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Andrey Tochilin
Works at 500px.com, the World's Best Photography
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Cool. I got a Fitbit One a couple of months ago and really like it.
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Thank you, +Tom Merritt. You are an amazing technology journalist. You helped me to find what I love and to make my life better. I'm proud to support you.
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First hangout with +500px support team. Please take a look and let me know what you think. The plan is to have a Google+ Hangout for each 500px team every month, as well as dedicated Hangouts for each significant product release. Thank you +Roman Kruglov, +RC Concepcion and everybody else for your questions and time.
 
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It was our first G+ hangout with some of the  #500px  product managers. More of them are coming soon. Feel free to ask us any question.
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Tom, we're with you!
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Thanks so much!  That other "show" really misses you - let's face it - it sucked. I'm telling my friends all about this..
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Do you use +Fitbit? Let's compete! Add me http://www.fitbit.com/user/2CXH79 
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Watching LIVE now.
 
+Scott Johnson joins me to chat about the latest NSA revealtions, the ultra-secure new Blackphone, and whether encryption and security have gone mainstream.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Tom Merritt. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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This year we'll be doing lots +500px Hangouts on Air. The first one was yesterday, two more are coming next week, and many more after. I'm looking for the best practices now. What are the best format, technical details, logistics, etc. This article is great. Let me know of you can share more information on this matter. Thank you!
 
Tips and Tricks for Hangouts on Air

+Felicia Day just asked for some advice on running Hangouts on Air and I jumped in with some suggestions. But now I'm thinking I'll just make a public post, to let more people see the suggestions.

In case you weren't aware, Hangouts on Air are like regular Hangouts, but any number of people can view the Hangout as a live broadcast. It essentially emulates a television station. Right now access to this feature is in a limited beta, and I have no idea how to get access to it.


Gear
- The quality of the video camera and microphone matter a lot. Get a good webcam like a Logitech 910C and a headset microphone. Don't settle for crappy embedded webcams.

- You want to run your hangout on the fastest computer you have at your disposal. That will make the video as smooth as possible.

- Every participate should use a wired line (not wireless) to maximize your upload speed.

- Everyone needs to wear headphones or earbuds to reduce echo. No exceptions.

- You want to avoid backlighting, which will make a person dark in the video. Don't have a bright window behind your back. Get some kind of light pointing at you.

- Try to have an interesting background behind you. A plain white wall is really boring. But a big living room can look really great.

Initial Preparations
- If you're going to have a lot of people participating, start the Hangout early to get everyone in and settled, with the right devices, etc. Remember that the Hangout is secret until you actually hit broadcast.

- You can only invite people in your circles into the Hangout, so make sure you have all the people you want in a circle beforehand. It's very difficult to invite people specifically if you don't have them in circles.

- You can't invite the "Public" into a Hangout on Air. If you do need to do that, you can always copy-paste the URL to the chat, so people can join it directly.

- Minimize the amount of programs running on your computer. You might want to screenshare various parts of your computer during the Hangout, so make sure you're not going to be broadcasting anything private. Strip down your browser toolbars, turn off chat programs, etc. Autohide your dock/start menu so people don't see it if you need to screenshare.

- Think about copyright/intellectual property before you start streaming. Make sure you own the rights to anything you broadcast, or there'll be hell to pay, with angry lawyers.

- You can join a Hangout twice from two different devices. This will let you put up screenshots, videos, etc in another pane.

- Queue up all your other methods of promoting the Hangout, like Twitter, Facebook, etc. When you go live, you'll be able to copy-paste the URL and multiply the number of viewers.

- To maximize the viewership, try to stick to a regular schedule. We record Mondays at 2000 GMT and Thursdays at 1800 GMT.

- Create an intro screen graphic beforehand that introduces the Hangout. You'll run this in your hangout for the first 5 minutes before you actually get started.

Running the Hangout
- The Hangout doesn't go public until you actually click "Start Broadcast". Your YouTube recording starts after that point too.

- When you do hit broadcast, the Hangout will appear in your stream, so you'll want people to link directly to the post that contains the Hangout. That way you can get people to post comments, give feedback, etc. You want to corral people into this single location.

- You can get the permalink to the Hangout by right-clicking on the timestamp of the post that contains the Hangout.

- For the first 5 minutes of your Hangout, run a graphic that explains that the Hangout is about to start. Get all of the participants to mute their audio/video so it's all black screens. You can't talk to each other, but you can coordinate through chat. This will give your audience a few minutes to join in, and settle down. It also gives you time to Tweet, FB share and embed your Hangout in all your websites.

- You can get the embed code for the video in the upper right-hand corner of the window. You can put that into websites.

- Your live video will also be broadcast over on YouTube. People will be making comments over there, so make sure you watch for comments on both Google+ and YouTube.

- People find typing and background noises really frustrating, so encourage people to mute their microphones when they're not talking

- You're the director. This means that you can override the camera switching that Google normally does. If you click on a person's pane and make them the focus, the viewers will see that too. But you can also just let the Hangout handle the switching on its own. Just don't forget to click the focus off again.

- It's okay to be casual and make mistakes. Viewers appreciate that it's real and they're not seeing some overly slick production. But try to create the highest production quality you can.

- During the course of the Hangout, you'll see the total number of viewers listed in the upper right-hand corner of the Hangout. Yay!

- If you want to let the public into your Hangout and join the broadcast, you can post a link to the Hangout into the comments. Anyone who clicks that link will appear in the Hangout. Once publicized, though, it can never be un-publicized. You're stuck with anyone who jumps into your public show.

Afterwards
- The output video dropped into your Youtube account is pretty low quality, so you'll want another way of recording it if the quality is an issue (something like Screenflow).

- That output video is set to public by default. It's also embedded into the original post on Google+ where you hosted the live show. And there's no way to remove it, without deleting the whole post.

- The trimming tools on Youtube take 6+ hours to render, so it's better to just post the whole hangout if you're happy with the quality and didn't say anything embarrassing in the beginning. You'll want to practice minimizing the initial preparations, so you don't need to even trim it.

- Make sure you embed the output video somewhere accessible after the fact. We find we get about 20x the viewership afterwords than what happened live. People will expect to be able to see what happened in the hangout.

P.S. Make sure you have verified your YouTube account. You want to make sure your account can handle videos longer than 15 minutes, otherwise, your Hangout won't get saved.
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Great advice! I can't think of too much to add to that.

The point of having everyone meet before to make sure everyone has their gear in order is a big one. We always meet with guests the day before so if they need to run out and pick up new hardware, they have time to do that.

Also, the point about being hardwired to your internet is important. We had one host who always tried to go wireless and ended up running a 50foot cable though his house to make a better connection LOL. 

Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to seeing more 500px hangouts in the future. 
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Amazing time-lapse cinematography. Watch it!
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Originally from Minsk, Belarus. Now living in Toronto, Canada.

Most of my professional background is in media production, marketing communications and PR. I started at age of 18 while volunteering at one of newspapers in Belarus. By 22 became the youngest PR manager of Volkswagen in the country.

Worked for different clients, agencies and media outlets. In 2005 moved to Canada and dived into amazing world of web 2.0. In 2007 joined a team of Canadian startup wildapricot.com. Three years after started looking for changes and left the company to persuade my dream of DSLR cinematography. In 2011 joined my good friends Oleg Gutsol and Evgeny Tchebotarev to create 500px.com

Early 2014 joined fitbit.com as a Sr. Product Manager. Freaking exited about it. 

Please feel free to contact with any questions at any time. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Economics, 1996 - 2001
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