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How To Stream To YouTube?

Videolinq integration with YouTube will be ready soon. Until this is available, to stream to YouTube, and assuming you have permission to live stream to a YouTube channel - follow these steps: Step 1: Log in to YouTube and click on the "Go Live" icon (upper right side). This will open YouTube Studio. Step 2: Configure your stream with a name, description, category, and other settings. Step 3: Copy the primary RTMP path and stream key. Image: YouTube Live Studio page. Step 4: Create a new Videolinq destination (part of the "Quick Start" process or from inside a channel). Paste the YouTube RTMP path and stream key in the new destination and save settings. Step 5: Enable your video source (RTMP, webcam, or URL source). Start the YouTube destination. Push "Go Live". The video will show in the Videolinq player (if you created one), and in the YouTube Studio console. Push "Go Live" on the (upper right side). The video will stream to your channel. IMPORTANT: If you are sending video with closed captioning, enable the closed captioning feature on YouTube and select the Embed 608/708 option (see image right lower corner). Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and start streaming to multiple social media platforms! #YOUTUBE #LIVESTREAMING #YOUTUBEDIRECT #SOCIALMEDIA

Meeting the Challenges of Creating and Distributing Video Content during a Pandemic

The pandemic has accelerated streaming and blurred lines as OTT services, broadcasters, CEOs, large corporations, universities, business owners transmit content remotely. While circumstances vary, the challenges faced are the same: producing and distributing captivating content efficiently and with quality suitable for traditional and emerging platforms including social media. This webinar will share insights on key aspects of video streaming, including cloud encoding, orchestration of cloud tools, the evolution of video to social media platforms, and the ability to reduce bitrates while keeping the viewer experience high. Moderator: Jan Ozer Leading expert on H.264 encoding, Author, Blogger, Founder of The Streaming Learning Center Panelist: Zohar Babin Executive Vice President of Platform and Growth at Kaltura Panelist: Eyal Menin Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Videolinq Panelist: Carlos Hernandez Chief Revenue Officer SSIMWAVE The webinar was recorded October 1st, 2020. Click here to watch a recording. #connectechasia #broadcastingasia #communicasia #ssimwave #kaltura #janozer #pandemic #flattenthecurve

Virtual ConnecTechAsia 2020

Videolinq is proud to be part of the Ontario Export Business Mission to ConnecTechAsia between September 29 - October 1. During this virtual event we will be meeting with potential clients and partners throughout South Asia and attend web seminars including market briefings and presentations by leading industry players and stakeholders focused on key opportunities in the broadcast technology sector in markets across the region. Image: ConnecTechAsia promotional banner ConnecTechAsia, the brand new umbrella event encompassing CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia and the new NXTAsia, is where technology, ideas and business converge. ConnecTechAsia is Asia’s only B2B platform that covers the entire spectrum of communication, broadcast, and enterprise technology and services catering to the needs of the industry in Asia and beyond, providing the technological innovation and thought-leadership that will help pave the way towards a brighter and more connected world. CommunicAsia brings together Informa’s 5G Asia, Broadband Asia, Telco AI Asia and Edge Asia shows creating a networking and insights power-event catering for the region’s telecoms ecosystem. Featuring 130+ legendary speakers from across the region who will share insights, experiences and vision for new service offerings, monetization opportunities and technology evolution, as well as an interactive exhibition allowing you to experience the technology and F2F time with buyers and innovative partners. At the BroadcastAsia event in Singapore, industry leaders present the newest and most innovative technologies for film, television and digital advertising. In addition to the exhibition there is also a conference where speakers inform visitors on the developments in the industry. Visitors have the opportunity to inform themselves about products on the one hand and to get news about the exhibition themes on the other. Videolinq will be live streaming two presentations during this event: Real-Time Closed Captioning on Live Video (September 29th at 5:30 AM GMT) This 30 minute presentation will demonstrate how Videolinq accepts closed captioning data inserted by 3rd party partner systems like EEG Falcon, 1CapApp, or Telestream CaptionMaker, sync it with a live stream, and distributed live video with captions to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. How to Stream to Multiple Social Media Platforms (September 30th at 4:00 AM GMT) A 30 minute live presentation showing how to use the Videolinq platform to source video from a web camera, a recorded file, or an RTMP encoder, and live stream the same video to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, and your own website. Recording of these live presentations will be available on the Videolinq ConnecTechAsia booth during the event. Register to attend this virtual event from the comfort of your home. To experience first-hand the new Videolinq platform open a trial account. #CONNECTECHASIA #BROADCASTINGASIA #COMMUNICASIA #STREAMINGMEDIA #LIVESTREAMING #ONTARIOEXPORT #COVID19 #FLATTENTHECURVE

