[Icecast] video streaming

Eric Dantan Rzewnicki rzewnickie at rfa.org
Mon Jul 25 16:18:27 PDT 2005

On Sun, Jul 24, 2005 at 10:19:51PM +0200, Balint Jacint wrote:
> Hi,
> We're planning to launch a video stream.
> We do not have anything yet (no camera, no computer, no software, only a 
> Linux server that will do the broadcasting with icecast installed).
> Has anyone ever done such a thing? 


> What hardware do you suggest? What 

I've used several miniDV camcorders with ieee1394 outputs and an ~2GHz
laptop. Not sure if I would recommend this, but it has worked for me so

> software can be used (both for Linux and Windows on source side). Can 

I've heard flumotion and vlc/vls can do this job, but I haven't used
them, yet.

> Icecast be used for this video streaming purpose (on server side)? If 


> yes, what additional packages are needed to be installed (using Debian 
> Sarge). Is Theora ready for usage? 

theora works well for me.

> If this is what you suggest, how does 
> it work?
> Well I think it's enough of questions for now. :)

We did live video and audio streams of the LAC2005:

The wiki is still up:

I've continued using a similar settup to stream meetings hosted here at
RFA. I'm doing another one tomorrow evening.

Basically I get digital video from a camcorder via ieee1394 into a
laptop. Inside the laptop my toolchain is:
dvgrab | ffmpeg2theora | oggfwd

It works fairly reliably. I'm looking for other options, though, so
anything you come up with would be interesting to hear about.

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