Kickoff Event Webcast

Thanks for the info. Actauly we are tryitn gethave a small kick off evetn at our school for hte studetns and their families. Our school is not able to provide NASA Channel, so our bext option is webcast. I will look forward for the fninal info from FIRST. Thanks again

Yeah, me too. And I’m looking forward to a game hint too. Or maybe we already have something from someone on here who has some insider info.

Isn’t now the time that the game clue is given to us?

Though this is dragging the topic a slight bit OT…

The clue is normally given to us sometime between Christmas and Jan 1st.

And with Kickoff not happening until the 7th I’d bet it is closer to the 1st than Christmas.

Ahhh…Another 2 weeks to wait till I can over analyze an unanalyzable clue in preparation for kickoff. I think I’m as excited for kickoff as a kid is for Christmas!
“Can we have the hint Davey, Please Please!! It’s only 4 AM! Pleeeeeaaase Davey???”

Now all we need is a photoshopped picture of Dave as a …no, no, I’ve said too much already…

I have a few questions of my own as our High School is setting up for the Webcast:

  1. We will need the exact URL for testing purposes.
  2. Will the streaming video work with Quicktime and/or Windows Media
    Player?
  3. Does it use any nonstandard UDP or TCP ports other than Port80?
  4. Are any other browser plugin’s required?

At Clarkson I had very little experience setting this up. Basically I just clicked on the link and it worked. Any words of wisdom would be most welcome.

Assuming it’s carried on NASA TV again this year (which is likely a safe bet), then you can get all the webcast info you need from the site already mentioned in this thread:


Looks like they support both Windows Media and Real, and of course those webcasts are live 24/7 so it’s easy to test out.

1.) The link is http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
2.) The Nasa TV stream is either in Windows media player or realplayer,.
3.) I don’t think it uses any nonstandard ports, other than Port 80, but i’m sure I’m somehow going to be disproved in some way.
4.) You don’t need any browser plugin, but I’m pretty sure you need at least the latest Media Player(Or at the very least version 9. The required codec will be automatically downloaded if you haven’t changed the option in media player that automatically downloads the required coded.) If you want to test run the computer just visit the link and view the stream. Nasa TV is on all day, and will work the same now, as it will on January 7.

While we have always been fortunate enough to have satellite reception through our major sponsor for the kickoff, we have often used the webcasts of regionals during the competition season. (The NASA links are already given by other contributors in this thread.)

Run your ethernet through a laptop that has a video out port, and then connect that to a projector or large television. Use the Full Screen mode in RealPlayer, and it’ll be easy for all to see. The quality will not be as good as a broadcast, but it’ll be acceptable. (My attempts to use WinMedia Player streams always ended up out of sync, or continually trying to buffer the download. Not a knock, just the difficulties I ran into. Others have run these streams successfully.)

Put a VCR in between the computer and the projector/TV, and you can tape the kickoff for later viewing, in case you have questions about the game. It’s quite simple, but do a dry run ahead of the kickoff on some dummy stream off the net. That way, you know the procedure works, and that you have all the needed cables/connectors to do it.

If your team builds a practice robot after you ship, consider using the webcasts of the regionals to help train your competition team. Run the webcast in the practice area to give the team the “feel” of the regional; the sounds (turn the speakers up LOUD), the timing (start and stop your practice rounds with the streamed matches), and the length of time for robot setup/removal. Your comp team will be a bit better adjusted to the flow of things once you get to the regional.

Here are the URLs for the direct streaming video from the 2005 FIRST Kickoff. All you need to get the live webcast is a high-speed internet connection and either Windows Media Player or Real Player. The Windows Media Player version has a much higher quality, and would be better for a webcast. The Real Media version is basically for slower speed Internet conenctions.

Windows Media video: mms://sargasso-3.arc.nasa.gov/2005/first/05kickoff.wmv

Real Media version: http://robotics.nasa.gov/first/2005/05kickoff.ram

You can also record streaming media using a program called “WM Recorder”.

The software is about $30-$50 and it is worth every penny. I’ve used for so many things and I’ve only had it a month. I’m a teacher and at our school our connection is pretty slow and unpredictable, so I can record streaming video content (like from annenburg or PBS) at home using my DSL and then take them to school and show students (for educational purposes of course) You can set it up to record at certain times and dates too. Anyways, I don’t work for them or anything, but in case some people wish to record the webcast or any of the competitions - it may be useful.

Last year at the Southern California remote kickoff, they did the Windows media webcast and toward the end it lagged, bad. We weren’t able to get the last 5 minutes at all (where they gave the password to the manual). If anyone organizing that event is reading this, please get NASA TV on satellite or cable for that event.

Maybe I’m reading what you’re saying wrong or something, because this appears way too obvious to me…but NASA TV is already on cable (probably need digital cable, though) and satellite.

Well, four members of out team are going down to VCU Richmond to get the parts. but rest of out team will be in school watching the kickoff. Our school don’t provide us with the NASA channel, so we are tryin to get the webcast. I really don’t know how reliable it is, but i guess it worth a try :wink:

Thanks for the info.

Happy Holidays to all,

Anybody out there have any experience with capturing streaming video on a Mac running OS X Tiger? I found this bit of software but would like to here from others before adding $70 to my amex bill. :]

Snapz Pro X 2.0.2

According to the NASA TV schedule of events, the kickoff will be broadcasted.

To Andrew S:

  1. I believe that NASA always makes a downloadable version of the kickoff available after the event

  2. To capture a stream on a PC, use TechSmith Camtasia or use a graphic board that has analog outputs to a VCR, DVR, etc

That’s really the only thing I’ve found. You can use it for 30 days for free if that helps any. :slight_smile:

He is saying that you need to get NASA TV from cable or satellite rather than from the internet because the quality will be better.