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Today's streaming productions scale from impromptu online broadcasts captured via webcam and delivered within a corporate firewall to massive professional multicam productions streamed worldwide. With tutorials,  reviews, and analysis from leading producers, the content on this page looks at preproduction, audio and video capture, encoding, and especially the gear and strategies essential for successful streaming.

How to Create a Screencam-Based Video Lesson

Your guide to the best gear, strategies, and techniques for creating video lessons for work or school

Buyers' Guide: Video Mixers

From inputs to outputs, everything you need to know to make the right choice

Tutorial: Setting Exposure on iPhones, DSLRs, and Camcorders

This article will discuss how to "go manual" with a professional camcorder and DSLR. This means how to set shutter speed, gain, aperture for the camcorder, and shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for the DSLR. In both cases, your guiding light will be zebra stripes, so I'll describe what they are, how they work, and how you can use them to achieve accurate exposure.

How to Maximize Reach with Multistreaming Solutions

If you want to maximize your reach without overtaxing your gear, then utilizing some cloud technologies to send your one upload to multiple destinations can multiply the reach of your content.

How to Create Custom Picture-by-Picture Looks for Remote Streaming Production

If you're looking for a way to elevate your livestreaming productions beyond what clients can do themselves, then you will want to take over more control in your productions, starting with the PxP and PiP looks, using external hardware and/or software. The benefit of this approach is that your recordings will generate a standard HD signal for later editing and on-demand viewing on different platforms.

How to Adapt an Existing Multicamera Switching Setup for Streaming

The shift from live-switching to live-switched streaming since the pandemic started has required me to adjust my workflow to meet my clients' current demands in the most cost-efficient manner possible. In this tutorial, I'll discuss the adjustments I've made, explaining how to adapt the gear you have—with one additional minor purchase—rather than having to invest in a whole new streaming switcher.

Buyers' Guide: Lighting Kits

Lighting is the single most important determinant of video quality. Fortunately, the cost of quality lighting gear has plummeted over the last few years. So with a little bit of knowledge, which I'll supply here, and a very modest budget, you can provide great lighting for your online conferences, webinars, and presentations.

Buyers' Guide: Production and ENG Cameras

Today, a great UHD 4K camera with a 1" CMOS sensor sells for less than $3,000. Solid, smaller-sensor models retail for $1,500. That boggles the mind if you consider how far camera and recording technology has come in a short time.

The State of Enterprise Video 2021

Enterprise video is suddenly more important than entertainment video, and companies that want to stay ahead of the game would do well to seize the opportunity

Elevating Remote Production in the Cloud

What's the best way to handle a multiday conference with one remote panel event after another, with about 5 minutes between them, maybe less? What if you add video playback, remote slide presentations, and the inevitable last-minute changes?

8K: History Repeats Itself

With production challenge solved, smarter AI upscaling and enhanced codec technologies will enable 8K streaming to the home—inevitably.

Adventures in Remote Production

In the time of COVID-19, remote production has become a necessity. Here's a look at how four live streaming operations have dealt with the changes

Review: Wirecast Gear 420

In 4 days of testing with multiple severalhour productions, the Wirecast Gear 420 proved stable and responsive even when pushed to the edge.

The 2020 Streaming Media 50: The 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video

Who made our annual list of the most important, most innovative, and just plain most interesting companies in the online video space? Read on ...

Tutorial: Remote Live Production in the Age of COVID-19

With social distancing making in-person live production difficult-to-impossible, Anthony Burokas demonstrates how to produce a professional live show using multiple remote video feeds using vMix Call.

First Look: BirdDog Flex 4K NDI Converters

An exclusive first-look review of the new BirdDog Flex NDI Converter, a tiny device that delivers tally, audio, video, PTZ control, audio intercom, and power via a single Ethernet cable.

5 Tips for Live Retail Streaming from Be.Live

It's more important than ever to meet your customers where they want to be, and since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, that's online. Be.Live CEO Daniel Mayer offers tips on how to provide the best live shopping experience possible.

Game On! With Traditional Live Sports on Hiatus, Will Esports Fill the Void?

The current spike in organized, competitive online gaming--driven in part by social changes brought on by COVID-19--lands on top of a widely reported 2019 esports boom, and already-high expectations for 2020 growth.

Roundup: Compact Mics for Compact Cameras

Compact, prosumer 4K cameras like the Canon XA40 and XA45 pack enough professional features that they're well worth considering for pro producers who need to travel light or with a compact kit. Choosing such a camera also means accessorizing it with properly proportioned compact audio gear--like the options we'll explore here.

The Streaming Toolbox: Zixi, Cleeng, and Penthera

We look at a B2B intelligence layer for content transport, a company that enables customer relationship management decisioning, and a service that facilitates offline viewing.