Things are moving so fast in the video world that it can be hard to keep up. If you're in charge of live streaming or building out your live streaming strategy for the future and need to wrap your head around it all, you're in the right spot.
The resolution of your stream is something that is most likely top of mind. In this brief overview, we'll address the direction of live streaming resolution in order to help you determine what quality level is right for you.
These days, it’s hard to keep track of all of the many streaming platforms out there. It seems like every social media company is diving headfirst into the world of streaming.
Periscope, one of the pioneers in the world of online streaming, is the platform of choice for Twitter. Over the years, Periscope has become more natively integrated with Twitter. It is now essentially thought of as “Twitter Live,” even though it still maintains its own platform separate from the Twitter-sphere.
All that said, many organizations have active Twitter accounts and can benefit from streaming their live video to that platform.
If you are streaming through a social platform (Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube Live, etc) you might find the process of embedding the stream on your website to be clunky. Most of those platforms make embedding difficult because they would rather keep your viewers on their platforms.
The main exception to that is YouTube. YouTube makes embedding easier, but their player will link to other third party videos on your website and ads so that they can monetize your video.
In April of 2016, Facebook entered the live streaming world and brought new levels of attention to the online engagement platform that had been growing for years. Within a matter of months, they quickly discovered that users spend 3x more time watching live video than any other form of content. Live streaming is powerful.
At BoxCast, we believe that significant moments that are captured live should be kept and cherished. With that thought in mind, we are constantly making it easier for viewers to find significant moments in an archived video.
At BoxCast, we believe that every event that is viewed live should be streamed live. With that thought in mind, we are constantly working to recreate the in-person experience for remote viewers.
Cloud Transcoding: The act of duplicating video into all of the various resolutions needed for smooth playback in the cloud.
Example: BoxCast uses cloud transcoding to break live video into five resolutions: 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p to ensure smooth viewer playback.
BoxCast offers the easiest and most complete streaming solution that fits our customer's needs.
Our product team is constantly working to release features that make live streaming easier and smarter.
Here's a summary of a few of the features that we offer empower broadcasters to create incredible streams for their viewers.
The common belief is that more pixels means a higher-quality picture for viewers. But this isn’t necessarily true, thanks to the video compression process.
When encoding for live streaming, hardware and software encoders compress raw video using techniques like chroma subsampling, spatial image compression, and temporal motion compensation to reduce the bandwidth of the original video to about 1/1000th of its original size.
Fans love being able to see their favorite teams play live, even when they can’t be there in person. But nobody likes the experience of watching a poorly shot game. Capturing footage that is too far from the action, doesn’t follow the ball, or is zoomed in too close is a surefire way to upset fans and keep them from watching your future streams.
In this post, we discuss the optimum camera angles for every sport.
Note: that for some sports, we suggest including more than one camera angle. In those instances, you’ll need a video switcher - here’s everything you’ll need to know about switchers.
You’re watching a video online. It plays for a couple of seconds, and then it begins to buffer. This can be frustrating for any type of video content, especially if you’re watching a live broadcast, because now you’ve missed seconds, or minutes, of an event that you can no longer experience at the moment.
The task of finding your next camera can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re searching for one that costs $400 or $10,000, there seems to be a never-ending list of features and options to evaluate.
To guide you through your search, we’ve pulled together a list of “must-have” and “nice-to-have” features to consider when choosing the right camera for a high-quality live video stream.
It happens about once a week — someone starts their very first stream with a camera pointed at themselves; while watching it on their computer or tablet, they’re surprised to discover that they’re watching themselves from about 30 seconds ago, and they call us to ask why their stream is so delayed.
This year, BoxCast attended the show and learned some new insights into what trends are popular within the industry. This post is your guide to all of the trends related to live streaming and how they are changing the state of the industry.
When streaming events live, there are several ways to output video and audio from a video source to a streaming device. Two of the most common are HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and SDI (Serial Digital Interface). This post sets out to explain the differences between the two.
So, you’ve decided to start live video streaming.
Or you’ve at least started to do your research. As you’ve probably already discovered, choosing equipment can be challenging and time consuming.
Let us help. Though BoxCast works well with all sorts of different cameras and production equipment, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites to help you get started. Whether you’re just getting started or a professional videographer, this post is for you.
It seems like everything in video is now 4K—TVs, cameras, and even my iPhone can shoot 4K video. I’m sure I could record some unbelievable footage of my family, my bands, and my church. But how would all of this 4K talk translate to the world of live streaming?
In order to live stream video content, significant amounts of bandwidth are required. Your required bandwidth to broadcast in 4K depends on the type of compression that you use on the video.
As every broadcaster knows, the most important piece of equipment in your production arsenal is your camera. (The second most important piece is your encoder). Viewers won’t watch something that’s poorly captured, so as you develop your live streaming strategy, be sure to dedicate proper resources to finding the right camera.
We've done the legwork to make your search easier. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite cameras for live streaming at the consumer, prosumer, and professional levels.
Ministries around the country are finding the value in live video streaming, as it allows them to reach and engage their communities in ways that they were unable to before. Since you’ve found your way to this article, chances are high that you’ve decided that streaming could enhance your own ministry!
Choosing video equipment can be an overwhelming task. We’ve put together a list of our favorite equipment to make your decision as simple as possible.
