Live Stream – The Debrief

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It’s been two days since my first attempt at doing a Live Stream on my show entitled ‘Mindfulness vs CONrona’ – Round #1 the big fight LIVE!!

I was somewhat nervous before the transmission as it had been over 20 years since I worked in Television News Broadcasting.  However once I got started the nerves started to fade so I could concentrate on presenting and pushing the right software buttons and dials.

It was only after watching the show that I realised the limitations of using my wee laptop as the only video and audio feed.  For example when I tried to do the gentle movement exercises Live, on playback I could see the laptop was struggling to mix the audio channels from my music track with my built in microphone, so at times my voice was garbled.

Lesson learned, so to give a more professional, slick looking show next time, I’ll simply pre record the exercise sequence using cameras and wider angle lenses.  That way the viewers will be able to have a much better quality experience.

Also during the broadcast I realised that I was doing 5 or 6 things simultaneously – Presenting, Vision Mixing, Reading the Script, Answering comments, Monitoring what I had just said to make sure that it was at least in English, and editing parts of the script out in my head that were not absolutely necessary.

I also plan to go out and about, producing some content for the show with professional therapists / coaches and other film makers too.

Perhaps after 10 shows, life will start getting back to normal and the CONrona reality will be replaced by normal reality.  Watch this space!!

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Hello there!!

sorry it’s been probably months since my last post, however I finally get the time to write a new short blog.

Just when I thought I had explored most forms of Photography and Cinematography techniques, I am now experiencing the Joy of doing Live Broadcasting.

This all came about due to the current Global Lock down and it forced me into looking at instructing my classes online, in the same vain as my own university has moved my course to online teaching.

After spending a few hours researching, I became aware that there are numerous software packages out there for Webinars and Live Streaming.  I was understandably confused as I wasn’t sure exactly what the difference is between a Webinar and Live Streaming.

My understanding is that Webinars are like office meetings where the participants can interact on the same screen, where as Streaming is practical for reaching out to unlimited audiences.

I then narrowed down my search to Zoom or Ecamm Live Stream.  Being a film maker I naturally gravitated towards Streaming, especially as Ecamm is specific software for Apple Mac Computers.

As soon as I started using Ecamm I realised how user friendly it is, rather like Final Cut Pro X, in fact you could say it’s the FCPX of Live Streaming in it’s Powerful yet simple user interface.

The only technical hitch I’ve discovered is that I can’t use my Olympus Camera as a 2nd feed as I’m required to purchase additional hardware and leads which are not cheap, so I’m limited to using my laptop camera meantime.  If I had kept my Canon 7d, it would have plugged in to Ecamm with just a USB cable.

Now, back to the blog.  The first few broadcasts will be on the subject of using simple mindfulness techniques taken from the 2 year course I run in the class room.  However the show will also be taking an in-depth analysis of what is going on in the world from and Alternative News Broadcaster’s point of View.

I also hope in future to work with a Film Maker from Edinburgh who has shown an interest in helping me by providing mini news reports providing a variety of content.

Watch this space!……