Archive - Feb 8, 2013

Storm Streaming and Raspberry Video Stuff

Today, I was thinking about best ways to live stream the storm and I was interested in experimenting more with the Raspberry Pi. So I did a little digging and came up with a couple interesting projects.

First, was setting up the Raspberry Pi to stream video that could be shared. This was fairly straight forward. Previously, I had hooked up my Logicam QuickCam Pro 9000 to the Raspberry Pi and it worked pretty well. Now came the task of finding the best way to stream it.

I found this blog post, Using a Raspberry pi to live stream video to Bambuser. So, I set up an account on Bambuser. As a brief diversion, I install bambuser on my Android cellphone and found that it streams nicely that way. I streamed parts of my drive home during the beginning of the storm and it seemed to work well, although I haven't looked at the video it produced.

I simply stuck the cellphone up on the dashboard and tried to keep it from sliding around too much. I may look for options to mount the cellphone to stream car rides in the future.

Getting the Raspberry Pi to stream to Bambuser was incredibly easy. Install a program, set up the parameters and start streaming. It is using rtmp: and I'm wondering if there are other things that I could stream with this. YouTube Live? Google Hangout? Other stuff? That is a project I'll explore a little bit later.

It got me back to another project. I have an old Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick (880e) that I'd love to get working with Raspberry Pi. So far, I don't know of anyone who has succeeded with this. By doing a little digging it looks like I need to enable the em28xx device. One blog post that goes into details about this is from Bufocam.

I tried doing this, but it requires perl as part of the procedure and for some reason, I'm having problems installing Perl, so I'll save that for a different day.

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