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Add Real-Time Closed Captioning to Live Video

A new partnership between 1CapApp and Videolinq helps broadcasters add real-time closed captioning on live video sent to social media platforms. The workflow is simple, cost effective, and efficient. All you will need is a stenograph operator, access to a 1CapApp account, and any Videolinq plan. Here is what you need to do: Step 1: Open a Videolinq account and login to the media dashboard. Create a Channel, Destinations, and a video Source. Find under the channel preview player the "closed captioning credentials". Copy the stream key and password. See tutorial video: Image 1: Videolinq channel page with closed captioning credentials. Step 2: Open an 1CapApp account. Under “My Company” find the Videolinq box and enter the “password” in the form of “aaaaaaa@bbbbbbb:ccccccc” (see image 2 below). Next, go back to the 1Capapp home page and click on the “Quickstart” icon. Drop down the “Videolinq” option and type in the channel “stream key” in a form of “ddddddd:bbbbbbbb” (see image 3 below). Update “My Company” Videolinq box with the “password” information taken from the Videolinq Channel Closed Captioning tab. Image 2: Place here the Videolinq channel password. QuickStart “Export Platform – Videolinq”. Type here the Videolinq channel stream key. Image 3: Place here the Videolinq channel stream key. Step 3: Copy from the Videolinq channel page the "Encoder" RTMP path and stream key to your hardware or software RTMP encoder. Start the video source. Confirm you see video in the Videolinq preview player. Step 4: Ask your stenograph operator to send captions data to the 1CapApp service. Confirm you see closed captioning in the Videolinq preview player. Click “Go Live” and enable output video to all the channel destinations. Step 5: Video with closed captioning will display on supported platforms and services. Viewers will be able to enable/disable closed captioning on their player. #closedcaptioning #livestreaming #broadcasting #captions

New Console Released

The Videolinq media dashboard version 3.0 was released today with new exciting features designed to help broadcasters simplify production and improve broadcasting workflows to social media destination. For the past months we collected customers feedback and came up with a console that is easy to use on computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Here are some of the new features offered: Stream with Webcams Use a computer, tablet, or phone webcam to create live broadcasts. Quickly assigned target destinations and live stream to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many more new destinations from anywhere. Shared Desktop as Video Source The extraordinary effect of the COVID-19 pandemic created demand using webcams and sharing desktops as source for business style corporate broadcasts. We are now supporting this feature and helping customers target their employees and business partners on private streaming services or business oriented social media platforms. Videolinq new media console. Add Destination During Live Broadcasts By building a smart buffer tool in the console we can now process live video and add or remove destinations without stopping the live stream. New Player Wizard We have changed our player and have now a rich-feature player that support multi-lingual audio channels and closed captioning options, detached floating player, extended monetization tools and digital right management feature (DRM). New Destinations We expanded delivery of live streams to new destination partners: DLive, Smashcast, Daily Motion, Brightcove, and WIX. Redesigned Scheduler The Scheduler received a face lift and is now attached to channels, allowing easy configuration of start/end times for live streams coming from specific source and going to custom destinations. IP network sources were moved to source “URL”. The ability to add and remove destinations without stopping a live stream allow broadcasters repurpose video signal from IP cameras and send them to a player hosted on their website, as well as to their Facebook or YouTube channel. A new and importat set of features is coming in August. Stay tuned for more information ! #broadcasting #media-dashboard #webcasting #livestreaming

