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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

What’s This Book All About? 9

My Story – The Winding River that Led Me Here… 11

Chapter I – What is a LIVE Stream Video Broadcast? 15

Where it All Started… 17

The Real Pioneers 17

A Glossary to Learn From 19

Chapter II – The Broadcasting Arena 20

WHO’s Making All of the Noise in Live Streaming? 20

WHAT kind of content are people streaming? (or Why we do it) 22

WHERE are broadcasters streaming all of this content? 23

WHEN is the best time to stream live content? 24

HOW Do I Get Started? 25

Chapter III – Setting up Your New Home Studio 26

Location – Location – Location 26

Assessing Your Existing Hardware 27

1. CPU – How Many Cores You Got? 28

How Do I Know What Kind of CPU I Have? 28

A Bushel of Words About Apples 29

2. GPU – How Does Your Video Stack Up? 30

3. MEMORY – What is RAM and How Much is Enough? 33

4. Bandwidth and Speed – Can Your Internet Connection Pass This Test? 36

Why is All of This So Important? 37

Chapter IV – Preparing the Stage 38

Lighting the Set 38

Cams & Cameras 40

A Few Chosen Words on Pixels, Resolutions and Frame Rates 40

Webcams 42

Video Cameras 44

Putting Sound into the Mix 46

Microphones 46

Mixers 48

Headphones 49

Chapter V – Other Hardware to Consider 50

Video Cards 50

Cables 52

Monitors 53

Chapter VI – HTTP, Flash/RTMP, WebRTC 54

Testing Your Equipment with WebRTC 55

Chapter VII – Countdown to SHOWTIME! 57

Getting Your Feet Wet 57

Practice, Practice, Practice 57

The Stage is Set! 58

Chapter VIII – Starting Your 1st LIVE Broadcast! 59

via WebRTC – Through the “front end” (Easy method) 59

The Call to Action! (CTA) 64

via RTMP – Through the “back end” (Not so easy method) 65

My Personal Thoughts on Facebook LIVE 66

Chapter IX – Using 3rd Party Streaming Apps 67

Why use a 3rd Party Software? 67

Top 7 Live Streaming 3rd Party Software Encoder Apps of 2017 68

1. vMix v. 2X – by StudioCoast Pty Ltd (http://vmixhd.com) 69

2. OBS Studio – by Open Broadcaster Software (https://obsproject.com) 72

3. FFSplit – by Vincent Luong (http://ffsplit.org) 73

4. VidBlasterX – by CombiTech (http://vidblasterx5.com) 74

5. XSplit | Broadcaster – by SplitmediaLabs (http://xsplit.com). 75

6. ManyCam – by Visicom Media Inc (https://manycam.com) 77

7. WireCast v.7 Studio/Pro by Telestream (http://bit.ly/bcb-wirecast) 78

Things to Remember About the Apps and Websites 79

Chapter X – Software as a Service (SaaS) Websites 80

Why Use a Website Platform? 80

Top 7 Live Streaming Websites (SaaS) of 2017 81

1. Lightstream – formerly Infiniscene (http://golightstream.com) 82

2. Smiletime – by Smiletime, Inc. (http://smiletime.com) 85

3. BlueJeans “My Team” – Blue Jeans Network, Inc. (https://bluejeans.com) 87

4. BeLive.tv – by BeLive Studios (http://belive.tv) 90

5. Vidpresso LIVE – by Vidpresso, Inc. (http://vidpresso.com) 93

6. Zoom w/Webinar Addon – by Zoom Video Comm. (https://zoom.us) 95

7. Crowdcast by Crowdcast (http://crowdcast.io) 97

Now it’s Your Turn! 98

Chapter XI – Broadcasting to Multiple Networks 99

Simulcast or Syndication? You Decide. 99

Restream.io (http://restream.io) 100

Switchboard.live (http://switchboard.live) 100

Chapter XII – Cut! Print it. That’s a Wrap. 101

What Keeps Messing Up My Broadcast? 101

Setting a Course and Paddling On 102

APPENDIXES 103

Suggested Encoder Settings for 3rd Party Applications 103

Let’s Talk TokBox 104

A Picture of the Landscape  105