How to use LiveStream for Multi-Cam Broadcasting

We’re really excited about our upcoming Mayoral Forum.

The event will be an open webcast allowing anyone with an internet connection to watch – though in particular we’re targeting it to Calgary classrooms.

In particular, one of things that’s got a group of our grade 9 boys really interested is being the technology crew for the event. We are experimenting with LiveStream as the way to broadcast the event.
We’ve discovered it is a powerful tool because it allows for multi-camera broadcasting. Livestream lets you log onto one account from multiple sources and then mix the camera feed in real time. We’ll be broadcasting our event here.

Our plan is to hook 4 video cameras up to 4 student laptops. We will have 1 student running each one of these camera on tripods. The feeds from these from these camera are then controlled by one main studio computer – which will be controlled by another grade 9 student. This student will be responsible for mixing the live feed that is broadcast our across the web.
As our tech crew was playing around with Livestream this morning, they have discovered how to broadcast graphics, ticker tapes and name tags during the event. This means a couple more students are now needed to orchestrate the use of graphics during the broadcast. Other students will be responsible for reading and responding to the chat window as the questions come in from other schools. Other students are taking responsibility for the sound system and audio needs.
Overall, it looks like we’ll have about 12-15 students as part of a tech crew that’s responsible for broadcasting this exciting event.

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