Streaming Executive Interviews with CXOTALK’s Michael Krigsman [Video]

Industry analyst Michael Krigsman is a one-man band: the creator, producer, and host of CXOTALK, a weekly live show featuring interviews with the leading minds in tech and innovation. Kringsman joined Livestream Learn to share best practices for streaming executive interviews, CXOTALK’s origins, building an in-house live video studio, and his independent content distribution strategy.

Streaming Executive Interviews

Mastering the Learning Curve

Kringsman’s first foray into live video began with Google Hangouts, but as his strategy evolved he realized he needed a more reliable solution for interviews with high-level executive guests. When Krigsman migrated to Livestream there was a bit of a learning curve, but Livestream support was there to help him get up and running.

How Live Saves Time + Effort

When you’re interviewing high-level executives, there is no room for error. Having a reliable streaming solution was essential for Krigsman’s production. “With live video if something goes wrong, everybody knows,” Krigsman said. “Products like Google Hangouts are great if you’re doing a casual chat or a casual video,” he added, “but it has to do with stability. With Livestream, it just works.

Livestream’s unique platform features proved to be a key factor to Krigsman’s success. Having an all-in-one solution made distributing his content easier, freeing up time to focus on producing a high-quality show week after week.

“I use Livestream Studio, and stream to the Livestream platform, which then automatically, simultaneously streams to Facebook Live,” Krigsman said. “I don’t have to do anything, and that saves me work. It’s one integrated solution – it removes the variables, and it simplifies the entire set-up.

Creating a Home Studio

Before long, Krigsman was producing, hosting, and broadcasting CXOTALK from his home studio. By using technical quality as a point of competitive advantage, CXOTALK was able to rise above the fray. Krigsman didn’t need to break the bank to create a sophisticated home studio. He invested in LED lights from B&H, entry-level audio gear, and Livestream Studio software.

Perfecting Live Interview Skills

Audiences have gravitated toward the show for the insight and thought leadership of both the host and guests, which include Chief Innovation, Technology, and Executive Officers from a wide array of businesses. Krigsman briefs every guest before the live show, providing interviewees with topics and guidelines. He makes sure to leave room for fun and spontaneity – the secret ingredients that keep any live show interesting.

Distribution is Key

Krigsman uses Livestream’s Simulcast feature to reach his audience whether they’re watching CXOTALK on his own website or via Facebook Live. After the show, he’ll repurpose the video-on-demand to continue the conversation. Krigsman is also a columnist for ZDNET, where he posts a blog recap after every episode. This strategy is a great way to promote CXOTALK, and keep in touch with viewers who may have missed the live show. By creating easy-to-share assets, Krigsman’s guests can also promote the show to their respective audiences.

Ready to learn more about what makes live video a powerful tool for independent creators? Watch the video below for insights and expertise.

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.