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When to Ditch the Webcam

I produce most of my live training with a webcam because the quality delta between a webcam and other options is negligible when presented in postage-stamp-sized videos. But what setup should you use for a really important conference or a call that will be distributed to many viewers live or on demand? That's where things get interesting.
Featured Articles, Posted 19 May 2021

Managing Inputs And Outputs For Video Conferencing Platforms and Webcasts

The target audience for this article is anyone who is interested in knowing what gear and skill sets are required to produce a virtual live-stream event and experience.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 May 2021

How to Produce Remote Interviews With Telestream Rendezvous in Wirecast 14.1

Through its Rendezvous feature, Tele­stream's Wirecast was one of the first video mixers to enable completely customizable multiple-party conferencing in 2017. Telestream has upgraded the feature's functionality in several subtle but critical ways, which I'll discuss in this article.
Featured Articles, Posted 12 May 2021

Going Pro with Remote Production

You're here. The guests are there. The audience is everywhere else. Here is an article that's chock-full of tips, tricks, and links for making it all come together in your latest remote production.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 May 2021

State-of-the-Art Streaming at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

Blake Martin of Manhattan's Saint Thomas Church discusses "Project Gabriel," the church's recently implemented integrated 4K multicam capture and streaming solution, featuring 11 mounted Panasonic PTZ cameras and developed in collaboration with Iconoscope Productions' James Sapione.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 May 2021

Review: Epiphan Pearl Nano

Epiphan's Pearl Nano ($1,495) provides an outstanding feature set in a polished hardware and software package, and it should be a strong candidate for those who are seeking a hardware encoder for lecture or interview capture or any of the other use cases the product supports.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Apr 2021

Using SRT to Enhance Remote Production Quality

Epiphan's George Herbert describes how Epiphan uses SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) and remote contribution encoders with multiple remote guests to upgrade streaming quality substantially over what Zoom provides in this clip from his presentation at Streaming Media Connect 2021.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Apr 2021

Hovercast's Eli Stonberg Talks Gamified Virtual Events for Causes, Campaigns, and Brands

Hovercast CEO Eli Stonberg discusses how political campaigns and brands use Hovercast's innovative interactive streaming platform and service to bring gamification and engaging, creative lean-forward experiences for fund- and awareness-raising events and more in this interview with Streaming Media Producer Editor Steve Nathans-Kelly.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Apr 2021

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
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Apr 2021

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.
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Apr 2021

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.
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Apr 2021

Buyers' Guide: Video Mixers

From inputs to outputs, everything you need to know to make the right choice
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Apr 2021

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.
Featured Articles, Posted 29 Mar 2021

Review: Teradek Vidiu X

Anthony Burokas provides an in-depth look at the Teradek Vidiu X Live Streaming Encoder.
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Mar 2021

How to Maximize Reach with Restreaming 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.
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Mar 2021

Camera Upgrades for Remote Streaming Production

As Zoom and other videoconferencing applications dominate our professional interactions, and remote productions and presentations remain a necessary alternative in-person conferences and other events, webcam video is often the weakest link in our remote connections. Anthony Burokas recommends alternative camera sources--smartphones, DSLRs, and better webcams--and explains how to make them work.
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Mar 2021

Connecting a DSLR or Camcorder to an External Mic

If you want to produce high-quality audio to go along with your video, you need to know how to connect a microphone or soundboard to your camcorder. This tutorial will show you, first for a traditional camcorder with XLR connectors and then for a DSLR with a 1/8" jack.
Featured Articles, Posted 03 Mar 2021

Tutorial: Using the Vimeo Record Tool

Vimeo Record is a screen and a webcam recorder that allows users to share video messages straight from a browser. This tutorial shows how to use Vimeo Record to make remote communication as quick and easy as it is in person.
Featured Articles, Posted 03 Mar 2021

Buyers’ Guide: Action Cams

Action cams remain a popular option for action sports (of course), POV video, drones, underwater video capture, and vlogging applications where a front-facing screen makes a difference. GoPro's Hero 9 Black still grabs most of the headlines, but other contenders round out a thriving and reasonably diverse action-cam market.
Featured Articles, Posted 28 Feb 2021

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