Streaming and Archiving Service for Vex Tournament Videos

Can we discuss the option of a streaming service (or at least a video archiving service that is easy to use) for vex tournament video footage, as produced by event partners?

Is there anybody who knows a way of obtaining servers for this endeavour?

Is there interest in having this?

My vision is that a site would be set up (potentially related to robotevents) where event partners (EP) can easily stream events in real time, and where all the footage that is streamed is also broken into chunks (as decided upon by the EP or 60 minute slots etc) and archived for future reference. This would ensure that video footage is not lost over time and that teams from around the world have persistent access to footage of high quality competitions.

I think this would be a great idea, but is uStream not sufficient? Are we looking for something more than uStream?

Considering some tournaments use Justin.tv and some use Ustream, I’m guessing it isn’t a perfect solution. As far as I can tell it doesn’t do a great job of making archived footage accessible?

While this sounds like a good idea. I don’t believe it would be feasible, creating a good stream service requires more than just server space, the bandwidth required to deliver decent quality content would be far to costly.

The recent issues with the Asia Pacific footage going missing after a few hours has more to do with overworked volunteers who selected the wrong settings on Justin.tv rather than an issue where Justin.tv cannot be used for archiving vex competitions.

The best place for putting match videos really is uploading high quality footage YouTube however this is extremely time consuming and I’m not sure where that footage has gone from Asia Pacific.

I’m interested in the idea of a VEX streaming service and after overseeing/managing the stream for Asia Pacific it would be much more suitable to have a VEX service but as is mentioned above the bandwidth required is enormous (even streaming to the single server was hard at the venue). It could be a future thing for VEX to look into though I am aware YouTube does support limited live streaming capabilities.

I can tell you though that it wasn’t the right setting (I couldn’t find anything to save past broadcasts) but more or less the fact I forgot to change the hard drives on the recorder so some footage is missed. I do have a fair bit of footage from the event however I don’t have a Mac computer so can’t actually see what I have :mad:

If I can get the footage from Asia Pacific or someone with a suitable device can we can probably put those videos to YouTube since that will be easy and we have access to fast internet for that

It could be possible to stream on YouTube itself… One could set up a Google+ Hangout where multiple computers are hooked up to cameras and stream the Hangout like that.

The Vex organization might consider trying to do a partnership with USEducationTV.com. Those guys manage our school video home and offer live RTMP streaming as well as archived video footage, etc.

They use the limelight CDN so the quality and throughput is not an issue. They even have an iPhone and Android app for watching on the go.

you would need to obtain a server which could steam an flv stream via the internet

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basically, install a program like this

http://download.cnet.com/EasyFLV-Streaming-Video/3000-18515_4-176660.html

and set up your feed, it then is sent to the server (when all is setup correctly)

then this can be linked to a website (for storage, you would need to record them on the computer using the software then upload to either youtube/website using flv etc)

or as mentioned live stream to youtube, it works i tried it …

or … just an idea, pick up an IP Camera, this could then be setup to a network and viewed from around the world, also you could make a login system so an admin/operator could pan/tilt the camera

Example of a simple IP CAMERA (640x480) (get a better one with zoom/hd)

[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-camera-Pan-Tilt-2-ways/dp/B00432J56G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356217847&sr=8-1

then for recording the footage on this, simply use a program on a computer (like vlc to record the stream (using capture stream function)) then upload to youtube/website etc

if you want more info about any of this, inbox me/email me at liamgrazier@gmail.com

(I have lots of experience with cameras etc) - works as a casual av technician and film for live performances lots

Hope this helps :D](http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-camera-Pan-Tilt-2-ways/dp/B00432J56G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356217847&sr=8-1 )

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  • trial of ooyala

basically, install a program like this

http://download.cnet.com/EasyFLV-Streaming-Video/3000-18515_4-176660.html

and set up your feed, it then is sent to the server (when all is setup correctly)

then this can be linked to a website (for storage, you would need to record them on the computer using the software then upload to either youtube/website using flv etc)

or as mentioned live stream to youtube, it works i tried it …

or … just an idea, pick up an IP Camera, this could then be setup to a network and viewed from around the world, also you could make a login system so an admin/operator could pan/tilt the camera

Example of a simple IP CAMERA (640x480) (get a better one with zoom/hd)

[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-camera-Pan-Tilt-2-ways/dp/B00432J56G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356217847&sr=8-1

then for recording the footage on this, simply use a program on a computer (like vlc to record the stream (using capture stream function)) then upload to youtube/website etc

if you want more info about any of this, inbox me/email me at liamgrazier@gmail.com

(I have lots of experience with cameras etc) - works as a casual av technician and film for live performances lots

Hope this helps :D](http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-camera-Pan-Tilt-2-ways/dp/B00432J56G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356217847&sr=8-1 )

Thanks for the ideas - I like the option to use Ooyala and I’ll give it a go with our stuff and hope it works with our mixer as a solution like that would be nice to have and then it’s easy to control.

YouTube live streaming only seems to work for some but that’s something to look into as they’ve got plenty of space and bandwidth, it’s never a worry for them.

The IP camera is a nice idea though I assume it wouldn’t be able to overlay the Tournament Manager audience display which would be nice for some people to see over the matches. It would work nicely though at smaller event especially if there’s the option to move the camera around easily