Stream WebEx Meetings to Social Media

WebEx just added the ability to send a RTMP stream out. The advantage of this feature are: 1. Ability to expand your WebEx audience to a much larger number of viewers. 2. Ability to add closed captioning to a WebEx meeting. Grow the audience of WebEx meetings by publishing a meeting to Videolinq and using the Videolinq platform to live stream to add closed captioning to your WebEx meeting, and to distribute the broadcast to multiple social media platforms or 3rd party streaming services! WebEx Site Administrator Enable Live Streaming Services on Your Webex Site Sign in to Webex Site Administration. On the left navigation bar, go to Configuration > Common Site Settings > Options. Scroll to the Live Streaming Providers section and select the streaming services that you want to enable. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. Enable Live Streaming for Individual Users Sign in to Webex Site Administration. On the left navigation bar, go to User Management Edit User and select a user account to update. In the Privileges section for that user, check the "Enable Live Streaming" check box. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. WebEx Control Hub Enable Live Streaming Services on Your Webex Site From the customer view in, go to Services, and under Meeting, select Sites. Choose the Webex site to change the settings for, and select Configuration > Common Settings > Site Options. Scroll to the Live Streaming Providers section and select the streaming services that you want to enable.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. Enable Live Streaming for Individual Users From the customer view in, go to Users and select the user to change the privileges for. In the panel that opens on the right, in the Services, select Meeting. Under Webex Meeting Sites, select the Webex site to change the privileges for. Click Advanced User Settings and Tracking Codes. Under the User Settings section, check the "Enable Live Streaming" check box.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. Did you find this article helpful? Send us your comments! #Webex #WebexMeetings #webexstreaming #webexrtmp #restreamwebex

Church Expand Audience In Time of Crisis

The growing COVID-19 pandemic is forcing millions of people worldwide to stay home. Countries are taking extreme measures to limit travel and forcing social distancing and curfews. While these measures are making it difficult for congregants to attend their regular religious institutions, one church is continuing its innovative approach to communications. Last week, like many organizations, the Diocese of Grand Rapids in Michigan began conducting Sunday Mass without an audience. Using Videolinq, routine Sunday gatherings were replaced by virtual broadcasts allowing audiences of thousands to pray from home as they watched sermons on the diocesan website and social media platforms. The Diocese of Grand Rapids was created in 1882 by Pope Leo XIII and today is home to 191,000 Catholics, 80 parishes and 31 Catholic schools across 11 counties of West Michigan. Amongst its many churches is the historic Cathedral of Saint Andrew. ​ On a recent weekend, as it does every week, the diocese broadcast its Sunday Mass onto its website, its Facebook page and through a local television station. To manage its digital needs, the diocese produced and sent a single, dedicated feed to Videolinq which then distributed it to Facebook as well as to the Videolinq-provided video player on the Diocese’s website. Besides viewing the original live feed, patrons can also view the on-demand video at any time on Facebook. ​ Given the current environment where gatherings are prohibited, the group expected increased online turnout but was still surprised by the actual figures. “For more than 60 years the diocese has had a televised broadcast of Sunday Mass, and for the past three years the same broadcast has been shared on Facebook. These are valuable tools to keep people connected during this time,” said Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications for the diocese. “While we expected an increase in online viewers because of the cancellation of public Masses, our online viewership is up 300% over the same time last year.” #LiveStreaming #DioceseofGrandRapids #HouseofFaith #OnlineSermons #COVID-19

Stream Zoom Meetings to Social Media

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Zoom added recently the ability to publish a Zoom meeting to Facebook and Youtube (one at a time), or to a RTMP streaming service. When you use your Videolinq account you can publish a Zoom meeting to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, or to any streaming video provider at the same time!. How to stream from Zoom to Videolinq and from Videolinq to up to 250 destinations? First, perform these steps at the Account Administrator: 1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal. 2. Click Account Management > Account Settings. 3. Under In Meeting (Advanced), click the toggle next to Allow live streaming the meetings. 4. Click the Custom Live Streaming Service checkbox to enable it. Second, login to your Videolinq account and copy the channel RTMP path and stream key. For example: rtmp:// ruHHcrYa@g6dKaLDv Next, follow these steps to configure the output stream to Videolinq: 1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal. 2. Click Meetings. 3. Click Schedule a New Meeting and the required information to schedule a meeting. 4. Click Save to display a set of tabs with advanced options. 5. Click the Live Streaming tab, then click the configure live stream settings link. 6. Click Save to save your live streaming settings. The host will be able to live stream this webinar without needing to add these settings after the webinar begins. When the Zoom meeting begins the host can select to stream the webinar. The video will be sent to Videolinq and available on the Videolinq console. Now decide what you want to do with your Zoom meeting: - You can add closed captioning to the live stream. - You can monetize on the live stream by adding ads insertions from 3rd party advertising platforms like Google DFP. - You can create a HTML5 cross platform player and post it on your website or blog. - You can configrure target destinations and live stream the meeting on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many more destinations at the same time! Did you find this article helpful? Send us your comments! #ZoomLive #zoomstreaming #streamfromzoom #zoomtofacebook #zoomtoyoutube #restreamzoom

