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Old June 16th, 2020, 11:20 PM   #1
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Streaming through to the venue lobby

I filmed a two day conference back in February (verily, pre-COVID it was) and had the livestream sending to YouTube and Facebook, consisting of the raw output direct from the main camera. FWIW, main + wide were being iso recorded for finished editing in post.

I noticed during a camera break that the livestream was being played through the TV screens in the venue lobby and later found out that the AV guys had teeny weeny Raspberry Pi computers attached to each of the TV monitor units and were using them to grab and play the livestream.

It was such a cool thing to have running and meant a lot to those remaining in the lobby (some with community group stalls that needed to be minded) that they wouldn't miss out on the content despite being outside the event space itself.

I'd always thought of a livestream going much further in distance and not merely the other side of a wall. Gotta love the ingenious use of apt technology.

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Old June 17th, 2020, 06:43 PM   #2
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The last year or so I've been working with single board computers (SBCs) running Linux. ARM architecture and very capable little computers drawing 2W of power, running web servers, Docker, etc. For about $50. They seem to be popular among those building media servers.
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Old June 18th, 2020, 10:39 PM   #3
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Hey Andrew,

I wish I had a dollar for every foot of cable my crews have run from ballrooms to remote monitors, ie: lobbies, board rooms, breakout rooms etc. Hard wire was the old school way to go. Then when we were lucky if the budget allowed we did it LAN. Now, as you saw, webcast! Bam, no cable, no local network with its problems. Want to see the main presentation video? Stream it and it goes everyplace we want it to go.

Use it as a sales tool for your casting. It is awesome. Once they have committed to a webcast it is easy to play anywhere they want.

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