Live Video Production

Joicaster Review: A Simple Platform for Live Video Distribution

Joicaster is a web-based live streaming syndication platform that takes a single live stream and pushes it out to multiple services, including YouTube Live, Ustream, and Twitch, as well as commercial sites. Joicaster is affordable, straightforward to operate, and performed well in all my tests. If distributing to multiple live streaming platforms is a problem for you, Joicaster could very well be the solution.

Choosing a Capture Card for Multicamera Live Production

You’ve decided to create your own station for mixing live events with a software program like Telestream Wirecast, Livestream Studio, StudioCoast vMix, CombiTech VidBlaster or Splitmedia Labs XSplit. You’ve selected the mixing software you plan to use, you’ve spec’d out the computer, and now you need a capture device to input the feeds for mixing.

Webinar: Optimizing Audio and Video Quality for Webinar and Conferencing

TalkPoint is hosting a 30-minute webinar on optimizing audio and video quality for webinar and conferencing production on Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 PM EST. You can register for the webinar here. During the webinar, I'll be discussing some highlights f...

My New Book: Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video

Just a quick note about my new book, Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video: How to Look & Sound Great in Webinars and Videoconferences ($24.95). Here's the who, what, where, why, and when. Who:  The book is targeted towards non-media profession...

Handouts from Producing a Webcast From Soup to Nuts

Last week at Streaming Media East, I held 2 three-hour sessions (parts 1 & 2) on Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts. The descriptions are below, as are the handouts for downloading.  SM2: Producing A Webcast From Soup To Nuts: Part One Part o...

Review: Panopto Lecture Capture and Webcasting System

My review of the Panopto Lecture Capture and Webcasting System just published on the Streaming Media website. Here's a short summary of what I thought.  Overall, Panopto was very well-conceived, and in general, is very easy to use for both presenter...

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...

A Buyer’s Guide to Live Encoders

All live events start with an encoded stream produced by a live streaming encoder. In this guide, I’ll discuss the categories of live encoding products and identify the factors you should consider when buying an encoder.