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I am looking to stream services at my church online. I am having a difficult time finding a firewire camera. Any recommendations on what I can use? Budget is around 600 dollars willing to get something used.

Also does anyone have any insight on why the firewire camera is a dying breed?

asked Sep 22 '12 at 22:23

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I don't really have time right now to make a fully fledged response, but I did some quick searching on B&H, and found this guy:
Definitely try to get one from the used department, they're $200 cheaper.

I did a little more research, and the camera that I linked looks like the best one in your price range. Our church uses this camera:
I looked this morning and it was on B&H new, but I guess it's not there anymore.

Here's the reason why Firewire cameras are losing popularity. Firewire was a good interface for controlling the playback and transfer of data from MiniDV/HDV tapes. Now that SD cards are becoming the standard, there's less need for tapes. It's also more convenient to just transfer the file from an SD card to the computer than through the camera. Flexibility is improved with SD cards. You're no longer limited to 60 minutes of recording, but to the size of the SD card.

answered Sep 23 '12 at 06:44

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edited Sep 23 '12 at 10:32

firewire was good to control a digital tape, now they just save the video ontop files on an SD card... no need to stream the video that way to save it to a computer

I must ask, why firewire? will something else work, how about an IP based security camera of sorts?

answered Sep 23 '12 at 00:36

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Well I'm not to Interested in saving the video. I want to stream with decent quality. We are using a web cam now and video quality is horrible. I know we need a decent quality camera just need a solution to stream wether it is FireWire, USB and would also like a recommendation on a camera around 600 dollars

(Sep 23 '12 at 00:50) jasonk530 jasonk530's gravatar image

i was answering why firewire is dieing, but seriously look at some IP based cameras


(Sep 23 '12 at 10:33) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Will the camera be in a fixed position, or will it be moved around, and does the event have to be live.

also how long will the event be. If it is under 30 minutes, you can usually just get a DSLR and get extremely good video quality, especially since DSLR's have extremely good video detail (better than any camcorder in the same price range, and they offer really good control over the depth of field which allows you to get that professional tv show or movie look from your videos)

PS when recording a video of an event, people will lose interest if the camera is in the same position for too long (this is why in movies, you see the camera angle change frequently even when the overall scene takes place in the same room). If you cant move the camera around, then you will need a multi camera setup which may mean getting multiple lower cost camcorders then using a capture card to capture the video directly to a PC (will have to check for some free or very low cost software that offers basic tricasting )

answered Sep 23 '12 at 04:08

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I have considered the DSLR but it will be longer than 30 minutes and will stay stationary. We will eventually get multiple cameras, for now am trying to get a live stream happening.

answered Sep 23 '12 at 06:04

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