4 Steps to Live Streaming

We receive many calls from customers who are looking to live stream the first time and need help purchasing and setting up the video/audio equipment that will help them produce a live stream. If you are looking for a low-budget solution for one single camera keep reading. For a more complicated setup with multiple cameras contact The Streaming Store. Image 1: Canon XA15 HD Video Camera How to Live Stream in 4 Easy Steps? Get an HD camera that support external audio in connection. For example the Canon XA15 comes with XLR or mini ports to connect a single microphone or the output of an analog or digital audio mixer to the camera. Get a good (wireless or corded) microphone that will isolate background noise. These units come with a transmitter and a receiver. If you plan on using multiple microphones get also an audio mixer and connect the program audio output from the audio mixer to the camera audio-in port. Connect the camera to a stand-alone video encoder. Streaming appliances do not require the use of a computer to capture, configure, and live stream video. The Magewell Ultra Stream HDMI H.264 encoder can stream directly to Facebook or any other single destination and cost under $500.00. If you need to stream to two or more destinations order a Videolinq plan. An operator will need to setup the camera on a steady tripod, connect the audio (microphone or audio system to the camera) and connect the camera to the encoder. You will need to configure most stand-alone H.264 encoders only one time with the help of a mobile phone. Later, just push the Start and Stop buttons to control the live stream. Record the broadcast in the camera on a low-cost 64 GB SD cards, or use the live stream recording option on social media platforms. Most social media platforms record live streams and make them available as video-on-demand after the live event ends. Image 2: Magewell Ultra Stream H.264 Encoder If you are looking to live stream an online group meeting with video from multiple participants - use Zoom. Read our blog post how to configure Zoom to stream to Videolinq. By using this workflow you can publish a Zoom meeting to a large audience or to multiple social media platforms at the same time.

Closed Captioning on Live Streams

Videos are watched on social media more than ever before, and live video has become one of the most engaging forms of content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch. In 2018 daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has grown by more than 4x, and 1 in 5 Facebook videos is a Live broadcast. Closed captioning traditionally opened up videos to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing. People who have their captioning settings turned on will then automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts on mobile and desktop whenever they're available. Closed captioning is mandatory on live video streamed in the United States, but it is also a feature used by broadcasters worldwide. The use of captions is no longer a feature used by people with hearing impaired. Recent studies suggest that videos with closed captioning are more likely to be watched more, and for longer time compared to videos without closed captioning. Here are few reasons why: - Better User Experience: Videos with captions allow your audience enjoy content, regardless of the envirmmet they are in. - Indexing/SEO: Videos that use closed captioning can be indexed to provide better search and instant plan feature, or make key words available to search engines via SEO. - Wider Audience: Many non-native English speaking viewers may have difficulty understanding a fast pace conversation in the video, but will be able to catch up by reading the captions. - Long Attention Span: Captions grab and hold your audience’s attention, people are more likely to watch your video to completion if they have the option to turn captions on. Videolinq support closed captioning on recorded videos (VOD), and can insert closed captioning to live streams delivered to social media. Videolinq is integrated with 95% of closed captioning vendors in the market and helps broadcasters add closed captioning to their live streams at no extra cost! if you would like to add closed captioning to your live stream distributed by Videolinq read these articles. #closedcaptioning #youtube #facebook #twitch #captions

