A couple of weeks ago +Jack Rickard
wrote me an email, asking for my help with live broadcasting. (He also said that a show I did recently where we had no content due to technical problems as the best show yet...I hope he was joking).
Anyway, Jack, if you want to know how I do the +Transport Evolved Electric Car News
show, read on. I am glad to hear you've got a Mac Pro and wanted to tell me how wonderful it is. Sadly, I can't afford one, so my solution is probably a little more 'low tech' than the one you want to use.
At the moment, I use three discrete 'skype' machines, and one main studio machine, running Wirecast Pro, along with my cameras, microphones and mixing desk.
Audio comes in from each Skype guest via its own audio stream and into my Mixing Desk. Each guest is recorded separately in Logic Pro, so I can mix-down after the event in case of audio connection and other problems during the live show. This means I end up with a better quality recorded version for upload.
Video is grabbed from each individual machine via Wirecast's built-in 'Desktop Presenter". Wirecast does the live switching, streams a version to two different streaming providers, and records HD to my local hard drive.
A separate machine is used to bring in other images etc from the news stories, while opening and closing credits are pre-made in Motion.
As my studio itself is pretty small, I have to do all the video switching myself. I do that with a MIDI controller which lives out of camera. That's why it sometimes goes a little awry.
Yes, it's not the perfect solution. Not by a long shot. For that, you'll need a Tricaster, which I understand is five or even six figures to set up properly.
But I've built the setup over the past few years with blood, sweat and many, many tears. I know the show isn't to everyone's tastes. And Yes, we're building our show as best we can.
I hope this helps you in your endeavours. I don't use Google Hangouts for most things since frankly the audio and video quality isn't' good enough for most uses.
Thank you for emailing me. I hope you don't mind the public response to your email. But, since other people had asked, it makes sense.
P.S. You may want to rethink your email sending. The one you sent me came off as frankly rather rude.