The Future of Live Video: 26 Influencers Share Their Thoughts

Live video came into its own this year as a social media staple. The past year in live video has changed the way we interact with brands, artists, and organizations. Producers are reaching new audiences with tools like Facebook Live and Livestream’s Mevo camera.

The new year ahead of us will mean incredible things for the future of live video. What do thought leaders predict for this powerful new medium? Livestream asked 26 live video influencers to share their thoughts:

Jesse Hertzberg, CEO, Livestream: “I believe the focus in the livestream industry will shift to the content creators more so than the content distributors. Tools to make this possible, like Mevo, will continue the march of progress, and quality “TV” will move further and further away from the rarified confines of the broadcast booth.”

Al Roker, Weatherman and Entertainer, Roker Media: “Livestreaming is NOW; unique, interactive, attention-grabbing, newsworthy, and tailor-made for a #FOMO generation.”

Sam Sheffer, Creative Producer, Mashable: “One billion people use Facebook on a daily basis, and now a large portion of them can go live at a moment’s notice, and share what they’re seeing. And what you see is what you get. It’s raw. It’s real.”

Brian Tong, Host/Editor, CNET: “Live video is the ultimate form of engagement.”

Stephanie Leke, Media Relations Manager, New Republic: “In 2017 we’re going to see a major uptick in the use of live video as an added revenue stream for brands and media organizations.”

Susan Piver, Founder, Open Heart Project: “The beauty of live video is the human component.”

Chapin Clark, EVP/Managing Director, R/GA: “Video isn’t reliant on written or spoken words to tell an affecting story. It’s universal.”

Alicianne Rand, Former VP of Marketing, NewsCred: “In 2017, video will take center stage as the format of choice.”

Michelle Morrison, Organizer/Host, Designersandgeeks.com: “Technology continues to break down the barrier between people’s highlight reel and what they experience in the moment.”

Mark De Couteau, Product Manager, EDGESport/WME: “Success will come to companies who are able to make improvements quickly by listening to their users.”

Sarah Lacy, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Pando Daily: “I still don’t see a world where everyone is a highly paid ‘life-caster’ ever emerging.”

Max Haot, Founder, Livestream: “Now anyone can create professional quality live video content.”

Will McInnes, CEO, Brandwatch: “Take everything that’s addictive about real-time social and add moving sound and color – bada bing! Is it any wonder consumers love it?”

Amora Brown, Operations, Hack Reactor: “Expect live video to become as common as texting in 2017.”

Kathryn Minshew, Co-founder, The Muse: “Live video is a phenomenal medium for engagement because of the rawness, immediacy and authenticity of it.”

Toby Daniels, Founder, Social Media Week: “Live — powered by social media — has the potential to reach more people, faster and on more devices and screens than ever before.”

Jason Lemkin, CEO/Founder, SaaStr: “Look at how your kids (or your friends’ kids) use YouTube. The enterprise will be like that.”

Danielle Bullen, Founder/Designer, Diasporadic: “The line between consumer and creator is becoming more and more blurred.”

Mark Kornfilt, Founder/SVP Product and Technology, Livestream: “Consumers are more and more expecting brands, organizations, and the companies they work at, to communicate through livestreaming.”

Max Altschuler, CEO, Sales Hacker: “Live video is the next best thing to face-to-face conversation.”

Michael Krigsman, CEO/Founder, CXO Talk: “Video activates our senses – sound, visuals – and brings us into a scene, making it come alive.”

Sherna Lee, Marketing Director, MOJO Marketing and Media: “Brands that nail live video will be those that figure out the type of content that works well live versus just going live.”

Niv Dror, Social Key, Product Hunt: “Facebook Live and Periscope matured from being new apps for early adopters to utilities that anyone can use in the mainstream. Mobile networks have really improved to make this possible.”

Keegan Forte, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Ceros: “It’s a natural next step for those social channels to become smarter on how to monetize live video streaming with brands.”

Dayanada Nanjundappa, Founder/General Manager of India and SVP Technology, Platform Products, Livestream: “I believe the solutions we offer at Livestream will play a pivotal role in providing a complete solution for producers to showcase their events live.”

Phil Worthington, Founder, SVP, Research and Development, Video Products, Livestream: “New tools will emerge that simultaneously lower the creation barrier while at the same time driving production values up in new and ever more intuitive ways. ”

For more information about the state of live video – including in-depth predictions, raw data, and resources, visit our 2016 Live Video Retrospective.

Livestream 2018 NAB Updates: OTT Live, Studio for Mac, New Hardware, eCDN

What’s new for Livestream at NAB 2018? Studio software improvements, a brand new hardware product, and our first time in the Vimeo booth!

NAB (the National Association of Broadcasters) is the world’s leading broadcast and media technology tradeshow. Convening every year in Las Vegas, NAB begins April 9 with exciting new products and releases for the video broadcast industry.

If you are in Las Vegas, visit Vimeo, Livestream and Mevo at NAB 2018 in booth C3307 to meet with our team and see demos of our products and latest features.

Watch below as Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud and GM of Live Mark Kornfilt unveil our new releases for NAB.

