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Old October 23rd, 2008, 03:54 AM   #1
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Award ceremony - Embedding camera feed into presentation live

I have been looking into the various possibilities of how to acheive an award ceremony style presentation that has embedded live video feeds using multi cameras.

So if you imagine a power point style slide with a portion of the slide dedicated to receiving live feed from a camera showing for example the person receiving the award walk to the podium.

I guess that the switching of the feed needs some hardware (any of you guys using anything that you would recommend for this?) and then some software application that handles the feed selected and places it in the presentation (tried to look around on Google but not easy to find anything useful)

Interested if any of you do this sort of thing or if you have heard of what software / equipment would be used....
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 07:22 AM   #2
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Edirol V-4

If you are working with Standard Definition this little machine works wonderful!
You can have 4 inputs of cameras or computer (powerpoint) dvd player, vcr or a combination of all of the above!

here's a link to the edirol page, I'm sure they have an HD setup as well but it's pretty expensive
EDIROL V-4 Video Mixer :: Overview


And best of all it does Picture in Picture in whichever quadrant you want to have the video feed in!
I use this at church every week and I love it.

Hope this helps

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Old October 23rd, 2008, 07:34 AM   #3
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Nice one, thanks I will check it out!
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 12:40 PM   #4
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Hi Jason,

Don't you need a scan converter for the PC? I checked the Edirol specs all it takes in are composite & s-video.

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Old October 23rd, 2008, 12:44 PM   #5
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You can just go out S-Video from the computer (most laptops have this and if you're using a Mac they have nice dongles that convert the dvi to s-video)
You can use a scan converter but they cost more money that you don't really need
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It's been my experience that scan converters are almost always the weakest link in the chain and seem to be susceptible to failure at a fairly high rate. I'd try to take them out of the equation if at all possible.
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 12:59 PM   #7
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Thanks for the information Jason.

I agree with you Ethan, scan converter is old technology that was useful in its days.
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