IBC 2020 Virtual Alternative

The annual in-person popular IBC Amsterdam 2020 trade conference for online and traditional broadcasters is not taking place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other trade shows IBC opt instead to a substituted virtual platform that will be available online in early September. Videolinq is proud to part of the Ontario Virtual Broadcasting Technology Export Business Mission to Europe in September 14-17. During this virtual event we will be meeting with potential clients and partners throughout Europe and attend web seminars including market briefings and presentations by leading industry players and stakeholders focused on key opportunities in the broadcast technology sector in markets across Europe. Image: IBC Show 2019 in Amsterdam. Joining the Ontario digital broadcasting technology mission represents an excellent opportunity for Videolinq to showcase our new released media platforms version 3.0 to prospective customers interested in solutions related to content delivery, production, and media distribution related technologies. To experience first-hand the new Videolinq platform open a trial account. #IBCSHOW #STREAMINGMEDIA #LIVESTREAMING #ONTARIOEXPORT #COVID19 #FLATTENTHECURVE

Lockdown Live Streaming Numbers are Huge

Nobody can dispute that we are living in unprecedented times. Verified data began coming from various streaming platforms. No doubt, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the lockdowns started the numbers of audience consuming live-streams are huge. We are focused here on user generated content, not traditional entertainment paid subscriptions like Netflix, Amazon, or Disney+. While the industry in general see a 99% increase year to year, and there were gains across the board, they weren’t distributed evenly. Twitch - the biggest live-streaming platform - saw the most growth in terms of viewable hours, with its hours watched jumping 50 percent between March and April and a full 101 percent year over year. Twitch average now 1.645 billion hours watched per month. Another big winner was Facebook Gaming, which saw 72 percent growth between March and April and a massive 238 percent jump in growth over last year. YouTube Gaming was up by 14 percent from March to April and up by 65 percent year over year. Mixer grew by 15 percent over those same months and 0.2 percent year over year. Mixer’s growth did not help much, and Microsoft officially closed down the service in July and migrated players and audience to Facebook Gaming. The industry’s growth, then, mostly comes from Twitch and YouTube, which are still the two biggest players in the space. Image: Statista chart shows Twitch viewers during lockdown. Twitch is trying to grow its non-gamer streams. The biggest growth came from the influx of musicians to Twitch. The Music & Performing Arts on Twitch saw a stunning growth of 524% in March-May, year over year, because so many acts joined the site to mitigate the impact of lost touring revenue due to the pandemic. Many recording artists like John Legend and James Bay, cancelled tours and were unable to release new albums the way it was done before the pandemic. Taylor Swift's 8th album "Folklore" got worlds attention and an unprecedented number of downloads during its first day of release. They have used live streaming as a method to connect directly with fans over YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Image: Data showing viewership increase on Twitch music category during lockdown. Moving forward, as companies rethink work from home policies, and schools accommodate social distancing safety rules, consumers are expected to have more leisure time, and to consume more live streaming. This trend will drive content creators to increase production and tailor their message to attract and capture the attention of online viewers. What remains to be seen, of course, is whether these numbers will stick in the next months, as economies reopen, kids are back to school, and adults return to work, remotely or in brick and mortal offices. These numbers show just how big live-streaming can be when the industry isn’t competing with real life for audience attention. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and start streaming to multiple social media platforms! #COVID19 #FLATTENTHECURVE #LIVESTREAMING #LOCKDOWN #VIDEOSTATISTICS

School Board Debate Re-Opening During Pandemic

With September approaching, school boards are struggling with the difficult decisions around when and how to open schools. Making these decisions involves numerous meetings with large numbers of stakeholders. Given the inability to have meetings in person, many school boards have turned to live streaming instead. The Hillsborough School Board in Tampa, Florida, recently used Videolinq to stream a key board meeting to over 13000 viewers through its websites as well as to followers on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Image: Hillsborough School Board broadcast July 23rd, 2020. “We like that we only have to produce one stream and Videolinq distributes it across these four platforms with closed captioning,” said Scott Maiden, CEO of the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network who also provides video production services to the Hillsborough school district. Because of Videolinq’s scalability, Maiden added that “Since we typically have thousands of viewers, Videolinq is essential to handle the load along with its superior technology and great support.” While raising the number of platforms can increase complexity and cost, the board considers it worth the cost when compared to the corresponding improved attendance and transparency. Including the recent board meeting, the group has now done two board workshops and two town halls this way in concert with Videolinq. Viewership has been further increased through simulcasts on cable TV. The Hillsborough School Board provides K-12 educational services through 250 schools to over 200,000 students in West Central Florida with a budget of over $3 billion. Hillsborough, like other Florida boards, is dealing with significant pandemic challenges currently as the state now has one of the highest COVID-19 counts in the country. Medical professionals are further warning about the risks of reopening without proper measures. In contrast, politicians are under pressure to reopen schools and businesses. School boards across the state are working to balance these issues while simultaneously providing transparency to all constituents. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and start streaming to multiple social media platforms! #COVID19 #FLATTENTHECURVE #LIVESTREAMING

