The above video is the first ever HuddleCam Live webinar we streamed to YouTube Live. It’s our BETA because like all cutting edge technologies we knew some tuning would be necessary. If you have been following our blog we have a full-proof easy to set live streaming solution where you can incorporate your video conference calls.
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Hello AV & IP Pros!
Always looking for new ways to make use of video conferencing and live broadcasting technologies, HuddleCamHD has put together a how to guide for “Live Streaming a Video Conference with YouTube Live”. So what does this actually mean? Well if you run a lot of video conference calls you may find that sometimes you have a important video conference call that you need to broadcast to a large audience. Most web conference solutions max out distribution at 3,000 “view only participants” but live streaming services like YouTube Live can broadcast to tens of thousands. The best part is that YouTube Live is completely free and with this tutorial you may actually find it easy!
First of all let’s check out the configuration diagram we have above. This system does require two computers which is actually something of a industry “magic trick” when it comes to live broadcasting. Live streaming pioneers such as Stephen Heywood, lead technician for Wirecast and host of the “Tech Buzz” have been using this technique for a long time to host live broadcasts and pull in guest speakers over Skype. In this demonstration we are taking that concept a little further with Zoom Video Conferencing which supports up to 50 live video participants and connecting that conference with YouTube Live. I would say the Epiphan AV.IO is a the key to this system because it takes the HDMI audio and video from the computer running your video conference and brings it into your “production/broadcast” computer with super low-latency. The Epiphan AV.IO keeps all the audio and video in sync and provides a affordable (Only $349) solution for bringing a digital video source into your production. The other “secret sauce” to this live production is VMix which provides a great way to bring everything together and stream to YouTube Live.
Step by Step Guide:
- Schedule your YouTube Live Event in your YouTube account “Creator Studio” in the “Live Streaming” section
- Be sure to take down your RTSP streaming name and key to use with VMix
- Schedule your Zoom Video Conference call and invite your participants
- If you are host of the video conference or a participant you will be able to use Zoom just like any other conference.
- Save your RTSP Streaming information in VMix and start your stream to ensure your connection to YouTube Live is “Good”
- Launch Zoom (or your preferred video conferencing provider) and put Zoom in full screen mode
- Select the Epiphan AV.IO input in VMix for audio & video
- This will show your Zoom video conference and set it as your live stream
- The last step is simply pressing “Go Live” in your “Live Control Room” in YouTube
Scheduling your YouTube Live Event
This is a great thing to learn how to do. Once you start live streaming with YouTube Live it will become instantly familiar. If you have ever used YouTube it’s going to be a piece of cake. Also, once your done setting up your live stream you can embed the live stream just like a YouTube video!
Scheduling your video conference call with Zoom
Scheduling a Zoom video conference call (or your preferred web conferencing service) is usually the same process. You simply click schedule which creates your meeting invitation that you can use your calendaring system (Google Calendars or Microsoft Exchange) to schedule and invite your attendees.
Embedding your YouTube Live Video
You can skip this step if you want to but I think it’s one of the best features of YouTube Live. No video conferencing service gives you the power to embed your conference right into a webpage. Here is an example of how HuddleCamHD uses the YouTube Live embed feature for weekly broadcasts.
Set up VMix for streaming to YouTube Live
This is where the magic happens. VMix could not be easier to stream live content directly to YouTube Live (you can also use Wirecast). In the picture above I have pasted the RTSP URL and the stream key given by YouTube Live. As you can see in the background I already have my live broadcast set up and ready to stream. With Vmix or Wirecast you can set up video clips and layover to give you stream that professional broadcast look.
Press Go on your live stream!
There are currently two ways to stream live on YouTube Live. You can “Stream Now” or schedule a streaming event. They are both pretty straight forward. They both have access to the video control room but the “Stream Now” basically starts an instant stream and “Events” allows more control for promoting your event. I would highly suggest scheduling your event in advance and using the live control room to preview your live stream. This way you can double check everything looks good with your live stream before your event starts.
So that’s pretty much everything, step by step. If you have any questions please reach out to us or tune in every friday for our HuddleCam Live broadcasts. This is the format we use so you can see it live and join the video conference to be live participant and ask questions.
- You can actually save a lot of money by using a basic video conferencing license instead of paying a premium for a webinar license from GoToWebinar or Zoom Webinar
- The ability to embed your live video conference and broadcast on any webpage
- YouTube’s easy to use streaming system is great plus once your live stream is over YouTube automatically converts it into a video for replay
- Television studio quality broadcast functions such as overlays, fades and the ability to play intro and outro video clips\
- Ability to stream to large audiences absolutely free!
- Your live stream viewers won’t have access to the conference Q&A
- Zoom Webinar has a function for taking attendee’s and promoting them to presenter status which you won’t be able to do from YouTube Live
- This set up isn’t as easy as a simple webinar. That being said it is much more powerful and extends the maximum capacity of normal webinar.
