n g I’m not just cutting between two cameras.
I’m able to do picture-in-picture effects, as
well as transitions in and out of the PIP effects.
I can do lower-third titles, a logo “bug” for the
host of the event and a bug for my production
company, as well as a bumper graphic that I
used to transition in and out of each live interview. The fact that today’s streaming producers
can accomplish all of this on a tablet is amazing.
The software streams at 720p because that’s
what Facebook accepts. It also records that
same 720p stream. In the time since this event
took place, I’ve heard that Facebook may be
upgrading its API to allow for 1080 streaming
from appliances and apps. This is all changing
so fast that even the workflow that was standard a few weeks ago may well be different
tomorrow. The sample streams and the on-location demo video are all 720p because I
used my Switcher Studio setup to record the
video of me showing you the setup.
I hope this look at an actual use case of a completely mobile, multi-camera, live-switched,
streaming setup has proven useful to you. I have
some tweaks and improvements I plan on implementing to step up the quality of my production and to make everything more robust. I’ll be
doing another similar production between this
writing and the publication of this article, but
I’ll be swapping out some of the pieces and customizing it to the current shoot, as all mobile
streaming producers inevitably do.
Anthony Burokas is a 20-plus-year broadcast TV video producer
currently based in Dallas. He has produced an extensive body
of event, corporate, special-interest, and broadcast TV. His
website is IEBA.com. His new studio space, Frisco Studios,
makes the latest live-streaming and VR technologies available
to his clients.
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