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Here is a quick glimpse at what I threw together for a 24/7 live stream. Using Wirecast, Desktop Presenter (a Wirecast-related program) and iTunes.
Wirecast handles the handoff from video to Justin.tv. If I had the horsepower, I can multicast this to Ustream, Youtube (if activated on your account for live streaming) and other providers as well, widening my spread.
I also added a “prerecorded” title over the video so people don’t think we’re really live and try to interact with us. (we promote the Tuesday live in the shows themselves).
In iTunes, I setup a playlist of the week’s content and set it to loop. Set the view for video to a separate window and make Desktop Presenter show that video window for a clean looking stream. ach video resets the position of the video window. Some are 720, 1080, or even SD depending on the project. So I had to move it to the left corner so it doesn’t shoot half the video off screen. Desktop Presenter simply compensates and processes whatever size that is.
Our first few days of testing on one 2007 era iMac running a 2 Ghz Core 2 Due CPU, it ran well enough, but a little low on the frame rate. After changing up to moving the iTunes and Desktop Presenter to what I think is a 2006 White iMac, it’s been smoother, but not perfect. If you have a pretty hefty computer, this is something you can do with ease on one machine as I attempted at first, but then you’re dedicating a more expensive piece of hardware to a 24/7 process. May be a hard pill to swallow.
We’ve had a crazy amount of viewers on the live stream, from 30-150 at a time. There were over 300 separate viewers from my first test. I’m hoping this is something to allow more people to stumble upon our shows since we’re getting a reaction already on the Justin.tv platform. My channel views have grown by thousands since I started this a week ago. All of this while the stream is still not quite as smooth as I would like it.
Want to see how this is doing? Check out the feed at live.sorgatronmedia.com
This year’s Chachi Plays for Kids moved to the welcome walls of the Toonseum, where Chachi did a marathon to raise money for the Toonseum and Father Ryan Arts Center to help arts programs for kids.
While Chachi setup his gaming along with Brother Matt, I setup the command center where I’d live for the next 24 hours.
The setup should look familiar. It’s the same thing I used last month in our inaugural pro wrestling filmings. The same switcher, audio mixer, and miniDV cam interfacing this all into the laptop.
The difference is that we’re using WireCast to stream out to Justin.tv instead of recording for a DVD. The live switcher in hardware gives one less thing to go wrong, relieving the laptop of some duties. We simply setup a graphic for the website and imploring for donations and streamed. The Datavideo was great for doing the minimal picture in picture duties I did last year and we didn’t experience a single crash.
The setup was great for the shots on the Gameplay and Chachi too. As you can see in the shot to the right, there was a nice couch to the setup. Perfect for determining the mics. Once on each end of the couch to get all of the cursing when Chachi was beating Ginny at Mario Kart. Mics and cameras were pretty much out of the crowd’s way as
end caps to the players. Which is nice, since there was a good crowd for Friday night of about 25 people.
Last year, we tried to stream the event. I initially had this idea to have some content rolling as we went, but the setup was so exhausting, we were lucky to have a live camera on Chachi the entire time. This year, the setup was a breeze. And we had a plan. Chachi and I came up with some questions, and we developed a bit of an exit interview, and were presented with their shirts for participating. It was like an assembly line of awesome. The questions were pretty basic. Stuff about art, going 24 hours, and the game they played with Chachi. We had some great moments from it. Everybody had some great things to say, and it gave a great reason to still be on the feed as Chachi took his in between breaks.
It’s always something, isn’t it. While the setup was flying, I found something…interesting. I had the Wirecast going, and brought a spare laptop to check on the feed going out and the chat room. Well, the video worked fine. Then I attempted to sign into Justin.tv. And my account was suspended? Not exactly. It seems, according to the wiki I was sent to, WAY at the bottom of the page, Justin.tv doesn’t like open proxies. I didn’t inquire, but I presume it had something to do with Toonseum’s internet setup. No problem. Just pulled out the iPhone and loaded the app off wifi to make sure things were good!
So another year. Things go so much better, it was an amazing experience. We’re already looking at making it even better next year.
Keep an eye on ChachiPlays.com for videos as I cobble them together out of 24 hours, and Unsung 21 for a small feature.