Live Video Production

How to Choose and Implement a Webcasting Solution

So you want to produce a webcast, perhaps for training, marketing, or sales. You envision a presentation involving a talking head video and PowerPoint, and maybe some extras such as chat and Q&A. Price is definitely a consideration, but you also want to know the trade-offs involved with choosing a lower-cost solution and when a higher-cost solution makes the most sense.

A Buyer’s Guide to Live Streaming Services

So, you’ve decided to stream a live event, and you’re considering your options. You definitely need a streaming server to reach your target viewers. You could buy and install your own server (or rent a cloud instance), but then you’d have to create the player and configure and manage the server yourself, which requires lots of technical expertise that you may or may not have. Or, you can use a service provider to supply this functionality.

Review: Brightcove Video Cloud Live

Real-time cloud transcoding is the future of live event streaming, and it’s here now from several companies, including Brightcove subsidiary Zencoder, which was among the first to announce a live transcoding product. In this review, I’ll describe how the service works, as well as my experience testing it via Brightcove’s Live Streaming service, which uses the Zencoder service to transcode incoming streams to multiple iterations and flavors.

Telestream Wirecast 5: The Definitive Review

With Wirecast 5, Telestream has significantly improved usability with a redesigned interface, beneficially expanded the product’s input capabilities, and upgraded the product’s plumbing with features such as x264 encoding and HD-SDI output via Blackmagic Design’s Intensity or DeckLink cards. All told, these improvements make the $129 upgrade price ($295 for the Pro version) a no-brainer decision and strengthen the product’s value proposition vis-a-vis other software and hardware production switching tools.

Wirecast Frame Rate Too Slow? Check Video Display Rate

If your capture frame rate in Wirecast drops into the 10-15 fps range, check the Video Display Rate option in the Preferences dialog. When I started testing this morning after several weeks away from the program, it was set at 60. Unfortunately, that...

YouTube Live Opens Up Live Streaming to All Members

YouTube Live is a very useable and useful live streaming service that formerly was only open to a limited number of producers. According to StreamingMedia.com, the service is now free and open to all. I reviewed the service in an article you can read...

Brightcove Video Cloud Live Review is Up!

My review of the Brightcove Video Cloud Live service is up and running on StreamingMedia.com. Basically, I reviewed the service so I could work with the Zencoder Live Transcoding service, which worked flawlessly; it's a really nice service. The servi...

Review: Brightcove Video Cloud Live

Real-time cloud transcoding is the future of live event streaming, and it’s here now from several companies, including Brightcove subsidiary Zencoder, which was among the first to announce a live transcoding product. In this review, I’ll describe how the service works, as well as my experience testing it via Brightcove’s Live Streaming service, which uses the Zencoder service to transcode incoming streams to multiple iterations and flavors.

Review: Onstream Media Webcasting Service

Onstream Media’s webcasting service provides a soup-to-nuts system for broadcasting PowerPoint slides and talking-head video to a computer-based or mobile audience, with interactive elements such as Q&A, polling, and surveys, with registration facilities at the front end and analytics at the back end. The system can automatically transcode incoming Flash video for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) delivery and exclusively uses the Akamai content delivery network (CDN) for public media delivery. To test the system, I ran two public webinars; both of them were technically flawless from Onstream Media’s perspective. If you’re considering a rich media broadcast, Onstream Media should definitely make your short list.

Tutorial: Capturing Soundboard Audio for Live Event Video

Connecting your camcorder to an external microphone or soundboard is a critical skill for any event or corporate videographer, though it can be surprisingly challenging, making it an exercise best performed well in advance of the actual live event. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process, beginning with the assumption that your camcorder has XLR connectors and that your camcorder’s manual is handy.