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How to Live Stream Like a Pro on a Budget

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Presentation at the 2016 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Technology and Communications Conference.

The live streamed recording of this session is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFkPtDgl278

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How to Live Stream Like a Pro on a Budget

  1. 1. Live stream like a pro, on a budget Aaron Cackoski The Music Greenhouse Jason Samuels National Council on Family Relations
  2. 2. About the presenters
  3. 3. Aaron Cackoski • Owner, The Music Greenhouse • 15 years experience producing live and recorded audiovisual content • Broadcast material includes everything from local bands to city officials to the Dalai Lama • Has built his own live media streaming capture devices and server
  4. 4. Jason Samuels • Director of Innovation and Technology, National Council on Family Relations • Responsible for annual conference technology and audiovisual planning • Develops live and on-demand streaming media libraries
  5. 5. Notes and resources: bit.ly/livestream -mnnptech
  6. 6. Who is live streaming?
  7. 7. How can your org use live streaming?
  8. 8. Mobile streaming
  9. 9. Mobile live streaming apps Periscope Facebook Live (coming soon) YouTube Connect (coming soon) Meerkat (just pivoted)
  10. 10. Streaming from a PC
  11. 11. Casual live streaming platforms YouTube Live Twitch Google Hangouts on Air
  12. 12. Professional Streaming
  13. 13. Pro streaming components • Video sources (camera and other) • Video mixer • Encoder • Streaming service
  14. 14. Mixing and encoding software • Wirecast ($500 - $1,000) • Vidblaster ($200 - $2,000) • Livestream Studio – Full ($800) • Streamstar ($1,000 or $55/mo) • Ustream Producer* ($280 - $550) *only works with Ustream service
  15. 15. Mixing and encoding software • Wirecast Play* (Free - $550) • XSplit Broadcaster ($15/3 mo. - $450) • vMix ($60 - $1,200) • Livestream Studio – Limited** (Free) • Open Broadcast Studio (Free and open source)
  16. 16. Free encoding only software • Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder • FFMPEG (command line only) Encoding only works if you have a single video input, or input from an
  17. 17. • Livestream Broadcaster ($400 - $600) • Teradek VidiU ($500 - $2,500) • Ask Aaron about his Raspberry Pi based streamer Portable encoders mount on a video Portable streamer boxes
  18. 18. Turn key systems
  19. 19. Live streaming platforms Ustream DaCast YouTube Live Livestream Wowza
  20. 20. • Wirecast Go (iOS only) • LiveStream Producer Mobile • Ustream apps • Wowza GoCoder Streaming platform mobile apps
  21. 21. Shift change
  22. 22. Make a diagram of the event • Physical space • Technical interfaces • Event specific layout Planning
  23. 23. Event flow • What will happen? • Is there a projector presentation • Will there be questions / Planning
  24. 24. • Camera • Streaming device • Sound • Lighting Equipment
  25. 25. • Smartphone • Wireless - simple • Webcam • Inexpensive – built for computer • Video camera • High quality – versatile Camera
  26. 26. • Smartphone • Use apps to stream • Computer • Reliable – switch multiple cameras • Mobile streamer • Portable – few moving parts Streamer
  27. 27. • Webcam • USB video input • Firewire • Internal interface card Connecting to the computer
  28. 28. • Add graphics • Presenter IDs • Event logo • Multiple angles • Multiple cameras / PowerPoint Switching software
  29. 29. Before / after switching software
  30. 30. Encodes video signals for the web • Flash Media Live Encoder • Provider specific application • Integrated switching program Streaming software
  31. 31. • Use a PA system • Especially in larger rooms • Patch directly in to the sound system • Make sure everything is heard by the camera Sound
  32. 32. • Audio board gives maximum control • Level out presenter's voices • Maintain consistent volume Sound
  33. 33. • Light everything on camera • Angle lighting downwards • Up light the background Lighting
  34. 34. Three point lighting • Key • Fill • Backlight Lighting
  35. 35. • Consider video background • Design the stage with interest • Avoid busy patterns Background
  36. 36. • Cover cables (rug or gaffer's tape) • Store away empty cases • Raised camera Best practices
  37. 37. • Test internet • Determine stream quality • 500 Kbps – 4 Mbps • Get a hard line where you can Streaming
  38. 38. • YouTube • Livestream • Ustream • Wowza Server
  39. 39. Case study
  40. 40. Digital video streaming setup • Camera and video from laptop feed in to the computer board • Computer has software that acts as both a digital switcher and encoder, feeds out to live streaming platform
  41. 41. Presentation to streaming setup • Surface Pro 3 at the podium • Video cable connects to an HDMI splitter • One HDMI cable goes to the projector • Other HDMI cable to extender kit transmitter • Extender kit receiver is back at the tech table • HDMI cable connects to the streaming
  42. 42. • Running vMix switching and encoding software • Hard wired internet line • USB 3.0 portable monitor • PC build: Computer build / configuration • Core i7-6700K • 16GB DDR4 RAM • 256 GB SSD • 2x 2TB HDD (RAID 1) • GeForce GT 730 graphics card • 2x Blackmagic Decklink Mini Recorder
  43. 43. Q & A
  44. 44. Thank you

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