What’s New at NAB 2018?

Studio 5: Beta Now Available For Mac

We’ve heard your feedback and worked tirelessly to bring it to life: our latest version of Studio Software is now available for Mac users in beta.*

Vimeo customers can now log directly into Studio 5 software, and enable streaming to multiple platforms in the cloud with Vimeo Premium, in addition to the existing ability to stream to multiple RTMP-enabled social destinations. New hardware encoding and decoding features in Studio 5 enable you to produce high-quality, multi-camera live video using consumer-grade computers, including the iMac and MacBook Pro.

Studio 5 updates also include “Simple Mode,” a new user experience for those new to streaming or with simplified workflows.

Brand New Hardware: Studio One

Studio One is our newest encoder with a compact desktop size (an 11-inch Mini-ITX box) that doesn’t spare on horsepower. Stream up to 4K resolution, from two 4K inputs, or four HD inputs (HDMI or SDI).

The Studio One also features two quarter-inch analog audio inputs, an Intel eighth generation 6-core CPU, a high-performance graphics card, and advanced hardware encoding. This new hardware packs a lot of punch in a small package.

Build a OTT Subscription Streaming App for Live and On-Demand Video

With the power of Vimeo’s over-the-top streaming custom apps, you can now build a Netflix-style OTT app for your live and on-demand video content in no time at all, and monetize that content with a subscription service. This is great news for fitness, sports, media, and worship content creators who want to engage their audiences live as well as on-demand all within the dedicated home of their app or website.

Today audiences are demanding a rich, immersive video experience that they can access on any device. Hundreds of video creators are scaling faster and reaching more viewers by building subscription on-demand experiences on Vimeo OTT apps. Distribute and monetize your videos your way, while we handle the tech so you can focus on amazing video content.

Vimeo OTT includes friendly viewer and end-user support from real humans, in-app payments to set your own price with built-in free trial tools, audience acquisition and engagement tools help you track subscriber growth and churn, and meticulously-designed SDKs and API developer tools to customize your experience.

eCDN for Corporate Communications Streaming

Global brands rely on Livestream to communicate a unified message to employees wherever they are. But the biggest concern about livestreaming company-wide to thousands of employees is how this will impact their server and network health. To solve this, Livestream now offers an eCDN (enterprise content delivery network) for our enterprise customers with large, global employee bases. This new feature will allow them to stream company announcements and events using peer-to-peer networking technology, that won’t stress their internal servers and networks. It also improves content delivery speed, reducing buffer time.

Livestream’s eCDN solution is by far one of the most affordable for large corporations, and also is completely turnkey, requiring no additional hardware or software downloads.

NAB Livestream 2018

Looking for more details about Livestream’s latest releases? See our live programming schedule below and join the conversation on social with the hashtag #NABLive.

We’ll be doing a live demo of all of our new offerings Tuesday, April 10 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

12:00pm PT: Vimeo Creator Tools Overview
Tohm Sansani, Director of Product Management, Vimeo

12:30pm PT: Vimeo OTT Overview
Megan Wright, Product Operations Manager, Vimeo

1:00pm PT: Livestream Studio Products and Platform Overview
Phil Worthington, SVP, Product Design and R&D, Vimeo

We’re also interviewing Livestream and Vimeo customers and partners like Nikon, IDC Sports, and the NFL Jaguars every day from our NAB booth. Watch LIVE here.

Monday, April 9, 2018 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT  

2:30pm PT: Catching Up with Bill Bennett, Director of Photography, ASC
Derick Rhodes, Sr. Director of Creator Programs, Vimeo

3:00pm PT: OTT Customer Session: Hillsong Church
Will Peddie, Operations Manager, Hillsong Church
Stu Barnes, VP of Sales, Vimeo

4:00pm PT: How the NFL Jaguars are Growing Revenue With Live Video
Patrick Kavanagh, Director of Broadcasting, Jacksonville Jaguars
Amber van Moessner, Director of Content Marketing, Vimeo

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT  

2:30pm PT: Creator Talk: The Latest from Canon
Alex Sax, Canon
Derick Rhodes, Sr. Director of Creator Programs, Vimeo

3:00pm PT: Les Mills On Demand: Subscription Streaming for a Fitter Planet
Piers Tufnell, VP of Technology, Les Mills Media
Stu Barnes, VP of Sales, Vimeo

4:00pm PT: How Nikon is Using Live Video to Engage Customers + Employees
Mark J. Soares, Sr. Marketing Manager, Nikon
Amber van Moessner, Director of Content Marketing, Vimeo

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6pm ET/3pm PT  

3:00pm PT: OTT Best Practices from Saigon Broadcasting Television Network
Vu Tran, Program Director, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network
Stu Barnes, VP of Sales, Vimeo

3:30pm PT: Building an Audience for Local Sports: Live + OTT
Greg Maish, President, ISC Sports
Amber van Moessner, Director of Content Marketing, Vimeo

*For now, Studio 5 for Mac is only for subscription users and does not include multi-view, Surface support, or tally lights, and can only be used with an AVI transcoder.