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Todd Terry
More Livestreaming Questions...
on Sep 6, 2018 at 3:51:20 pm

Hi gang...

I asked a little about this before, but it now warrants a follow-up...

A very quick re-cap... a couple of times a year we shoot a multi-camera event for a multi-national corporation that is headquartered in our city, sort of a Town Hall type of thing. In the past we've always shot it with multiple cameras, and brought it back in-house and edited it into the final presentation.

For the latest event we were asked about the possibility of streaming it live to their global employees.

We said "sure," that we could do it on our end, and provide the company with a signal to stream, and from that point in the pipe on, it would be up to the company to distribute it. Well corporate gears move slowly, and you'd have thought we would have asked their main IT guy to build a nuclear reactor overnight in his basement... they gave the impression that would be a monumental task (which obviously, it isn't, people do this everyday).

Well we did this event this week... we didn't stream it, but instead of building it in post we switched it live on location and recorded the stream, an effort to do everything on our end as if if were live, as a trial run.

It seemed to work without a hitch, recording and mixing four cameras and a Powerpoint presentation (using the Livestream Studio HD550 4K switcher). And as another test, back in our office we pumped out the signal to Livestream (via a freebie trial account with them) to make sure we could easily see things on a remote computer, which worked fine.

At this point I'm trying to take some of the work off the company's IT department and at least give them some suggestions as to how to handle the stream after it leaves our box.

This particular switcher will pretty much automatically stream to just about anything... YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and of course Livestream's own streaming service.

I think we are going to run into a security issue, in that the company is going to want plenty of privacy and security with little-to-no chance that the stream can be viewed by anyone other than their own employees around the world. That would seem to suggest that Livestream's own service would be best, as they offer lots of privacy and security options. The issue is... it's expensive. Livestream's services at that level are $12,000 a year, and you can ONLY buy a year's worth of service, even though we might only need it once or twice. There are no weekly, monthly, or "per event" options, or anything like that.

So... just wondering if anyone had thoughts on the best way to distribute this?

Many thanks!


Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

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