A couple of my favorite Minecraft YouTubers are spending the weekend live streaming their gameplay for Child’s Play Charity — raising funds that provide games and toys for hospitalized youth.
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One of my posts from 2010, “What do you need to live video stream your event?” is one of the most popular posts on my web site, according to my stats. This post also leads to a large number of emails from folks with questions about live streaming.
I had a great question and answer session via email with a reader the other day and wanted to sure my answers with all of you. I hope that this is useful to you and answers some of the questions you might have about live streaming.
The reader’s questions are in bold below, with my answers below each question. — Douglas
1. What type of cameras do we need? We were going to start with 2 (2 different angles), but we don’t know what TYPE of cameras we need. What do they need to be equipped with?
2. We need a switcher, yes? We’ll be switching from 1 angle to another during the stream.
If you want to have multiple cameras, yes, you will probably need a switcher. That said, on a very low-end scale, you could also have 2 webcams and then switch which input is being used by the streaming site at any time. This is a pretty low-end way of doing it, but it works and would allow you to experiment a bit first.
If you are looking at video mixers, here are two examples from Amazon.com:
3. We were told we also need a streaming encoder. Do we?
A streaming encoder is used for higher-end situations. Basically it is just a locally run piece of software the pre-encodes the signal before sending it along to the streaming site. For most free streaming setups, this encoding is done by the site. You may not need this initially.
4. Can a switcher and an encoder be part of the same equipment?
Yes, there are a couple of systems that have been introduced lately that are basically rack mounted streaming “systems” that include switch, encoder, a PC with network/wifi, etc.
Here are two systems I have seen recently:
5. We are NOT looking to TAPE the concert for later viewing. Do we still need a “capture card”?
Most streaming sites will also record and archive your show for later watching, but you can also capture a copy locally yourself. In this case, your local copy will always be of higher quality than the streamed version, due to bandwidth limitations, etc. I think archiving your streams is a great idea as you will always have many more views from the recorded versions that you will from the live stream. Live streams require people to be in a particular place at a particular time and so limit the number of people who can “attend”. Recorded versions can be watched whenever and wherever the person might be, so more people view it. This is not to say you can’t charge for access to these recorded versions. You don’t have to give them away for free.
6. How LARGE a computer do we need? What type of capacity does that computer need to have?
You want the fastest computer you can get, with plenty of memory (4GB-8GB) and several large hard drives (1TB+) Audio and video files can grow very large and you need enough space to hold each show, archived shows and editing space, if you want to edit or convert the files.
7. How do we get the live feed onto our website?
When using a streaming service like uStream.tv, etc, they provide you an “embed code” that you simply copy and paste to your site or anywhere else you want the stream to appear. It is just a small snippet of HTML that should work nearly anywhere.
8. How can we sell tickets on their website via Pay-Per-View?
Sorry, that is outside my knowledge area, unfortunately.
9. We want the best quality — HD — that we can get, although we’re on a very strapped (i.e., small) budget.
I hope this has helped a bit. My knowledge is more at the level of the “beginner” live streamer, so I am not sure what more I can offer.
While #KitchenParty is mainly about food and foodie things, in this week’s episode we also talk a lot about what makes a successful food blog and, more generically, any successful blog. – Douglas
Watch the recorded video below!
How to publish a successful food blog
Nichelle Stephens from Cupcakes Take the Cake! We’re talking Cupcake Recipes & how to #publish a successful food blog.
To watch the show, simply go here on Thursday at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT on our BakeSpace.com page or head on over to our site at: http://www.bakespace.com/news/how-to-publish-a-successful-food-blog/
And don’t forget… every show we publish a community cookbook based on the topic. This week we’re sharing #cupcake #recipes . To our your favorite recipe to our #community #cookbook upload your favorite recipe here: http://bit.ly/cupcakecookbook
Your Hosts Every Week: Babette Pepaj from BakeSpace.com , +eff Houck from the Tampa Tribune, Rene Lynch (LA Times) & Douglas Welch (pro blogger – a Gardner’s Notebook)
I write on a lot of different topics here on WelchWrite.com, some of which you might also be interested in. Infrequently, I like to share events that are happening on the other WelchWrite blogs. I hope you find them interesting — Douglas
Join us for our next KitchenParty show and live chat on Thursday, October 11th at 5pm pacific/8pm eastern. This week’s guests are: Amie Valpone, The Healthy Apple and Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, The Healthy Voyager.
