Extend Your Reach with RSS Feeds

March 18, 2020

If your organization is looking to repurpose content you're already livestreaming, sharing an RSS feed is an easy way to start. This post explains the various usage cases for BoxCast's RSS Feeds for Third-Party Applications.

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How to Add Automated Captions to Your Live Stream

August 23, 2019

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

Captioning your live video is an important step in making your content more accessible to your viewers. 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. More likely than not, some of these people are your viewers. 

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

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How to Re-Broadcast Your Live Streams

June 17, 2019

This post demonstrates the value of using Simulated Live. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

With Simulated Live, you can reach audiences who missed the original stream by re-broadcasting recorded or uploaded broadcasts to any destination at any time. Organizations can use re-broadcasting to grow their viewership, protect their content, broadcast announcements, and increase their engagement on various social platforms. 

In this post, we'll explain what Simulated Live is, and discuss the impact it can have on your organization's video strategy. Then we'll show you how it works. 

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How to Start Live Streaming: Equipment, Platforms, and More

March 26, 2019

 

This post is a live streaming overview for beginners. It’s the main post in our series on How to Start Live Streaming.

 

Back in 2013—when we started working with broadcasters—live streaming was limited and complicated. Creating great live video was a complex process and, for many organizations, the low-quality, low-impact results often didn't justify the hassle.

Now, live streaming is more approachable and more relevant for all.

While broadcasting content is easier than ever before, understanding all the many factors involved in the setup can still be overwhelming. The various hardware, software, and platform options can create a barrier to getting started.

Every day, members of our team consult on the live streaming setups of beginners and experts alike. This post condenses the internal knowledge that we've developed over the years to help those with little-to-no-experience with video or broadcasting wrap their heads around it all. It provides an overview and highlights potential pitfalls.

 

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What Is Bitrate (Mbps) And Why Does It Matter In Live Streaming?

March 19, 2019

This post addresses the term bitrate, explaining how it relates to upload and download speeds and why it's important in live streaming. It's part of our series on HD live streaming.

Capturing live video with a high resolution and high frame rate does not guarantee your viewer will see that video in peak form.

To deliver high-quality live video to your viewers, you need to offer pipelines that can transfer your video data quickly and completely. Top-notch video requires a higher bitrate to look good.

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What is Frame Rate (fps) and Why Does it Matter in Live Streaming?

January 08, 2019

This post addresses frame rate (fps) and the role that it plays in creating a great quality live stream. It's part of our series on HD live streaming.

While many factors affect the quality of your live video, resolution and frame rate are the most prominent. In this post, we'll talk about the latter.

Note: You can read more on video resolution here.

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State of Live Streaming in 2019: Last 5 Years + Next 5 Years

January 02, 2019

In this post, we'll reflect on the major trends in live streaming over the last five years. Then we'll make some predictions on how the industry will continue to develop into the future.

In 2018, BoxCast celebrated its 5th Birthday 🥳 !

It's been a wild ride so far. The live streaming landscape going into 2019 barely resembles that of 2013. It's a fast-paced world, but that's what makes it so exciting.

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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.

Your live stream lives and dies by how your viewers experience it. If you don't create a great experience for your audience, they won't come back to watch it again.

Notable factors that are fundamental to creating a watchable live stream include video resolution, video frame rate, transcoding, audio quality, and proactive monitoring. These are the basics. If you successfully consistently deliver on these, you are delivering a good viewer experience.

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