This Week on Livestream | January 30, 2017

Explore the minds of the world’s greatest authors, enjoy jazz and classical performances, and tune into a MIT programming battle. Watch live events on Livestream this week!

Emmett Till: True Stories of An American Tragedy | NYPL
Monday, January 30
6:30 PM ET
“In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy visiting Mississippi from Chicago named Emmett Till was murdered by white men who believed that Till had harassed one of their wives. The atrocity rattled a nation and helped fuel the modern civil rights movement. Historian Timothy Tyson and PEN Award–winning author John Edgar Wideman will speak about their new books, The Blood of Emmett Till and Writing to Save a Life, with historian Nell Irvin Painter.”

When Pop Stars Go Broadway | The Greene Space
Monday, January 30
“How do songwriters from the worlds of rock, folk, and country adjust to writing for the theater? And why has the Broadway establishment been so resistant to their idiosyncratic and often fascinating shows? Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel hosts a conversation with Rob Berman, musical supervisor for Bright Star, and Carmel Dean, musical supervisor on Green Day’s American Idiot.”

Freedom in the World 2017 | Freedom House
Tuesday, January 31
“Join Freedom House for the launch of Freedom in the World 2017, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual assessment of the state of freedom around the world.”

Michael Eric Dyson | Author Events
Wednesday, February 1
7:30 PM ET
“Possessed of ‘intellectual heft, critical thinking depth and finesse with words and messages’ (Essence), Michael Eric Dyson is the author of 19 books, a frequent New York Times opinion writer, and University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown. Tears We Cannot Stop is a no-holds-barred call for white America to face difficult truths about how it has ignored or dismissed African-American grievances.”

Javon Jackson Band | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Wednesday, February 1
7:30 PM ET
“Saxophonist Javon Jackson is a former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers who has since played with major artists like Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones, in addition to leading his own groups. Jackson has a knack for putting together stellar rhythm sections, capable of supporting his commanding sound before taking their own turns in the spotlight.”

How I Got Over: A Conversation with Filmmaker Raoul Peck | The Greene Space
Thursday, February 3
“James Baldwin’s final and unfinished project Remember This House was an effort to capture the lives of three of his closest friends, all assassinated: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. WNYC editor Rebecca Carroll hosts an unconventional conversation with Filmmaker Raoul Peck about the prescience of Baldwin’s work and his indictment of American racism as its own moral monster.”

#MozartFest: “Nachtmusik” | Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Friday, February 4
10:45 AM ET
“MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
MOZART Symphony No. 35, Haffner
MOZART Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
MOZART Symphony No. 36, Linz”

Lighting & Rendering in Unreal Engine: An Evening with Epic Games | Gnomon
Friday, February 4
“Join Gnomon on Friday, February 3rd for an evening with Epic Games’ Director of Education and Learning Resources, Luis Cataldi. In the two-hour presentation, Luis will assemble a complete interior scene from scratch while sharing many useful tips and tricks to improve production workflow. Once assembled, the scene will be illuminated, while reviewing many of the key need-to-know features of the Unreal Engine 4 lighting and rendering systems.”

Battlecode 2017 Live Broadcast | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Saturday, February 5
“Now in its 17th year, Battlecode is MIT’s longest running programming competition. It features a unique challenge that combines battle strategy, software engineering and artificial intelligence. In short, the objective is to write the best AI player program for the strategy game Battlecode. Anyone can participate, as long as you know how to program.”

Immersive Storytelling Symposium | The New School
Sunday, February 6
8:30 AM ET
“Join Parsons School of Design at The New School for a one-day symposium about the explosion of affordable virtual and augmented reality technologies. The event will take a critical look at the impact of new mass media technologies such as the Gear VR/Oculus Rift, Google Daydream/Cardboard, HTC Vive, MS Hololens and their ‘immersive’ effects on theater, games, news, and entertainment.”

How to Stream a Webinar With Mevo

On this week’s webinar, we pulled back the curtain for a behind-the-scenes look at how we produce and stream a webinar.

In this video:

  • How to Plan a Live Webinar
  • How to Set Up Webinar Equipment
  • How to Build Your Audience

Content Director Amber van Moessner and Mevo Producer Nathan Lundie share a crash course in webinar production. Our hosts cover everything from equipment testing and setup to content and distribution strategy. Throughout the show, they answer questions live on-air from audiences tuning in on Livestream and Facebook Live.

How to Stream a Webinar

Think about your content:

  • What does your viewer want to see?
  • What topics will you cover?
  • Outline your show.

Amber covers why content planning is so important for any live broadcast. Having a great topic, and rehearsing the discussion before you go live, keeps a show moving. She also shares why broadcasting a live show to different channels is so important. Streaming to two destinations, like Facebook Live and Livestream, can increase your viewership.

Preparation is key:

  • Check your internet speed.
  • Test your cameras and audio gear.
  • Budget time for rehearsal.

See Livestream’s new Three Camera Kit, which includes everything you need to stream a webinar. Nathan demonstrates how easy it is to cut between a live camera on your host – or hosts – and a slide deck. He also shows how he uses a Mevo camera and Studio software to add graphics and lower thirds.

Webinar Equipment Checklist

Here is what we use:

  • 2 Mevo Cameras from Livestream
  • 2 Mevo Boost Battery Packs
  • 2 Mevo Camera Stands
  • 2 Wireless Microphones
  • Livestream Studio Software
  • Livestream Surface Go Controller
  • Livestream Studio Keyboard
  • Apple iPad for Mevo Control
  • Wireless Router

Watch our full show below, where we answer the following questions:

  • Why does interesting content set you apart?
  • Why should a rehearsal always be part of your strategy?
  • If you stream it, will they watch?