When live streaming there is not much needed than just to get a live stream out, it`s easy !
However, the production teams at the football grounds know that there are quite a few links in the chain that could break at any point.
Here are ScottishFootball.online we work very hard to monitor our systems and procedures to ensure we cover any eventuallity. Our back end Administration system has been enhanced as we find out user issues and questions. We can now quickly check our systems for data and respond to user queries.
Having worked on the project of streaming live football matches, for some considerable years, we have continued to add backup features on these links in the chain. All the clubs streaming teams also undertsand and have backups in place. This blog is intended to give an insight to the setup typically used for live streaming.
There are four main areas that require looked at.
1. The production at the stadium including connectivity
2. Connection to the Streaming Platform.
3. The video and audio content delivery network (CDN)
4. Live support on match day.
We normally use a Black Magic Web presenter as the video capture interface but a second Video capture card such as Mirabox or standard HDMI video capture card would suffice. These cost less than Â£50.00 and are ideal for backup.
The Video Camera 4K typically used can cost over Â£2,000 but a smaller HD camera costing around Â£500 would suffice in an emergency situation.
The Laptop is also another expensive part of the kit. For the main kjit one needs a high-end spec laptop, typically a gaming system. But as an emergency a lower end laptop able to use the a standard video capture card with the small HD camera again would suffice to get the stream out live.
The Video Production software, typically Vmix, can also be replaced by OBS, for example. One option we have is a Macbook with OBS and a second camera. This can go out to our live stream settings or we can quickly setup a second stream to ensure we go live very quickly.
Therefore, using lower end spec hardware and software can ensure that you at leats get a live stream out. Crucial these days when competing with the likes of SKY and BT Sport (who never have such issues ;o) )