. Done further searching and found it will either work with Skype by itself or at least with a program called xSplit.
Now just to convince them to buy it :)
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Old February 6th, 2014, 09:45 AM   #4
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Hi Victor,

Technically, you are correct - the Intensity is not a streaming device. However, it is an input device, and that input can then feed a variety of software encoders that do stream. Hope it works out for you.

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