We make it easy for beginners. You can choose to let us do it for
you, or do it yourself. If you send your media (video & audio tapes) to us,
we'll convert it and put it into your PlayStream account for a nominal fee.
(For a price quote, fill out the Encoding Request
form to the best of your ability. Provide contact info in case we have
To do-it-yourself: First, transfer your media into your computer. Many digital
audio and video devices today enable you to easily transfer your digital media
directly into your computer via the FireWire or USB. If you have non-digital
(analog) media to transfer, you will most likely need a capture card inside
There are several companies that make capture cards, including
Pinnacle. They all make PCI capture cards and some come with capture
Next step: encode it. Once your media is in your computer in a digital file, you
are ready to encode it. Encoding is a term used to describe the compression of
your media file into a format that is ready for a streaming media server.
Download and install the free encoding software tool from RealNetworks,
Microsoft and Apple (depending on which format you wish to stream). Basic free
versions and more advanced versions of the encoders are available.
To download, click your preference: