Live streaming has changed in recent years – largely due to the fact Youtube and Facebook allow direct streaming to their sites at no cost.  We are often asked to live stream events from our pro cameras, to these platforms so I thought I would share what’s required with the set up .

In September 2018 we travelled to Chicago to film content and live stream from our clients event. We live streamed from the conference room the and filmed interviews a whole series of interviews in the next.

In the old days (well not that long ago actually) we used to have a satellite van, but these days we just needed a fast internet connection. As budgets were tight – I wanted to provide this service to my client at relatively small cost by having the most simple set up. All we really wanted was a live feed of the event.

The first thing to check out was the speed in the internet in the hotel – it was over 200mb upload speed which is roughly 10 times what we needed! We took the camera kit from London as we could be doubly sure it all worked before hand and just plug in and go once we were there without any hiccups.  We had a very simple kit – an SDI lead, a very small ‘Blackmagic’ video converter box and OBS – our live stream software, we were able to fit it all into one additional bag to minimise extra bag costs.

We were also able to work with the clients web developer who could control the live aspect to Youtube from the main conference room and switch between cameras and graphics as we went along. The result was 8 hours of uninterrupted Youtube Llive content which had sponsors for the event Tweeting screen grabs and sharing content through out the day.

For any more info on live streaming please contact us here: james@jwp.tv

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