Category Archives: Ustream

Mason Meets Jody – And We Saw It LIVE

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mason.jpgTonight I watched two of our popular Ustreamers Mason ( and Jody Gnant ( meet face to face for the first time.

It was a powerful moment for me personally because I witnessed two people’s lives coming together because of the medium we created. I also got to hear some of Jody’s music, which sounded great.

As the Ustream Community continues to grow, I hope more people meet, more people stream and more people put shoes on their head.

Don’t forget to support the Ustream Community – Make sure you buy Jody’s CD when it comes out!


How To Stream A Conference In 2 Minutes- Easy!

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Senator Hillary Clinton LIVE on Ustream We get asked often what is the best way to stream conferences, conventions, tradeshows and events. So we thought we would throw some ideas out to the community for discussion (hopefully some smarter people than me add their 2 cents as well!). With a few key purchases you can be up and running in about 2 minutes.

There are several ways to do this effectively, including using just a regular video camera (DV to firewire or USB). However, many conferences already have professional videographers present at the event who handle camera switching, powerpoint feeds, and videos.

So why not just use their video and audio feeds?

My personal preference is to use a Mac to accomplish this as Firewire tends to handle video better than USB resulting in a smoother stream.

I recommend using the Datavideo DAC-100 DV Converter.20691011.JPG This great piece of hardware runs about $99 (in fact I know of places where you can rent it for around $20/day). The DAC-100 is a Firewire device thats able to take full frame PAL or NTSC analog video and convert it into digital video at 25Mbps (DV25), and back again, all in real time, complete with 12 or 16bit audio. Bottomline: it allows you to pull the video feed from the professional videographers on site. Adobe Flash and the Ustream Broadcast Panel is then able to detect the device as DV Video (Located under the advance settings tab). Most videographers should be able to easily give you a RCA video out that plugs into the DAC-100. For PC’s, I know many people are also using TV cards to convert the analog signal to digital using USB Video drivers that are detectable by Flash (many people use the Osprey Video capture card). So certainly it is possible as well with a PC.

Video setup time equals about 1 min.

arx-mini350.jpgThere are several ways you can get a quality audio feed directly from a sound board or malt box (ie for press, etc) at the conference. Depending on the sound board and a simple trip to Radio Shack, you can convert the feeds down to a 1/8″ stereo input. This feed then goes directly into the line in on the Mac or PC. You can adjust the feed volume from both the sound board or the Ustream Broadcast Panel.

Audio setup time equals about 1 min.

Total setup time equals 2 minutes!

There are a million ways to skin a cat, but this solution takes me about 2 minutes to setup (although I strongly recommend you give yourself more time than that!).

Also, for any help I encourage you to ask our Ustream community from our message board located here USTREAM MESSAGE BOARD! >>

I know the Ustream community has some serious video experts out there, so please feel free to add your thoughts!

Under the Radar Conference

Shoe On Your Head- Ustream.TV Rite of Passage

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l_04cf37f41412d1e69a1abdbfe00c928f.jpgOvertime, it is not uncommon for groups, organizations, companies, cultures or peoples
to develop tradition or rites of passage. In my opinion, tradition is something special that in today’s rapidly changing society we see less and less of.

I’m not real sure how it happened (I think Chris Pirillo was the first?), but the ultimate Ustream community test to prove your LIVE is to place a shoe on your head.

So when I saw this picture of Bluefox I couldn’t help but think one thing, “Incredible.”

The next time someone asks you to put a shoe on your head, remember, it’s tradition.


New Ustream T-shirts Available Now!

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tshirt.jpgWell we weren’t very happy with the T-shirts, so we switched to

The Zazzle T-shirt quality is AMAZING. They have special technology that prints our logos on the shirts and you can’t even feel the printing. It is actually quite incredible.

Colors available are Navy Blue, Red, Black, Green, and Grey.

Get yours today!!

To purchase your Ustream.TV “i got a stream” T-shirt, please visit:

Ever see those late-night infomercials on getting Government Money?

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lesko.jpgGrowing up, I saw Matthew Lesko on TV from time-to-time, but only recently did I have a chance to connect with the man behind the “question mark suit.” Mr. Lesko reached out to Ustream.TV in hopes of finding support for his passion. I offered my help to him with both a sense of familiarity (from all those late-night infomercials) and a sense of discovery (who is he really?).

