Friday, January 15, 2010

How To Live Stream: 140conf Boston Meetup Live Stream Archive Recording

Thanks to Jeff Pulver for bring the 140conf to Boston last ngiht with a 140conf Boston Meetup at the Microsoft NERD Center.

My presentation was about Sharing Video Now!

After setting up my laptop with a webcam and USB mic I started streaming live.

I hadn't planned to officially stream the whole event, but since I was sitting at the front table, and had everything all set up, Jeff asked if I could stream everyone live, so I did.

Here's the archived video:

Watch live streaming video from stevegarfield at

Here are the order of the speakers:

- Jeff Pulver (@jeffpulver) - Welcome / State of NOW Update
- Adam Wallace (@adwal) - New Media Manager, The Roger Smith Hotel and Brian Simpson (@Bsimi) - Director of Zen Chaos at the Roger Smith Hotel - - "It's All About The People"
- Kerry Israel (@kerryisrael) (@americanrep) American Repertory Theater Audience Development Manager - "All the World's a Stage"
- Charles McEnerney (@wellroundedradi), Host + Producer, Well-Rounded Radio "Marketing Music 2.0: The New Improv"
- Alicia Staley (@stales) "Here Come the Cancer Survivors: Awareness to Action"
- Steve Garfield (@stevegarfield) - "Sharing Video Now!"

Taking direction from the viewers
One thing that was unique about this stream is that I was watching the Livestream chat room and taking direction from the viewers. They'd mention that they couldn't hear a speaker, so I had to politely ask the speaker to step closer to the mic.

At live events, the production crew will sometimes be hesitant to interrupt a speaker, but I think that's a rule that can be broken.

A crew of one
It's a new way of thinking about streaming a live event. I'm not here with a profesional setup that costs thousands of dollars where I've got a crew of four people handling wireless lav mics on everyone.

It's just me with a laptop, a webcam and a mic.

Real time feedback on twitter
I love it when @stevegarfield gives a talk. Twitter lights up with folks streaming their own videos! Instant inspiration at #140conf
about 13 hours ago from web

Jayna Dinz
Anyone can do this
What I'm doing is showing that anyone can do this.

It doesn't have to be perfect.

You just have to do it.

The tools are now so readily available that you could probably live stream your next event with the tools that you already have. The most basic setup you need is a laptop with a webcam. A MacBook Pro with an iSight camera will work.

My setup used a Creative Labs 1.3 megapixel camera, audio-technica AT2020 USB mic and a Panasonic laptop.


The software is Procaster from Livestream and it's free. The stream is ad suppported. You can upgrage to a Pro version for a fee.

Detailed instructions on how to broadcast live are included in my new book Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business.

Get Seen at

Where to buy Get Seen.

Webcam, Microphone, Laptop at

1 comment:

  1. Frances10:57 AM

    What is the difference between using the software "Procaster" as opposed to using an internet based system like Livestream itself (or any other like Justintv, Shovio and Ustream?