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5 Ways to Stream to YouTube Live

5 Ways to Stream to YouTube Live

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YouTube is so cool! You probably have heard YouTube Live is a absolutely free service anyone can use to broadcast live video around the world to 100's of thousands of people. The set up is very similar to YouTube itself and they have made the entire process dummy proof. With that being said there are at least 5 different streaming standards you can use and 1000's of hardware set ups you can use to maximize your live broadcasting capabilities. Today we are going to outline 5 ways to stream YouTube Live with PTZOptics cameras. PTZOptics cameras are affordable Pan Tilt Zoom camera with professional features such as camera presets, IP Streaming, USB 3.0. HDMI and HD-SDi.

  1. ​Using Google Hangouts on Air
  2. Using Flash Media Live Encoder
  3. Using Wirecast
  4. Using RTSP
  5. Using RTMP

Using Google Hangouts on Air

Google Hangouts on Air is the easiest way to quickly set up a live broadcast with the least amount of equipment or set up. So if the other solution look daunting don't worry the "Quick Setup" option using Google Hangouts on Air is going to be a breeze. Google has really knocked this one out of the park by combining Google Hangouts, which uses WebRTC technology to simply launch the application in a web browser. So there is no need to download any software and the set up is super fast. For the best performance we suggest using the Google Chrome Browser. 

The Google Hangouts on Air interface has some really great features you won't find in traditional streaming solutions like Wirecast and Flash Media Live Encoders. For example you can share you screen, multiple screens or a single application window. This is a great way to do live presentations. You can also invite up to 10 friends to join the conversation for live interviews and conversational recordings. Hangouts also offer a wide variety of other features which you can dig into with a regular Google Hangout call. The only feature you will not find in a regular Google Hangout is the Live Control Room which allows you to adjust video and audio settings for your live broadcast. 

Using Flash Media Live Encoder

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Integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars

Integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars

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So this has been a fun topic to work on because I searched and searched and there did not seem to be anyone who has gone over a solution for integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars. That being said there is no great integration but we have found a work around. There is a company called CloudPipes who is calculating demand for a direct plug-in style integration between Google Calendars and Skype for Business which would make things so much easier for everyone! Until that day we have a work around which you can use in a couple different ways to schedule your Skype for Business meeting with Google Calendars.  

The Problem

The problem is that Skype for Business is built around Microsoft Exchange and anyone looking to schedule their video meetings using Google Calendars will find it difficult to do so. There is no direct integration with Skype for Business and Google Calendars available (as of July 2015) and this makes it almost impossible to schedule a Skype for Business meeting if you don't have Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. Most people who do have Microsoft Exchange and Outlook can simply schedule a Skype for Business meeting right in Outlook. But since there is no plugin for Google Hangouts users are going to have to use our "work around".

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Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

When it comes to cable extensions, there's quite a few different manufacturers out there. But not all of them are capable of manufacturing high quality, cost efficient and reliable solutions for professional USB connectivity issues.

Icron Technologies has been providing USB cable extension solutions for quite a while now, providing reliability of the highest order with next to no losses in efficiency, making their cables a recommended choice for use in medical, scientific and industrial applications throughout the globe.

Let us simply compare two of their products, the USB 3.0 Spectra™ 3001-15 and the Spectra™ 3022.

Spectra™ 3001-15

It's a single port, 15 meter USB extension cable which capable of transmitting power of up to 900mA without the need of any additional power supply.

A common problem which consumers usually face when dealing with USB extension cables is the loss of power as cables are made relatively longer. Well, the Spectra™ 3001-15 comes with a secondary cable, capable of being connected to another port for any additional power which may be required for proper functioning of a USB device.

This doesn't only make sure that your current devices perform at their very best but also makes it possible to connect actual hardware, such as a portable hard drive which requires more power than simpler USB devices.

In terms of speed, there's virtually no loss of bandwidth while using Icar's extension cables. These cables are able to provide you with transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps, taking away any possibility of your cables becoming a bottleneck for your accessories.

There's no need to worry about a brand new USB 3.0 accessory not being able to function at its peak capabilities, the Spectra™ 3001-15 extension cable is sure to provide the best possible infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

Spectra™ 3022

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Review of Live Broadcasting Services

Review of Live Broadcasting Services

YouTube has recently entered the market of live streaming and online broadcasting, In addition to already being known as the most versatile online platform for streaming videos, YouTube is backed by its own infrastructure making it possible for them to offer all these services, completely free of charge, forcing other companies to think twice about their current price plans. In this article we are reviewing the top online live broadcasting services and the differences between these services. If your interested in using YouTube Live don't forget to check out our "Why YouTube LIve is BIG deal" post.

YouTube Live

Offering pretty much all the features which other services provide with no charges or obstructive advertisement is what YouTube does best. Where other companies would ask for money, YouTube has offered all of their services for completely free in an attempt to grow the Google network of services.

Let's simply take a look at the features that YouTube offers while comparing it to other services at the same time. However, before we begin, let's take a look at a common term in the market, "VH" or Viewer Hours, it's basically a number which denotes how many hours worth of bandwidth has been used and you'll see it used on nearly any premium streaming service.

Regardless of whether your viewers are watching your stream at HD or a lower quality, it counts towards the same number, 10 viewer hours can be anything from 10 viewers watching for an hour or 600 viewers watching for just a minute each.

LiveStream

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Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

So if you haven't heard SONY finally came out with a USB PTZ camera, the SRG-120DU! They have taken a long time since companies such as HuddleCamHD, InFocus, PTZOptics and Vaddio have been in the market. So will SONY make a BIG splash? 

I think so. We have a complete comparison here and even though there more affordable options (PTZOptics in particular) I think SONY's reach and huge distribution will make the SONY SRG120DU a success. Whether or not ProAV will favor a few of the cameras we have on our comparison list might be a different story.

In this blog post we are going to compare the SONY SRG-120DU in a review where we take the camera specifications with side by side features from PTZOptics and Vaddio's comparable models. PTZOptics 12X-USB and Vaddio's RoboShot 12X USB are strikingly similar when it comes to optical zoom (excatly the same) and the field of view which is 71, 72.5 and 73 degrees. In all honesty these are probably the same field of view just measured with a degree of error variance. I would guess SONY is the most strict with their measurements and therefore gave the SRG-120DU a 71 when Vaddio gave the RoboShot at 73. Since the SRG-120DU is still not out yet it's hard to say if the field of will be noticeably more narrow but I think this is a mute point for most consumers.

SONY SRG-120DU Market Comparison

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