Understand what items are needed to broadcast videos in real time, in your company
Live broadcasting, very common in television, has become popular in recent months as a solution to bring people together. They are the famous lives: shows, lectures and courses, broadcast every day, on different platforms.
In the business environment, live streaming can facilitate communication between departments, training and events. Unlike social networks, such as Instagram and Youtube, which make Lives open to the public, in companies, the transmission system is private and can be directed to a specific group of people.
For you who want to make a live, we list all the necessary items, from equipment to software, to guarantee a quality transmission. Check it out below:
One of the equipment needed to perform the recording is the video camera. There are several models on the market, simple and robust, that can meet your transmission needs. Ideally, the chosen camera should be a camcorder, like the Panasonic AG-AC160 or Sony 4K. It is also possible to record with DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras, which are more popular on the market, however you need to observe the recording time, as the models do not support recording more than 30 uninterrupted minutes.
Just like a good camera, it is necessary to have a lighting kit when recording, so that the image gains more contrast, depth and / or sharpness. Currently, the led lighting is the type of equipment with the best cost benefit in the market. It is possible to find equipment in different qualities and formats, which can serve your production. Spotlights and Ring Light, widely used by Youtubers, can occasionally illuminate who is in focus in the video.
Another important equipment is the microphone, which guarantees the quality of the transmission audio. Different microphone models can be used in a live, according to the purpose of the production. For a lecture or event, the handheld microphone, such as the Sennheiser E835, very popular in the market for its quality. The lapel model is the most suitable for videos in the feedback or chat format. On the market it is possible to find several brands of lapel microphone, such as Boya, Shure and Sony.
Ideally, the microphone should be connected to a mixing console, for better control of its quality, during transmission.
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Capture cards are pieces of hardware that enable the transfer of video and audio from devices, such as a camera or video game, directly to a computer. The capture is converted to a digital file, which is saved on the machine, which will be transmitted in real time, in the case of live transmission. There are external and internal capture cards, which can be installed on the computer. However, external cards are the most used today, as they are simple to use – they are connected via USB or Thuderbolt ports – and cheaper. Brands like Magewell and Blackmagic are good options, despite the high cost.
Computer and Internet
As previously mentioned, the capture card must be connected to a computer. It will bring together all devices and software, which will make live happen. For this, the ideal is to have a high performance computer, which has a good processor and memory.
Another important point is the internet, which must have a good signal, so that the transmission occurs without problems. The higher the quality of the transmitted video, that is, the greater the amount of information transmitted, the greater the number of available megabits, so that the process does not suffer instabilities.
Transmission Software or Encoders
In addition to the capture card, computer and a good internet signal, to perform a live, you must have software that enables transmission. The live streaming software, or encoder, has the function of transmitting the captured video in a suitable format to be played on the transmission platform. Some of them, in addition to encoding the file, also function as a cutting table and support for chroma key, which can further enrich its production. We indicate the OBS Studio, for simpler transmissions, and the vMix, for more professional productions, with the use of more than one camera, for example.
The last stage of the live broadcast is sending the captured files, already in the correct format, to be broadcast to the public. For this, it is necessary to have a media platform that has a broadcasting, which will distribute the content to the screens connected to the network, website or streaming.
Voxel Digital offers the entire solution of lives, from recording in the Studio or outside, to distribution on its own platform. Contact us to schedule your broadcast or stay on top of our tips, following our blog.