Live WebCasting From A Backpack

Live WebCasting with out an Internet Connection

As long as I did not drop the camcorder over the edge of the hot air balloon’s basket, all would be well. Luckily, I had a firm grip and I stood at a safe distance from the edge. The computer attached to the camera was safely tucked into my backpack. Live streaming while floating high above the ground was an exhilarating experience. I was glad I had a simple way to live stream almost anywhere with such simple equipment.

American Movie Company was covering a skydiving event. They had attached several

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JJ Rich AMC TriCaster Tech

camcorders on the ground to the TriCaster 8000. However, they had wanted one other angle from the sky. We knew we could live stream from a hot air balloon because we knew the camera did not have to be plugged into the video switcher on the ground. We would be able to use 3G/4G networks to send the video with KenCast’s VazztCaster program through the internet to the video switcher. The TriCaster operator turned to me: “Are you scared of heights?”

Well, I’d never actually gone in a hot air balloon, but I clambered into the basket with a laptop, backpack,3G/4G internet cards, a black magic device, and the necessary cables. Soon, someone had started a blazing fire under the colorful balloon to help lift us into the air and then we were up.  The wind blew refreshing air across my face as I lifted the camcorder towards the sky.

The skydivers started diving, twirling and falling through the air like birds that suddenly forgot how to fly properly.  I could even see some of the expressions on their faces (admittedly, I was probably enjoying recording them more than a few of them enjoyed diving, judging by their widened eyes and panicked expressions). I knew viewers from all over the world could be enjoying this video without ever having to watch from the ground, or jump out of a plane, or get in a hot air balloon.

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