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Implementing a Live Broadcast Solution

January 5, 2022

Live Streaming

The pandemic made live broadcasting a necessity for events. Even as more things open up, the value of live broadcasting remains evident, and many organizations are incorporating broadcast for hybrid viewing of important events. Implementing live broadcasting is a possibility even for technical novices. Here are the basic components to get you up and running:

  • Cameras: A basic live broadcast can be done with just a single camera, but production quality drastically increases if you have two or more. Having at least two cameras will allow you to switch views and subsequently adjust the camera that’s not on screen as needed. This increases the production value over one camera for your audience and gives the producer a margin of error to make adjustments off screen. Additional cameras can be added depending on your needs and the visuals you’re trying to obtain. Nsight IT Services recommends PTZOptic cameras. Available in box version designed for focusing on a single point or pan-tilt-zoom models for more flexibility. You can control the cameras with the functionality built into your production software, use the mobile app or use separate joystick controllers.
  • Computer + Software: To manage your broadcast you’ll need a computer with live stream software. This software lets you compile your broadcast elements and connects to your broadcast outlet (Facebook, YouTube, etc.) where viewers will ultimately tune in. Nsight IT Services recommends Wirecast. Wirecast Studio is currently a one-time fee of $599 and offers unlimited inputs, integrated text, animations and stock media library and unlimited output destinations. You’ll need Wirecast Pro (one time cost of $799) if you plan to use the PTZ Camera Control noted above. The computer used for your live broadcast should be dedicated to this task. Nsight IT Services recommends an Intel i7 processor, at least 16GB of RAM and a graphics card of at least 1GB of dedicated memory.
  • Installation & Audio: Installation will require cabling from the camera location to your broadcast area and connecting with your audio sources. Clear sound will make or break your broadcast and investing in proper microphones are a must. Your existing system also needs to connect with USB. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to add a Focusrite audio interface. Nsight IT Services is equipped to install cabling for your cameras and has experience working with audio vendors to complete broadcast projects or adding basic Focusrite audio to your live broadcast.
  • Internet Connection: To live broadcast your stream, you’ll need a stable internet connection. Typically, the main concern with internet is download speeds, but for live broadcasts you’ll want an upload speed of at least 8MB. If you have sufficient download speeds, but your upload speeds are weak, you can typically contact your internet provider to adjust allotted upload speeds to make sure your stream doesn’t stall or lag. Nsight IT Services can also help you segment your internet connection to make sure other users on the network don’t interfere with available bandwidth.
  • Training: Getting to know the broadcast equipment is essential to delivering a broadcast. Learning how to adjust your cameras, use your live stream software and basic troubleshooting will ensure success. Nsight Telservices IT Services team can help introduce you to the software and set up your first broadcast to make sure everything runs smoothly. We pride ourselves on exceptional service and are confident you’ll be satisfied!

If you’re interested in learning more about the cost and timeline for implementing a live broadcast system at your church, school, public building, or venue, please contact us for a consultation.