With public events almost non-existent during the ongoing lockdown, many venues are turning to live-streaming to reach their audience. The benefits of this are that, not only can you still provide content and services for your usual patrons, but you can also grow your viewer base online.
For some, this could be as simple as a webcam or camcorder connected to a laptop and streamed directly to Facebook, YouTube, etc. While this is enough to get you online, the chances are that it won’t be enough to hold your audience’s attention.
A great way to create dynamic, live content that your audience can engage with, and that doesn’t require a whole production team, is to utilise a motorised Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera, such as the Datavideo PTC-140. A full HD, remote controllable camera that also has an audio input for a microphone and built-in streaming capabilities. Controlled via the RMC-180 remote control unit, you can smoothly position and frame your shot however you want. The RMC-180 will also allow you to save up to 4 camera positions, so you can move between them faster and with greater accuracy.
Taking this route will also allow for future expansion. More cameras means more angles and the RMC-180 can control up to 4 cameras at a time! Now, if you are considering a multi-camera set-up, there are a few more kit additions that will be necessary to complete the workflow...
Video mixers, such as the SE-500HD or SE-650 have many built-in production features that will allow you to bring video in from the cameras, as well as audio in from a microphone or audio mixer. You can then cut between the different camera angles, apply title effects and the audio over the video.
As you’ll now be working with multiple cameras and a video mixer, you won’t be able to stream directly from the camera anymore as your content is coming from the mixer. Datavideo’s NVS-34 takes the mixed (Program) video output and converts it to a signal that that can be streamed online. On top of that, it also has an SD memory card slot so you can record your production locally too. Going down this route means that you can grow and expand your production kit as you progress. When combined, everything mentioned above will allow you to produce rich, engaging content that’s similar to live productions you might have seen on TV and online.
However, if you feel that you want to jump right into a complete multi-camera production, then there is an all-in-one solution that you should definitely consider...
Datavideo’s HS-1600T, bundled with 3 x PTC-140T PTZ cameras, offers all of that in one neat package that will make setting up and going live super simple. Based around a clamshell design, the HS-1600T has a 17” LCD display built into the lid and the base is packed out with a built-in, 4-channel video mixer, PTZ controller and video encoder. All of which can be controlled by a single operator!
The HS-1600T powers, controls and takes video from the PTC-140s via a single (Cat6) ethernet cable, making set-up and break-down a short chore and as the mixer closes in on itself, carrying and storing are easy too.
So as you can see, Datavideo and Holdan can offer a scalable streaming and production solution to meet your requirements.