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Google video conferencing user group. This includes ChromeBoxes, Google ChromeBox for Meetings and Android video conferencing.

Everyone's Doing it, Even Your Favorite Celebrities

Google Hangout and YouTube Live have become our celebrities go to for broadcasting their breaking news and debuting their new lines.

Conan O'Brien, a beloved late night American TV host and proud member of Google Hangout, has utilized his Google Hangout account to its full potential.With over 210,000,000 views to his account, Conan is demonstrating just how effective a google account can be as well as how many people you can reach.With a Google Hangout account you can employ YouTube Live and stream live video to millions of followers at once, gaining publicity and awareness for your cause.In Conan's case, he successfully used his account to promote his new show time and to interact over video chat with his audience allowing them to get to know more about Conan and his show. You can watch his debut YouTube Live video here. 

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How to record YouTube Live Streams

How to record YouTube Live Streams

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So this has been a popular question we wanted to answer with a couple of our favorite solutions. Like most audio visual related questions there is more than one answer to the question "How do I record my YouTube Live Stream?" Well, YouTube Live does have this feature built in which is super easy to use because it's automatic. But you may find yourself wanting to add additional functionality such as recording multiple audio sources which you can do with some hardware and software solutions available.  Were going to break this down into two main categories: Software and Hardware solutions.

Using YouTube Live Recording

One of the great things about YouTube Live is that your entire stream up to 8 hours will be recorded an placed into your YouTube Creator Studio. By default this video recording is set to public viewing rights. Since this is a live braodcast YouTube is assuming you also want to promote your video after your live stream and your YouTube Live page is then converted into a regular YouTube video which is available for replay. If you want the video to be set as private you can do that in your YouTube Account. When you are done with your Hangout on Air or YouTube Live stream you will see a message from YouTube Stating

A recording of the broadcast will now be uploaded to your YouTube channel and will automatically replace the live video players that were shared (that includes embedded videos). Please allow a few minutes for the upload and processing... You can view your recording in the your YouTube Video Manager,

YouTube Live
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Why YouTube Live is a BIG deal!

Why YouTube Live is a BIG deal!

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Today we are going to review the latest YouTube Live details including how to get setup with a simple webcam broadcast all the way up to a professional RTMP stream. Streaming to YouTube Live is easier than ever. In this review we take you through the entire YouTube Live and Google Hangouts on Air process from start to finish. This review talks about the major solutions step by step so you can get a visual on how all this works. YouTube LIVE is going to change the broadcasting landscape. Once again Google is going to be giving professional tools to the masses for free. Google Hangouts was the first rendition of free video services but now YouTube Live is going provide a combination of Google Hanouts and YouTube with all new professional options!

Simple Hangouts on Air

Hangouts on Air are basically live broadcast's in the Google Hangout suite. So once you have your YouTube Live Event scheduled and ready to broadcast you have the choice of a "Quick Set Up" which will launch the Hangout's on Air suite. This set up assumes you are going to be using a USB webcam and microphone connected to your computer like you would for a regular video conference call. We really like this set up because you gain all the Google Hangout functionality such as Screen Share. You also get a function called "Live Control Room" where you can tweak some of the settings for what will be shown on the YouTube side. 

So in a nut shell Google has combined Google Hangouts with YouTube in the most straight forward way you could imagine. Google Hangouts on Air uses the simplistic WebRTC video conferencing which simply opens in the web browser your using (Preferably Google Chrome). I think this is a genius way to get more people into live broadcasting and opening up the possibilities for small schools who might want to broadcast a play, bars who want to share a video stream of a live performance or churches who want to share the service. 

In the next section we are going to talk about using a USB video mixer and even a RTMP stream. These are preferable technology solutions because they will allow technicians to include multiple cameras and microphones from existing broadcast set ups. But it is amazing that Google has simplified the process of video broadcasting down to a USB webcam and microphone for the masses. As you can see from slide 3 above users can even use "Hangouts on Air" to broadcast directly from your smart phone!

Using a USB Video Mixer

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Top Video Conferencing Android Apps

Top Video Conferencing Android Apps

Top Video Conferencing Apps on Android Video conferencing is growing at a rapid pace and more than 200 million people use it as a tool for communication every day. Organizations are making VTC as their primary mode for communication and with the introduction of various business VTC platforms it has grown immensely. General public is already utilizing video conferencing or video calls for long distance communication. Since the introduction of smartphones, voice and video calls over the internet have increased by more than 500% and many developers have introduced their own video conferencing apps on both Android and iOS. Let's take a look at some of the most popular video conferencing apps on Android:

Lync 2013 (Skype for Business)

Professionals are already aware of Microsoft Lync because it is one of the most popular communication tool used in organizations. Microsoft has updated Lync to Skype for Business but its Android counterpart is still waiting for an update. Microsoft Lync is used by more than 80 million professionals in their offices. The Android version, Lync 2013 is gaining popularity but at the moment there are roughly 5 million users. Lync 2013 requires Lync server setup which is integrated with the Android app for use. Without Lync server, the Android app is useless for an average user because it requires credentials from in-house office setup to log-in.

It is an excellent tool for video conferencing since it is connected with your professional contacts and you can join any meeting while you are away on vacation. It allows instant messaging, video calls, voice calls, call forwarding from the enterprise number and enterprise grade security. 

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The Evolution of WebRTC

The Evolution of WebRTC

 WebRTC

WebRTC also known as Web Real-Time Communication is an API developed by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Google. It supports browser-to-browser applications such as voice-calling, video chat and Peer-to-Peer file sharing without any additional plugins. WebRTC is an open source project proposed by Google and is now supported by several other browsers. The API is still a work in progress but shows promise for the future.

The main purpose of WebRTC is to bring:

  • Real-time communications to the web
  • Build a state of the art media stack in browsers
  • Develope a new communications platform
  • Enable P2P file sharing
  • Provide a video conferencing solution that requires no download
  • Create a faster video and audio conferencing experience 

WebRTC is supported across many platforms and other browsers have joined in for support. Currently, the following platforms and browsers support WebRTC:

  • Chrome
  • Chrome for Android
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Native Java and Objective-C bindings
  • Canary
  • Nightly
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