Trying to stay connected while we’re socially distant? Remote live streaming is quickly emerging as an engaging and effective way to keep people connected, informed and entertained. It’s not a new capability but it is new to most people. That in mind, here are some questions and answers meant to give a better sense of what it is and whether it might be something for you.
WHAT IS REMOTE LIVE STREAMING?
Remote live streaming is a fully produced live video production executed from the safety of your home, office or anywhere else with an internet signal.
WHAT MAKES REMOTE LIVE STREAMING DIFFERENT FROM A TRADITIONAL LIVE VIDEO PRODUCTION?
The only thing that truly makes it different than a traditional live video production is that instead of using broadcast cameras in one location, we are using the webcams and camera phones of the video participants at their separate locations.
HOW IS REMOTE LIVE STREAMING DIFFERENT FROM A TRADITIONAL VIDEO CONFERENCE?
In remote live streaming, a video director is live switching your program exactly the same as they would produce any multi-camera live broadcast. This can include the incorporation of intro videos, graphics titles and lower thirds and intentional camera cuts between different speakers.
WHAT DOES THE EXPERIENCE LOOK LIKE FROM BEHIND THE SCENES?
All projects start with a kickoff meeting where we outline the goals of the production, determine the technical requirements, output platform, the look/feel and style, the format, we write necessary scripts and lock down all the other details involved with how the actual video is going to look, sound, and perform
On the day of the live stream we invite the production team to a group meeting through a video conference service like zoom or google hangouts one hour before your program is scheduled to begin. Your remote director will use this time to double check that the stream is running smoothly and that we are properly set up for any unique production requirements. Fifteen minutes before the program begins, all of the program participants will log into the meeting hosted by the remote director. From there we do a framing, lighting and sound check with all the participants, cover any final clarifications and wait for the stream to start.
Using our live switching broadcast capabilities, our remote director will then then broadcasts your program to whatever streaming service you would like. There are many platforms for live streaming but we have found Youtube and Facebook to be the most common.
With the livestream complete, we now take the recording that we captured, apply necessary captions and overlays, export to the appropriate formats and send to you for storage or upload to the platform of your choosing for permanent hosting.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO THE VIEWERS?
Something like this!