BoxCast is a complete, easy-to-use live video streaming solution for organizations. Our customers vary wildly in size from small churches to pro sports teams and professional broadcasters. It is common for us to observe a single broadcast spike in viewership from a few dozen to tens of thousands of concurrent viewers very rapidly.
All the while, hundreds of other broadcasts are being live streamed around the globe. And our system automatically responds day or night to handle the load without blinking an eye.
BoxCast was built by an engineering team who focused on automation. In fact, BoxCast holds patents for automated streaming. Prior to founding BoxCast, our team built mission-critical automation systems for aviation and other industries with no margin for error. Taking this mindset, we have spent years engineering the most advanced video cloud infrastructure in the world.
I can't think of many things better than grabbing a cold drink and some peanuts before settling down to watch a baseball game for a few hours on beautiful summer day. The sun in my face and the roar of the crowd — I love it.
But what happens if, as a fan, I can’t make it to my favorite team’s games? Many schools have solved this exact problem by streaming their games live. If you’re looking to stream your baseball or softball games, this post outlines everything you’ll need.
You can grow your live streaming audience by improving the quality of your broadcasts, and by analyzing viewership data to improve your viewer's experience. The total number of viewers for your broadcasts is a great statistic to know, but access to in-depth analytics can help you learn more. These numbers give you metrics for reporting and also provide information to help improve your reach and engagement.
With BoxCast's Enhanced Analytics tool, we provide you with robust viewer metrics. This article breaks down the robust statistics provided by the BoxCast Dashboard.
If you have fewer than 100 members attend your church on a given weekend, you’re in the majority. In fact, 60% of Protestant churches fall into this category.¹
Though becoming a mega-church (church bodies that typically attract more than 1,000 adults each weekend) is in no way the goal for most pastors, you probably want your ministry to touch as many people as it can.
Live sports aren't nearly the same without announcers. We're used to hearing the greats like Al Michaels and Bob Costas call the games while we enjoy the action on the field. If you're a football fan, you have to love listening to Jon Gruden's expert insight and analysis during Monday Night Football games, right?
If you're live streaming your games, you'll want to add announcer audio because it enhances the viewers' experience.
So, how do you easily add announcer audio to your live streams? This post, drawing from insights shared in How to Add Announcer Audio to Your Live Stream, provides you with a short list of equipment we recommend you buy if you want to add announcer audio to your sports streams.
If you're looking to enhance the value of your live stream, integrating multiple camera angles is a great way to get started.
How? By using a video switcher.
When you think about video on the internet, YouTube is the biggest name in the industry. With over 1 billion unique viewers each month, the platform is a powerful and effective space for sharing your digital video content.
As live video streaming rose in popularity over the past few years, YouTube slowly rolled out their own live streaming solution. Initially available to its creators with high subscriber rates, YouTube Live is now available to the masses.
As a city official, you may be wondering if YouTube Live can help you effectively engage with your residents. What if you could stream your city council meetings online? How about community events and other happenings around city hall?
I love watching movie trailers. I especially love this time of year because production studios are pushing their big-budget winter blockbusters.
Of all of the streaming platforms out there, Facebook Live may now be the most popular.
Here's a quick background: In April of 2016, Facebook entered the live streaming world and brought new levels of attention to the online engagement platform that had been growing for years. Within a matter of months, they quickly discovered that users spend 3x more time watching live video than any other form of content. Live streaming is powerful.
Facebook is a powerful tool. With a large audience potential, many organizations find Facebook Live to be an important destination for their live streams.
Today we'll be talking about the different types of SDI signals. So, when I started in video production I thought that there was just one type of SDI signal. Boy you have no idea how excited I was when I found out it wasn't just that simple. I guess nothing's really ever simple is it?
Today, I'm excited to show you the new Decimator MD-HX one of the best tools to keep handy for any event that you stream. I like to take one of these everywhere that I go because it's like a Swiss Army knife for handling video signals.
Today I'm going to show you the Magnus VT- 4000: the best tripod you can buy if you're new to video production and live video streaming. I've had mine for about five years now and honestly it's still one of the most reliable pieces of video equipment that I own.
Buzzing or audio noise on a live stream can come from a lot of things. It can come from the cables, audio mixer, or directly from the source audio, like a microphone or another sound source. Here's how you identify and troubleshoot the issue.
Live video streaming is taking off. Churches around the country are realizing that when they stream, they can connect with their communities in new ways and engage members when they can’t make it in person.
Still, even the most devout believer is going to have a hard time watching with a live stream if the sound quality is poor.
Often, when local governments begin live streaming their public meetings, they are surprised by the number of people tuning in to watch the broadcasts online. The number of viewers for your broadcasts is a great statistic to know, but access to even more analytics can help you learn more. These numbers give you metrics for reporting and also provide information to help improve your reach and engagement.
With BoxCast's Enhanced Analytics tool, we provide your government with the robust viewer metrics. This article breaks down the robust statistics provided by the BoxCast Dashboard.
MediaShout is a terrific tool for your church to add graphics such as lyrics and presentations to your broadcast. This post will teach you how to set up your workflow to integrate BoxCast and MediaShout:
Have you ever watched a video with no audio or really bad audio? If it is play-by-play commentating for a sporting event or your church's choir singing its best song, your viewers want the audio to be great. In this article, we will discuss how to fix audio issues you might be having.