Submit your favorite ‘Healthy Holiday Recipe’ for our community cookbooks: http://bit.ly/hhrecipes
New Media Expo Announces Scholarship for Content Creators #NMXU #NMX
There’s no denying New Media Expo offers valuable learning opportunities. With almost 90 educational sessions presented by the leading experts in new media content creation, podcasters, bloggers and webTV and video producers always return home inspired and ready to put what they learned to good use. We love that our attendees take time to share with us that we’ve provided such a valuable educational opportunity, but we also hear from content creators who would love to attend our event but can’t get here for a variety of reasons.
We’re about to make it easier for one person.
Throughout the month of October, we’re accepting applications for the first ever (and hopefully not the last) New Media Expo University scholarship. Offered as part of our new New Media Expo University (#NMXU) educational project, this scholarship will provide a complete educational experience at NMX in Las Vegas from January 6th through 8th 2013 for one lucky recipient.
It is important for podcasters to start out on the right foot when setting up the RSS feeds for their podcasts. The RSS feed is their main connection with their subscribers and losing control of that feed can be disastrous to communicating with and maintaining their audience.
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My friend, Liam Johnson (@editorliam) just told me about this free New Media event happening in early June in Orange County, California. It sounds like a great day and — based on Liam’s recommendation — something worth attending. I have already registered to attend. Hope to see you there. — Douglas
MCAI LA/OC MediaProCamp 2012!
Saturday, June 9, 2012 8:15 AM
The Digital Media Center 1300 S. Bristol Street, Santa Ana, CA (map)
MCA-i’s signature event, MediaProCamp, sponsored by Panasonic for the second consecutive year is again FREE to media pros who pre-register on line!
MediaProCamp is really an all-day (9:00 to 3:00 pm) series of roundtable discussions among working media professionals.
The idea is that no one is an expert on everything and yet we all have valuable expertise and experience to share.
The result is a dynamic, unpredictable fun experience of problem-solving, sharing and networking among expert professionals!
As you will see by our video it is a very special day that literally every working pro gets value from! http://www.mcai-oc.org/
Here are some of the Special Features you can expect at our 2012 MediaProCamp on June 9th:
Doorprizes: We’re gathering number of professional services and products to raffle off. Again this year Adobe has offered us their new CS6 post production software package to give away to one lucky attendee!
And Colin Smith Smith, a noted Adobe trainer, best-selling author and award-winning new-media designer, will be holding a training session on CS6. Colin is also founder of the world’s most popular Photoshop resource site, www.PhotoshopCAFE.com which boasts over three million visitors.
Panasonic is in the process of arranging for a filmmaker-cinematographer to speak to us about what we can expect from the many changes in digital videography that have recently affected movie making and other media.
MCA-i’s Walter Davis, a producer-director-writer, and generous mentor will be giving a presentation as well. He is also an internet media entrepreneur with several Internet TV and Radio channels currently running. At past MediaProCamps, Mr. Davis enthralled attendees with valuable tips on Utilizing Internet TV for Profit; Mobile Apps; and Making Money On The Web. So you can be sure that his offering at the 2012 MediaProCamp will be interesting and valuable to your media business.
You can expect to meet any number of well-known media pros at the event but it’s not about lectures it’s about collaborating! Bring YOUR ideas. You may be voted on to make a presentation!
EVENT: MCA-I’s MediaProCamp presented by the LA/OC Chapter, sponsored nationally by Panasonic
Monthly meeting of the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I. Pre-register HERE
DATE: Saturday June 9, 2012
TIME: Doors open at 8:15 AM for Registration and networking over free coffee etc.. Roundtable Seminars begin at 9:00 AM FREE LUNCH included thanks to Panasonic!
Event Ends no later than 3:00 PM
As always, bring a friend and plenty of business cards. Come early and network with other media professionals over light food.
