Some more photo’s from New York…
Yesterday’s Livestream was hard work to say the least. I had to control the Wirecast Software/YouTube and the Streamers Control Panel whilst filming the thing too! Basically, an impossible task to do well. Arriving and realising there was no way the wifi could handle a live stream, after being told it would, was a nightmare as well. As I had no 3G signal and didn’t know the area I had to wait until Waddy arrived to go grab what I needed (or at least thought I might need!) to hard wire all my devices to Planet Hollywood’s Internet server. When Waddy arrived we jumped in the car and headed to Radio Shack, problem was the traffic was jammed, so after 20 mins we opted to jump out the car and run. At this point i’m thinking we have 90 minutes till we go live and even if I get the cables and a switcher, I don’t know what to do with them! We grab them and shoot out the store, Waddy tells me it’ll be about 15 minutes he thinks, to walk back, however, we turn one corner, literally, and there is Planet. We couldn’t believe it! We’d wasted some time getting there, but heck we got what we needed so onwards and upwards so they (who’s they?) say!
Inside I cable up the two 100 foot cables and the switcher and get to searching online how to set this up so it hopefully works. People are now coming to me about every minute asking “Can we do it?” “Are going to have to use an app and just do it on a phone?” etc, and i’m going crazy inside, trying to read how the hell I do it, but staying calm(ish) on the outside as I finally, 30 minutes before we go live get a stream going! YES!
As for the stream, it didn’t last long enough, and we know that, to be honest, on the day there were lots of factors not allowing us to do more, or what we wanted to do, but that’s just how it is unfortunately. Also, the start and end was weird because I had to have Joe hold the camera while I operated the software etc and set the slates live, switch the camera angle and the get to my camera and start filming. I also couldn’t get back far enough because I had press all over my back sat with there legs out so I couldn’t move hardly. Anyway, it worked :) Phew.