All posts by Brad Hunstable, CEO and Founder

Plastic Action Figure Caught Painting a Portrait of Squirrel

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Its well known that artists have it rough. No glamour until death, little work, and the stress of getting paid for being creative boring down on them at all times. Its only the few who are unique and catch the media’s attention that are successful.

Meet Davinci. Davinci is a plastic action figure. His arms can’t move, he has no internal organs, and his paint isn’t even real. Yet still, through pure dedication and passion,  he has been able to overcome adversity. Divinci runs a high class portrait service for squirrels right from a strangers back patio. Pictured below is Davinci painting yet another happy customer.

Best of all, Davinci broadcasts on Ustream for the world to watch.

If you think you’ve captured a better Ustream moment – link to it in the comments. The best one will be announced tomorrow!

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The Davinci/Squirrel Cam


CBSNews.com Partners with Ustream!

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Today we are announcing the CBSNews.com channel on Ustream, which
features breaking news coverage several times everyday– presidential
press conferences, Congressional hearings, and online-only content and
on-air programs such as the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. We’re
excited about delivering this live breaking news.

Check out the CBSNews.com channel on Ustream at
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cbs-news

The Fresh New Ustream

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We’re thrilled to unveil some big changes on Ustream! With months in the making and informed primarily by our community’s feedback, we are sharing these changes with you. Aimed at increasing the ability to discover content, improving interaction in chat and social networks, and enabling broadcast highlights, we view these changes as the foundation for new improvements to come.

We’re excited about our new design and functionality, and look forward to your valuable feedback. (Click here to see what one of our users, Chris Pirillo, had to say about our changes.) Thank you to our community that has helped us become home to some of the richest and best live content on the web since our launch in March 2007!

Here’s a short summary of a few of our new changes.

Discovering content

Aggregating an audience quickly is important for live broadcasts. To solve this we’ve integrated features that alert audiences, allowing broadcasts to amass viewers quickly and easily.

• Similar to status updates on Twitter or Facebook, broadcasters can update their Ustream status when they go live. By answering the question “What are you broadcasting?” users will be able to easily and quickly let others know what they’re streaming. These updates appear throughout Ustream and can be sent to Twitter to reach friends and followers. (For example: If you set your status update to “Showing off my new puppies!”, viewers searching for puppies will quickly find you).

• We have added categories to the Ustream header. This allows viewers looking for specific content, such as music streams, to find relevant broadcasts with one click. Each broadcaster has the power to choose the category that best fits his or her live broadcast. This provides viewers with an easier way to find content at a glance within these category buckets.

• For the first time, we’ve implemented the ability to create highlights from recorded videos. This allows viewers or broadcasters to quickly and easily identify interesting moments within recorded videos, title them, and then share them across Ustream and across their own network.

Audience Interaction

We’ve improved our chat, allowing for additional interactivity and simpler moderation.

• Broadcasters now have the ability to choose to use a social stream or chat to interact with audiences. We are launching a new feature — Social Stream — that allows broadcasters to interact with their friends and followers on Twitter in real time. Previously this was only available to users such as Ashton Kutcher, P Diddy, and Miley Cyrus.

• Follow people quickly – Simply click a username in the audience member list and click “Follow”. This allows for communities to grow quickly, friends to stay connected, and for two-way relationships to occur.

• Additional chat moderation tools, such as Time Out, Kick, or Ban, allow for greater control and more relevant dialogue.

• Our chat now has Slow Mode and Pause, which can slow temporarily pause the chat if messages are coming too fast.

We welcome your feedback! Enjoy the new Ustream!

Ustream partners with Katalyst Media

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Today, Ustream announces a partnership with Katalyst Media. Katalyst Media is an innovative media company founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg that produced MTV’s Punk’d, Beauty and the Geek, and the movie The Butterfly Effect to name a few.

We’re excited to be working with Ashton, Jason, and the Katalyst Team. We’re looking forward to both the journey as well as the common vision of bringing new media experiences to the web.

Ashton shares Twitter race win on Ustream

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Tonight, Friday April 17th, 2009 at approximately 10:45 pm PT Ashton turned on Ustream to mobilize his Twitter follower base as well as to share in both the race leading up to one million as well as the celebratory moment that followed. Many gathered to share the moment together.

In case you missed it, the recording is at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1394392

It showed that as moments happen in our lives that if we care to share, we now can. Thanks to Ashton for sharing the moment.

Congratulations to Ashton Kutcher for being the first person on Twitter to reach 1 million followers!

Ashton Kutcher wins Twitter race on Ustream

H.264 Available On Mac- Meet Wirecast!

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I’m glad to announce you can now get H.264 on a Mac and Ustream through Wirecast.  This is HUGE!

Wirecast is a live video production tool that allows Mac and PC users to create real-time or on-demand video broadcasts for the web.   You can do video switching, overlays, movies and text and really give your broadcast a professional look.   The great part about it is Ustream HD quality is built into the software for Mac AND PC.

For less than $500, Wirecast users can quickly and easily capture live events and create professional video webcasts on computers or laptops for real-time web distribution from any location.

Wirecast is useful for a broad range of users and business needs, including broadcasting of live press or sports events, entertainment, university lectures, live business presentations, marketing or training and more. Wirecast makes it easy for anyone to share live experiences and build a global community.

You can try Wirecast for free by downloading from the links below:
Buy Wirecast for Mac OS X
Buy Wirecast for Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Watershed adds Mobile

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Watershed now offers white-label, live mobile broadcasting applications under flexible pricing options. Now businesses can enable, live mobile broadcasting under their brand while minimizing typical capex or licensing fees by leveraging Watershed flexible pricing.

Watershed Mobile is:
1. Truly live – low-latency
2. Interactive – Yes/No polling and real-time chat
3. GPS enabled
4. Twitter enabled – leverage your following

Watershed also is noting recent customer to include Oracle, Duke University, Sun Microsystems, UC Berkeley, and Sling Media. Enterprises appreciate simple webcasts and simple pricing.

Watershed also is introducing monthly plans as an additional pricing option for those who have predictable usage and would like additional savings.

Watershed (http://watershed.ustream.tv)

Ustream + Tricaster = Sweet.

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We are pleased to announce you can stream directly to Ustream from the powerful Newtek Tricaster.

Tricaster

For those of you who don’t know what a Tricaster is, let’s just say it is the gold standard for high quality video production.  It allows you to add tons of elements to your live broadcast like lower thirds, movies, audio, intros, powerpoint, chroma key etc.

Now anyone can have a high quality broadcast like the professionals.  The Tricaster is very portable and great for on-site events.  If you already have a Tricaster, you can download the latest patch from Newtek’s website to get direct Ustream support.

The team from CBS Buzz Out Loud is using a Tricaster if you want a sample of the quality and power:

Adele, Big Lebowski, Pete Cashmore Kick Off Ustream Studio

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It was the place to be last night. I’m downtown in Austin for the world’s largest music festival, LIVE from the Ustream Studio at The Belmont. We have the coolest venue in Austin decked out with a live production studio, 2 stages, plasma TV’s everywhere, and lots of great food and drinks.

We kicked it off with panel discussions yesterday with Peter Himmelman, Mark Rizzn Hopkins, Lucas Hendrickson, Evan White and myself.

Adele started us out right also with some great music for the star-studded party. I hung out with everyone from Pete Cashmore, to Gary V and even Jeff Dowd the real “Big Lebowski”.

If you are in Austin, make sure to come by the Belmont each night – still to come many more BIG NAME artists.

Also watch us online at www.ustream.tv/studio

More action from the night- I’ll post more photos as they come in: