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Video Production

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.

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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.

Spotlights

Product Spotlight: Magewell Ultra Encode

Supporting multiple encoding formats and a wide array of delivery protocols, Magewell's Ultra Encode family of universal live media encoders offers video professionals and systems integrators a flexible and affordable encoding solution for applications ranging from live streaming and remote contribution to IP-based production workflows.

Product Spotlight: Epiphan Pearl-2

Epiphan's Pearl-2 hardware encoder is a video switcher, recorder, streamer, splitter, and scaler all in one.

Product Spotlight: HuddleCamHD SimplTrack2

The HuddleCamHD SimplTrack2 is a pan, tilt, and zoom USB camera that provides robotic auto-tracking of a presenting subject.

Product Spotlight: HuddleCamHD Pro Webcam

The HuddleCamHD Pro (USB 3.0), certified by Zoom Video Communications, and Pro IP (4K NDI) electronic PTZ webcams come with a handheld IR remote to control PTZ functions.

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School Announcements on Ice(cast)

Some schools are moving to newscast-style video announcements. Icecast offers an effective way to deliver them efficiently and effectively.

Protect Yourself: Predict Your Production Costs

For your sake and your clients', spend extra time predicting and planning your production process to avoid cost overruns

Tips for Teaching with Video for the First Time

As COVID-19 shuts down universities and school districts, streaming video can save instructors and their students. Here are some tips for how to use it right.

Flash's Last Hurrah

Most content publishers have already moved on from Flash, but those who need ultra-low latency have stuck with it. Now that Adobe is ending support for Flash, it's time to move to WebRTC, but it won't be easy.

Video Production Companies and Suppliers