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Playout systems

In broadcasting, playout is a term for the transmission of radio or TV channels from the broadcaster into the networks that delivers them to the audience. --from Wikipedia

There are a number of ways to do this:

  1. a commercially produced video server, such as Leightronix, DoReMi, or Harris ($$$$$$$$$$)
  2. taping everything onto 6 hour VHS tapes (not recommended)
  3. a live (and bored) person driving a stack of DVD players (also not recommended)
  4. a home-build video server ($)

z!'s video server

Over a couple of years, z! has built a number of ZVideoServer video server? systems for use at conventions. They are all x86-based PC systems running FreeBSD. These can be built for fairly little money, especially compared to commercial systems, and while not having all the bells & whistles, some of which are actually really useful, they will work.

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