Hello PTZOptics Followers!

Today we want to address the various ways you can do live streaming with PTZOptics cameras.

With the PTZOptics camera line you can actually take advantage of IP Streaming with simultaneous HD-SDI, HDMI and other video outputs such as USB 3.0 and CVBS. Let’s take the example above (PTZOptics 20X-SDI) to show that two IP Streams and a HDMI output are all being sent simultaneously. The beauty of IP streaming with PTZOptics is that you also get IP control. That means you can control the camera with any computer on your network (and even use our new PresetVisualizer). Let’s take a look at a couple different scenarios.

  1. Unicast IP Streaming on your network (h.264)
    1. This is used for internal viewing of your IP Camera Stream. You can view it with a software like VLC or a IP decoder. You can even use VLC to accept a stream and rebroadcast a new IP stream at the same time. PTZOptics cameras natively only support up to (2) 1080p video streams or (1) 1080p and (1) lower resolution stream.
  2. Multicast IP Streaming on your network (h.264)
    1. Multicast is extremely new but this type of network set up has extremely bandwidth sensitive options. In a multicast network environment you can stream to as many endpoints as you want without increasing your bandwidth
  3. RTSP IP Streaming inside or outside your network
    1. RTSP streams are popular for live streaming applications such as ChurchStreaming.TVWirecast, Wowza and VMix. You can easily send a RTPS stream to these services will accept the stream as a input into your live video production. PTZOptics cameras can embed audio into this stream making it a easy way to get video and audio into your live streaming production.
  4. RTMP IP Streaming inside or outside your network
    1. RTMP streaming is also popular for live streaming applications like Wowza, Telestream, Wirecast and VMix. You can also send RTMP streams directly from any PTZOptics camera which can be accepted as a video input in your live stream.
  5. Using a USB Video Mixer
    1. USB Video Mixers such as the Roland VR-50HD will provide a USB video output that can be selected in software such a YouTube Live, Wirecast, Wowza or Vmix for live streaming. These devices allows for multiple HDMI and HD-SDI video inputs to mixed and matched before the stream is sent to a computer
  6. Using a Network Streaming Mixer
    1. We are now seeing some of the first video mixers built for live streaming such as the Epiphan Pearl. This device will also accept HDMI and HD-SDI inputs, provide video mixing and then send out a mixed RTSP or RTMP stream. Products like the Epiphan Pearl provide amazing flexibility “pre-stream” and integrate with streaming services and CMS / LMS solutions like Blackboard, Moodle and more.
  7. Direct USB 3.0 connection to any computer
    1. Nowadays you can do a lot with a USB connection to your computer. Programs like YouTube Live and Google Hangouts on Air provide FREE live streaming capabilities with a USB camera and microphone. Today PTZOptics can provide both video and control over USB making USB an ideal connection that can save a lot on installation time and cabling requirements.

LiveStreaming with PTZOptics Diagram

LiveStreaming with PTZOptics Diagram

As you can see with the picture of the back of this 12X-USB camera we have a network interface and a audio input. These will be the main inputs you will use when it comes to live streaming. The USB 3.0 and HDMI outputs will also work simultaneously which are ideal for confidence monitors, video conferences and local recording on any computer or recording device.

With the PTZOptics GUI interface you can control the camera and view live video of what you are doing from any computer on your network. Looking for ways to gain remote control outside your network? Check out our article on: 5 Ways to use Far End Camera Control (Outside your network)

Are you streaming video for your church? Check out this article on the Top 5 Streaming Services for Houses of Worship.

Streaming to YouTube Live & VMix

We recently reviewed the top 3 ways to stream to YouTube Live. YouTube Live is a great way to stream your next broadcast video to 100’s of thousands of viewers for FREE! The best part of YouTube Live in my opinion are the built in community and SEO building event marketing access to YouTube & Google Plus. The event marketing really works great and YouTube will save and catalog your entire live stream as a re-watchable video your can embed in your website. In fact you can even embed the live stream in your website and then it will simply turn itself into a video when the live event is complete (with some time for processing in between).

Streaming to YouTube Live using Wirecast (With PTZOptics Cameras)

Streaming to YouTube Live with Google Hangouts on Air (Using a PTZOptics Camera)

YouTube Live Streaming with PTZOptics USB Cameras (Using Flash Media Encoder)

Streaming to VMix

VMix is a little bit different from streaming to YouTube Live directly because you can control the video mixing upstream from your RTSP or RTMP stream you are sending to YouTube Live. VMix can also send a “Virtual Camera” stream that you can send to a video conferencing software like Skype or GoToMeeting. See how easy it is to add a PTZOptics USB camera as a feed into VMix before you set your live stream to a CDN like Wowza, Wirecast or Acamai.