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LIVE Streaming Music / Concert Events

Learn how to live stream a musical performance, band or live event with a focus on syncing audio and video
Paul Richards
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Live stream from a concert venue.
Set up a live streaming studio at an outdoor location.

In this tutorial, Paul Richards and Jonathan Vineyard demonstrate how to livestream a musical performance at a local festival in Pennsylvania. This live streaming tutorial includes everything from equipment set up to tips and tricks for video production. You will learn how to set up a multi-camera live streaming system with Wirecast (or vMix) using a PC, multiple PTZ cameras and a joystick controller. Audio mixing is also mentioned and viewers will learn tips on feeding the audio board and converting the signal to USB for live streaming. This live stream was recorded with YouTube Live and is called “Pretty Good Festival 2016” (link below).

You will learn how to set up a live streaming system to record musical performances plus as a BONUS add a live stream drone to the video production. Paul Richards will take you through the steps of connecting your computer (with live streaming software) to a audio mixing board properly and sync up your audio with a live drone. This tutorial, is slightly advanced and will require some knowledge of live streaming production software such as: Wirecast or vMix.

A Real Live Streaming Set Up


This is our course introduction. The course itinerary is available via PDF below. 

  1. Introduction to the course

  2. 3 Years of Live Streaming a Music Festival

  3. Gear you want to consider

    1. Audio

      1. USB Audio Interface

      2. Audio Mixer

      3. Microphones

      4. Speakers

      5. Headphones

    2. Video

      1. PTZ Cameras

      2. Joystick

      3. Monitors

      4. Streaming Computer

      5. Cabling

  4. Monitoring your audio and getting that right first

  5. Camera Exposure & Color Matching

    1. Adjusting camera exposure during the day

  6. The Producer and the Camera Operator - Live Streaming Teamwork

  7. PTZ Preset Management and Joystick Operation Best Practices

  8. Using the Playlist to automate camera switching

  9. Recording and Streaming at the same time

  10. Preparing for intermissions and copy written music protection

  11. Adding a drone to live video production

  12. What we do differently

  13. Critiquing real footage and getting better

3 Years of Live Streaming Music Festivals

In this video, we review 3 years of our live streaming setups. You will see how to live stream drones, what a live stream wiring diagram looks like and how our setups have evolved over the years. 

Course review / Quiz & Audio Info

Let's get ready to really dive into this course. Take the Quiz below to test your knowledge. 

Quiz #1

Test your concert streaming knowledge

Tips from the StreamGeeks - A relaxed Introduction to streaming concerts

The StreamGeeks, is a podcast I host, where we dive into live streaming topics in a laid-back atmosphere. This episode is full of great tips for live streaming a music festival and may open up your ideas of what is possible. 

Color Matching Multiple Cameras

Color matching multiple camera is incredible important so that viewers do not notice any difference in each camera when switched. The best thing to do is use all the same type of camera first of all. But also, consider lighting and how you will place the cameras. When you are doing a live production you do not have the benefit of post production. 

Setting up a Producer Kit

With hundreds of potential video angles available with PTZ Cameras, and the incorporated 3D PTZ Joystick, these new and innovative PTZ Producer Kits offer you every venue as a perfect destination for your next live streaming, thanks to its affordability. The availability of PTZ Producer kits with 12X and 20X optical zoom 3D-SDI Cameras now make your high-quality video production very affordable. Your PTZ Kits are complete live streaming systems built around the Intel NUC Skull Canyon Micro-PC as its heart of the operation.

In this video, we will walk you through on the easy setup of your wonderful PTZ Kits. Though the setup is easy and quite simple, we need to understand some of the basic kits in the box. If you open your box you will discover that there are more than 10 kits in the box which can be grouped into two: the main kits and the accessory kits.

  • Intel NUC Skull Canyon PC
  • PTZOptics Gen-2 12X or 20X Camera
  • HuddleCamHD RS232 Joystick
  • Magewell 3G-SDI/USB 3.0 Frame Grabber
  • Shure Motiv MVi Mic Interface
  • 100’ 3G-SDI Cabling
  • 100’ RS-232 Cabling
  • 2M HDMI High speed with Ethernet
  • 8in mini display port to HDMI Logitech USB Wired keyboard & mouse
  • 7 port USB3 HUB

Accessory Kits

  • 2nd PTZOptics Gen-2 12X or 20X
  • 2nd Magewell 3G-SDI/USB Frame Grabber
  • 2nd 100’ 3G-SDI Cabling
  • 2nd 100’ RS-232 Cabling (Daisy Chain)  

Before we go into the main focus of this post which is the setup of PTZ Producer Kits, it will be good that we know some little details about the basics kits that will form the bedrock of the setup. These kits are Intel NUC Skull Canyon , PTZOptics Gen-2 12X or 20X Camera, HuddleCamHD RS232  and  Magewell 3G-SDI/USB 3.0 Frame Grabber.

