Set Top Box Video Capture

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Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby balajiv01 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:50 am

Hi All,

I am looking for a solution for capturing the video from Set Top Box (STB) at a location (Say, US) and stream the video to the remote location (Say, India)

Are there any products available for the same ?
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby admin » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:59 am

You need to capture a video from a signal that is going to STB, correct?
This signal can be one of the following: analog video signal / HDMI signal / MPEG2-TS over IP.

analog video signal / HDMI signal: you need a video capture card that will capture this signal and then install Unreal Live Server that will encode this signal and send to Unreal Media Server.

MPEG2-TS over IP: Use Unreal Media Server directly to ingest MPEG2-TS signal.

Unreal Media Server will stream this signal over the Internet.
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby balajiv01 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:29 am

Admin,

A small clarification on the requirement; i need to capture the video coming out of the Set Top Box. Is it possible ?
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby admin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:57 am

If your STB has an A/V output, then possible, of course. Use regular video capture card.
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby balajiv01 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:02 am

Thanks, Admin.

Yes, the Set Top Box has A/V output. We can capture the video from the Set Top Box using the normal video capture card; I would want the captured video to be streamed over the network to another location.

Do you have any product for the requirement ?
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby admin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:48 am

Unreal Live Server -> Unreal Media Server -> stream to anywhere to any player / format.
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby balajiv01 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:02 pm

So, it would be like:

1. Getting the USB based video capture card and connect the A/V end to Set Top Box and the USB end to the Live Server

2. Then connect the Live Server to Media Server. If yes, how the connection must be established ?

3. The Media Server can stream the video over the network.

If we want to send some commands to Set Top Box, how can it be accomplished ?

How many Set Top Boxes can be connected to one Live Server ?
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby admin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:17 pm

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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby balajiv01 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:07 am

Thanks, Admin.

Here is the approach I tried (as mentioned by you):

1. Installed Live Server on the Desktop
2. Connected the USB based video capture card to the desktop # 1. The RCA cable of the video capture card is connected to the DVD player.
3. Added this video capture card as 'Live Source' # 2 and configured.
4. Installed the Media Player on the Desktop # 1 itself.
5. Added the live server with source # 2 as live broadcast with the name as 'Test'.
6. Finally, tried to access the stream on another desktop in the network using VLC Media Player as 'mms://<IP_ADDRESS>:5119/Test. It started streaming the audio as well as video.

Now that I want to showcase the solution to my top level management for which I need the answers to the following:

1. How many live sources can an instance of Live Server handle ?
2. How many live broadcasts we can add on the Media Server ?
3. How much does each of the instances Media Server & Live Server cost ?
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Re: Set Top Box Video Capture

Postby balajiv01 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:05 am

Admin,

Please let me know if the Live Server is installable on Linux.

Thanks.
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