This Week on Livestream | July 10, 2017

Watch live as Radiolab presents More Perfect at The Greene Space, Mark Bowden visits the Free Library of Philadelphia, ASCOA hosts a discussion on the present and future of North America, and Houston Sharp, the Art Director behind the paintings in this summer’s Wonder Woman, hosts a discussion and demo at The Gnomon School in Los Angeles.


Podcast Mixtape: Radiolab presents More Perfect | The Greene Space
Monday, July 7
7 PM ET
“Would you give up your home if it could possibly benefit the greater good? What if the government needed to take your land to build a hospital; would you give in? What if they needed the land for a stadium, or… a pipeline? Participate in a lively debate with Radiolab and More Perfect host Jad Abumrad and More Perfect legal editor Elie Mystal.”

#243 Higher Education: Digital Transformation and Innovation | CXOTALK
Tuesday, July 11
1 PM ET
“In this episode of CXOTALK, Joanna Young, recent higher ed CIO, industry advisor, and well-known thought leader, brings her latest insight and thinking on the digital transformation of higher education.”

Mark Bowden | Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam | Author Events
Tuesday, July 11
7:30 PM ET
“Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books of investigative journalism, including the National Book Award-nominated Black Hawk Down.”

NASA iTech Forum | National Institute of Aerospace
Wednesday, July 12
9 AM ET
“NASA iTech is a yearlong initiative to find innovative ideas with the most potential impact on future space exploration and support development of the most promising solutions.”

A Discussion on North America: Present and Future | ASCOA Online
Wednesday, July 12
9:30 AM ET
“Council of the Americas and Americas Quarterly will look at the state of trade and investment in North America, the nature of supply chains, and how business is conducted today.”

Building the Advanced Headshot: Sponsored by Canon | bheventspace
Wednesday, July 12
1 PM ET
“Today, just about everyone needs a great headshot. Whether it’s for social media, business, or personal use, the marketplace for this type of photography is enormous and so is the income potential. This session will review lighting patterns on the face and then continue with how to create depth and dimension with up to 5 Speedlites and also cover the use of gels for color harmony between subject and background.”

Illustrating the History of Wonder Woman: Digital Painting with Houston Sharp | Gnomon
Thursday, July 13
10:30 PM ET
“Working with Director Patty Jenkins and a highly talented crew of artists, Houston Sharp helped realize a very specific look for the paintings featured in the hit movie. Houston will discuss the work that went into the paintings for Wonder Woman, as well as the design work he contributed to Ares in the final battle scene. An illustrator and concept artist from Los Angeles, Houston will conclude with a digital painting demo that will reveal his complete workflow when approaching an illustration, from start to finish.”

Kevin Hearne | Besieged with Chuck Wendig | Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy and Fran Wilde | Updraft | Author Events
Friday, July 14
7:30 PM ET
“Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles, the ancient-Celtic-meets-contemporary-mayhem action-adventure series featuring 2,000-year-old Atticus O’Sullivan. In his latest adventure, the immortal Irishman dodges traps in ancient Egypt and soul-stealing demons at a Kansas carnival.”

“Is It Rolling, Bob?”: Bob Dylan’s Nashville Recordings Revisited | Country Music Hall of Fame
Saturday, July 15
3 PM ET
“Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz, author of the critically acclaimed study Bob Dylan in America (2010) and a contributor to Dylan’s official website, will offer remarks about Dylan’s strong ties to Nashville and country music, and then join a panel discussion focusing on Dylan’s album Blonde on Blonde, which was recorded in Nashville in 1966.”

Interlochen Featured Webcasts | Interlochen Center for the Arts
Sunday, July 16
8 PM ET
“Join Interlochen Arts live Sunday, July 16th at 8 PM ET for a live, featured broadcast of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, violinist Simone Porter, and with Carlos Kalmar, conducting.”

