After reading the entire forum, I’d like to hear some feedbacks from you all out there before I run to the stores buying my dream setup. It will be used mainly for live coverages and webinars. Needless to say I’m looking for a professional, rock-solid setup with almost no lag.
I’ll be using an 8 Core Mac Pro with the specs suggested (Two 2,4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere”, 8GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM, Mac Pro RAID Card with 3 x 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB).
I’ll then install 3 additional Firewire buses through PCI Express cards to be use as camera inputs, which should be three Canon VIXIA HV40 HD Camcorders (one cam per card). I’ll be using Firewire repeaters too if needed.
I will probably use a M-audio ProFire 610 as a sound input on the computer native FW port.
I’ll be running BoinxTV Studio (of course) with 3 cameras inputs, recording on computer and streaming my final output through a streaming service (Livestream, Ustream, ect) with the appropriate softwares.
I’ll have Final Cut Pro installed on this machine too, so I should have a plethora of codecs to play with if needed.
So basically, my questions are:
-Will this system be fast enough to do the job? (Running 3 FW cameras on SD mode, FW sound input, recording and streaming). I just assume 3 live HD mode cams would be a little too much to ask for. Am I wrong?
-Would getting an additional computer dedicaced only for the recording / streaming job would make my system far better and faster? Should I need an additional Mac Pro to do this job? Would that be an unneccesary overkill? Any ideas about dedicaced recording / compressing / streaming powerhouse hardware? That’s the part I don’t know yet.
Thanks in advance for your inputs / advices / experiences.