VVN/VVC Activity Brief – 4/19/17: Shooting a Month’s Worth of Content in One Day

VVN/VVC Activity Brief – 04/19/17: Shooting a Month’s Worth of Content in One Day

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Streamed live on Facebook Live at 09:30am, 04/19/17.

Introducing LIVE STREAM Las Vegas

LIVE STREAM Las Vegas new website.

Back in August 2016, I decided to solve a problem facing folks whose income is predicated on being in front of an audience, but struggled to prove their abilities to those unaware or unable to attend.

It didn’t matter what the person did (business, entertainment, education, etc.), I was set on driving down the cost associated with creating a multi-camera, multi-shot, broadcast-quality production.

And do so from the customer’s choice of locations.

We tried one approach. . .that didn’t work well enough.

So, from October to December of 2016, I set out to design a breakthrough in sophisticated on-site, multi-camera broadcasts and high-definition recordings at an unbeatable price.

After some strenuous testing, including arguably one of the most complex multi-camera production environments a director has to manage, we are ready.

Introducing PodWorx’s LIVE STREAM Las Vegas.

Brought to you by the most experience live streaming producer in Nevada, LIVE STREAM Las Vegas eliminates the distance between you and your:

  • Fans
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Customers
  • Constituents
  • Prospects
  • Employees
  • Students
  • Parishioners

The website is now live. I’d like to invite you to please take a moment and look around. Let me know what you think AND if you find any problems with the site.


Skype TX Now Available at the Vegas Video Network and Vegas Video Co-op

New Stuff at VVN/VVC

Because we spend a lot of time creating content that is interview based, we aim to ensure our interviews are top-notch, regardless of the guest’s location. And while satellite feeds or microwave relays used to be the only truly broadcast-quality option for remote interviews, that has changed.

Many folks don’t know this, but Microsoft makes a very special version of Skype, called “Skype TX”. It’s the company’s high-end, broadcast quality version of the software.

Skype TX cannot be bought by itself. It must be pre-configured on a small number of specially-configured hardware platforms. We just installed such a system.

We reconfigured our production cockpit to accommodate this new capability. The photo above give a director’s view of what we’re capable of doing:

  1. The Skype TX dedicated system with a Skype connection in progress.
  2. Via a dedicated HD-SDI cable, we receive the Skype callers signal and assign it as a camera into our Tricaster. (In the example above, we assigned it to camera 8 (and 7 for fun).)
  3. This area shows the live stream being broadcast/recorded. On the left is the in-studio camera, on the right is the Skype caller.
  4. Unlike typical remote guests, the Skype caller into our studios can SEE and HEAR the actual broadcast IN REAL TIME. They’ll know exactly when they are “on the air”, see all camera changes, and hear all music/sound effects/videos.

If you’re interested in being able to interview folks with this amazing new capability, and you’re not already a VEGAS VIDEO CO-OP Member or Vegas Video Network content provider, give us a shout. This is very cool stuff.

Howard Stern Does This Every Day, Should You Do It As Well?

Radio Station Stage #3 at Vegas Video Co-Op. Las Vegas Video Production.

It can be a challenge, when in a broadcast interview setting, to get a guest to open up. They are often nervous with all the lights and cameras pointing at them.  This is an issue that we’ve seen time and time again.  And, it’s a problem we solve.

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BitTorrent Goes Legit-er? Live Streaming Video in Beta

Having produced well over 800 live streaming video productions, both here in Vegas and in various other places around the country, we know that the cost of live streaming video can be prohibitive for many folks. While you can go the free route with companies like Ustream, you pay a high price for not paying. . .commercials, interruptions, more commercials, and more interruptions.

It. Is. Horrible.

If you look at a company like Livestream.com, you’ll pay $350 for 3000 user hours a month. Not terrible, but expensive for some.
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