5 Tips for Streaming Live Interviews

Bringing a guest speaker onto your live show is a great way to add insight and expertise to your regular programming. With new solutions arriving on the market every day, streaming live interviews is more popular than ever. Gone are the days of pricey flights and complicated scheduling. Now anyone can invite a guest to join their live broadcast, from wherever they are.

Getting Started Streaming Live Interviews

Streaming live interviews can be intimidating, but you don’t have to be Terry Gross to conduct a great live interview. With our tools and tips, you can get started streaming live interviews right away.

1. Finding a Remote Interview Solution

The most important things to consider when choosing a remote interview solution are reliability, video/audio quality, and ease of use. Video conferencing software is a popular choice for beginners, but it isn’t always ideal for a live broadcast. A dedicated live interview solution is the right tool for the job.

Many streaming solutions, like Livestream Studio software, include a live interview function. Adding a live interview in Livestream Studio is very simple: if your guest has a webcam and the Google Chrome browser, you can send them a unique URL generated by the Studio software. When they open the URL, it will automatically activate their camera and send a signal to your Studio software, giving you both the ability to chat in real time.

2. Testing Your Workflow

Before you go live for the first time, test your live interview workflow. Ask your guest if they can join you for a remote “rehearsal” so you can troubleshoot ahead of your broadcast. During your rehearsal, make sure to test your camera and audio equipment, your streaming encoder, and – most importantly – your internet connection.

This last component is especially important. Both you and your interview subject should connect to a dedicated network if available. Connecting via ethernet, instead of WiFi, adds much-needed stability to your live broadcast. Without a reliable network connection, your live interview could have stuttering, buffering, and drop-outs, making it hard to have a smooth conversation.

3. Practice Makes Perfect

Your first live interview might have a few hiccups, but that’s to be expected. Try running a test stream, and monitoring it online, so you can better understand what your audience will see. After testing your workflow, try practicing your interview techniques with a friend or colleague. If you have questions for your interview subject, run through them so they seem second-nature on the day of your show. With enough practice, you’ll feel confident about having a conversation on camera with your guest.

4. Looking Good, Feeling Great

With live video, you only get one chance to make a first impression. When you’re streaming live interviews, it’s important to put your best foot (or face) forward.

Before you start streaming, take the time to bring your space to life. You don’t need to rig heavy lights or contend with cumbersome equipment. Even adding a few simple LED lights will make your video softer and more evenly lit.

If your guest doesn’t have access to a dedicated space, ask them to find a well-lit, well-appointed location to conduct their interview. If additional lighting isn’t an option, recommend a place with soft, indirect lighting (think table lamps). Overhead lighting, especially the fluorescent kind, can make you and your subject look wan and high-contrast.

5. Creating a Distribution Strategy

You’ve just wrapped up a great interview, but what happens next? It’s time to start thinking about your distribution strategy. It’s important to continue the conversation with your viewers so you can promote your next live show, and encourage your audience to tune in next time.

With your Livestream account, you can easily maintain an archive of your live shows. You can share the video on-demand of your live event on all of your social channels. Each video on-demand comes with its own unique embed code so you can post the interview to your – and your guest’s – website. You can also download the video itself and edit your show into bite-sized pieces of content.

If your interview guest has a following of their own, ask them to share your video on-demand to their fans and followers. Livestream uses this strategy with our webinar series, Livestream Learn. After the show ends, we write a blog post around the event, with a call-to-action to watch the full show in each post.

Ready for Your Close-Up

These five tips for streaming live interviews are just the beginning. As you continue to grow and learn, your live video strategy will evolve too. Remember to set aside time before and after your live broadcast to test your equipment, rehearse your show, and stay in touch with your audience. You’ll master the art of the interview in no time!

Want to learn more about getting started with streaming live interviews?

Check out our webinar with CXOTALK founder Michael Krigsman to learn how one independent uses Livestream to interview leading entrepreneurs in technology and business.