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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How to Live Video Stream Amazing Outdoor Events

April 04, 2018

This post talks about how to ensure a great broadcast when you decide to stream outdoor events whether a wedding, a concert, or a festival. It's part of our series on live streaming events.

You’ve got indoor live video streaming down. You’ve mastered the sound, established where to put the cameras for the best shots, and determined when to switch angles for the best effect.

But can you take it outdoors?

In the summer, your organization might host various outdoor activities you want to stream: a wedding, a concert, or a festival. This poses a whole new set of challenges for your crew. Pulling it off will require some planning and maybe even a rehearsal or two.

Below are the challenges you might face and tips on how to overcome them.

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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

Customer: Andrew College, Cuthbert, GA

What they Stream: School-wide events and eight different sports

Live Streaming Goals: Engaging alumni and the community

The Setup: Single camera into the BoxCaster

Destinations: Website, Facebook Live*, Youtube Live

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mark Brown, the Facilities Coordinator to the College in Cuthbert, GA about how Andrew College uses BoxCast to stream their school-wide events.

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Why Your Sports Team Needs a Social Media Manager

April 03, 2018

This post talks about the importance of having a social media manager for your team. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

You’ve set up a great live stream and are ready to broadcast the success of your athletic teams for everyone to see. You’ve even set up ticketing to monetize your stream. But how do you market it?

When it comes to getting the word out about your live video streams, many experts will point you to social media platforms.

This article discusses why sports organizations at any level should have a dedicated social media manager who gives life to the team’s social media presence - someone who can create and post content, engage with viewers, and best represent your organization to a massive audience. 

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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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