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John Thornton
Live Streaming Multiple Concerts
on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:42:02 pm

I apologize if this question has been answered in a prior thread. Pieces of it have, but im looking for a complete big picture answer. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

OBJECTIVE: I need to live stream several concerts simultaneously through my website. There are 4-5 clubs in my area that have expressed an interest in having me provide this service for a music festival and I want to get a clearer vision of what i'll need to pull it off.

Here's what I know:
1. I'll be using a 2 camera set up. One on stage cam and one crowd cam (front of stage, overhead).
2. The cameras will be mounted and not manually operated.
3. I want to automate cuts between cameras with software or video mixer
4. I will be pulling the audio from the mixing board.
5. I'll be streaming to a fairly large audience (hopefully), as the several of the show feature fairly popular acts. The clubs are projecting a total of as many as 50,000 viewers, so I know assume that means i'll likely need a lot of bandwidth???
6. These streams will be hosted on my website, and running concurrently. So I assume this means I wont be able to use a service like Livestream or UStream because you can only broadcast one event at a time per account. I really would prefer to bypass those services anyway as I dont want ads and id like to avoid their branding and establish my own.
7. In summary, I want setup up that I can easily replicate across all 4-5 clubs. Ideally id like to set it up and have a the club (sound or light guy maybe) easily take it live on the day of the event.

What I'd like to know:
1. What tools will I need to make this happen? Gear, software, servers?
2. How can I avoid using a service like livestream and host these shows on my website? I'd be open to another service that doesn't host content themselves or include their own ads. I know live stream allows you to embed on your own site and you can bypass ads by paying, but I cant have these shows hosted on their website. If there is a way to just use them for their streaming service, ad free, and not have my content accessible on their site at all I'd be open to it.

Thanks for any help you can give!!!!!

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Walter Soyka
Re: Live Streaming Multiple Concerts
on Feb 1, 2011 at 7:11:50 am

For 50,000 (!) viewers, you will need to use some sort of service. You mentioned using Livestream if you could keep the content off their site. From their Hosted Channels page [link]:
Premium (paid) users have even more options, being able to password protect their channel page, or even disable it entirely and remove it from if they want to control where their content is viewed.

If you think that 50,000 viewers is realistic, why not make it a proper multicam shoot?

Walter Soyka
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Andy Stinton
Re: Live Streaming Multiple Concerts
on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:44:04 pm

50,000 is a big number, big enough that you should look into the music performing rights aspect of these "webcasts" . These fees can get pretty heavy and better you know before hand rather than you get a massive bill after the fact...

Andy Stinton
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