Using Facebook live during events

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Using Facebook live during events

Posted by Ryan VanderVegt on Oct 17, 2018 4:04 pm

Hey all, 

We've been getting a lot of questions about live streaming via facebook live during events. 

The answer to these questions is not straight forward. I am wondering if anyone else has found a way of successfully supporting request for live streaming. 

Some of the key questions: 
What type of tech do you use to support live streaming? 
Facebook live can be a simple as someone taking video with their personal cell phone or scaled all the way up to multiple cameras with a switcher and dedicated hardware encoder. 

Copyright issues: 
Making sure that event content does not violate copyright and also what rights are handed over to facebook once the video is on their platform. 

If the stream is officially sponsored by the university how you make sure to include closed captions and other accessibility considerations

Staff support and resources: 
If you provide the tech to support the live stream who funded it and who pays for the staff to operate it. 


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Re: Using Facebook live during events

Posted by Kyle Fayan on Oct 25, 2018 11:39 am

I've used YouTube Live a few times in the past, Facebook Live was not around when we started. Biggest problem we had was with our Wi-Fi connection and picking up sound well. Solved the audio issue by tying one of our aux outs from our sound system into the laptop as a mic in, took some balancing to not peak on the laptop. Unfortunately, where we had to setup the laptop and webcam (rather precariously sometimes) there weren't ethernet connections that we close enough to run to. We only did this for special occasion events... mostly for recognition or induction ceremony where a student wanted to send the link to their family if they were a candidate to watch from home. We did not publish these videos afterwards. I believe YouTube does have auto caption generation, which you can edit when the software doesn't do the best job. When we started, you could add in an encoder with additional cameras as well.

I've also used Zoom a few times during events, at the sponsors request, although this case was different. These events we were Zoom-ing with a panel from another University on a panel discussion we were hosting. We did record this, and the sponsor edited and later uploaded to their YouTube.

Most other times, we used our city's local access cable crew to come in and either broadcast or record on their channel or website. We used to have numerous drop points they could tie directly into for live broadcasting from campus, but because of the cost of going digital and our usage, we only have three (main auditorium, quad – for outdoor graduations, and gymnasium – for indoor graduations). We found it was most effective for use to partner with them, they are VERY well funded by a service tax/fee on all cable customers. So, they have excellent equipment (usually they upgrade every two years), they have the skill and software to broadcast live and edit professionally.

I’m not sure what the copyright terms are/would be once it is saved to Facebook/YouTube, that’s a valid concern and would be something to investigate. It would also depend on whether the presenter has approved of filming.

We do not charge student groups and departments for our services, but we would charge an outside group. We include all AV needs with the cost of the space (90% of our spaces across campus have built-in equipment), unless it requires a technician, then labor charge is also added.

Re: Using Facebook live during events

Posted by Orlando Cantu on Oct 26, 2018 10:01 am

I'd suggest a dedicated encoder like the Teradek Vidiu Pro. You can run a camera directly in with HDMI or connect a video switcher with multiple cameras and direct audio inputs from mic sources. You can then hit the network either over wifi or with a hardwired ethernet. 

At my institution, we used SDI equipped cameras with a Blackmagic Atem switcher. If the event required multi-cam, we'd go from the switcher to the streaming encoder. If it was a single camera shoot, we'd connect the HDMI output of the camera directly to the streamer. Audio is always taken from a line level output into the switcher for multi-cam or into the camera for single-cam jobs. We requires the use or rental of a mixer if line level outs are not already available for the mix of program and mic sources in the room. We also almost always require use/rental of lighting. Outdoor jobs are the only ones where we wouldn't require extra lighting. Our team also provides lighting and audio so coordination is internal for the most part.