HD Video for Online Meetings

If you are a Videolinq customer, or just reading this article, we all share the same frustration when it comes to using builtin cameras on our laptops. Unlike their distance cousins - the mobile device high end cameras - computer cameras tend to offer limited settings and color control, resulting in low-end video you are forced to broadcast to the world. So how do you get to look great like an Instagram influencer? Simple: use a HD camera, tripod, and professional microphone, instead of your laptop camera and $30 earpiece. There are dozens of cameras out there. How to select the right one? It depends on your budget. HD cameras prices below $400 may not have what you need. Expect to pay at least $1000 as you look for DSLR or HD cameras offering 1080i resolution and 20x zoom. By nature, a camera with this configuration would require a mid-level CMOS sensor. Confirm the camera has HDMI or HDSDI output port. Get a proper tripod to add stability to your video. Good microphones cost from $200-$2000. We recommend wireless microphone kits that will make you portable and cord free. For best results connect the output cable from your audio receiver to your camera audio in port. Confirm the audio kit you buy can plug to the camera you buy. Some DSLR and HD cameras do not have an audio in port. Now that you have a camera to make you look good, and professional audio to improve your sound, the next step is to capture the video to a computer. For this we recommend the Magewell HDMI or HDSDI to USB Capture ($299.00). These pocket size capture devices work flawlessly with Windows or Mac computers. Plug the HDMI or HDSDI output of your camera to the HDMI or HDSDI device and connect to your computer. Open your favorite live streaming software and in 99.9% times it will auto recognize the source video. No Streaming Software? No Problem Don't have a live streaming software? Create a new source in your Videolinq account and use the Webcam option to bring the video from the Magewell device to your live streaming channel. Add target destinations, and live stream the video from your camera via your computer in just few clicks! Using Online Meetings? No problem If you are using Zoom or Webex to join a group online meeting, the Magewell capture device will be recognized as a video source, and help you capture awesome quality video! Now: The Good Stuff Want to add real time closed captioning and publish the live meeting to multiple social media platforms? We wrote blog posts explaining how to use features in a Zoom or Webex meeting. In few words (a) point your Zoom or Webex meeting RTMP output to your Videolinq channel (b) contact a closed captioning operator and ask them to send real time captioning to your Videolinq channel. Videolinq will merge the closed captioning with your live stream.. In the channel add target destinations and grow your audience by streaming a limited seat online meeting to everyone (really?) on the web. Last but not least, your audience does not need to join a Zoom or Webex meeting (your account may not have enough seats). In the Videolinq media dashboard channel page you will find a "Player HLS" URL. Copy this link, open the Player tab in the console and create a new player. Put here the player HLS link and create a new player. Copy the iFrame code generated by the player wizard and post it on your website or blog. Now visitors to your website can see all participants of your online meeting. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and send your online meeting to multiple social media platforms! #closedcaptioning #livestreaming #zoom #webex #capturedevices #mediaencoders

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: https://videolinq.com/video-tutorials. 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. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and send live video with closed captioning to multiple social media platforms! #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 ! Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account to see our platform in action! #broadcasting #media-dashboard #webcasting #livestreaming

Stream WebEx Meetings to Social Media

The COVID-19 pandemic made online meetings a must have tool for businesses worldwide. Using WebEx requires the download and installation of the WebEx application on a computer or mobile device. The application helps participants see or listen to each other in real time. This is a typical "online conference meetings". Other scenarios require a small group or "presenters" to be able to communicate, when many other viewers are passively watching them. Looking to produce this kind of large broadcast and stream the "online meeting" to large audience on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and perhaps on your own website? Videolinq can help. Read further. 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 https://admin.webex.com, 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 https://admin.webex.com, 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. Webex Individual User Start a Broadcast After their profile account was enabled to stream out, individual Webex Users can stream out their meeting by doing the following: Start a meeting and go to "Meeting" "Start to stream" "Other streaming providers". In the Streaming Service field copy the RTMP path from your live streaming service provider. If you plan to stream with Videolinq, copy this information from the Channel / Encoder tab. In the Target Stream Key field copy the stream key information from your streaming provider. Click "Start Streaming" and confirm you see video at your target streaming service. Streaming out from a Webex meeting increase the number of people watching your meeting. You can stream your meeting to your social media channel, or when you have a player - to your website or blog. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and test sending your Webex meeting with Videolinq to multiple social media platforms! #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.” Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and stream live events to your website and to multiple social media platforms! #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. The COVID-19 pandemic made Zoom so popular that people refer to online conferencing today as a "Zoom meeting". Using Zoom requires the download and installation of the Zoom application on a computer or mobile device. The application helps participants see or listen to each other in real time. This is a typical "online conference meetings". Other scenarios require a small group or "presenters" to be able to communicate, when many other viewers are passively watching them. Looking to produce this kind of large broadcast and stream the "online meeting" to large audience on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and perhaps on your own website? Videolinq can help. Read further. 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://in.videolinq.net:1935/ingest?user=Live-Stream@g6dKaLDv:VPa3Quha3 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? Open a video trial account and test sending your Zoom meeting to multiple social media platforms! #ZoomLive #zoomstreaming #streamfromzoom #zoomtofacebook #zoomtoyoutube #restreamzoom

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