Live streaming has changed in recent years, largely due to the fact YouTube and Facebook allow direct streaming to their sites at no extra cost.  We are often asked to live stream events so I thought I would share what’s required with the set up by telling you about a recent trip to Chicago to film an event for a client.

In a nutshell it’s all become a lot more straight forward technically – what really matters is your content. There is an electricity created by live streams – I personally love the fact it is live and can only be right the first time or not at all. It means everyone has to be that much concentrated and focused what they’re doing and I’m sure this creates a better production than pre recorded, edited footage. There is also the fact that the viewer is watching knowing that he/ she’s getting fresh content right at that moment without any editing, warts and all.

Back to Chicago – in the old days we used to have a satellite van, but these days we just needed a fast internet connection at the location –  a modern boutique hotel in the heart of Chicago with the fastest internet speed I had ever come across. 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 speakers and to switch to another camera doing interviews in a ‘filming room’

We took the camera kit from London so we could be doubly sure it all worked before hand and we could just plug in and go once we were there.  We had a very simple kit – two camera’s with the correct feeds and a mixing desk  and a very small Blackmagic video converter box and our live stream software, OBS.  All of which fitted into one simple bag to minimise travel costs.

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

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