Live Video Production

TalkPoint Convey Debuts Screencam Help Videos

Two or three years ago, the average cost of a video webcast was around $1,200 - $2,000. Now that services like GoToWebinar start as low as $99/month, established companies are having to adjust both their products and their pricing. I've been working ...

Dressing for Streaming Success; Brown is the New Black

I'm preparing for my full day seminar entitled Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts at Streaming Media East in Manhattan on May 12, 2014. Part of the process involves watching a bunch of live events to glean tips and tricks and mistakes to avoid. Tw...

A Buyer’s Guide to Live Streaming Services

My article, A Buyer’s Guide to Live Streaming Services, from the fabulous 2014 Streaming Media Sourcebook, is up on the Streaming Media webiste. Here's the intro, designed to grab you by the throat (metaphorically, of course) and force you to read...

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...

How-To: Calculating Outbound Bandwidth Requirements for Live Events

Live event production is great, but if you can't get the signal out of the building and to your streaming server, you're dead in the water. I wrote a How To article for Streaming Media Magazine on this topic. Here are the first few paragraphs: Outbou...

Webcasting Live Events with the Cbox P2 HD

I recently produced a tutorial about Winnov's Cbox P2 HD, which is a great product for corporations, schools and other enterprises that hold frequent live events that combine a speaker, PowerPoint slides and other inputs. The unit can produce the eve...

Handout for Choosing a Live Encoder - SMWest 2012

Here's the seminar description:

Choosing a Live Streaming Encoder: This session discusses factors to consider when choosing a live streaming encoder, starting with free or inexpensive software options to high-volume, big iron systems, including quality, performance, portability, features, and format support. The session also examines how new cloud- based features such as live transrating are changing the requirements for on-location encoding. If you’re considering buying hardware or software for producing live events, you’ll find this session particularly useful.

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Livestream Broadcaster Review up on StreamingMedia.com

Here's how it begins. Livestream Broadcaster is an exceptionally easy to configure and use live encoder that produced very good quality over a range of relevant bandwidths. The only significant negatives are that the unit doesn't work with the olde...