Joe is retired and is going to be a volunteer beekeeper for a local science museum. But things have changed a lot in the last few years. So he wants to do live video streaming. Leo says you can do it with your smartphone and stream to Facebook Live or YouTube Live. The camera is as good as any camcorder. Even the audio will work well. Then kids can watch using their classroom computers or other devices. That's definitely the way to go.
Kent has upgraded his home theater system, and he's noticed that all the streaming services aren't streaming in 5.1 surround sound. Leo says that SLING will stream in 5.1 when available, but that's the real trick. If it's available. And even then, live TV is just in stereo. On-demand though, you can get 5.1. Netflix does it. The issue is just live TV, and that's only in stereo.
Nichole wants to know what's the best PC for gaming and live streaming via Twitch, as well as other video production. She has a budget of $2,000. If she wants to build a desktop, Leo says to go with an AMD Ryzen processor. She'll save money and they are screaming fast. She will also need a good graphics card and 32GB of RAM at least. The RTX 3060 is a good one that's available and affordable. Leo says to look at Razer Mice and Keyboards. She will also want a good high-resolution monitor. She can also check YouTube for how to build a good streaming rig.
Alex is streaming Facebook live from his phone using the Apple Camera Kit, but he's now having audio issues. Leo says that it sounds like Facebook has changed something in the streaming, that causes the issue. It may also be that the specs to Alex's camera connection kit are no longer supported by Facebook live. Or, it could even be a change by Apple in iOS. But more likely, Facebook has changed something and Apple simply needs to catch up with an update.
Kyle's dad recently passed away and due to Covid restrictions, he wants to be able to set up a virtual memorial. Leo says that a lot of funeral houses do offer that, but if they don't, he can do it himself using a smartphone. If everyone in the family is on Facebook, then using Facebook Live would be the easiest option. YouTube Live is also an option. That would be the most universal and he won't need an account to watch it. Go out and get a tripod and special phone mount that would help to keep the image steady. Then open the app and go live. It'll stream.
Mary uses an ATEM Mini Pro to stream her podcast via YouTube Live. But recently, it stopped streaming from her camera. Leo says the ATEM is a great video switcher for the money. She found out that YouTube changes her streaming key from time to time. Leo says that Leo does that a lot. The key changes randomly. That's likely the issue.
YouTube does offer a permanent key, but Mary tried that and it didn't work. The solution may be to get her key just before she goes live, which can be a tedious thing from week to week.
Mike is a gamer and likes TWiTCH. Leo says that what makes TWiTCH so good is that Amazon is hands-off, not messing with how they do it. Now Facebook wants to get into the live streaming gaming act.
Mark is a podcaster and scriptwriter. He's been asked to create a live stream for a martial arts organization. What equipment does he need to create the stream and look good? Leo says that it depends on it's a one way or two-way stream. If one way, then the easiest way is to use YouTube Live or Facebook Live. YouTube Live is better because people don't need an account to watch it. With Facebook Live, you do.
Sal calls to let Leo know about WyzeCam's latest outdoor wireless cam, was just released. Leo says that's a cool design, but it's designed to be battery powered and only turns on with movement, to conserve battery life. So using it as a stecontinuous ady live stream would be problematic. But for a security camera, they will hangle up to 20 events a day for up to two months before recharging.
Sheryl has a 24/7 live stream of wildlife on Twitch.tv called Hoot House Live Stream. She uses a Wyze cam but it's not made for live streaming and glitches out from time to time. Leo says to look for a POE (power over ethernet) or PTZ camera. NEST cams are also good.
Sal calls to let Leo know about WyzeCam's latest outdoor wireless cam, was just released. Leo says that's a cool design, but it's designed to be battery powered and only turns on with movement, to conserve battery life.