Platforms + Equipment Recommendations

Equipment Recommendations

Recommendations Based On Budget

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Platforms and Tools

Conferencing Tools

Platform: Google Hangout

Cost: Free

Link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/hangoutplugin

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.

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Platform: Zoom

Cost: Quote available upon request.

Link: https://www.zoom.us/

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]

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Platform: Skype

Cost: Free

Link: www.skype.com/

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

Cost: Free

Embeddable widget that shows live feed of a hashtag or handle.

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Tool: Chatroll

Cost: Free to $249/month depending on user needs

Link: http://chatroll.com/pricing

Embeddable chat room with login access from Twitter, Facebook or as a guest.

Livestream

Platform: YouTube Live

Cost: Free

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.

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PlatformIBM Video (Ustream)

Cost: Depends on level of service.

Link: https://video.ibm.com/platform/plans

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.

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Platform: Livestream

Cost: Depends of level of service.

Link: http://new.livestream.com/solutions/government

Broadcast to millions, live in HD with their Platform, Producer, Broadcaster and Studio products.

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Platform: Facebook Live

Cost: Free

Link: https://live.fb.com/

This is a great choice if you have a strong Facebook following. You can easily go live from you computer, mobile device or studio.

Encoding

Tool: Flash Media Live Encoder

Cost: Free

Link: https://www.videohelp.com/software/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).

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Tool: Open Broadcaster Software

Cost: Free

Link: https://obsproject.com/

Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

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Tool: Wirecast Studio

Cost: $495

Link: http://www.telestream.net/wirecast/compare.htm

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.

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Tool: Wirecast Pro

Cost: $995

Link: http://www.telestream.net/wirecast/compare.htm

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.

On-Demand

Tool: SnappyTV

Cost: Free for government

Link: http://www.snappytv.com/corp/index.html

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.

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Tool: Adobe Creative Cloud

Cost: Depends on level of service.

Link: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html

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.