Livestreaming From Anywhere – Livestream Introduces The Broadcaster
A couple of years ago we were asked to shoot a business seminar and stream it live to make it available to a wider audience for a fee. We frankly didn’t know a thing about livestreaming so we went online, found several resources, asked questions and came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to do it. The technology was daunting and there were so many ways that things could go wrong and we couldn’t be guaranteed that we’d even have a strong, consistent internet connection at the venue.
I realized how much things have changed when we saw the Livestream Broadcaster at NAB. This compact and amazing piece of hardware is smaller than a paperback book and weighs just 5 ounces, yet it gives anyone with a videocamera that has an HDMI out (many cameras, like our Canon Vixias have this) the ability to stream live HD video to the internet without the need for a PC. That last sentence bears repeating: livestreaming video without needing a PC. This little bugger has built-in wireless 802.11b/g/n 2.4 Ghz and USB 3G/4G connectivity. You can mount it via hot shoe to a camera and you have a complete live broadcasting solution. Amazing.
The Livestream Broadcaster can be connected via HDMI to a single camera or to multiple cameras running through a switcher. The Livestream Broadcaster will encode the video in real-time in high quality H.264 and AAC audio at up to 2.3 Mbps. It will then stream it via Wi-Fi or a USB 3G/4G wireless modem (modem not included). Control the Livestream Broadcaster on the device itself or … get this … remotely from anywhere in the world via the Livestream website or via the Livestream for Producers iphone app.
Of course this requires a Livestream Producer Account, which costs $45 per month for unlimited, ad-free streaming. For those of you who offer pay-per-view livestreams of your events, you can see how this cost is very reasonable in exchange for not only getting the ability to do an event from anywhere but the reliability of deliverability to your paid viewers.
The Livestream Broadcaster costs $495 and ships by May 31, 2012. It includes a quick start guide, 12” HDMI to mini HDMI cable, 12” Ethernet cable, 3 AA batteriees, 12V DC power adapter with international attachments, ccable pouch and camera shoe mount. And the little critter is pretty darn attractive in it’s red housing with blue OLED display. Can it get any better?
So now that live streaming isn’t such a technological challenge nor is it excessively expensive, can you think of ways you can incorporate live streaming into your business? We’d like to hear from you about that.
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