Hello HuddleCam Fans!
As you know HuddleCamHD is always in stock and sometimes that means a lot of work for our shipping and receiving team. This is not a normal day but it is keeping us busy. This is the result of our hugely growing customer base and few really BIG orders!
Thank you everyone for loving the HuddleCamHD products. The only thing better than great products is great product support. If you have ever worked with our support team you know we strive for excellence. If you call HuddleCam you get a real person here in the good ol’ USA. No call centers or complicated message machines.
USBPros did a article on HuddleCamHD vs Logitech that we wanted to share available here. We think the review was fair and it cover the new “Business Level” ConferenceCams from Logitech and compares them with sub $1,000 cameras from HuddleCamHD. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have the time.
HuddleCamHD is a professional line of USB Pan Tilt Zoom cameras. HuddleCamHD will be exhibiting at InfoComm 2015 showing off USB cameras from 3X to 30X optical zoom. The HuddleCamHD InfoComm booth is going to be a sight to see! This year we are going to be located in the Innovation Area booth 5585G. Check out our live demo’s of the HuddleCam Air broadcasting live zero latency video at 1080p video quality. Even through the 100’s of wireless access points and potential interfaces at InfoComm 2015!
Cameras on site:
- HuddleCam Air
- HuddleCamHD 30X
- HuddleCam 3X Wide
- HuddleCam 10X 720
Check out the video of our “HuddleCam Spire” which includes (2) 23″ LCD’s (not 32″ 🙂 ) to show the live video streaming using intel NUC i7! This i7 intel NUC PC is maxed out because we are using all (4) four USB 3.0 ports with (1) camera at a time. The Intel NUC has (4) USB 3.0 ports but we have noticed that only (1) camera from each that share a USB 3.0 chip can be shown in 1920x1080p video. If you attempt to show two cameras from the “same side” of the camera using both USB 3.0 ports one of the video streams will drop down to 720p. So there is a throughput issue with the Intel i7 NUC’s.
At the 2015 InfoComm technology show in Orlando, Florida this year, HuddleCamHD will demonstrate the brand new HuddleCam Air along with other USB video conferencing cameras. USB video conferencing cameras are an important part of the overall InfoComm show for anyone looking to integrate and use USB Pan Tilt Zoom cameras with their projects. HuddleCamHD will have the following cameras on display: HuddleCam Air, HuddleCamHD 30X, HuddleCamHD 3X Wide, HuddleCamHD 10X 720 and even the PTZOptics 20X-USB. So this is going to be a really great show. You can see the HuddleCam Air in action on the innovation stage at InfoComm during the morning each day. Scheduled times are: 9:30AM on Wednesday, 9:30AM on Thursday and 1:30PM on Friday afternoon. At these innovation speeches you will get a live demo of the HuddleCam Air in action. The HuddleCam Air camera will set up at the booth and the receiver will taken up on stage to show zero latency 1080p video on screen. The distance between the booth and the stage will be approximately 50-75 feet with interference. The HuddleCam Air is built to accept interference even from the barrage of other WiFi networks.
If you can make it to one of our innovation showcase events please do. You can also schedule a meeting here for InfoComm 2015!
Dare to Compare, Cisco vs HuddleCamHD
These video conferencing camera images were all shot identically in a single session. This comparison shows the difference in video quality of the HuddleCamHD line and the top of the line Cisco Precision HD 12X.
Same exact lighting condition.
Same exact mounting position.
Factory default camera settings – all.
Home camera position (for both wide shots).
Full tele zoom (for tele shot).
Cisco Precision Test Shots
HuddleCamHD 10X Test Shots
HuddleCamHD 12X Test Shots
HuddleCamHD 18X Test Shots
HuddleCamHD 20X Test Shots
HuddleCamHD 3X Wide Test Shots
Introducing the HuddleCamHD USB Pan Tilt Zoom Camera Line. With 6 USB PTZ Camera to choose from HuddleCamHD aims to provide high quality USB video conferencing solutions that can fit within any budget. Starting with the HuddleCamHD 3X at only $399. This camera provides a powerful 3X Optical Zoom, 1080p High Definition Video and up to 64 presets. Check out the new HuddleCamHD 3X Wide, to capture everyone in your conference room using a REAL SONY lens with a super wide 90 degree field of view. The HuddleCamHD 3X Wide, 10X, 20X, 30X & Air Models are all USB 3.0 which is up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. You will notice the difference right away! Check out the HuddleCamHD Air which is the first USB PTZ camera with Wireless USB functionality. Finally a camera that works with both new age Online Meeting Software and Traditional Video Conferencing COdecs. To learn more visit www.HuddleCamHD.com and flip through our catalog. Or call 1-800-486-5276
Testing out the cameras and we found that they works with google hangouts! Confirmed! It works great! Looks pretty good. Not as good as MS Lync, Cisco Jabber or Zoom.US but it’s a quality image with sharp focus.