How to Stream PS3 and Xbox from a Mac

LockerGnome reader Joyn asks:

“I own a new Mac mini, and I know you stream your videos with one. Do you know how I can stream video from my PS3 and Xbox 360 from the Mac?”

Because the Mac Mini doesn’t come with a video in, you’ll need to purchase a video input device that converts your Xbox or PS3 component out to USB or FireWire.

One device that I’ve used is called a Dazzle. This is a simple input that allows you to feed your video from one device directly in to a system with USB 2.0. Once connected, it allows you to stream the video from your console to services such as Ustream or Livestream in much the same way a webcam is. I recommend using the Dazzle Pro HD if you’re wanting to capture HD content and stream it out in quality. One important note here for Mac users is if the audio doesn’t work through the Dazzle, you may want to try connecting it directly from your console to the Mac Mini using the line in port on the back of your Mac. This will provide clear, direct sound.

If you want to monitor it and stream separately, a program like Manycam can come in handy, allowing you to use a single video source with multiple programs simultaneously. Also, you might want to consider using CamTwist as it enables you to add lower thirds, basic overlays, and switch video sources on the fly should you decide to do some on-camera commentary after the game.

Another solution can be found in a piece of hardware called the HD PVR. This device allows you to capture and archive your HD video in addition to feeding you a clean monitor feed through VLC. Here, what you’ll need to do is couple it with CamTwist. This way, your live monitor window can be used as the video source through CamTwist’s Desktop+ option.

No matter how you decide to do your live stream, remember that streaming video from your home is bandwidth intensive and unless you have a significant amount of bandwidth, you may find that it can cause lag during game play. Some ISPs also impose bandwidth caps which are quickly met and exceeded by folks that stream video out of their home.

Ustream Problem

We took live calls again last night. I discovered that some of you are unable to view Ustream content – and your ISP may have some major splainin to do.

My assistant Kat knew I was about to take calls, and opened her browser to my live stream page. She wanted to follow along as she always does. However, when the page loaded, the Ustream box did not. There was nothing there at all. She shrugged and thought something was wrong with my page, so she went straight to the home page. There, she was greeted with nothing more than a blank white page – and a very strange message.

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During my live call with Kat, she explained how she called BrightHouse (aka RoadRunner) and was greeted with a not so friendly representative who also tried to access Ustream’s service and was unable to. After Kat tried to get a clear answer the customer service representative called over a manager and the representative neglected to put Kat on hold and she was able to hear the manager say something along the lines of, “Well uncover it then.”

A few moments after the representative ended the conversation with their manager Kat’s router was reset and the blocked content was magically available to her once again. As I have seen in the community chat room, Kat was not the only victim of this. Several of the community members were also reporting that they were unable to view my live stream.

I cannot say for certain that BrightHouse or any other ISP was actually blocking Ustream. However, it sure does seem that way, does it not?

Meet The New Youtube

Have you see the latest YouTube revision? Looks quite a bit different from the old version, that is for  darn sure. According to TechCrunch, the new YouTube changes are very aesthetic to the eye. And in addition, the general layout is simply more pleasing.

Perhaps the best new feature is being able to search for videos, without leaving the one you are currently watching. Again, this is a very big deal indeed. Not only easier to use, but it also means more time with the end user watching videos as well.

Does all of this mean anything in the face of stuff like Ustream or Hulu. Not really, as both of the latter services provide functionality that YouTube does not. But if you are looking for Internet based talent, then clear YouTube tends to be among the fan favorites out there.

Ustream Showing More On Android

The Ustream viewer on the iPhone is too limited. Not talking about the broadcaster mind you, for the 3G S that allows for you to broadcast to the world. No, I am talking  about being spoon fed limited content only over Wi-Fi with the iPhone. It’s a joke.

Thankfully we are seeing what people have wanted all along with the Ustream Android app. Ustream viewers can finally choose which streams they wish to view, rather than being given a limited number of “featured/popular” streams instead.

Now all we need is to see Android finally get a Kindle App and I’d be able to switch my family to Verizon finally! No really, why is this even an issue? How long is it going to be before we see something as fantastic as Amazon Kindle on the Android platform? Sure feels like it is taking entirely too long for my taste.

What about Book Search for Google? Please, let’s compare some of the best sellers from the NY Times best seller list.

  • Rain Water – Kindle yes, Google no.
  • True Blue – Kindle yes, Google no.

It just keeps going as Google’s Book Search has nothing modern from what I can see going for it. And that is cool for its own niche, but it makes articles like this seem rather foolish.

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Yahoo! Live

Online video is certainly a hot thing right now, and it’s become easy for anyone to either watch or create their own videos on the Internet. This isn’t just some fad, either. This is the future, and many people have opted to get rid of their cable or satellite television service and stick with what they view on the Web. Most of the time what you watch online is prerecorded, but live broadcasts are becoming more commonplace thanks to services like, Ustream, and Qik. These live video broadcasts really bring online video to the next level, and some of the major players in the technology arena have taken notice. Yes, even Yahoo! has now thrown their hat into the ring with Yahoo! Live.

The interface is slick, and Yahoo! Live contains many of the same features that are a part of other live video services. For example, these live sessions can be embedded, and things get interactive though text chat and other means. Since Yahoo! is such a large company, you might expect their network to be able to support the demands of this service, but it’s still an experimental release, and it’s just not very stable right now. Because of this, Ustream and the others are making Yahoo! look bad, but hopefully the reliability will improve so that Yahoo! Live can become a true contender.