A Comparison of Three Devices for Live-Streaming Video

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Wired compares the Livestream Broadcaster, the Teradek VidiU, and the Teradek Cube 255 as devices used to live-stream video directly from a camera.

They write, "That’s the purpose of these devices: plug in a camcorder or camera, hit a button and you are live on the Internet. It could be a school play you’re broadcasting to grandparents abroad, a concert friends can’t attend, or a street-level view of a political protest. Of course, you can use a smartphone and one of a handful of apps to broadcast a video stream, but these dedicated devices let you it at a much higher quality. Foremost, you’re not limited by your phone’s camera; you can use a DSLR, a camcorder, or a compact camera with a special lens. Also, given the ability to fine-tune variables like bitrate and compression, you get more control over the file output. Best of all, with one of these small boxes, you don’t have to fiddle with software or arcane commands. Each device makes it painless, converting the video into an H.264 stream and sending it out over a Wi-Fi or 4G connection."

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ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K used by Zodiac Studios on Austin Music Live Streaming Series

ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K used by Zodiac Studios on Austin Music Live Streaming Series

Blackmagic Design today announced that Austin, Texas based full service production studio Zodiac Studios is using an ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K live production switcher and Video Assist 4K monitor/recorders for its ongoing Austin Music Live series. Cofounded by Robert Calder, owner and executive producer at Zodiac Studios, along with Producer and Creator David Christopher, the live streamed series celebrates the rich and diverse local talent that makes Austin the live music capital of the world. Austin Music Live supports and fosters the city’s $2 billion music tourism industry.