Broadcasting events is a lot of fun. download and install Windows Media Encoder for free, and get started with these steps from Ian Felton. Add value to your Website production by saving your broadcast to file, if you have the CPU power to make and keep up an archive.
Whether it’s a personal blog, web community or chat room, the success of the Internet owes a great deal of thanks to a type of “Do-It-Yourself/Express Yourself” mentality. When the Internet emerged, millions of people discovered that with a little know-how, any individual could have a voice on the ‘Net. This concept can now be easily extended to include live broadcasts of any type. With costs totaling less than $100, anyone on the Internet can have their own ‘Wayne’s World.’ Now get out your horn-rimmed glasses and mullet-wigs. We are going live.
Here is a quick checklist of all the specifications for your live broadcast:
First, download and install Windows Media Encoder from Microsoft’s web site. Amazingly, it’s a free download and a very powerful software package. After you have the encoder installed, you may need to reboot your computer.
Next, make sure your web cam and microphone are working properly. I use a Logitech Quickcam Pro 4000. It has a built-in microphone and face-tracking software. The face-tracking software makes it appear as if there is an actual cameraman following the movement as it happens. This cam is a steal at about $50 including shipping.
Once your camera and microphone are working, open up the Windows Media Encoder that you recently installed. A prompt will appear with several options.