PTZOptics Gen-2 12X or 20X Camera

These two PTZ Optics are 1080p cameras for capturing long shot with high quality resolutions. These cameras are ideal for broadcasting high definition video signals for broadcast, recording or video conferencing applications, thanks to their support for 3G-SDI, HDMI, and IP Streaming.When you are working with large media file, featuring high resolution and vibrant visuals, you need a processor that will process your data at high speed. Intel NUC Skull canyon gives you that capability at a grand speed of 40 Gbps. It is that 6th generation processor (Intel® Core™ i7 processor) that gives you maximum performance, in conjunction with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics.

For variable control of zoom, use 3-D Joystick (RS-232). It gives you that flexibility to easily pan, tilt and zoom.

Magewell 3G-SDI/USB 3.0 Frame Grabber

Magewell enables you to record or stream a 3-D input signal via USB 3.0. It can accept up to 1920 x 1200 resolution at 60p. It is the Frame Grabber that helps you to connect your USB to SDI Cameras.

To know more about these kits and other information about PTZ Producer Kits, go to Producer – PTZOptics for more details. At Producer-PTZOptics, you will have access to the Data Sheet, User Manual, Application Diagram, and even where to buy your wonderful PTZ Producer Kits and other ptoducts.

Now, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty of the post. Before you start any connection, ensure that power is available because the system cannot function without power. Now that your power is on, follow the step-by-step guide below for the setup of your system.

Step 1: Connecting Power

Plug your Intel NUC Skull Canyon, Joystick (RS-232) and SDI Camera to power.

[caption id="attachment_5329" align="aligncenter" width="624"]PTZOptics Producer Kit Step 2 PTZOptics Producer Kit Step 2[/caption]

Step 2: Connecting Computer

Connect the Intel NUC Skull Canyon to your computer via the HDMI Cabling.

Step 3: USB Connections

Plug the USB to Intel NUC Skull Canyon

Step 4: Joystick Setup

Plug the Joystick (RS-232) to DB9 Cable.

[caption id="attachment_5332" align="aligncenter" width="613"]Step 5 Connect SDI Step 5 Connect SDI[/caption]

Step 5: Video Setup

Plug your SDI Camera to the Joystick via the DB9 Cable.

[caption id="attachment_5333" align="aligncenter" width="628"]Step 6 - Frame Grabber Step 6 - Frame Grabber[/caption]

Step 6: Frame Grabber

Now, plug the SDI Camera to the USB via Frame Grabber

[caption id="attachment_5334" align="aligncenter" width="623"]Step 7 - Audio Step 7 - Audio[/caption]

Step 7: Audio Setup

Plug the Shure MVi-LTG to the Intel NUC Skull Canyon to connect to the audio source.

Step 8: USB Keyboard/Mouse

[caption id="attachment_5335" align="aligncenter" width="615"]Step 8 - Live Stream Control Step 8 - Live Stream Control[/caption]

Plug the keyboard to the Intel NUC Skull Canyon

Then from your computer, import your camera by connecting via the Magewell. Once the connection is up, sign in to Facebook or YouTube and complete the setup for live streaming. Then copy your file and paste the information. That’s it, congratulations!

This setup is very easy, and if you are fast enough you can do it in 10 minutes or less. But we advise that you take your time to run the setup very well. Remember, the setup we illustrated above is for single camera. For two cameras, follow the same steps. The only difference is that you need 2 RS-232 cabling to connect the cameras, and also 2 Magewell 3G-SDI/USB 3.0 Frame Grabber to connect the two cameras to Intel NUC Skull Canyon. Check the pictures below to get the clear view of the setup.

[caption id="attachment_5336" align="aligncenter" width="983"]Live Streaming Application Diagram Live Streaming Application Diagram[/caption]

If are you are still confused somehow, I would suggest that you watch the video on our YouTube Channel. To watch the video, go to PTZ Producer Kits – Opening the Box & Setup. You will enjoy doing so.


Wireless PTZ Camera Control Setup

In this video, we will discuss how to setup a wireless PTZ Camera using a DHCP Router/Switch with a built-in WAP (Wireless Access Point). The beauty of this setup for small streaming systems is that it allows us to connect multiple cameras to our LAN (Local Area Network) and gain wireless camera control via an iOS app or computer. Once the cameras are available on our Local Area Network we set the cameras up with static IP addresses and connect to them using our iOS app on a iPhone. 

Course Summary & Thank You!

Thank you for taking this course! Feel free to email me with any questions @ paul.richards@ptzoptics.com

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