EVEN THOUGH THIS EVENT IS FREE, SPACE IS LIMITED
YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE SO WE CAN GET AN ACCURATE COUNT FOR FOOD!
COST: FREE–only if you pre-register online at OC New Media Meetup Group http://www.newmedia.meetup.com/82/
This presentation was recorded as part of the ELearning Guild’s Online Forums in 2010. I still find it to be a great overview of why new media is important and how it can be used in a variety of environments — not just elearning.
Love letters can reveal the true personality
Sometimes a love letter offers the love of a friend
Some love letters are the trumpets that herald
Do something different this Valentine’s Day,
To start the podcasting New Year right, I am giving away a copy of Podcasting for Dummies (1st Edition), written by two of my podcast buddies, Evo Terra and Tee Morris.
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The Podcast Community on Facebook has come together this season to record an audio version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This reading is based on an edited version of the story created by Dickens himself for his own live readings.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Our cast includes:
Produced by Douglas E. Welch and WelchWrite.com
Interstitial Music and Sound Effects provided by Michael Lawshe of Eclipse-1 Media
Our 6th Annual LIVE Reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 6pm EST/3pm PST.
Our annual holiday reading of this classic Dickens’ story. We bring together frends and family to read sections from a condensed version of the story — said to be made by Charles Dickens himself — for his own live, public readings. Follow Scrooge, Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim and all the familiar characters as they both teach and learn what Christmas is all about.
Tune in while you prepare your Christmas cookies or wrap your Christmas presents. Join the “spirits” of the season!
Consider having your own reading of A Christmas Carol, or other favorite story, as a way to gather friends together and share a unique experience. You don’t have to broadcast it like we do, but why not share it with the world!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Enjoy more Christmas Carol in your own home!
The audio CD of Patrick Stewart’s one man version of A Christmas Carol is absolutely amazing. We saw the show several times here in LA and met Patrick one evening. His version of “A Christmas Carol” was the driving factor in starting our own yearly reading of the story.
Techmunch Panel: Tips on Creating and Distributing Mouthwatering Multimedia Content
Moderator: Douglas E. Welch (@douglaswelch), New Media Consultant & writer/producer of A Gardener’s Notebook. More at DouglasEWelch.com
Sara O’Donnell (@averagebetty), Producer and Host of AverageBetty.com
Diane Cu (@whiteonrice), Photographer and Publisher of White on Rice Couple.com
Sandi McKenna (@McMedia), Host of Midlife Roadtrip.com
John Trefry Video Producer, Docstoc.com (formerly Video Producer Mahalo.com for Recipe.com Videos) and founder of 4wordthought.com.
I had a great time moderating the panel “Tips on Creating and Distributing Mouthwatering Multimedia Content” and spending the entire day at Techmunch food blogger conference on Friday. We were talking about the technical aspects of creating multimedia content for food blogs. There were lots of great questions and some great answers from the panel.
Video of this panel will be coming soon, so watch this space!
I have just been asked to moderate at panel discussion at the TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference being held in Santa Monica, California on Friday, September 23, 2011.
TECHmunch is a series of conferences in cities across the U.S. designed to help food bloggers gain the hands-on digital media, marketing and business skills they need to make their blogs more personally and financially rewarding. Each conference features leading experts in a range of disciplines — from digital publishing and search engine optimization to public relations and online advertising. TECHmunch was created by BakeSpace.com Founder Babette Pepaj, who serves as its producer and host.
I will be moderating the session titled, “Tips on Creating and Distributing Mouthwatering Multimedia Content” with panel members Sara O’Donnell (@averagebetty), Producer and Host of AverageBetty.comDiane Cu (@whiteonrice), Photographer and Publisher of White on Rice Couple.comSandi McKenna (@McMedia), Host of Midlife Roadtrip.comJohn Trefry Video Producer, Docstoc.com (formerly Video Producer Mahalo.com creating videos for Recipe.com).
If you are a food blogger, or just thinking of becoming one, TECHmunch could be a great way to jumpstart your knowledge and connections. Join me on September 23, 2011!