Twitch Dominate Live Gaming Streaming Platforms

Twitch continues to lead rivals including, YouTube Live, Facebook Gaming and Microsoft’s Mixer, when it comes to live-streaming video. The Amazon-owned game-streaming site had its second-biggest quarter to date. According to a new report from StreamElements, Twitch viewers live-streamed a total of 2.72+ billion hours in Q2 — or 72.2% of all live hours watched - compared with 735.54 million hours on YouTube Live (19.5%), 197.76 million on Facebook Gaming (5.3%) and just 112.29 million hours (3%) on Mixer. Despite its visible success, Twitch is battling complains from new game streamers that say they spend years broadcasting to small audience in hopes of gaining a fan base. Twitch has tried to remedy this problem with various educational efforts as well as product features like Raids and Squad Streams, for example. Combined, the total hours watched across all four platforms was 3.77 billion in Q2. While none of Twitch’s rivals are nearly catching up, YouTube Live did have a good month in May, breaking its own record with 284 million hours watched. Overall, YouTube Live’s hours watched improved in Q2 as a result, while Twitch saw a slight decline. Facebook Gaming is also gaining traction and is now the third-biggest live-streaming gaming platform, having passed Microsoft Mixer. Online gamers use Videolinq to restream their game experience to multiple streaming platforms at the same time. #twitch #youtube #facebookgaming #mixer

Facebook Live Stream Time Limit

Facebook became in 2018 the largest online platform for User generated social media video. Broadcasters use Facebook Live to reach and grow their base of followers. The platform helps brands and individuals announce new products, stream games concerts and live events, or just speak out what's on their mind. Most Facebook Live broadcasts last 1 hour or less. Here are few best practice suggestions how to live stream on Facebook. What will be the time limit of my live stream? When live streaming to Facebook you fall under two categories: live streams that originate from a mobile device such a phone or tablet are limited to 4 hours total. Live streams that are created by a hardware or software media encoder are limited to 8 hours long. When you live stream to Videolinq and configure your stream job to use a specific Endpoint (Facebook Live), your stream will run for up to 8 hours. Can I stream on Facebook 24/7? No. To those who remember - there was a time that live streams on Facebook never stopped, but all this has changed. Today, live streams on Facebook are limited to 4 or 8 hours long, depends on the source of the stream. Can I stream on multiple Facebook pages? Yes. To do this setup your Videolinq channel with 1 source of the video (webcam or RTMP encoder), and 1 destination (your 1st Facebook page). You can assign the first Facebook page by login to your Facebook account (direct connect). When the channel is ready, add up to 24 more Facebook destinations. The number of destinations is limited by a Videolinq service plan. For each of the additional Facebook pages you want to stream to, you will need a unique "RTMP" path and "stream key". Generate this by login in advance to each profile, creating the live stream, and copying the values to your Videolinq Facebook new Destination. When ready start the video source and push on all Destinations. The video will stream to all enabled destinations. TIP: When setting up a new stream in Facebook Live Studio Creator, check the "Use a persistent stream key" box. Checking this option will allow you to reconnect to the same stream without the need to re-generate a new one. Get a Videolinq trial account. Here’s how to do this: Login to your Facebook profile and look for the "Publishing Tool" or "Videos" links. Click on the "LIVE" or "+Live" links to enter the Facebook Live Studio Creator. Use your camera as video source, or select the "Connect" tab to use a media encoder. Check the "Use a persistent stream key" box. Copy the RTMPS path and stream key to the Videolinq Endpoint profile and Save. When you start your media encoder, the live stream will reach Facebook Live (the Endpoint), and allow multiple Start/Stop actions. #FacebookLive #Livestream #Enpoint #restream #socialmediavideo

Build & Design Custom Players

When it comes to design, the Videolinq HTML5 Player Wizard has everything you need to create unlimited number of beautiful players to post on your website, blog, or social media video site. These players have cross device and browser support, and bring many features to better serve your audience. Choose from 12 default layouts Your Videolinq plan comes with 12 beautiful fully custemizable layouts. Select the layout that best fit the features you would like to see in the player and proceed to skin and control bar customization. Player Features Included The Videolinq player support: LIVE and VOD player Point to ANY HDS/HLS source Point to YouTube or Vimeo video Custom player control (features & color) Add closed captioning and set position on the screen Toggle fullscreen mode Point to custom poster image Load player in mute mode Set player aspect ratio (16:9, 4:3, square, vertical or horizontal) Share features - embed code, or share on Facebook/Twitter Insert advertising from VAST supported 3rd party providers Create unlimited number of players IMPORTANT: Once you save the player and generate a copy & paste code, this link does not need to change if you make future modifications to the player layout or video source. #HTML5Player #PlayerWizard #PlayerCreator

Best H.264 Streaming Media Encoders!

