How to Add Sponsors and Ads to Your Sports Live Stream

May 23, 2018

This post covers how to make money from a sports live stream with sponsorships using the Graphic Overlays feature from BoxCast. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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SD vs. HD vs. 4K: Live Streaming Video Resolutions Explained

May 16, 2018

This post is an overview of live streaming video resolution. In it, we talk about standard-definition (480p + 480i), high-definition (720p, 1080i, + 1080p) and 4K video resolutions. It's the main post in our series on HD Live Streaming.

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.

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How to Stream to Periscope (and Twitter)

May 10, 2018

This post looks at how to stream to Periscope. It covers the steps for streaming directly to the platform and how to stream to other locations like Facebook Live and YouTube Live. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Integrations.

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.

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How to Embed a Live Stream on Your Website

May 03, 2018

This post looks at how to embed a live stream as a video player on your website. It also talks about what to look for in an embedded live video player. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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Should I Stream My City Council Meetings on Facebook Live?

May 01, 2018

This post talks about the pros and cons of streaming your public meetings to Facebook Live. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

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.

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How to Add Video Indexing to Archived Live Streams

April 27, 2018

This post looks at how to index archived live streams to mark significant moments in a video. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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How to Upload Documents to Your Live Stream

April 26, 2018

This post looks at the best ways to upload documents, including presentation slides, agendas, bulletins, and schedules, to better replicate the in-person experience for your remote, live stream viewers. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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What is Cloud Transcoding?

April 18, 2018

This post talks about using the process of cloud transcoding to ensure smooth viewer playback for your HD live streams. It's part of our series on HD live streaming.

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.

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BoxCast Features: Making Live Streaming Easier and Smarter

April 16, 2018

This post covers a few of the features that make the BoxCast platform a powerful and easy way to deliver a live stream with a great viewer experience. It's the main post in our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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1080p vs. 720p — Is a bigger resolution always better for HD live streaming?

April 12, 2018

This post explains why a 1080p video stream does not always look better than a 720p stream. It's the main post in our series on HD live streaming.

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.

 

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The Best Camera Angles for Every Sport

April 10, 2018

This post walks through the best camera angles to use for live video streaming of sporting events. It covers football, basketball, baseball and volleyball. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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.

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BoxCast Flow vs. RTMP: A Comparison of Streaming Protocols 

April 10, 2018

This post looks at the differences between BoxCast Flow and RTMP, two live streaming protocols used to deliver live video to streaming services. It's part of our series on BoxCast streaming.

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.

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The 5 Things to Look For When You Buy a Video Camera

April 05, 2018

This post talks about the features you should be looking for when you make a purchase of a new video camera. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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.

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This is Why Your Live Stream Lags: Intro to Streaming Latency

April 04, 2018

This post talks about the live streaming process and the differences in video conferencing and live streaming. It's part of our series on video encoders.

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.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Andrew College

April 04, 2018

 

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NAB 2018: The Live Streamer’s Recap

April 03, 2018

The NAB Show is the largest event focused on the intersection of technology, media, and entertainment. This post covers the trends that we saw at the 2018 show. It's part of our series on live streaming conferences.

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.

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HDMI vs. SDI Video Connections - What's the Difference?

March 29, 2018

This post talks about the differences in using HDMI and SDI outputs for video in a live streaming setup. It's part of our series on video encoders.

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.

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Every Level

March 29, 2018

This post is a guide to the cameras, tripods, and video switchers that we find to be easy, reliable, and professional at every level. It's the main post in our series on live streaming equipment.

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.

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4K Live Streaming — The Right Questions to Ask

March 28, 2018

This post covers the factors (including encoding, bandwidth, transcoding, playback, and device compatibility) required to deliver a 4K broadcast to your live streaming audience. It's the main piece in our series on 4K live streaming.

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?

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Upload Speeds for 4K Live Streaming

March 23, 2018

This post covers the factors that influence your ability to broadcast content in 4K and the recommended bandwidth requirements for your 4K stream. It's part of our series on upload speed for live streaming and 4K 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.

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The Best Video Cameras for Live Streaming

March 14, 2018

This post talks about some of the best video cameras that we have found for live streaming at every level. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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.

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your Church

March 08, 2018

This post covers the best cameras, switchers, tripods, and encoders for streaming your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

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.

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How BoxCast Encodes, Ingests, Transcodes, and Delivers Live Video Streaming at Scale

February 23, 2018

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.

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How Do I Set Up a Single Camera Stream for Baseball?

February 19, 2018

This post covers the equipment you need to start streaming a baseball game with a single camera. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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.

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How to View Enhanced Analytics for Your Live Stream

February 16, 2018

This post talks about how to analyze the way viewers engage with your live streams using enhanced analytics. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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. 

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3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Church

February 16, 2018

Here are three ways you can continue to grow your ministry and reach new audiences for your church. It's the centerpiece of our series on church growth.

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. 

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The Equipment You Need to Add Announcer Audio to Your Live Sports Streams

February 15, 2018

This post talks about the audio equipment needed to add announcers to your broadcast. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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.

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What is a Video Switcher (Mixer)?

February 13, 2018

This post covers how to add multiple camera angles using a video switcher (mixer). It gives an introduction to this piece of equipment. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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.  

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Should I Stream My City Council Meetings on YouTube Live?

January 30, 2018

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?

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Seeing It First: Why We Love Blockbuster Premieres and Live Video

January 23, 2018

I love watching movie trailers. I especially love this time of year because production studios are pushing their big-budget winter blockbusters.

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How to Stream to YouTube

January 22, 2018

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How to Stream to Facebook Live

January 22, 2018

This post looks at how to stream to Facebook Live. It covers the steps for streaming directly to the platform and how to stream to other locations like Periscope and YouTube Live. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Integrations. 

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.

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What's the Difference in SDI Signals (3G, 6G, 12G, Quad Link, etc)?

January 22, 2018

This post is a video explanation of the differences in SDI signals like 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 12G-SDI, and Quad Link SDI and talks about what they are used to accomplish. It's part of our series on video encoders

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?

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How To Add Lower Thirds On A Roland V1-HD

January 22, 2018

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How Fast Does My Internet Need to Be to Live Stream?

January 22, 2018

 

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Decimator MD-HX: A Customer Review

January 22, 2018

This post is a video review of the Decimator MD-HX, one of the most versatile tools in a live streaming production set up. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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. 

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Magnus VT-4000: A Customer Review

January 22, 2018

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.

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How to Fix the Buzzing Noise on Your Live Stream

January 19, 2018

This post explores buzzing or audio noise that can come from the cables, audio mixer, or directly from the source audio, like a microphone and offers a few troubleshooting tips. It's part of our series on audio tips for live streaming.

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.

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5 Easy Ways to Improve the Audio of your Church's Live Streams

January 15, 2018

This post covers the best cameras, switchers, tripods, and encoders for streaming your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

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.

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Video Analytics for Local Government Live Streaming

January 15, 2018

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. 

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How to Integrate BoxCast with MediaShout

January 12, 2018

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:

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How to Fix the Audio Issues on Your Live Stream

January 04, 2018

This post covers troubleshooting tips for your live stream audio: fixing levels that are too high or low, audio buzzing, or how long to run your audio cables. It's the main post in our series on audio tips for live streaming.

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.

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