How to Make Highlight Clips from Your Live Stream

December 14, 2018

This post covers how to make the most of the significant moments in your live stream with highlight clipping. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

When you live stream, some moments stand out more than others. As a broadcaster, you may want to highlight particular moments in your stream. Those moments could be anything from a soccer goal to a particularly interesting quote from a speaker.

One way to note those moments is by tagging them in the video index of your live stream. If you want to capture those moments in a more shareable format, you need the ability to clip highlights.

On most live streaming platforms, capturing highlights requires downloading the recorded video, editing it elsewhere, and re-uploading clip it as a separate highlight file. At BoxCast, we make capturing highlights easy.

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How to Create a High Quality Live Stream on Your iPhone

December 06, 2018

This post talks about how to create high quality live video from your iPhone. It covers internet, stabilization, audio, and choosing the right streaming platform. It's part of our series on How to Start Live Streaming.

In concept, live streaming from your phone appears straightforward. You just whip out your iPhone and press record, right?

Not quite. Anyone who has live streamed from a mobile device before will tell you that there are a few more factors involved in creating a quality live stream.

This post breaks down those factors which include internet, stabilization, audio, the right platform.

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The Little Things that Make a Great Live Stream Viewer Experience

December 03, 2018

This post addresses features like Captions, Graphic Overlays, Video Indexing, and Document Uploads that take your live stream viewer experience from good to great. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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How Your Organization Can Use Emoji in Communications + Announcements 💡

November 29, 2018

This post talks about how to use emoji effectively as a means to communicate with your organization's audiences. It's part of our series on How to Start Live Streaming.

What began as a fun addition to person-to-person communication, emoji have now entered the mainstream. More and more organizations are using emoji in a professional communication setting.

Will it last? Is it a fad? Who knows 🤔.

You think emoji aren't professional enough for your organization? No problem. Don't use them 🙅‍♂️.

Side Note: As a marketer, I myself, was a little late to the game. I was dubious at first, but I ultimately came to value the upsides.

Organizations can use emojis to:

1️⃣ To become more approachable and fun

2️⃣ To seem relevant to younger audiences

3️⃣ To create text fields that stand out

 

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How to Add Captions to Your Recorded Live Stream

November 09, 2018

This post explores the wider range of options for adding captions to your live stream. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

Captioning your video content is an important step in making your video content more accessible to everyone. It also may be important to meet compliance standards for your organization.

More than 30 million Americans live with a form of hearing loss. Millions of others are illiterate, learning to read, or use English as a second language. It's more likely than not, that some of these people are your viewers.

In this post, we'll address your options for adding captions to your live stream. Then we'll talk about how we do it at BoxCast.

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The Best PTZ Cameras for Live Streaming

October 31, 2018

This post covers the best PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras for live streaming. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

There's a whole world of video cameras you might want to use for live streaming.

PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras are cameras that you can attach to a wall or ceiling or other fixed location and operate via remote. These differ from other video cameras that sit on tripods and require a cameraperson to operate.

In the world of live streaming, PTZ cameras are great for capturing a wide shot of a room or a tough angle, while allowing for zoom.

They can be used for anything from an easy one-camera, hands off setup to a highly produced multi-cam setup where the production crew controls the cameras from a studio. They are particularly helpful when you don't have a large team to operate a stream.

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How to Start Live Streaming

October 19, 2018

This post provides an overview of the various aspects of live streaming for those broadcasting for the first time. It’s the main post in our series on How to Start Live Streaming.

Our team at BoxCast has been helping organizations start streaming since 2013.

In the early days of the company, live streaming options were limited and complex. Since then, live streaming has become more approachable for organizations of all kinds.

While live streaming is now easier than ever, understanding the right live stream setup is more difficult. The hardware, and software, and platform options available seem endless. Everyday, members of our team consult on the live streaming setups of beginners and experts alike.

This post is aimed to help those who have little to no experience with video or broadcasting.

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The Best Software for Live Streaming (and How to Use Them)

October 12, 2018

This post talks about the best software encoders for live streaming. It also addresses how to create an ideal workflow with these tools. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

If you're looking for an encoder for your live streaming setup, we recommend a hardware encoder.

TL;DR (for that link): Computers complicate live streaming. They drastically increase the chance something goes wrong. If you want to make live streaming easy, you should keep them out of your workflow.

That said, there are plenty of situations when you need to bring software into the process. Most likely, you require the advanced production elements that some software encoders offer.

Below, we'll quickly name the top softwares for live stream encoding and then talk about how to set up an ideal workflow with them.

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How Many Viewers (Actually) Watched your Live Stream?

October 05, 2018

This post addresses the different ways that live streaming platforms like Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope, and BoxCast measure viewership. It's part of our series on How to Start Live Streaming.

Since the beginning of television, the most important metric for broadcasters has been viewership. In the days before the internet, live video audiences were measured, in the form of television ratings, by precise calculations from outside groups.

Fast forward to the digital age and you find a wild world of unregulated measurements. In the internet age, companies can measure viewership however they want.

As a broadcaster, you may find the lack of consistency in reporting frustrating, especially if you simulcast to multiple destinations. What does it mean to have 543 viewers on Facebook Live vs. 245 on YouTube Live? How can you compare across platforms and measure your true reach?

In this post, we breakdown the different platforms and considerations for measuring your live stream viewership.

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The Best Battery Pack for Mobile Live Streaming

September 28, 2018

This post talks about the XTPower XT-20000 External Battery Pack, our favorite power source for mobile broadcasting. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

Mobile broadcasting presents a few extra challenges for broadcasters. The biggest obstacle of course is ensuring you maintain an uninterrupted, strong network connection for the broadcast.

The top hurdle beyond your mobile network is your power supply. Your setup (specifically your encoder) needs a source of power that is both compact and long-lasting. This post addresses our favorite battery pack to power your live streaming set up on the go.

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