tldr; looking for people with engin./technical backgrounds who live in Pac12/Big12/SEC/ACC cities, that would be willing to record games from the respective conferences, and upload to a centralized repository.
Hello! I'm looking to form a team that will build upon the success of other projects which have captured and distributed Michigan Football/Basketball video. Specifically, I'm looking for people who meet a few of the following criteria:
- You live outside the B1G geographic footsprint.
- You have a cable service provider that supports TiVos/M-cards.
- You're an engineer/have a technical background that involves building/servicing computer hardware and software. Or, you're self taught and aren't afraid to open up your computer/other electronics and find out how they work.
- You've used bittorrent and know how to create and seed a torrent.
What we're looking to do is capture as many out of conference games as possible. By controlling the quality and breadth of captured video, we are giving the Michigan football/basketball community unparalleled 'raw material' to scout future opponents and peform in-depth research.
I've modified a piece of computer hardware to do this, so recordings are much higher quality than what's capable with a Hauppauge HD-PVR (exploits the analog loophole).
Here's a brief Q&A that will answer a lot of the questions that may pop-up:
- Q: Wouldn't this be illegal?
- A: Yes. However, as long as Tor and VPN services that can paid with via bitcoin exist...Oh, and good luck trying to export stuff out of ESPN3 and performing frame accurate editing of the content.
- Q: Ok, I might be interested..What equipment will I need?
- A: You'd be sent a modified/upgraded DVR with 2TB (not a typo) of capacity. That means you can also return the cable company rented DVR, so you'd be saving $10/month, potentially.
- Q: What about TenYardTorrents/other sources that already post torrents of NCAA games?
- A: Most of it is lower quality .mp4's/other video that can't be frame accurate edited.
- Q: What is frame accurate editing and why is it important?
- A: Say I wanted to build a ruby on rails on rails/webapp that called out a specific video sequence (1Hr::47min::13s through 1Hr::47min::46s) and embed this video in a page, and be able to advance the video frame by frame (720p broadcasts on ABC/ESPN film at 60fps). MP4's simply don't have the B/I-frames to do that. This is why getting source material is important.
- Q: Ok, I'm interested.
- A: Great! Contact me via email. 'mgovault at gmail dot com'