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How To Setup A Live Video Stream

Some people just finished watching a live FCPX Q&A on YouTube presented by PixelCorps and you might be wondering how to setup a live stream of your own. It’s actually pretty easy to do.

There’s a few different ways to go about it. PixelCorps went the easy way and most likely used the free Wirecast for YouTube software to broadcast through to their YouTube channel. If you have over 100 subscribers you can get the Wirecast for YouTube software for free and stream a live event to your YouTube channel. You can log in to your YouTube account and visit the Live Events page in the Video Manager. YouTube partners approved for live streaming will have the option to download Wirecast for YouTube from the Live Events page. Then you just go into Wirecast for Youtube software, set your video sources, and then broadcast your stream. It’s pretty straightforward.

The other way you could do it is purchase the Wirecast Standard or Pro software and then broadcast your stream to a Wowza flash media server. Wirecast Standard is $500 and Wirecast Pro is $1k. I have Wirecast Pro, which allows me to switch between multiple sources and I can also do things like transition in graphic overlays. On Wirecast Pro I can also do realtime chroma key on a live stream. So I can do the “FCPX Weather Report” in front of a green screen or something. LOL

I setup a Wowza media server on an Amazon EC2 instance (more info here) to broadcast an rtmp stream through the CDN network. Now that’s some pretty advanced coding and setup compared to slapping a live stream on YouTube with their free software. What I’m doing basically means I can stream to my own server instead of using YouTube. Because the stream is broadcast and delivered through an rtmp stream that I control it means I have also programmed in functions that allow me to send a token request to the server and the stream is delivered only if there’s a valid response. Basically it means that I can setup restricted access to live streams and only allow access to verified users. I plan on hosting a monthly Q&A for people that have purchased the FCPX Video Training from our website. Everything is setup technically. All I have to do is push a button to activate the stream. I set this technology up and I’ve been using it for years to deliver live talkshow episodes for celebrities here in Hollywood so I have a lot of experience working with live internet video streams. I also work with vast tags to be able to send a request and get a vast tag response to serve a pre, mid, or post roll video ad from an ad server. That’s a whole different subject though.

The bottom line is that if you have over 100 YouTube subscribers and you want an easy way to stream you can use YouTube. If you want more control over how your stream’s broadcast is delivered and you want to integrate more industrial marketing techniques into your video then setting up your own scalable streaming server is going to be the way to go. If anyone has any questions or suggestions about setting up a live video feed please leave a comment below.

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