First things first: calm down, breath, everything is going to be ok.
Broadcasting a live show on the internet might sound like the biggest undertaking you have ever faced, and you may be thinking you will need to hire a team of pros equipped with cameras the size of Belgium and more microphones than Rob Ford.
Truth is, broadcasting a live show on Concert Window doesn't need to be that difficult. We have built the simplest broadcaster around and we encourage you to use the simplest setup you can.
Here is a short video we made that addresses how to go about setting up a broadcast, using a USB microphone and an external webcam. This has proved to be the most popular broadcasting style with our artists, as it enables you to capture high quality audio and video without the hassle of plugging in lots of equipment.
Things to keep in mind:
Test your internet speed: www.speedtest.net is the best place to do this. If the upload speed is less than 1Mbps, try find a location with faster internet for your broadcast.
Remember to choose the correct audio input in your computer's system preferences. If you are using an Apple computer, you can find that by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of the screen. Go to the System Preferences tab, then Audio. If you are using a PC, good luck... Kidding! It should be in your Control Panel.
If you own a fancy DSLR camera with all the bells and whistles, that's awesome, but don't bother trying to hook that up for your webcast. In order to hook up a DSLR camera, you're going to need to purchase a capture card that allows the camera to speak to the computer and that's gonna cost lots of Benjamins. We know the word "webcam" makes you think of grainy images of your grandma on Skype chat from Tulsa, but Logitech are making great webcams these days that consistently give impressive results.
Remember to click "Public Broadcast Mode", which is above the broadcast window, when you're ready to go live. Please note: you may have to scroll up to see this on the screen. Many an incredible musician has spent time setting the stage, doing soundchecks, practicing their hearts out for years, only to leave the show in "Private Test Mode". Don't be one of them!
Feel free to go back up and check out the video again.
Don't panic, have a great show