I'm planning on purchasing a new camcorder so that I can stream some events I'm going to be attending this year.
Sadly I'm not sure what type of connection I'm going to need to be able to use the camcorder to stream.
Do I need a camcorder that records to tape, HD or a SD card to do this?
How do I know which camcorder will be compatible to stream with?
I've been looking at the Panasonic HDC -S600 to use to stream, however I don't know if I'll be able to with this particular device.
You're going to need a FireWire camera. This is a must and not only does it allow you to hook it up to your computer, but the quality is pretty good. Now FireWire cameras are usually the ones that record to tape, or reffered to as MiniDV camcorders. You can find tons of cheap ones that work pretty well. I got a Sony DCR-HC52 on a repack from Best Buy for $100. Works well enough. I also have a Canon GL 2. Considerably more expensive, but it produces a much better picture. Again, any camera will work as far as it has firewire out (IEE as Sony calls it).
The next step is making sure your computer has a firewire input. This is nesecary to hook up the camera. IT WILL NOT WORK VIA USB. The camera has to be plugged in via FireWire to be recognized as a video input device. After you have it connected, just make sure you have the appropriate software. Most online streaming services will recognize the camera natively, but you could also use software solutuons like Camtwist, Webcamax, and Wirecast.