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BW network streams Venn Festival all over the place

Mike Harris writes:

Did you know that Bristol Wireless is involved in a project called XtreamLab along with Psand, Micro-Film and the Venn Festival organisers?

As part of the project we’re streaming 3 events for 3 days during Bristol’s Venn Festival and have a nice new website where you can find details, plus information on the line-up and streams.

This has all been made possible with BW’s network and the installation of a temporary link between the Arnolfini and Watershed that Rich Higgs and Matt Leonard got working yesterday and then a tweaked with the gracious help of Matt from BMEX and Oliver from the Watershed, to whom many thanks are due.

To find out what’s going on, there’s also a Google Map for reference.

To watch or listen in, there are a few options:

  • Video: rtsp:// is a Quick Time stream that may work for you in VLC and definitely works using QT Player 7;
  • Audio: is OGG/Vorbis which should work for most, but then there’s also that is in MP3 for the rest;
  • Finally, if you frequent Second Life, you can teleport to Calamaro Planet on the Isle of Prosperity on

Anyway, Mike is looking forward to seeing you all at the Arnolfini on Friday and Sunday and between the Cube and the Croft on Saturday.

2 Responses to BW network streams Venn Festival all over the place

  1. Rich June 5, 2007 at 2:17 pm #

    Well done to the for getting such a quality stream out to the internet. The stream going into the Cube Cinema was excellent quality on Friday night. There were a few people in the audience who turned up for the Faust gig – about 15 or more at one time. The stream cut out a couple of times, though I wasn’t surprised considering the stream quality the Macmini had to cope with.

    Saturday night we moved the whole kit to the Cube and installed a projector and connection to the Croft. We streamed the from the Cube but this time for some reason we were unable to get the bit rate that we had at the Arnolfini but the quality wasn’t as good.

    Sunday we moved the kit back to the Arnolfini. This was the hardest bit of the weekend. In hindsight we should have just opted to do the one stage although the party in the Cube was good fun! On the whole it was a good experiment with many successes, one of which was seeing a crowd bopping about in 2nd life.

  2. woodsy June 18, 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    Sean has posted some images of Venn 2007 in Second Life at

    In addition, Mike Harris has some pictures of the other side of the screen at