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

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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.

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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!

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Check Out OKC’s First Pip

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

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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.

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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

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Thanks 2013, Here’s to An Even Better 2014!

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2013 was a banner year for Ustream — so much so, that it took us until the last day of January to finish tallying! Here’s a sneak peek, but check out the full look-back HERE (you wont’t be disappointed!).

  • In 2013, we powered our 2 BILLIONTH hour, lifetime. That’s a ton of hours. (You may remember Brad’s post in October: We’re Two Billion Strong, Thanks to You!)
  • We used 2.1 petabytes of storage to record streams in 2013… Click HERE to see what Wikipedia has to say about “Petabyte.” (I needed the refresher)
  • The award for Most Broadcasts Per Capita went to… a twin-island nation between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Any guesses?

See if you’re right, and check out our full report here: http://www.ustream.tv/2013

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Tackling Top Issues (Part 1): Production Equipment Workflow

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Today’s Tuesday Tips post is the first of a 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 production equipment workflow.

Ustream is the easiest and most powerful platform to broadcast live – it’s as simple as setting up your account, connecting your camera and encoder, and pushing the “GO LIVE” button. Sometimes, however, broadcasters can hit a bump in the road before, during, or after their broadcast. We know at times it can be frustrating figuring out why your audio is out of sync or why your equipment is not working. Perhaps you are experiencing excessive buffering or your broadcast just isn’t showing up on mobile. Don’t worry, Ustreamers: we can help!

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Ukraine Streams by the Numbers

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Activity in Ukriane has continued to heighten, and we’re seeing many people turning to Ustream — broadcasters have taken to their cameras and mobile devices to show the world what’s taking place, while thousands of viewers are given the inside look.  Here a snapshot of what was streamed live yesterday:

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#EuroMajdan has been one of the most-viewed channels over the course of the last two months. In fact, it’s the top-viewed channel on Ustream at this very moment.

We’ve been crunching the numbers and wanted to share some stats:

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Put Yourself into the Director’s Chair with the New Ustream Producer 5

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The live video production market is rapidly evolving and broadcasters need responsive tools that can keep pace with the changing industry. Consumer needs are constantly shifting in terms of video-consumption, which presents some adoption challenges for broadcasters.

In response, Ustream has been working closely with Telestream to develop and deploy an industry-leading solution, to meet today’s video production demands and prepare for future needs.

Last week, Ustream released the newest version of Producer.

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