takes in one or more video signals, compresses an
outgoing signal to your settings, and sends it where
you want it to go. That’s the simple version.
You can go battery-operated, you can have dual
streams from one device, you can record internally,
or you can use the device to initiate recording at the
server. Some systems even let you grab a clip from
a stream (or a local recording of the stream) and
send it to social media while the live event is still
being streamed from that same device. The choices
available now can be overwhelming.
Choosing the Right System
To narrow down the choices and find the
streaming appliance best suited to your needs,
here are several key questions to ask:
• How much money do you have to invest
in this device?
• Does it need to be portable
• What streaming needs do you have?
Size, frame rate, data rate, number of streams?
• Does it need to record?
Internal, external, or server recording?
Program feed or isolated?
• Does it need to provide video mixing,
video playback, titling, graphics, etc.?
• How will it connect to your cameras?
• Do you require conversion, scaling, or
connectivity with noncamera computer
inputs such as VGA or SDI?