live streaming

How can I stream live?

Mevo Plus

Episode 1536

David from Burbank, CA

David has been asked if he can help do live streaming. Does he need Wi-Fi for that? Leo says not really, but he does need a cable long enough to go from where he's filming to a computer in order to stream it. If he uses multiple cameras, then he'll need a switcher to control them. It's always best to start with one camera and then expand as he needs to.

Video capture software to do the streaming depends on where he wants to stream. Facebook and YouTube both offer streaming for free. They also offer software to download.

How can we live stream our church services?

Canon Vixia G20

Episode 1521

Dan from Fresno, CA

Dan's church is looking to live stream their services, and they are looking for the best cameras to use. Leo suggests going cheap with the cameras. Leo got consumer-grade Canon Vixia cameras for the TWiT studio, and they only cost $400 to $500 now. Dan could just get four or five cameras that can cover every angle, and then he'll just need a video switcher so they can switch between cameras while streaming. He can go look at BlackMagic, which has specialized cameras that are fairly affordable.

What does my streaming video look better from my smartphone than my desktop?

Logitech C930

Episode 1522

Dave from Paris, CA

Dave is a YouTuber, and when he streams live, it works better using LTE and his smartphone than his webcam and desktop using Wi-Fi. Leo says that in theory, they should be the same. Leo says that his Logitech C930 webcam could be misconfigured. Or, he could consider better lighting. Better lighting is always an improvement and helps the camera to pick exposure, color saturation, etc. At the end of the day, though, his LG smartphone probably just has a better camera.

Why can't I live stream TV?

Ethernet cable

Episode 1471

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil has cable based internet with 300 Mbps down, which should be great for streaming. But when he tries to use live TV, he finds the buffering makes streaming unwatchable. It's not the same with video on demand, though. Leo says that 300 Mbps is the "ideal" rate and it's always "up to" that amount. Leo recommends running a speed test from SpeedTest.net to see what he's really getting. DSL Reports has a really accurate speed test as well.

How can I use my tablet as a switcher for live streaming?

Switcher Studio

Episode 1431

Chris from Ohio

Chris needs an app to create a live stream on a budget. Leo just saw a great tool on both Android and iOS that uses camera phones and Wi-Fi to connect and then uses one device to act as a switcher. He should check out Switcher Studio. It does just that, but it's currently iOS only. Cinemaker is another one. It also is just for iOS, but the Android version is coming soon. Chris could also look into Manycam.

How can we stream our vow renewal from Rome?

Periscope

Episode 1257

Dennis from Yorba Linda, CA

Dennis and his wife are traveling to Rome to renew their vows and he wants to stream it live on the internet with their iPad. Leo says it's completely doable, but the sticker is the connection. Cell connections will break them with international roaming. So they'll need Wi-Fi, or they can get a local SIM and use that data. They can use Periscope or Meerkat on a mobile device to stream it. They can also connect a GoPro camera to it. The great thing is that people can send "hearts" and chat online to them directly.

How can I wirelessly stream live with multiple cameras?

Episode 1187

Garrett from Miami, FL

Garrett needs to create a wireless solution for routing camera signals into his board. What does Leo think of Teradek? Leo says it's a great company. Leo uses LiveU. They bond together 3G and 4G cellular to stream more reliably with multiple cameras. Teradek even hardware encodes the video and bonds the 4G networks to send it out.

How can I create an App for the iPhone?

Episode 1045

Dave from Binghamton, NY

Dave has started his own radio station online via Radionomy. He has a TuneIn station and is trying to create an iPhone app, but he doesn't have a Mac new enough to make use of the Apple Developer kit. Leo says that a 2007 version Mac will work, and he can use XCode if he doesn't want to pay for it. The $99 Developer Program fee gives him access to the Software Developer Kit.