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Flowtility’s Pro Transition Pak for ScreenFlow!

July 21, 2014 in News, Product, Product, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

FlowtilityIntroducing Flowtility’s Pro Transition Pak for ScreenFlow!

Hey ScreenFlow Producers!  We love providing you with more tools for your toolkit.  Our friends at Flowtility have launched a new Pro Transition Pak that we know you’ll love.  The Pak includes 30+ transitions to make your projects sizzle and pop.  What’s really cool is all the transitions install directly into ScreenFlow’s Transition Inspector, so they’re there when you need them.  Always.

For details, take a look at the videos below or, to purchase click “I need this!” to get 30+ transitions for just $30. Read the rest of this entry →

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What Camera do You Use to Stream?

July 17, 2014 in Product, Production, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

CameraWhen setting up a live stream there are innumerable variables that need to be considered.  Am I exceeding my bandwidth?  Is my lighting setup dialed in?  Does my audience even know who I am?!  All valid questions, of course, but when it comes to a successful stream there is one aspect more important than all others. (Well, audio is important too, but we will save that for another time…)

The camera.  It is the Holy Grail of live streaming.

Exceeding your bandwidth suddenly seems less important if your face is grainy, and who cares if your lighting setup is of professional quality if the camera’s light meter can’t tell the difference between the surface of the sun and a night under the stars?  Once you have chosen the ultimate camera for your setup, everything else should be much easier.  To help you through this process, we have put together a guide to simplifying the selection headache.  Whether you are just starting out with a small budget, or your funds are limitless and your computing power monstrous, the search for perfect camera starts here. Read the rest of this entry →

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Telestream Webinar Series: Worship Edition

June 20, 2014 in Company, News, Product, Product, Production, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

WebinarWorship Webinars

Telestream and Wirecast are teaming up with churches across the nation, and the world, to help promote the live broadcast of religious services.  Join us as we present a series of webinars designed to take you from step one, all the way to a successful, consistent live broadcast of all your church events.

To kick things off we have invited one of our Wirecast experts, and all around tech guru, Stephen Heywood to cover the basic information you need to get started with live streaming your church services using Wirecast. We’ll start with the basic terminology, then overview streaming workflows. We’ll also cover video production best practices and how to use Wirecast to get your streams out. Read the rest of this entry →

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Closed Captioning: An Expert’s Take

June 17, 2014 in Company, Employee Spotlight, Industry, Interviews, News, Product, Production, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

Closed CaptioningClosed Captioning Webinar

Last week we brought you a brief history of closed captioning laws, as well as a whitepaper on the current, and future, state of closed captioning regulations.  This week we bring in our resident expert on closed captioning software technology, Giovanni Galvez, to highlight some of the challenges with bringing your content up to date.

Watch the webinar here!

To help broadcasters better understand and meet federal regulations regarding TV closed captioning, Giovanni’s webinar provides information about closed caption data verification for common digital video files. It also examines the challenges that broadcasters face when transitioning to a file-based workflow. Read the rest of this entry →

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Closed Captioning: History and New Laws

June 13, 2014 in Company, Industry, News by Lucas Bischofberger


Ryan Salazar

Closed captioning (CC) laws are changing! Will they affect you? Learn more here as we explore the new regulations on CC and how you can make sure your content is up to current standards.  In the meantime, learn a bit about the history of CC from our friend Ryan Salazar from: Captioning

History of Closed Captioning

Closed Captioning (or “CC” as it’s widely known) is a useful idea that took a surprisingly long time to come about.  The passage of two acts in the early 90’s marked the legal ‘birth’ of required CC:  the first of the two acts was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, followed by The Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990 (TDCA) in 1991 (Ah, the speed of government).  Technology that allowed CC to be possible had appeared well before the early 90’s but until then it was not ‘officially’ required.

CC provides a visual medium for audio signals allowing the deaf or hard of hearing full access to the audio content of combined audio & visual transitions.  While some consider them subtitles, the US and Canada are the only advanced nations that have a standard distinction between subtitles and CC.  Subtitles in North America are the visual translation (typically in English) of a foreign language, whereas CC is a visual translation of all sound (again with the language printed typically being in English) that also includes a basic description of non-verbal sounds (and language) amid the CC text.

