We have always used FMLE for live streaming our outdoor/remote events (Good Friday, Easter, 4th of July, etc). For the past 3 years the video crew we hired brought a tricaster that we just configured for the live streaming which worked, but had worse audio (for some reason the Tricaster in question didn’t support AAC audio).
I’m tempted to just build another streaming PC like we’ve done in the past, but try to find an HDSDI encoder card that will allow us to break the feed into multiple streams (we typically have 4 or 5 bitrates I believe) to send to our CDN (limelight).
At our main campus, we use a StreamZ HD that simply generates all the HLS files and transfers them to a server over FTP that limelight pulls from.
I feel I have 3 options:
- Standard PC w/FMLE and HDSDI encoder card
- Mac running Wirecast with thunderbolt HDSDI encoder
- ??? sending a single high quality stream back to the main campus so we stream like normal using our standard streaming gear.
I have pro’s/con’s for each, but what are your thoughts? What do you do when you need to stream high quality from a venue that has decent enough internet but no streaming hardware?