Murphy’s going to demonstrate how to broadcast live video from your Mac. Quicktime Broadcaster is easy to set up, yet you can use it to serve large numbers of clients simultaneously.
You can keep things simple: Connect a camera to a computer running Quicktime Broadcaster. A client computer can connect and see your live video feed using the Quicktime Player on a Mac or Windows machine.
In multicast mode multiple computers can connect to your live video. Your network must support multicasting for this to work.
If your network doesn’t support multicasting you can use the Quicktime Streaming Server or free Darwin Streaming Server. The streaming server gets the video feed from your computer running Quicktime Broadcaster and redistributes, or reflects, a stream to the clients.
Here’s a scenario:
You need to broadcast a meeting from the conference room. (or the dorm room) A couple hundred clients will be watching with Quicktime Player.
Your Darwin Streaming Server is located in a rack in some back room.Â Install Quicktime Broadcaster on a laptop in the conference room. Connect your camera. The Darwin server gets the feed from the laptop. Then the clients all connect to the Darwin server to get the live feed.
Again – it’s possible to have the clients connect directly to the computer running Quicktime Broadcaster, as long as the network supports multicasting.
In the screencast Murphy will show you how to set up the broadcast feed. Set your preferences and export them to a Quicktime file you can distribute to your viewers over the web or in an email. Opening the Quicktime file connects the users to the live broadcast. You can create multiple files for different bit rates. You’ve probably seen web sites with choices like this.
Check back for a screencast on using the Darwin Streaming Server.
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