Broadcasting with one, two or three + cameras

Choosing how many cameras you would like to use in your broadcast is important to how the overall setup of your broadcast will be. When deciding how many cameras you need, please consider the following scenarios.  Remember, the options listed below are not the only streaming options available, but will serve as a good example.

One Camera 

  • The Web Broadcaster is a simple encoder that allows you to pull in the source from one of your cameras. This will generally work best with your built in web camera (if you have one). If you don't, USB cameras work best. 
  • The Teradek VidiU allows you to broadcast live video directly to the web without a computer. 
  • Some video cameras come ready to broadcast to Ustream directly from the Settings of the camera. 
Pros
One camera broadcasts generally don't use much CPU usage from your computer.
Cons
This will limit the production value of your broadcast, as you will not be able to incorporate various shots into your stream.

Two Cameras 

Ustream Producer and Wirecast are video production programs that allow you to bring in multiple camera into your presentation, and also gives you the ability to switch back and forth between camera shots.

Pros
Increased production value, ability to add effects. 
Cons
Programs like these require a good amount of CPU resources from your computer.

Three or more Cameras

  • A video switcher like Tricaster.
  • A capture card built into your computer (one that has many inputs for video). 
Pros
High-grade production quality system.
Cons
Tends to be an expensive solution, not for those who are on a budget.

Once you decide how many cameras you would like to use, please see the following articles on our recommended encoders and recommended cameras.

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