Streaming your student recitals online can allow you to reach distant friends and relatives, publicize your studio, and help find an audience for your niche.
Streaming means you are broadcasting a live video feed online for people to view. Streaming = one way (but you can reach unlimited amounts of people), while video conferencing = two way conversation (can reach a limited amount of people).
There are a few services to choose from if you decide to set up your own “TV channel” of sorts using a video streaming service. They allow you to broadcast one “show” or a “series.” And they allow you to archive your “shows” for “reruns” later on. Most of these services allow you to choose from a free or an upgraded paid service option.
- justin.tv | You can view Mario Ajero’s page at justin.tv/pianopodcast.
- livestream.com | includes a chat feature and an embed feature so you can show the video stream on your own website.
- ustream.tv | another option.
While you can set up a video stream with no less than your laptop’s internal camera and microphone, you may wish to upgrade some of your equipment in order to achieve better sound/audio quality.
- External Microphone | can be connected to your computer using a USB cable. (Example: the Shure PG 27 or PG 42.)
- HD Webcam | anything higher than 720p is considered high definition (HD). (Example: Logitech HD Pro Webcam 910.)
- Camcorder | costs more than a webcam, but has good quality and can be used to record video on its own for other purposes.