It's getting down to the wire. The Winnipeg Free Press News Café is days from opening. From inside those floor to ceiling glass walls our video team (of two) will be producing live streaming content on winnipegfreepress.com. We will have a setup in place that will allow us to go live any time that news breaks. We'll be able to do live hits from the field, over the phone interviews and Skype calls. We'll eventually be doing full fledged, multi-camera live programming.
Let me remind you, everything I've stated above isn't new. It's called TV. But our version comes with a twist. This is a full scale live streaming operation, but without the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gear to make it happen.
Let me elaborate: The studio cameras have been replaced by prosumer video cameras. The control room is now neatly packaged in a little piece of software called Wirecast and (this is my favourite) those expensive teleprompters? No need when you have an iPhone, an iPad and a fancy little App called ProPrompter. Check it out:
In the grand scheme of things these technologies are pretty new and do have their quirks. But in our testing, I've been extremely happy with how they've performed.
We've already posted some videos we've put together using Wirecast and ProPrompter. I'm pretty happy with the results and things will only get better as we become more comfortable with the programs and technologies: