Instructions for the Technical Coordinators:
Technical teams working with venue coordinators need: 1) one or more HDV cameras, 2) a good laptop or portable computer, and 3) a high speed Internet connection. You can use, initially, your laptop or PC camera to test your broadcasting system.
The Technical Coordinator should spend approximately a week learning how to use the Mogulus broadcasting studio. This freely downloadable service operates independantly from LIVE H2O and is available now from www.mogulus.com.
It generally takes about a week to develop and test your LIVESTREAM (previously Mogulus) broadcasting studio so that you will be ready to "Go Live" for testing two weeks prior to the event. Thus, use the months of April and May to get your studio ready. Beyond serving humanity through LIVE H2O, you will end up with your own Internet broadcasting channel that you can use 24/7 to stream "canned" or "live" feeds. WHAT AT BLESSING!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING you must keep in mind is that YOU WILL NEED TO SECURE A HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION to work effectively with LIVESTREAM for your streaming video coverage of LIVE H2O local activities. If you do not do this, you will end up frustrated and disappointed by your video stream crashing.
After you get your LIVESTREAM Studio set up, and you begin to load your YouTube clips into your first storyboard for testing and broadcasting, please consider LIVE H2O's theme and the anticipated audience. Seek clips that complement both theme and audience. Remember, you are on your own. There is no one in LIVE H2O Center going to tell you what you can and cannot broadcast. So use your highest professional discretion when selecting your clips and live programming.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING YOUR LIVESTREAM APPLICATION: Mogulus.com simply requires you to have uploaded enough YouTube clips into your "Library" to place in your "Storyboard" to recognize your legitimate broadcasting capability. With nothing to broadcast, no clips in your Library or Storyboard, they have no reason to seriously consider your application. So before getting discouraged, simply select your favorite YouTube clips THAT REFLECT THE MISSION AND THEME OF LIVE H2O!
Nine venues, and therefore nine Technical Coordinators, are all that we are planning to present this year for LIVE H2O. Part of the reason is financial. We need more sponsors to pay for more channels and bandwidth for a larger broadcast. A preliminary decision will be made by May 15, 2009, and a final determination by June 1st, which venues will be selected to receive one of the nine LIVE H2O channels that we will be purchasing thanks to generous donations by Finlandia in Vancouver, BC, Dr. Leonard Horowitz in America, and OxySilver.com.
Please contact LIVE H2O Technical Directors for more information. They may recommend using Skype for online conferencing, and is also considering integrating Skype into the live event to help coordinate all the technical staffs globally.
WARNING: IF YOU DECIDE TO USE SKYPE, or any other online service, DURING YOUR LIVESTREAM BROADCAST, YOU WILL BE USING MORE BANDWIDTH AND MAY CRASH YOUR LIVESTREAM VIDEO STREAM. So be sure to TEST, TEST & TEST more BEFORE the testing period begins June 1st - 15th.
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Home Viewing Instructions for Live H2O Broadcasts:
Tell your team and home viewers that main website hosting the broadcast is: www.LIVEH2O.tv. Check it out!
All viewers will need to download the latest version of Flash Player. In addition, we suggest you use Firefox browser to play and load all content correctly.
Anyone who wants to view 9 stations simultaneously will have to have a newer (more powerful) computer. Probably at least a 1.5 GHz processor and at least 1 - 2 gigs of ram, and maybe a good video card with on board processing.
You must also have a high speed (DSL speed) connection of around 256 kbps, or more, for steady down-linking speed. (Even then, 9 simultaneous feeds may present buffering issues. For this reason we will also be making individual broadcasts from each venue available on seperate webpages accessible from the home pages of www.LIVEH2O.org and www.LIVEH2O.tv. (Watch for these inclusions near concert time.)
The good news is that people who have weaker systems can at least view 1 station at a time relatively stably if they don't open anything else in their browser at the same time. And if its just 1 station, Windows Explorer does work. Windows Explorer just doesn't read the video wall layout and it struggles.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE IS NO WAY TO TRANSFER YOUR FILLED STORYBOARDS IN YOUR FREE TRAINING CHANNELS TO THE PRO CHANNELS THAT ARE NETWORKING WITH LIVEH2O.tv. Your training channel only broadcasts to 50 people. The PRO system for LIVEH2O.tv broadcasts to 10 million.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GOING "LIVE"
MASTER YOUR GOING "LIVE" FUNCTION ON THE PRO CHANNEL ASSIGNED TO YOUR VENUE.
