Recommendations Based On Budget
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Platforms and Tools
Platform: Google Hangout
Free video conferencing tool allowing up to ten video and/or audio-only participants. Google Hangout allows you to integrate elements such as screen sharing or YouTube videos into your call.
Cost: Quote available upon request.
Virtual conferencing tool that integrates browser based video with legacy VTC equipment. Also, the webinar version integrates with Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Works well in low-bandwidth environments. Can connect through laptops, desktops, mobile devices, DVC systems, and even audio-only call-in option. Allows recording.
Contact Info: Richard Gatchalian: [email protected]
Free video conferencing tool allowing up to ten video participants, as well as screen sharing and audio-only participation.
Text Chat Widgets
Tool: Twitter Widget
Embeddable widget that shows live feed of a hashtag or handle.
Cost: Free to $249/month depending on user needs
Embeddable chat room with login access from Twitter, Facebook or as a guest.
Platform: YouTube Live
This platform integrates with your Google+ account and allows you to stream live programs to a global audience. All programs are recorded and stored automatically to the video manager. From there, you can choose to edit, hide or publish your content.
Platform: IBM Video (Ustream)
Cost: Depends on level of service.
Members can broadcast directly from the Ustream website or from a mobile device using Ustream's mobile broadcasting application. Integration of the Ustream Producer App allows you to add graphics and content to your live stream. Ustream members can also record and save videos for future broadcast distribution. Ustream's video platform is known for its ability to provide viewers with different ways to interact with the presenter during a live broadcast, providing broadcasters with chat and instant polling features, as well as allowing integration with Twitter and Facebook news feeds.
Cost: Depends of level of service.
Broadcast to millions, live in HD with their Platform, Producer, Broadcaster and Studio products.
Platform: Facebook Live
This is a great choice if you have a strong Facebook following. You can easily go live from you computer, mobile device or studio.
Tool: Flash Media Live Encoder
Adobe® Flash® Media Live Encoder 3.2 live audio and video capture software is a media encoder that streams audio and video in real time to Adobe Media Server software or Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS).
Tool: Open Broadcaster Software
Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.
Tool: Wirecast Studio
All-in-one live video streaming software that enables capture, live production, and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously.
Tool: Wirecast Pro
All-in-one live video streaming software that enables capture, live production, and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously + integrated HDV support, support for multiple capture devices, 3D virtual sets, live scoreboards, and advanced audio controls.
Cost: Free for government
Create real time or on-demand clips of a program and export them directly to social media properties such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, a weblink or into a downloadable clip.
Tool: Adobe Creative Cloud
Cost: Depends on level of service.
Adobe Creative Cloud allows you to download apps to you computer for editing graphics, videos, audio, etc. For example, Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing tool that can be used one your program is over in order to trim video or create clips. Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing app that allows you to enhance digital photographs or build your own graphics from scratch. These are only two of many possible apps the Adobe Creative Cloud offers.