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5.1 Hangouts On-Air Demo

In this lesson, you will learn how to get your rig working for a live video chat. We'll be using Google Hangouts On-Air as an example, but don't worry if you have a different app in mind. The process of getting your rig working is the same for almost every live streaming and video conferencing app out there!

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5.1 Hangouts On-Air Demo

In this lesson I'm going to show you how to get this rig set up with Google Hangouts. Now maybe you had a different streaming application in mind. Don't worry because the process is almost exactly the same for all of the streaming applications out there. So you can see the main camera is on a wide shot there. That's because I wanted to show you exactly what was going on in this space, and I'm not switching anything out or using anything different, this is the real deal. You can also see that I have a different computer set up here, I'm not using the laptop. That's because I had to ship my laptop back to get something repaired on it, but the process is going to be the same on almost any computer that you use. So here's what we have going on. I have my streaming camera set up about six feet in front of me and that's zoomed in so that it's kind of cropping just how I want to see it. You can see the HDMI cable coming out of the camera, that's coming over here. And on my table here I have my microphone that I've attached back here just to create a little bit more room. Now this is a little bit high, kind of in the frame. I'd prefer it to be down lower. But unfortunately, in order to make that happen, I would have to mount that back about a foot and a half or figure out a way to actually mount this part of the arm lower. But this is fine for now, it's not actually hooked right now, that's something that I'm gonna show you how to do. Also on the table I have this Barranger UMC 204 HD. This is my USB audio interface. I have the microphone plugged in right here, and I have the gain set, I have the drivers installed. The next thing I need to do is plug in the Magewell and plug in the HDMI to that. Now, I'm doing a screen recording on my computer here, so you can see exactly what's going on. So I'm gonna plug the USB 3.0 in, and I'm also going to plug in the HDMI here. Now there's probably nothing that happened here on the screen when I plugged in the USB 3.0 because I've already plugged that in to this machine. So it is installed already. But I'll just show you here. If I go into the computer manager or device manager. This is under imaging devices. This is normally where you would find kind of web cam stuff and you can see it's listed right here, XI100DUSB-HDMI Video. That part of the equation is all set. Now, there is software that you can download if you want to record on your computer, it's not the best software. But if you wanna see if this is actually working before you try and stream anything, you can download Magewell software, it's called Capture Express. And when I open that up, you're gonna see, hey, look at that! There it is, it's working. For whatever reason, the aspect ratio is [LAUGH] is not quite right. I don't think there's a way to lock that. But, I can kinda stretch it out so that it looks okay. And, check that out, that is full screen right there and I'm doing a screen recording, so you should be able to see that. And, that looks pretty darn good, much better than you would get on any web cam. You can use this just to make sure that the video is working. It's coming in great. I mean you can see the motion here. Things are looking great. There's no dropped frames and there's no weird de-interlacing happening. So this looks pretty good. I'm just gonna exit out of here. So I've already installed the drivers for this Behringer USB audio interface. There's really not a lot of settings in here. Some other audio interphases will give you kind of levels and meters this doesn't, but not to worry, we can use the streaming software to help us set the levels. I have turned up the gain a little bit so that I can see there's a signal light on here. And this does give me an indication if I cranked this up there's a red light on here that will show me when it clips so I do have that to reference as well. So I'm going to show you how to get the video and the audio working in Google Hangouts and the process is going to be exactly the same in almost every other streaming application out there. Every streaming application that I have used, they all work exactly the same. You select your video device. You select your audio device. And that's really pretty much it. So, the reason why I'm not doing Hangouts on air is because, I don't wanna broadcast me just kinda rambling on here to a bunch of people. So, I'm just gonna do a Google Hangouts with my wife, but it works exactly the same with Google Hangouts on air. If I click my video button here it turns on the camera, and you can see that it's already working and it looks just fine. Under settings here, I can select the video source. And right now there's only one but if I had a webcam attached you would see two. You would see the webcam and this XI100USB blah blah blah. So right now there's only one. Under the microphone input, I think, I wanna select this Line BEHRINGER UMC204. That is the device that I'm using so I'm gonna select that and two, one. You can see I'm getting good signal right in here and then all I need to do is save. And so. This is basically it, that's the entire process. Everyone of these streaming applications is going to have a Settings where you select your video input, you select your audio input. There's not much that you have to do other than that. Now I believe that Google Hangouts is limited to maybe 720 and so the picture might not look as spectacular scaled down to 720. So in terms of your overall quality, that's not going to be limited by our setup here. Our setup is very high quality. The best that it can be is what I'm gonna show you right here. That's this camera here, that's the recording on the camera. And that's kind of your best possible outcome. You're only going to be limited on the computer basically by your computer's processing speed, if you, for whatever reason, can't plug it into USB 3.0, if you plug it into USB 2.0, the resolution is going to scale down to something lower, it's not gonna work really great. So as long as you're plugged into USB 3.0, you're gonna be getting a full 1080 video stream. That's gonna look fantastic. In terms of your broadcast resolution, that's really only going to be limited by the upload speed. So you're probably going to want to monitor the other devices on the network to make sure that they're not chewing up all of the bandwidth and hogging your connection so that it's reducing the quality of your video stream. But I'll show you another quick test that I'm going to do in Skype so you can see exactly what this looks like with a real video stream broadcasting over the internet. So, check that out here. This is an example of what this streaming rig can do when it's actually doing a stream over the interwebs. I can see from my bandwidth monitor here that my connection up, sending video from this computer here, is not as good as it could be. I suspect that I'm being limited by some other traffic that's on the network here, probably people just got home from work and they're doing a lot of uploading, or downloading, and that's effecting the overall quality that I can get at this point in time. But I know that the camera is going to look good, the lighting looks good, the audio, hopefully that's sounding fantastic. And that's really all I can ask at this point because what I need to do is work on my upload speed so I can get a better upload for video streaming. Make sure to check out the last lessons in this course, where you're gonna hear some final tips and tricks to help you produce some great looking video streams.

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