Shooting for streaming

Encoding is the last stage of streaming video production, but what happens before then largely determines the quality of your video. Content in this section guides you through this pre-encoding production.

Choosing Cameras and Lighting for Single-Speaker Webinars

I recently tested a bunch of webcams and video cameras to find the optimal camera for single person webinars. I produced a webinar on the topic, which you can view here, and see the output from the various tested devices. I also wrote an article on t...

Manual vs Automatic Camera Operation

Whenever I shoot a live performance, I have an internal debate about which functions to perform manually and which to let the camera perform. Obviously, the panning and zooming is my job; the question is whether I also take on focus and/or exposure. I shot my fifth Nutcracker season just before Christmas, which adds up to about 20 shows total, and I actually reached some clarity on this debate.

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Shooting for Streaming - Five Key Tips

Anyone who’s ever picked up a camcorder and tried to tap into their inner- Spielberg knows that there’s a lot more to creating a high-quality, impactful movie than turning on the camcorder and pressing the red record button. The same is true with producing video for streaming.

Shooting for Slow Motion

slow-mo.jpgIf you want fast or slow motion in your video (like slowing this spinning ballerino), you have two choices: you can adjust the speed in your editor, which can produce interpolation artifacts, or you can adjust the frames per second captured by your camcorder, which should deliver higher quality. If you choose the latter approach, there are three components to consider: camcorder settings, editor settings, and the craft. In this article, I'll discuss the theory behind using fast- and slow-motion on the camcorder side; in a separate article, I'll detail the editor side, discussing both Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro.

Shooting for streaming - top 5 tips

From an article that I wrote in AV Technology that you can read here.

Shooting for Streaming - the Basics

This article, originally written in 2006, and recently updated, presents the basics of shooting for low bitrate streaming.

Shooting video for top quality low bitrate streaming has several unique requirements, including the need to minimize motion in the video during shooting and editing, which is covered in this article. If you've never shot video for the web before, it's a short, but useful primer.

Shooting for Streaming - HD or SD?

If you're shooting for distribution at SD resolutions, should you shoot in SD or HD? Click over to the article to find out the answer.

Shooting for Streaming - Progressive or Interlaced?

Your camera shoots in both interlaced and progressive modes -- so which is better for streaming? Read about, and see the difference, in this article.

Shooting an Interview with a Single Camera

To produce professional video on a budget, you need to master various visual and technical arts. But you also need to become a master of illusion, especially if you're working as a crew of one. Here we explore the art of the single-camera shoot, and insert-editing techniques that will ensure that you have all the angles covered.