This additional description includes things like a description of sound effects (like ‘loud whistle’ or ‘dog growls’), or music (like ‘dramatic theme song’ or ‘happy tune’), or sometimes the identity and/or tone of a speaker (like ‘menacing tone’ or ‘the lawyer says…’). Subtitles were always included  (i.e., the captions were ‘open’) on film or a television show where translation would be needed (until much more recent technology allowed newer films and/or shows the option of turning the subtitles on or off or even changing the language of the subtitles). CC, however, has always been optional; the additional text could be activated as desired. Read the rest of this entry →

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How Wistia Uses Screencasts to Scale Support

June 11, 2014 in Interviews, Meet the ScreenFlow-er, News, Product, Product, Production, ScreenFlow, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

WistiaIt’s always wonderful to see how ScreenFlow-ers around the world use ScreenFlow! Our friends at Wistia wanted to prove that screencasts and a bit of personality can go a long way in connecting with your customers and offering support. Check out what they have to say about leveraging video in a tech support environment! Thanks Wistia!

Author — Jeff Vincent is Director of Customer Happiness at Wistia. His tweets have been described as nonsensical at best.

Wistia Support Team

At Wistia, we believe that even if your company is based on the web, building a business still requires a healthy dose of caring and real human connection. We interact with our customers on a daily basis, and this helps us to better understand and anticipate their future needs.

As our customer base has grown, our support inbox has turned into a bustling hub of conversations. With more than 80,000 businesses using Wistia in a wide variety of ways, it can be tricky to handle the volume and complexity of customer issues. Our team of five has increasingly turned to static resources, especially video, to scale our support abilities, show our personalities, and make sure customers never have to wait for an answer to a simple question. Read the rest of this entry →

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10 Tips for Live Streaming

June 6, 2014 in Product, Production, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

Live StreamingLive streaming is easy.  Plug in your camera, hit record and send it to the Internet.

Done and dusted…right?

If only it were so simple.

The reality is much more complex.  While it is true you can stream video without much thought and effort, most likely the amount of viewers you attract will be related to how much time you spend on setting up your broadcast.  Little input = little audience.

To help boost viewing numbers and broadcast quality, we have compiled a list of good practices that, when carefully considered, can turn a boring camera feed into an engaging broadcast. Read the rest of this entry →

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HEVC/H.265: An In Depth Review

May 27, 2014 in Company, Industry, News by Lucas Bischofberger

HEVC/H.264HEVC/H.265 Webinar

Every year the number of file formats, video formats and compression schemes continues to grow.  At more than 200 and counting, it is difficult to keep track of how the video industry is changing, and what formats you should be investing your time and energy into. Of the numerous options, HEVC/H.265 is emerging as one of the compression standards worth investigating.  HEVC/H.265 promises significant quality improvements and bit rate savings, from mobile phone screens to 4K distribution.

To help get you on the right track, Telestream’s John Pallett delves deep into the industry drivers and technology surrounding HEVC/H.265 in this pre-recorded webinar.  Register here to gain access to this valuable resource, and see how HEVC/H.265 can help you! Read the rest of this entry →

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Structuring Your Screencast Videos to Sell

May 22, 2014 in Product, Production, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

videoA few weeks ago I did a guest post for our friends at Duct Tape Marketing.  John Jantsch’s new book Duck Tape Selling recommends ScreenFlow as a useful tool for both marketing and selling your products and services.  If you are using ScreenFlow for promotional material for your business, make sure to follow these few simple tips! You can see the original post here.  

Over 90 million people in the US watch online videos every day, and over 50% of consumers say that watching online product videos allows them to be more confident in online purchase decisions.  What does that mean for business owners?  As online video becomes more prevalent and relevant, so does the need for your business to start producing video.

Creating the perfect video to sell your product is not an exact science.  The complexity of your product mixed with the diversity of your customer base allows for a broad range of potential strategies.  Fortunately there are a few universal tactics that will better position your video presentation for sales success. Read the rest of this entry →

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Wirecast and Twitter: The Perfect Team

May 20, 2014 in Product, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

WirecastBringing Twitter into Wirecast

What is the single most important part of broadcasting with Wirecast? Your audience.

Even with top of the line equipment and utterly engaging content, without an audience, there is no show.  If you are already plugged in to social media, you already know about Twitter and the enormous power that it has on influencing pop culture and modern human interactions.  A quick 140 character Tweet can reach millions of people in seconds!  There is arguably no better way to reach out and connect with your friends, followers, fans, peers and customers. A successful live broadcast will have an engaged and informed audience, often influenced by a Twitter handle associated with the show itself, so set up a Twitter profile if you haven’t already!

Once you have your Twitter profile up and running, take it a step further by interacting with your audience during your broadcast.  Having a live Twitter feed in your show allows for immediate responses to viewer feedback and questions, and elevates your passive viewers into active contributors to your show.  Additionally, adding a Twitter feed can boost viewer numbers as well as viewer loyalty.  Who doesn’t want to see their opinions and questions considered on live TV?!

Now that your Twitter account is up and running, take a look at how we pull Twitter feeds into Wirecast here at Telestream: Read the rest of this entry →

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