Broadcast Camera (no firewire out) to Webcast, Video Capture
by jimusick - 3/18/08 5:39 PM
I am trying to figure out how to handle getting a video signal to a computer for making a webcast (say via WebEx or something).
Somewhat surprisingly the consumer-oriented cameras seem to have firewire output - which I can directly plug in and *surprise* everything "just works".
The more expensive broadcast camera, a sony DXCD50, only has composite, s-video, and component outputs (why no firewire??). So my assumption is that I need a video capture card - but I want to make sure I am going to be getting real-time video capture so that it can just be used to directly webcast (which is what happens when I plug in the 'cheaper' cameras)
Thus far I've found 2 products that seem like they might work
1. Creative Labs Video Blaster Editor for Windows
2. AJA Io LA External Video Capture Device
Ignoring the Mac/PC issue (I can use either) - why is there a $700 difference between these? Is it becasue the AJA puts uncompressed video into the computer whereas the creative hardware is compressed?
Presumably for a webcast I'd want compression, yes?
Any thoughts/tips/suggestions? I'm fairly new to the AV+computer+webcasting thing - so feel free to correct me if I'm missing something obvious.
p.s. I can't use the 'cheaper' camera that just works because it needs to be at the back of a big room - thus the broadcast camera with the bigger lens is necessary.