Tomorrow I'm going to be talking on the phone with the manager of client services at DaCast, who we will hopefully be using for our live component.
My email to him was:
I run a good-sized machinima community, and we already have a video sharing script for our movies. But I’d like to add a live component to the mix, for premieres, director retrospectives, etc.
I have a pretty good grasp of what will be involved to stream live from my computer to your servers and on to the viewers, and will probably end up using Wirecast for those broadcasts that I’m controlling. I have the power and bandwidth to do that.
Others may also be running broadcasts as well, and that’s where it becomes problematic. They may not have computers able to handle the encoding and bandwidth to get their stream to your servers for rebroadcast.
I know you have storage available with your packages, and the size, even on the starter plan (which we’d probably go with in the beginning, based on your calculator) is more than adequate for an hour or so of video that might be part of one broadcast.
My question is this – if other broadcasters in the community upload the videos that will be part of their broadcast, is there any kind of control panel that will allow them either a) Make a playlist of all the content needed for the broadcast and launch it manually at the appointed time or b ) do the same, but just schedule it to start at a specific time? Manually launching it would be the ideal solution, in case there’s a need to delay the broadcast briefly, but a schedule would also be acceptable.
Which is something I've already discussed here - I can run a "live" live broadcast from my own computer - I have the processor power, the bandwidth, and the software. But I don't want to be the ONLY person who can do a live event.
His response was "I dont have a simple answer for this but I am happy to discuss the project." So tomorrow I'll give him a call and we'll discuss it.
Stay tuned. In the meantime, I'm also looking at alternate ways of doing the live thing, just in case. As they say, where there's a will, there's a way.