Saturday, November 20, 2010
We’re going to Chennai next week for DocType HTML5. We want to livestream the event for the folks who can’t make it. I see two ways to make this work:
- Use a computer with a webcam and broadcast with a service like Ustream, Justin.tv or Qik.
- Use a mobile phone with a 3G connection and a native app for one of these services.
If we use a laptop:
- All three services use Flash, which doesn’t work great on Linux, so the laptop must run Windows or Mac OS X. Built-in webcams on most laptops aren’t great either, so I need to get something like the Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 (Rs 4700).
- The microphone on most laptops isn’t great either. Need an external mic or line-in from the sound mixer.
- Need a dedicated laptop through the day, with Windows. Our conference router runs Linux and could have doubled for this duty, but the availability of Linux drivers for the webcam is unclear.
- A laptop is a heavy piece of equipment to lug around.
If we use a phone:
- Most phone cameras are crap. The Nokia N8 has a fantastic camera, but nobody makes Symbian apps anymore. There’s just Qik in the Ovi store. I tried Qik on my Android and the performance is crap, while Ustream works great.
- The only Android phones with HD cameras are above INR 25k (Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire HD, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10). We don’t have the budget to buy an expensive phone just to stream video. We’ll have to convince one of these companies to sponsor it.
- Phones are easy to carry and easy to lose. They won’t sit on a tripod, so an adapter is needed.
What do we do? Is there a webcam or phone you can recommend?
Update: I’ve settled on the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910. Rs 5800 in Jayanagar, Bangalore, and works great with Ustream on our conference router running Ubuntu Maverick, with both BSNL 3G and Reliance NetConnect (both of which offer roughly 200 kBps on the uplink).