Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ustream Collaborates with Verizon

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Here at Ustream, we take pride in having the best streaming experience from mobile devices. Whether you’re capturing your child’s soccer game or breaking news, we make sure your special moments can be shared with friends and family across the globe.

That’s why we’re excited today to announce that we’ve collaborated with Verizon Wireless, America’s Largest and Most Reliable Wireless Network, to bring new features to our Android users. Verizon Wireless subscribers with participating Android devices will get their own Verizon channel with some great new features:  Continue reading

Your Android Device Just Got Even More Powerful

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At Ustream, we’re laser-focused on providing the best experience for our users. Mobile broadcasters are increasingly growing by the numbers, and today, we’ve released a major update to the Android user app.

What’s new for the global users?

  • Users can now manage their own recorded videos (edit title, edit description, edit privacy, play, delete, share)
  • They can also  title their broadcasts (as long as the channel is live)
  • Additionally — and most notably — users can broadcast in “high quality” (640×360, active by default) and “HD” (1280×720) on enabled devices

You may have noticed that we’ve also just partnered with Verizon Wireless Continue reading

WE WON an AWWWard!

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We’re proud to announce that Ustream’s Annual Report of 2013 has been selected as the Site of the Day by the Awwwards.com jury.

But, what is Awwwards exactly, and why do we care about winning this award?

“The awards recognize the talent and effort of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world. Their mission is to discover, recognize, and promote these talents and their efforts of creating a unique digital experiences that are useful, innovative, intuitive, and beautiful.” Continue reading

What the Heck is Hackathon?

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Did you know that Facebook’s Like button was conceived as part of a hackathon? Or that Twitter and GroupMe both originated in hackathons? Yes, many great companies and ideas have been born on through these special events, and I’m proud to introduce that Ustream hosting our first internal hackathon this week.

But what the heck is a hackathon exactly and why is it important for companies?

Well, it can take many forms, but in a nutshell, Continue reading

Ukrainian citizen journalists spur launch of Ustream for Change

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Seven years ago, we started this company with a simple idea: a mission to bring live broadcasting to anyone in the world. Over the years, we’ve seen users from all walks of life taking to our technology, largely because of the power of live, social video. I can proudly say that we have fulfilled this mission; in fact, we had our best year as a company in 2013 and we’re excited for the road ahead.

We have now embraced a much larger mission. Continue reading

Tackling Top Issues (Part 4): Audio and Syncing Issues

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Today’s Tuesday Tips post is part four of the five-part series, which will focus on how to tackle some of the most common issues our broadcasters face. Kayla D’Alonzo, one of our Customer Success reps, will be sharing advice over the next few weeks, starting with audio and syncing issues. 

                                             Hello Audio, Are You There?

Audio can be a bit tricky sometimes, but it is the feature that makes your stream come alive and captures the perfect sound for your broadcast. You can capture your audio either from your built-in computer microphone, camera, mobile device, or an external microphone that runs through an audio mixer into your computer. But, when you notice something strange going on with your audio not matching up with the image, take a step back.

In Part One of the series, I highly recommend that for every broadcast there should be a test. Make sure your broadcast settings match up with your audio and camera. Record your test and play back to see if your audio is in sync or out of sync. When the audio is connected into the computer make sure you see levels moving up and down from your mixer and encoder (i.e., Ustream Producer, FMLE, and/or Wirecast).  Questions to ask yourself; broadcast settings match up? Is your encoder settings selected at H.264? Do you see levels coming from the audio mixer and encoder? For more information on the correct settings, check out our knowledge base article – Please use H.264 Encoding Instead of x.264 in Wirecast and Producer 5

Set up an audio sync delay for your broadcast. This allows for you to set up in milliseconds of how much delay you want to add to the audio signal. Ustream Producer offers this feature that is built into the encoder. Check out our Audio knowledge base article - Audio. This article shows you how to set up your audio sync delay and other important audio feature to be aware of.

Most of all, test, test, test, before every broadcast! We don’t want you to run into any problems during your broadcast :-)

Happy streaming and have fun!

Check Out OKC’s First Pip

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Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Click, the broadcaster behind Alessondra’s OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam. 

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What the heck is a “pip”? And is there really such a thing as a “pip-squeak”? You’d know if you were a regular viewer of Alessondra’s Great Horned Owl Cam. We’re having a ball, or an egg (3 of them this year), in our third year live-streaming on Ustream. Alessondra is our 8 year old homeschooled daughter who discovered a family of Great Horned Owls who regularly perched on her bedroom window planter box. As homeschooling parents who try to leverage every life experience as a learning opportunity, we set up the cam so that Alessondra could have a bird’s eye view of the process from another computer downstairs, and Ustream made this possible. Continue reading

Tackling Top Issues (Part 3): Broadcast Delays from shooting to stream

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Today’s Tuesday Tips post is part three of the five-part series, which will focus on how to tackle some of the most common issues our broadcasters face. Kayla D’Alonzo, one of our Customer Success reps, will be sharing advice over the next few weeks, starting with broadcast delays from shooting to stream. 

3, 2, 1, Start Broadcast! Now what? 

With any broadcast, especially in television, there is always a delay! When you broadcast live and notice a 30+ second delay there are multiple hops that are involved to make your broadcast hit the player on Ustream. To have a better understanding, I have created a chart below to explain the process it takes to make your broadcast happen on Ustream’s platform.

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Have fun and happy streaming! Next week, I’ll deep dive into audio and syncing issues.

Tackling Top Issues (Part 2): Battling With Bandwidth

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Today’s Tuesday Tips post is part two of the five-part series, which will focus on how to tackle some of the most common issues our broadcasters face. Kayla D’Alonzo, one of our Customer Success reps, will be sharing advice over the next five weeks, starting with buffering issues within stream and how to avoid it.

Battling With Bandwidth

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   When it comes to broadcasting to your Ustream channel page, the most important thing you should always have is a reliable Internet connection. Continue reading