Mr. Lesko camped out for 72-hours in front of the Nation’s Capital to teach Americans about available resources. Mr. Lesko says hundreds of millions of uncommitted Government program dollars are available each fiscal year. “That’s opportunity that goes wasted and that really inspires me to inform Americans,” says Mr. Lesko with the passion that sustains him in his mission.

So I asked him, “Why Ustream? Why broadcast this LIVE to the entire world?” I wanted to make a point to Mr. Lesko that the power of Ustream is LIVE and it’s GLOBAL. It’s the ultimate access and discovery tool – it breaks down the barriers between reality and production media – the ultimate truth, raw and uncensored, gets lesko1.jpgconveyed. People that like being ‘photoshoped’ need to be wary of the power of Ustream. Mr. Lesko responded that he welcomed that and that he has been searching for a better way to connect with his passion. I quickly realized that what he meant was that his passion was people. It seems that while I was trying to make a point, he did.

As I watched his channel, a small business owner from Lousiana came into the chat room to thank Mr. Lesko personally. Apparently, the small business owner used Mr. Lesko’s book to get out of financial hardship. He repeatedly thanked Mr. Lesko. The small business owner was struggling, his family was falling apart because of financial pressures, and thanks to a Government program…he found the assistance he needed to get back on a better track.

It seems, if one person is touched – it’s truly worth it. I admire Mr. Lesko because, like me, he’s a man taking risk on behalf of a better vision.

For more information on Matthew Lesko, please visit

John Ham
Founder, Ustream.TV

iSoccer- Live Soccer Game On Ustream.TV

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soccer.jpgAs a big soccer enthusiast, I was glad to watch this past weekend a great soccer game on Ustream.TV. The game was between the Cleveland City Stars at Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League ( Just another great example of people bringing great content to the world that is too expensive for mainstream media to cover. Thanks for the great game and hopefully we’ll see more!soccer1.jpg

Ustream.TV Featured in PC Magazine – Editor’s Choice

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PC Magazine this week featured Ustream.TV as their Editor’s Choice. We think its a great review and a testament to all the help and advice from the Ustream Community! Thank You!

“ makes it so easy to broadcast live video, it’s only a matter of
time before everyone’s doing it.

This free service lets anyone with a notebook, webcam, and an Internet
connection broadcast live, real-time video from just about anywhere. It’s
amazingly practical, more than a little fun, and quite possibly a revolution
in broadcasting.

I can think of countless applications for this service. You could conduct
live interviews at trade shows or other venues. You could broadcast a
wedding or school play for friends or family who can’t attend (though,
again, the video quality is a little iffy for large-scale events). You could
even share a breaking news event with the world. Ustream turns your notebook
PC into a mobile TV studio, able to broadcast to tens of thousands of
simultaneous viewers.”

To see the full article please visit PC Mag:,1759,2167967,00.asp

Birth 2.0 – Another Ustream First

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baby.jpgBack in April, I had the honor of witnessing the birth of my new son Hayden. As a founder of Ustream, I naturally thought a great idea would be to stream the birth LIVE on our new platform (and no I did not plan on “showing” anything). However, this plan was quickly shot down by my lovely (and smarter) significant other. I told her we would save it for our next child at which she just laughed.

Well, someone beat me to it. This Ustream first now (atleast to my knowledge) goes to Elle Marie Saarinen, our very own honorary Ustream baby.

See clips here >> (all “clean” to my knowledge”)

Here’s a interesting take on this story:
Childbirth 2.0: Have Blackberry, Will Twitter

What will you Ustream?


WebCamMax Launches New Version, New Look, New Functions

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WebCamMax has recently announced the release of their new version This new release includes the ability to have two seperate video feeds in a picture in picture and the ability to add a draw capability on top of the screen. The new version also includes a improved UI, however they do not offer a Mac solution. For Macs, we still recommend Camtwist by Steve Green. Although still not as good as Camtwist, WebCamMax is still the best we have seen for the PC.

For a full list of the new WebCamMax functions

CLICK HERE>>webcamamx1.jpg

With WebCamMax you can:
Enable PinP, Dual Camera, Play List, Free Paint, Photo Slides and Skin Changing. Mask moves with your head. Customize effects. Modify effects by mouse. More than 1800 free effects online. Video Recorder, Snap. Share webcam in 16 programs.

Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32bit OS.

Version: WebcamMax

Price: $29.95, Free to Try

You can also download a full effects package (there are tons!) here: