Ask the Videoguys Workflows and Live Streaming Solutions

It's time for another Ask the Videoguys Live Webinar.  Oliver goes live to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we've received over the phone, via email or on our social media.  

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This Month's Questions:

I keep seeing adds for different HDMI to USB Converters, all of which seem to do similar things but all at very different price points.  Do you have a recommendation? 

There are a lot of great solutions for HDMI to USB converters that will allow traditional cameras to be brought into your computer as a webcam source- perfect for OBS, Wirecast, vMix or streaming directly to Facebook, YouTube, Etc. 

One great solution is the RGBlink mini or mini+.  These devices allow four HDMI signals to be brought in and switched, while sending a program out via USB, with no additional drivers needed. 

You've talked in the past about building a video conferencing cart for events and lecture capture so remote participants can join and feel included.  Our participants can’t hear us well and we can’t hear them with background noise. Any advice on this setup? 

We created a great AV cart solution to bring in remote guests to live events over zoom.  Our zoom call connects to a mounted television via HDMI.  We bring in a Panasonic UE4 as our base camera, with an external microphone.  We also attach external speakers to our laptop, so our participants aren't drowned out.  The external microphone must be far enough away from the speakers to avoid echo.  

We also want to add more cameras for a better setup and to hold engagement.

We bought in a roaming camera as well with a recent event.  For our roaming camera we attached a Panasonic AG-CX10 with a fifty foot HDMI, and connected it to the RGBlink mini+. We also connected our base UE4 EPTZ Camera via HDMI.  This switcher was connected via USB to our laptop. 

Check out our workflow, below:

I am streaming at a church with live music from our choir and I need to plug in my sound board what do you recommend? 

We recently put out a great webinar detailing a live music setup and stream for a local band.  This workflow can be done very similarly for church streaming with a choir.  Check out last week's show to learn more, below.

Tech Tip: XLR Audio Inputs are the Best Solution for Music Live Streaming Setups

Units like the Epiphan Pearl Nano & Pearl Mini and Roland VR-1HD are a great option, as they have built in balanced XLR audio inputs. 

I am producing live sports. What streaming solutions do you recommend that will work from the sideline? 

  • YoloLiv YoloBox: The YoloBox allows users to take advantage of several streaming options including Wi-Fi, 4G SIM Cards, or Streaming using a USB modem.  However, users must get a sim card with an active service plan to stream this way with YoloBox. ​
  • Teradek VidiU X and VidiU Go: VidiU X allows users to stream via 4G with Teradek's Sharelink app, or with WiFi and Ethernet. The VidiU Go allows users to go live with WiFi, Ethernet or with a USB modem, where you can pay as you go for your bandwidth.    
  • LiveU Solo and Solo Connect Modems: The LiveU Solo is a great solution for live streaming with unlimited data for cellular bonding when you pair with the Solo Connect modems.  Once you purchase the solo connect starter kit and service plan, you can stream as much as you need form anywhere. 

I’m working with YoloLiv YoloBox and I want to add more inputs than just the two found on the unit, but don’t want to change switchers because I love the custom graphics capabilities.  

One complimentary device to the YoloBox is the RGBlink mini or mini+.  The mini or mini+ will allow more HDMI inputs be brought into the YoloBox which only features two HDMI inputs, versus the mini's four.  When paired with the mini+, chroma key inputs can also be brought in.

The YoloBox will then allow for custom graphics and scoreboards to be overlaid, and streaming can be done to multiple locations right from the device, rather than streaming with a computer. ​

I want to create a more automated lecture capture setup in my classroom.  I'm willing to have someone set it up the first time, but don’t want regular operators.  How can this be done? 

​The Epiphan Pearl Systems like the Pearl Nano or Pearl Mini are terrific solutions with deep Panopto or Kaltura integrations to automate your lecture capture settings.  

The HuddleCamHD SimplTrack-2 is another great element for this solution, as it is a highly customizable auto tracking PTZ camera solution, with the classroom in mind.  

Check out webinar on YouTube HERE.

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