Selecting the right media encoder for your streaming project can be complicated. There are so many options and pricing to choose from. This article will highlight few options and use cases. Hardware or Software? There are two options to use a media encoder: use a hardware standalone "appliance", or purchase a software encoding tool and install it on your computer or tablet. The first option frees up the need to use a computer. Encoding appliances are self contained systems: you connect the source of your video, configure the system to point to a media server or streaming service, and control via external push button when the system start and stop streaming. Hardware encoders cost between $500 to $5000. Software encoders cost less than a hardware encoder. Some even are free. Software encoders depend on a capture device (cost range from $150 to $2500) to capture the video signal, insert it to the host computer (Windows or Mac), and once configured, the software encoder will stream out the broadcast to the target streaming service or platform of choice. Processing HD or 4K video signal requires lot of resources. Computers that can handle HD/4K video cost between $1000 to $4000. The most popular streaming software encoder is the free OBS Studio. Paid popular software encoders include vMix, and Telestream Wirecast. HDMI or HDSDI, HD or 4K Next consideration would be to select a streaming appliance or capture device that can connect to the video source. Low cost cameras only have HDMI ports. Prosumer cameras have normally both HDMI and HDSDI ports. The advantage of using a camera with HDSDI port is the ability to run long cables between the camera and the capture device. HDMI cables can deliver HD video up to 25 feet. HDSDI cables can run for few hundred feet with our signal boosting. Cameras that output 4K signal have both HDMI and SDI ports. To use 4K signal, you must purchase a streaming appliance or capture card that support 4K. These devices are more expensive compared to HD units. Only very few streaming providers support 4K streaming. 4K streams require 50 MBps bandwidth. Most people don't have access to this kind of network yet, meaning streaming live video at 4K resolution will not reach the majority of your audience. We recommend that you stream at maximum 1080p resolution. Buy an Encoder for next 2 years The fast pace of technology development force hardware manufactures to release new products every 1-2 years. This means that new hardware encoders access the market rapidly, force competing companies to drop prices, and make system obsolete after a short period of time. There is no need to buy expensive encoders. Plan on buying an encoder that will last for 2-3 years. H.264 Encoders Use Cases Broadcasters that stream 24/7 buy encoders that have internal cooling systems. A portable encoder without proper cooling heat up quickly and drops video quality. Matrox Monarch HD, Videon VersaStreamer, and Teradek VidiU Pro are good entry level HDMI only encoders under $995.00. Entry level encoders are perfect for House of Faith or low-end production where the budget does not compromise on the quality. Mid-level encoders support both HDMI and HDSDI inputs. These encoders also offer file recording of the broadcast to built in SD card slots (cards not included), or connected USB hard drives or LAN. Popular encoders include Aja Helo, Teradek Cube, and Matrox Monarch HDX. These encoders are popular among professional live production houses, government agencies, and traditional TV stations. Hands Free Live Stream Scheduling: most H.264 encoders don't have a scheduling feature. Use Videolinq's Scheduler to configure a H.264 encoder to start and stop a live broadcast at a specific date and time! Top of the H.264 encoders list includes systems that have extra features such as the Matrox Monarch LCS (dual channel encoder with ability to capture and mix 2 video sources), Teradek Slice (a 24/7 streaming rack mounted encoder), and the Epiphany Pearl Series (a 2-channel capture and mixing streaming appliance). These encoders are deployed by professional TV stations, universities, large enterprises, and government agencies. In Conclusion Purchase the H.264 encoder that best fit your production environment and workflow requirements. We recommend buying a media encoder appliance and not software encoders. Try to minimize risk to your broadcast by eliminating the components involved the creation of the stream. When using software encoders workflows include a capture device, a computer, and software. A streaming appliance is a standalone product that requires one time configuration and afterwards just a Start/Stop action. The less components involved, the little the risk of failure. Happy streaming! #Teradek #TeradekCube #Videon #MatroxMonarch #AjaHelo #H264Encoder #socialmediavideo

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