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Chad LaFarge
Hangout On Air Producer, Programmer, Realtor®
Hangout On Air Producer, Programmer, Realtor®

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Muahahahaha! I can now Broadcast a Live Hangout on Air from my mobile! The secret is to remove all settings for default apps and use Chrome... see instructions...

Hope this helps!

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Journalism 360 Challenge Information Session, LIVE
Tag your question with #journalism360

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Tonight's Live Stream Begins NOW
Once again, using Zoom to XSplit to YouTube Live. I'm planning to use Audio Levels to switch again but will test for the "Missing Participant" issue in Tech Check... Zoom's been very cooperative in at least discussing the issue.

I'll post here with updates after the event, as usual. Please feel free to share your thoughts here, vs. in comments, as we're watching for related questions on YouTube and I don't want technical points to muddy the waters there.

Wish me luck!

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Learn about NMMI ROTC Early Commissioning Program
Watch New Mexico Military Institute on YouTube Live NOW!
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Here's the recap of this Zoom -> XSplit -> YTL event

This time I used audio levels to trigger switching, as we continue to suffer the "Missing Participant" issue.

Refresher: If you have more than 4 (certainly if you have 7) Zoom participants, and manually switch between them, after 3 or 4 back-and-forths, there will be ONE participant that goes missing from the filmstrip. You must Page Up, Page Down, Page Up, Page Down, to get the list to refresh and display the missing person. This is not ideal when switching to a speaker with about 3/4 second notice ;).

One participant messed with his mic cable, causing some bad audio at a few points, and switching video to him twice for a moment, but aside from that, it went very smoothly. There were times when I thought the audio would certainly follow him but it didn't. Whew!

The connection on-site is far less than ideal. You can see the dramatic difference between the quality of the Lower Thirds and the video behind them. I believe they are sharing about 2Mbps Up. My encoder was on a connection with about 40Mbps Up.

I can't say how great this is: As the streamer, I can talk directly into the Zoom conference and they can hear me, but in XSplit I mute my mic, so YouTube does not hear me. It's a built-in IFB. As long as no-one has their playback on speakers, I'm a ghost whispering in their ear. It's SO much nicer than visually cueing, as many speakers just don't see or register a graphic change as well as they do hearing "[moderator] is live". You do have to prep your participants so that they don't react or respond to your voice. In our case, the one participant who I would have "whispered" to is the one who was pulled in at the last minute and didn't have a chance to Tech Check with the rest.

Live Streaming Curriculum
In a bit of personal news, last week I was elected to my local Columbia Access TV Board of Directors... a development that positions me to add to the services that CAT offers. I'd love to introduce Live Streaming Training, which will require me to develop a curriculum. The current course offerings are Studio, Field Kit and Post Production with Final Cut.

What, in your opinion, is an important topic to address? I do, of course, have my own thoughts, but I want to weight my topics against yours in the hopes of creating a very useful curriculum, which I, naturally, will post here, as well.

Also, has anyone else here found themselves in such a role, and if so, do you have any advice to maximize my impact?

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Always interesting and educational... can't wait to learn something new here...
Hangout with VR Creators
Join immersive Journalists from around the world as they share "Lessons Learned in 360" . Watch live or later here: 

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Second Effort in this Method
So... this is the second event I've done in this way... using +Zoom to switch between speakers' video and +XSplit Broadcaster to switch between title, intro bumper, speakers and closing logo.

The issue I've faced in both is that, having more than 4 participants, you can only see 4 thumbnails at a time. You can scroll to the second page, but ONE participant will be on neither the current, nor the next page of thumbs... you have to come back to a refreshed first page of thumbs to see the "odd thumbnail out". Zoom was generous in their offer to get together 7 people to demo the issue, but I didn't have time to jump in and do it. For that reason, there are times when I stay on the wrong participant for an inordinate amount of time.

Overall, I like the final product better than those of the past, but I really need to get this thumbnail issue resolved.

Anyone have any thoughts, opinion on the new method?

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Hangout with Nonny, the Godmother if VR, is LIVE

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Conversations with Camden
Just a heads-up that I've driving a live event tonight for +Camden Military Academy

It's new for me because it's the first effort using for video capture. Please feel free to make your observations, as I imagine there's enough skill in this community to give me some good tips :).

It's just under an hour away: 7PM EST, 6PM CST. You west-coasters can do your own math ;)
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