I was part of this panel a few weeks ago at the Writers Guild of America West here in Los Angeles. You’ll find my section around the 36 min point as well as during the small group discussions after the panel proper, but the entire panel is worth a watch.
Here is the info from the WGA web site…
“TOOT YOUR OWN HORN: SELF-PROMOTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE”
In these challenging times, it is imperative that writers take control of their own careers. Be proactive, “do it yourself,” especially regarding publicity and marketing. Technology has swiftly changed, providing writers with new avenues to promote themselves and their work. Have you tapped in?
A DIY panel features publicist Henri Bollinger, president of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, discussing personal publicity vs. when to bring on a “professional”; screen and TV writer/author/award-winning columnist W. Bruce Cameron (8 Simple Rules, A Dog’s Purpose); Zoanne Clack (Executive Producer – “Grey’s Anatomy” and former Writers’ Program student), Gregg Kilday (film editor at The Hollywood Reporter); psychotherapist Rebecca Roy (TheIndustryTherapist.com) to broach writers’ resistance to self-promotion; and independent new media consultant Douglas Welch (also a Writers’ Program instructor) addressing new media and social marketing platforms.
Panel followed by smaller hands-on breakout sessions. Moderated by Bill Taub.
This unconference will focus on New Media of all sorts including online video sharing sites, podcasting and social media like Facebook, Twitter and more. I have attended many New Media conferences over the years, but it always seemed odd that Los Angeles — the main hub of entertainment in the US — didn’t have its own conference. There are so many people that could greatly benefit from such a conference — both in entertainment and other businesses — so I wanted to develop some sort of event here in my own backyard.
Having attended several BarCamps and other unconferences, I am sold on the concept of a conference organizing and structured by its attendees. Instead of calling in the typical A-list speakers, unconference draw on the large amount of amazing talent and information that exists locally. It provides a space for the underseen and underheard people to start sharing their message. Often these messages turn into something much larger, but these people and their ideas need the opportunity to be heard and spread. MediaCampLA hopes to provides a platform that allows for creation of “The Next Big Thing!”
For more information, read What is MediaCampLA?
Here is a picture from the panel discussion I was part of last night at the WGA. Here is the description from the WGA Web site…
“TOOT YOUR OWN HORN: SELF-PROMOTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
In these challenging times, it is imperative that writers take control of their own careers. Be proactive, “do it yourself,” especially regarding publicity and marketing. Technology has swiftly changed, providing writers with new avenues to promote themselves and their work. Have you tapped in? Co-presented by the WGAW’s Writers Education and Publicity and Marketing committees, this DIY panel features publicist Henri Bollinger, president of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, discussing personal publicity vs. when to bring on a “professional”; screen and TV writer/author/award-winning columnist W. Bruce Cameron (8 Simple Rules, A Dog’s Purpose); Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy, co-executive producer); Gregg Kilday, film editor at The Hollywood Reporter; psychotherapist Rebecca Roy (TheIndustryTherapist.com) to broach writers’ resistance to self-promotion; and independent new media consultant Douglas Welch addressing new media and social marketing platforms. Panel followed by smaller hands-on breakout sessions.”
I will post more photos and, hopefully, some video as soon as I receive it.
A message to all members of Tuesdays with Transitioners
Visit Tuesdays with Transitioners at: http://tuesdayswithtransitioners.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
I produced this video for my “A Gardener’s Notebook” blog and podcast and thought I would share the results of this New Media project here, as well. – Douglas
Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook visits Tomatomania 2011 in Encino, California. He interviews Scott Daigre, organizer of Tomoatomania at a dozen locations across the country and chats with a few of the tomato buyers, many who come back year after year. Tomatomania hosts over 250 varieties for sale at each location from beefsteak, to plum, to cherry tomotoes and everything in-between.
Despite grey skies in usually sunny Encino, seedings were flying off the lot by the cartload. All ages were represented from long-time growers to kids eager to help Mom and Dad select just the right plants.
See http://Tomatomania. com for more information on future events in California and on the East Coast of America.
Download “Tomatomania 2011: Scenes and Interview” – iPod Ready format