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With the increasing popularity of live broadcasting, HD Quality Live Streaming has become a vital aspect when you want to move an event from camera and directly to the viewer’s screen. Nonetheless, even when you have perfect content, lighting, cameras, audio and talent, live streaming an event production requires a lot of work. The process of getting a signal from the camera directly to the viewing audience differs in budget based on the type of event. This brief overview considers strategies that one can employ to ensure that the live event streaming is HD quality.
Employ different strategies- Do not limit yourself to just a single workflow, instead familiarize yourself with tools and technology available today. Currently, there is a broad range of encoding as well as transmission options that allow you to steam from any part of the world. Nonetheless, you must weigh the cost versus quality to determine which workflow is optimal.
Use a video Switcher- One of the ways to ensure your streaming is quality is by using multiple cameras as well as a video switcher which enables you to create a dynamic and appealing show. Choose a switcher with multiple inputs as you may need to use many cameras in addition to inputs such as animated backgrounds, extra GoPro camera positions, and graphics from stage presentation as well as video playback sources. There are many switchers available in the market and it is advisable to buy one that offers you the features you need.
Hardware and Software Encoding and live streaming devices– Encoding the video into a streaming format typically happens at the event venue but you can also do it offsite to ensure the streaming is quality. Also, there are many encoders that can deliver flawless webcast. However, you need to know that encoders are not perfect and each type of encoder has its pros and cons. It is thus important to use an encoder that you are fully familiar with and have tested extensively and established to be stable in your specific environment and with your inputs to avoid last minute problems in live streaming. Freedocast platform enables users to control and configure Freedocast using a remote making the process of broadcasting live efficient.
Number of Streams to encode and distribute- You will need several streams to reach viewers who have varying connection speeds and different types of screens. You can choose to encode at a single high bitrate stream that is then trans-coded to several renditions, and if this is the case it is advisable to use 1280×720 frame size feed that is encoded at 4Mbps. The audio recommended is 160Kbps for music events and 96Kbps to a talking head. If you choose to use multiple streams onsite, it is advisable to use the expensive encoders with huge bandwidth as this will provide higher quality as you will not need to re-encode.
Getting the video out- When deciding how to get the video signal from live event to remote streaming server using streaming device, it is advisable to use the public internet bandwidth since it is cheaper but you can also consider more options such as cellular technology, fiber or satellite. Success of the live event will be hugely influenced by solid bandwidth as well as rehearsals. Notably, in using internet connections is advisable to use a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi. Note that these features are available on Freedocast platform. However, pre-event test can be inaccurate in case you are sharing bandwidth when the audience has not yet arrive.