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July 8, 2020 SpectrumVideo

Creating Error Free, Smooth Webcast Streams

Virtual concerts and corporate virtual meetings are a new trend around the world. We recently produced a virtual concert for The Chacons, a brother and sister duo based in Arizona.

At Spectrum Video, we noticed virtual concerts and even television networks haven’t mastered creating an error free, smooth streamed broadcast.

Everyone is using Zoom and Skype to broadcast from home and beyond. Viewers can notice the quality of a bad stream. This can happen in virtual meetings and television programs. Video and audio seem to often cut out, which can be very distracting.

Viewers tend to get  disappointed because poor quality of the broadcast or virtual event can ruin the entire message.

Intermittent technical issues with webcast streaming is very distracting.

These issues can be mitigated with the right equipment.

To create an error free, smooth virtual concert for The Chacons, the LiveU Solo SDI/ HDMI video recorder was the best choice for Spectrum Video & Film. This device is a plug-and-play, end-to-end live video streaming solution that keeps more viewers engaged with a reliable stream. This device helps decrease the intermittent issues viewers see on virtual webcasts on Zoom, Skype, etc. This device incorporates a very unique transmission method LRT (LiveU Reliable Transport) which guarantees consistent and high-quality live streaming.

This live streaming solution supports a one-touch integration with many popular social media sites.

The Spectrum team also set up a three-camera production for the duo, including a Tricaster mini switcher. One camera was placed on a Rhino slider with a pan head, which provided a left to right pan while they were jamming.

A Chauvet Pro controlled lighting board was used to give some colored lighting effects, which included moving lights above.

One camera operator was designated for panning, zooming and tilting during the virtual concert.

We also shot pre-produced interviews for the artists which gave us time to change the look and feel of the set during video playback.

We also placed a hazer in the corner to create a different set look.

In addition, during the virtual concert, the artists could interact with viewers through chat with a laptop positioned for them to see as the concert was streamed on Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube.

Special thanks to The Chacons for the great musical performance. And, a shout out to the Spectrum team for handling the 20 plus creative positions with just a four-person crew, and two very fun days!

  Article by Trey Brown of Spectrum Video & Film. Spectrum Video & Film is a professional video production company in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. Spectrum specializes in virtual meetings; corporate, commercial and online social media videos; as well as projection, lighting and sound. To find out more about how we can help with your next meeting, video or event, visit us at spectrumvideoandfilm.com.

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