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Looking to turn your PC into a live video production studio? Ustream has just launched a new desktop application to help make that happen. Today, the company is launching a new desktop client called Ustream Producer that boasts high video quality and editing tools that can help give your streams an added layer of polish. The application is available for both Mac and PC, and you can grab it here.
Now, you’ve always been able to broadcast to Ustream via your web browser, which uses Flash to access you PC’s webcam. But Ustream says that the desktop client offers both increased video quality (you can stream in HD and H.264), and perhaps more importantly, it allows you to create broadcasts that can be far more complex than just a single stream from your webcam. The application includes support for Picture In Picture, which means you simultaneously show two streams at the same time. The premium version of the app lets you use multiple cameras from the same setup, while the free version lets you include additional Ustream streams that are being broadcast from other computers. You can also integrate previously recorded video, and share your desktop screen.
Ustream is offering a free version of the producer, which includes more than enough features for casual broadcasters. But if you’re looking to make your broadcasts look more professional, complete with graphic overlays and multiple camera angles, you’ll want the premium version, which costs $199.
This isn’t the only way to broadcast live video from your desktop, though. Competitor LiveStream has offered a similar production tool called Procaster since last April. And there are third party applications like Wirecast that allow you to stream to multiple livestreaming services, like Justin.tv, Livestream.com, and Ustream.
If you’re looking to get a feel for what can be done with the new software, the company says that Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso will be using it to broadcast a new song from the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack tomorrow at 4PM here.
For me, MAC OS X immediately detected the USB device as a DSP sound processor and the headset was ready to use in a matter of seconds. As far as the headset is concerned, the Plantronics DSP-500 comes with a high quality lightweight headset with a 3 meter long cord, which has a rather modest sized DSP and an in-line volume control attached to it. The 3-inch long attachment is the Digital signal processing unit, which houses all the works that processes sound and sends it directly to the headset.
The quality is much better than a cell phone or a landline. It has some amazing DSP noise-canceling technologies.
As far as PC audio is concerned, the DSP-500 is Plantronics’ top of the line offering.
StreamDesk is a live stream player designed for Flash based streaming. It works with a variety of websites including ustream.tv. It gives you a list of over 50 streams, from Tuesday Night Tech Show (featuring Srasm) to the SpaceVidCast. Some of its features include bookmarking and automatically saving sessions.
(Via MacUpdate – Mac OS X.)
More people are watching video online than ever, with the percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewing online video now topping 75%.
What’s this mean to you?
In a few years, your television will be more like your computer than a traditional television.
comScore today released July 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service, reporting that Americans viewed more than 11.4 billion videos for a total duration of 558 million hours during the month.
Other notable findings from July 2008 include:
- Americans spent a total of 558 million hours watching online video during the month.
- The average online video viewer watched 235 minutes of video.
- 91 million viewers watched 5 billion videos on YouTube.com (54.8 videos per viewer).
- 51.4 million viewers watched 400 million videos on MySpace.com (7.8 videos per viewer).
- The duration of the average online video was 2.9 minutes.
Google Sites Maintains Dominant Position
Google Sites once again ranked as the top U.S. video property with more than 5 billion videos viewed (representing a 44 percent share of the online video market), with YouTube.com accounting for more than 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property. Fox Interactive Media ranked second with 446 million videos (3.9 percent), followed by Microsoft Sites with 282 million (2.5 percent) and Yahoo! Sites with 269 million (2.4 percent). Hulu ranked eighth with 119 million videos, representing 1 percent of all videos viewed.
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