I am currently over-the-moon. A hare brained idea of mine works! A process that uses nearly $10,000 worth of gear can be accomplished with an under $250 purchase from China.
Ecstatic is what I am!
Let me set the stage. I broadcast daily to Nebraska, always recorded. However, there will be times I need to be live.
Live video over-the-Internet demands expensive hardware. It’s a real problem. And you need compatible hardware on both ends.
One night while paging through AliExpress (I watch it as Helaine watches QVC) I came across a weirdly described ad. Poorly translated from Chinese, it was nearly in English. The item was an IPTV video encoder.
I recognized some of the acronyms used in the ad as streaming terms. I couldn’t be sure how they were being used here. The ad had no context.
There was a picture. It was the proverbial black box around the size of a VHS tape. There was no brand name, but there were HDMI and Ethernet ports. That meant, I hoped, video in/packets out. Again, details were sparse.
It came today. I followed its journey through China to Japan to America.
I hooked it up.
Holy crap!!! It worked. It did exactly what I hoped it would.
I asked someone on Facebook to check. It worked for him too.
My friend Larry Fitzgerald gave it a try from Burbank on a 5K screen.
My TriCaster can hook to it directly. No new hardware needed. That’s crazy!
More tests tomorrow, but this is currently too good to be true… but true!