Roland V-1HD Video Switcher: A Customer Review

July 25, 2017

This post is a video review of the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

We recently incorporated the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher into our production studio and love what it’s allowed us to do with our broadcasts. We’re convinced that this easy-to-use switcher is the perfect solution for any broadcaster, especially those who are new to the video production game, work on a small team, or even run a one-person show.

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The Best Strategy for Buying Live Video Equipment

May 09, 2017

This post is a summary of the steps that you should consider working through as you purchase new video and audio equipment for your organization. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

If you’re new to live video streaming, you might feel intimidated by the prospect of determining what equipment you need, especially with all the options you have for cameras, cables, switchers, etc. Finding what’s right for you can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be.

The five guidelines we’ve listed below will help you break down your decision process and properly evaluate what’s best for you.

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What Should You Know About Live Video in 2017?

April 18, 2017

There's no doubt about it: live video streaming has taken off.

Over the past couple years, video streaming has proven itself as a meaningful way for organizations to connect with audiences and retain their attention. We believe that 2017 is the year that live video streaming will cement itself as a mainstream digital medium. In fact, by 2020, video streaming will account for 82% of all internet traffic, according to a recent Cisco report.

As streaming inevitably becomes even more popular, video equipment will become increasingly accessible and affordable. Below are other video trends you can expect in 2017.

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How to Turn Your Games into Pay-Per-View Events

April 05, 2017

When we started working with ECAC Hockey in 2015, they were looking for a way to monetize their tournaments outside of traditional ticket sales.

With the help of BoxCast's complete live video streaming platform, ECAC Hockey created a new revenue source that is helping their organization thrive. They monetized their video content and brought some of the best collegiate hockey action in the country to thousands of people who can't be in the stands.

Here's how it works....

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BoxCast 2016: A Year In Review

December 30, 2016

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What Does 4K Actually Mean?

December 14, 2016

This post is a brief introduction to the world of 4K. It covers the basics of the video resolution and addresses what makes it better than HD resolution. It's part of our series on 4K live streaming.

Whether you work in the world of video production or are merely a purchaser of electronics, you’ve likely heard about 4K video. 4K isn’t just a buzzword; it’s an incredible, new quality of video that’s soon to be the standard quality for any TV, computer screen, or camera. 

Understanding what 4K technology actually means will help you make educated purchasing decisions on 4K labeled products, regardless of whether they’re at the consumer, prosumer, or professional level.

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Video White Balance 101: What You Need to Know

November 01, 2016

Live video has emerged as a powerhouse communications tool. If done right, it provides remote viewers with the ability to feel involved in your event.

A huge component of any live experience, however, is the vibrancy and color of the environment. Though many people do not know it, colors captured on camera are often skewed from reality. A process called “white balance” addresses this head-on. This post explains everything you need to know about white balance and how it affects the quality of your videos.

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7 Types of Camera Shots To Consider When Filming Church Services

September 15, 2016

This post talks about video production tips for framing individuals in your church live stream. It's part of our series on church live streaming. 

This post is based on the "Video Framing & Composition Guide: What You Need to Know to Frame a Killer Shot." To learn simple framing and composition techniques to improve your live streams, download the free guide

As a camera operator for your church, you can make your message even more powerful by taking some time to consider the goal of each sequence of a service.

Are you trying to evoke emotion? Do you need to emphasize the scenery behind the pastor? What’s the theme of the pastor's sermon?

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[Infographic:] How to Beautifully Stream in Remote Locations

August 09, 2016

Outdoor events can be beautiful. Sometimes, the more remote, the better. The serenity and seclusion create a peacefulness unforgotten by those present. But what about the people who couldn’t be there? Can they watch the event too?

Absolutely they can. But the question we hear when remote-location events come up is "How can you stream an event without internet?"

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[Video:] How to Use the BoxCast Trimming Feature

June 09, 2016

When an event is streamed live, there’s a lot that’s left up to chance. No one truly knows what will happen during the event itself, in the minutes leading up to it, or in the moments that follow. That’s what makes it so exciting.

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