Video Q&A and gear notes from SWRFA

by AlanRowoth on October 3, 2017

I had a great session on video at last weekend’s Southwest Regional Folk Alliance conference. Thanks to Dalis Allen, Paul Barker, the Flying A’s, and everyone else working the conference. We had a spirited Q&A session afterwards and I wanted to add these notes and gear links.

For artists concerned about posting video to YouTube, read this post from CD Baby. Performing covers in live streams seems to be SN issue that’s almost impossible to track and regulate. At present, there don’t seem to be any legal roadblocks.

I mentioned that I have started a Facebook group called Live Music Streamers and asked people to join if they start streaming or are considering it, so that we can work together to support each other, handoff broadcasts, and share information.

We talked about other (mostly expensive) gear options.

I’m dying to get my hands on a Soundcraft ui24r. I’m told it’s now core audio compatible with iOS. It features 20 Studer mike preamp channels, 4 lexicon DSP effects processors, 2 channels of DigiTech guitar amp modeling, featuring 4-band parametric EQ, high-pass filter, compressor, de-esser, and noise gate on each input channel and 31 band graphic EQs on each output, remote control from your computer device, built in wifi and Ethernet as well as direct recording to USB stick. It is also a full featured A/D, D/A interface for your DAW software. An incredibly powerful and versatile piece of gear.

We talked about the Cinamaker Mobile Creators Studio, a live video switcher tool that can also be used for video editing. Now entering Beta, it supports up to 4 iOS cameras, prerecorded video insert, ChromaKey effects and much more.

We talked a little bit about the Livestream Mevo event camera, a self contained solution for broadcasting to Livestream, Periscope, Twitch, or Facebook live. This camera does not currently support any of the new live streaming apps. It has a couple of interesting features and some dramatic limitations. Still, I would love to play with one. Music Streaming would likely require additional audio gear to achieve acceptablesonic quality. Here’s a couple of reviews:

Mevo, the Live-Action and Live-Editing Camera

I mentioned Stream.io, an upcoming service that promises to rebroadcast your stream concurrently to multiple streaming services at once. Mevo also promises a multistreaming service, based on a subscription model. It’s too new to say for sure if either of these will truly launch. Stream.io missed its initial launch date.

And there’s the Samson Go Mic Mobile Wireless system for times when you can’t run microphone wires to the correct location. Here is more info:

Another handy tool for streamers on the go is the Smove, video stabilizer and power bank with face follow and auto panorama shooting. Smart gimbal stabilizers are the latest thing in making motion videos look more stable and professional.

Reviewers also love the DJI Osmo stabilizer which costs about twice as much as the Smove and doesn’t charge your phone. DJI is best known for their camera drones, like the $1000 DJI Mavic. Great toys, but probably not essential for most music videos. I want one, even though I can’t think of one excuse good enough to buy one. I wonder if anyone rents them?

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