The availability of low-cost broadcast equipment and online streaming services has opened the door to practically any organization wishing to produce live content.
In the quest to minimize production budgets whilst maintaining production quality I will discuss one approach to webcast an event wherein one person wears the hats of many; namely 2 (or more) cameramen, the technical director, the sound engineer, and the encoding engineer.
Thirdly, the layout must be ergonomically efficient to allow one person access to all of the controls.
Family has a restaurant with with an extra dining room that cannot SEE our live music being performed in the main dining room.
They want to put an LCD display on the wall, point a camera at the bands, and have it display on the TV so that diners can watch.
What is the best way to do this without dedicating an entire computer? I presume you are using a USB webcam, so that won't work, you need a camera with a video output not USB, otherwise you'll need some sort of device (computer/tablet) to convert from USB to video (HDMI, composite etc).
Kulvir Bhogal shows you how to set up a live web camera feed with some free software.
Ustream Producer and Wirecast are video production programs that allow you to bring in multiple camera into your presentation, and also gives you the ability to switch back and forth between camera shots.
Also, because I am demonstrating how to set up a webcam that broadcasts over the internet, you will also need a web camera.
Your local electronics store probably has a number of these.
Mind you, this approach does not work for every situation but there are many events where this is totally feasible and opens the door to more business opportunities by keeping production costs to a minimum.
Let’s start by specifying the design requirements for this one-man webcast system. These days it is easy to acquire affordable cameras that shoot at 1080i and output either an HDMI or HD-SDI signal.