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Old April 19th, 2017, 03:50 PM   #1
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Do any of you offer live streaming and how do you do it? We have a couple that has family unable to attend so they asked if we could live stream for them. I didn't make any promises but told her we would explore options. Turning out to be much more complex than we thought, without spending big money for software or hardware.

They could just do Facebook live but I think they were looking for something a little more private and better quality. Would love to hear ideas or experience! Thanks!
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Old April 19th, 2017, 07:51 PM   #2
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Hi Katie

That's all we do for weddings now ..all our weddings are live broadcast and it's really easy too. We dropped doing conventional video on DVD or creating stunning wedding films cos it simply started to become over the top to compete with sliders, drones, gimbals and multiple shooters. Before offering any advice I think some quick feedback might be a good idea?

(1) Are you doing the whole wedding or just the ceremony?
(2) Indoors or Outdoors?
(3) Are you going to consider this as a future option?
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Old April 19th, 2017, 10:04 PM   #3
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Just a few options now :

Simple Option : We started with a Livestream Broadcaster which sits on the camera hotshoe and simply sends your video to their CDN (content delivery network) ...You can get a free account with them BUT the viewers will need to create a free account to be able to watch. You can also create an "event page" for the client too. It's does have a disadvantage that the Broadcaster Pro encoder costs just over $700 at B&H but it is really simple to use and needs nothing else except the encoder. You are of course restricted to just one camera (we still do weddings live with a single camera with no issues)

Cheapest Option : Assuming you have a laptop that's fairly fast and can handle a video stream you can use a software switcher and OBS Studio is a free one. However to get the video from the camera into the laptop you will need a HDMI>USB dongle which costs under $400 .... with this setup you can now stream to free CDN's like Facebook LIve (fairly private if you create a "business page") and stream to that) It does need however a small amount of data entry before you start broadcasting ... you have to create a new live video on your FB page (or YouTube too) and then transfer the data to OBS and start the broadcast. If you buy more than one dongle you can switch multiple cameras too. Your only free CDN options are FaceBook and YouTube as the normal CDN's make you pay to use them!

If this is likely to be a one off situation them you probably better off using a tablet with the FB Live app but you will need someone to hold it or mount on a tripod somehow or maybe just use Skpe ???
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Old April 20th, 2017, 02:54 AM   #4
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Cheapest Xsplit Broadcaster free does only 720p. (I found it easier than OBS ) Android phone with mobile hotpot sharing, games hdmi / usb capture box. I use Elegato. If two camera setup buy another but different make Avermedia so you don't have a conflict. And of course a laptop and long hdmi cables. If going to YouTube watch out for music copyright.
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Old April 20th, 2017, 06:10 AM   #5
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Hi Donald

I still feel that if this is a one off shoot it can be pricey even looking at the cheapest option! If one is going to delve into live streaming, weddings or other events, then get something that you will use over and over again to justify the cost ...one would probably need to charge a bride at least $1000 just to cover gear cost which would be fine for a high end wedding but a tad expensive to get get a stream for those that cannot come.

If Katie is not going to offer the facility as part of a wedding package to offset capital costs then it's probably better to tell a bride "sorry we cannot do it at a reasonable cost"
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Old April 20th, 2017, 06:57 AM   #6
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Yeah, I'm thinking we may just have to tell her sorry at this point. It's not really something we are interested in doing long term, otherwise I would be OK spending the money to get what we need.

It's going to be just the ceremony they want, and it's outdoors. I have seen people can do a live stream from their DJI Drones, and was hoping the Osmo had some similar capabilities, but can't find any info on it,and we can't seem to get the software to connect. It wasn't the greatest option, but something I felt they would be a little happier with than a phone or tablet.

Thanks for the input!
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Old April 20th, 2017, 08:18 AM   #7
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Probably a wise move Katie!!

Even with FB Live you get a warning saying you must use professional video streaming software etc etc so for a one-off shoot it's simply not worth the hassle.

We stream ALL our weddings and the brides love it ..nothing better than seeing a bride directly after her ceremony sitting on the lawn waiting for the photographer with her phone watching her own wedding with squeals of delight because we do every wedding live the cost of encoders, computers and software are justified and it's so nice to be able to edit live so when you get back home, exhausted you know that at least you don't have 3 days of furious editing ahead of you so that's very cost effective too!

Hope the wedding shoot goes well!
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