Here is the basic procedure for broadcasting “LIVE”:
1) Click "Allow" when you start to log into your PRO studio. This causes your camera to automatically go online, BUT NOT BROADCAST YET.
2) Click the red "Cue" button to the right of the small monitor on the left of your studio panel to "Cue" your live camera.
3) Once cued, hit the "Transition to Cued clip" red bar at the bottom on of the horizontal window. And then observe that this creates a "LIVE" stream on your broadcasting channel.
(THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT EXERCISE. PRACTICE THIS EVERY DAY between now and the 19th of June. AND ALSO DEVELOP your skill at actually RECORDING your broadcast as per this next step.
4) Click the RECORD button that is north of the "Transition to Cued Clip" button. (TEST THIS ALSO DAILY BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 19TH WHEN WE NEED YOU TO USE THIS FUNCTION AT YOUR EVENT.) Ideally you will want to obtain a Quicktime (.mov) file of your recordings for the planned LIVEH2O Documentary film.
LIVE streaming and recording is not as easy as it seems. It is tricky, and may have some bugs. SO YOU NEED TO PRACTICE TO WORK OUT THE GLITCHES.
ONCE YOU GOT THIS CONSISTENTLY FUNCTIONING PERFECTLY, ALERT THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, AND CO-PRODUCERS AND BROADCASTING DIRECTORS SO THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE RELYING UPON YOU TO BROADCAST THIS MOST IMPORTANT SPIRITUAL SERVICE.
CAMERA SETTING(S) & RECORDING YOUR PROGRAMS WITH TAPE
High Resolution cameras DO work just fine and the bandwidth of LIVESTREAM will handle it.
Set your camera on 30 frames per second as it is less jerky of movement when you pan. Try to use a tripod and try not to hand-hold the cameras or they will be skipping. Use 24 frames per second when filming documentaries, but try 30 for this case and see what happens. Each of us has different requirements due to whatever our internet service provider can provide, so use your best judgment and experiment with this. While filming performers and speakers etc...a tripod will help keep the quality of your filming up.
Since you cannot capture LIVESTREAM recorded programs suitable for later documentary usage (e.g., QuickTime file format /.mov) we request that you record your LIVE program to tape on each of the cameras as these provide high resolution files needed for editing in Final Cut Pro Sudio 2. (The LIVESTREAM video you will use for the webcast will be recorded as VP6 FLV which is not good for editing.) Copies of your tapes should be sent to the Executive Producer by mail C.O.D. following each year's event(s). All costs for these tapes, plus shipping, will be reimbursed. Please obtain and mail standard releases along with your tape(s).
The firewire jack on your laptop does feed both audio and video to camera. However, you will want to use a USB external mic to run up the the stage platform and the sound will be better that way.
A "Samson digital USB" mic costs about $85 at most music stores or Online. It is a direct plug and play mic. Use a spider cage (Cost approximately $45) to keep the vibration from messing up the audio. Use a boom stand or other mic stand to set up in front of the stage. Be sure to bring extension cords so you can sit to the back or side with your computer and camera so that your mic will reach. This mic is a good recording mic for other uses at home recording studios too so it won't be a waste of money.
COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN BROADCASTERS DURING LIVE H2O:
The way LIVESTREAM (Mogulus) is set up, you will be broadcasting immediately through the www.liveh2o.tv website. People worldwide will have the option to go to your channel that will likely be shared with another depending on broadcasting schedule. That is, North American venues are likely to share channels with European channels, thus, requiring communications and coordination of schedules.
For this, you are encouraged to use Skype, to be in relatively constant contact during the 72 hour broadcast.
The way I understood this from the beginning was that Mogulus, now LIVESTREAM, always required different channels to be playing on different players. This is why I designed the www.LIVEH2O.tv website to accommodate this. The different pages have the different players for the different channels simply to have the pages load faster for viewers on dial-up (slower speed) connections.
I think each venue broadcaster should be in contact with all the others to gain HOURLY reports about what main events are featured at each site, and fill in programming during down time periods at each venue (such as 3AM) Then each broadcaster needs to update their channel's scroll bar text so that audiences will know that something wonderful is happening on a sister channel in the LIVEH2O.tv Network.
Thus, in making your preparations, plan to be on Skype throughout the 72 hour broadcasting schedule so that you can coordinate with all the other broadcasters on the network and support each other in bringing audiences to the most featured performances/activities for the duration of the weekend.