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Ethernet, POE, illuminated, remote button bar?

Is there such a thing as an Ethernet connected, wired, power over Ethernet, button bar with about 10 buttons, that can be programmed to communicate with Wirecast and auto-select programmed camera views?

I am exploring how a church could be wired to do fully automatic video switching without any sort of operator. 

  1. Install multiple fixed POE security cameras, with 1080p and H.264 support, with long-zoom lenses, each one pointing at specific views, that will never change.
  2. Assign the views for the cameras in Wirecast.
  3. Assign the buttons on the bar to control Wirecast.
  4. Feedback from Wirecast illuminates buttons on the bar.

Possible selections for 10-button bar:

  • Stop streaming 
  • Start streaming (pressing while live does nothing)
  • Main shot of chancel / stage / transept
  • Closeup shot of church altar
  • Closeup shot of reading podium
  • Closeup shot of the baptismal fount
  • Closeup shot of the organist and choir
  • Reverse shot of the audience seating / nave
  • Exterior shot of the front of the church
  • Live input from a camera operator for weddings, etc.

One of the Start or Stop streaming buttons are always lit.

When stream starts, the main shot is auto selected and lit.

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There are several of these button bars spread around, with identical configurations. This allows multiple people to select the appropriate view.

  • At the altar
  • At the reading podium
  • By the organist / choir
  • In the sacristy where they store vestments
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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 2 yrs ago
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    That's an interesting idea. The compatible button controls tend to be USB although we do have controls for certain PTZ cameras over ethernet so button control sounds like an interesting idea. Fill out the Feature Request Form and include the above description with the request. We'll send you a case number so we can discuss this further with you as needed.

    Also, post it for a Vote in our Feature Request Forum so we can gauge user interest.

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    • Greg Kuhnert
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    • Greg_Kuhnert
    • 2 yrs ago
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    There are various solutions for USB over ethernet. I'd suggest using an Elgato Streamdeck using something like this... https://www.lindy.com.au/cat5e-6-usb-2-0-extender-power-over-cat5-6-50m-5657

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  • Some vendors have a simple webinterface for exactly that. If the port is natted you can even switch your show from anywhere in the world.

    Even using a streamdeck over a USB extender or even with a USB Server isn't providing a way to add two or three control surfaces that are all synchronized.

    That said someone has to build that device or as I said before create some kind of control webpage that does it and use whatever device that has a browser on it to control it. ANd this leads back to some very old posts where people request open API support with a ton of functions. It's unfortunately an area were Wirecast comes short.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Jens Jarke said:
    It's unfortunately an area were Wirecast comes short.

     Do you have a case number for that? 
    I suspect there may be an increased need/demand for it of late that may not have been apparent at the time.

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    • Greg Kuhnert
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    • Greg_Kuhnert
    • 2 yrs ago
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    CraigS said:
    Do you have a case number for that?  I suspect there may be an increased need/demand for it of late that may not have been apparent at the time.

     

    My own case is 00589007, which is linked to WIRE-7388 - specifically focussing on the API which is a pre-requisite to doing a web interface. In past discussions, there has been no commitment as to when or if this will be implemented.

    Regards,

    Greg Kuhnert

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  • You run into the same issues if you virtualize the streaming software. Vendors with forward thinking development have APIs that let you switch remotely, even if the instance is virtualized in the cloud.

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