Contemplating doing a live vid feed while you are doing a live broadcast? It's intriguing and it can give your audience/listeners an inside look at what you are doing and why you love doing it.
That being said, you have to remember that you can use either the cam built into your pc (most have one now) or a little usb pluggable vid cam.
I have one similar to this:
It has some nice features, and even though it's 720 dpi, it has the auto focus, which comes in handy. When you are broadcasting and looking at the cam, you dont always stay in one position, twisting, turning, gesturing....it's a good feeling knowing that what you are sending out is pretty smooth, and Logitech is a top brand.
There are other types that are 1080 dpi, such as this one, and i have something similar as well, plus, if you want, use a little tripod like you see below, if you dont want to worry about having to clip your cam. The tripod setup allows you to move the cam around and find just the right spot to give your listening audience, your 'best side'
Even though I have loved being a dj in school when i was younger, and have done speeches in front of people and groups, there is still that nervousness that will pop up time to time.
Hell, even in my own life outside of broadcasting, i sometimes have the jitters and need calming down.
Ive tried meditation, cbd oil, breathing exercises, and all have worked in some small way or another.
I have seen quite a bit of success by coming to the conclusion that if you know something , and know it well, as with anything in life, you can bring it out to others very successfully.
I mentioned on my previous post how during the course of my first broadcast live, that it went over so well, and it led to further live broadcasts (let's face it, anyone can run a station if you just let the software robot play tune after tune) and part of the joy it gave me and my listeners, was that it inspired me to do a few podcasts.
Airtime Pro allows you to do podcasts, through their software, but i found one day as i was sitting with some time off from work, i just thought why not, grabbed my laptop, and just used the simple Windows recorder app, and proceeded to speak for an hour (all my podcasts are an hour minimum), recorded it, saved it, then uploaded it as any other item into the Airtime Pro dashboard of trax, (see pic below left) and set it up to play that evening at 8pm, as I wasnt going to be available live. And it worked perfect.
Now that method may not give you studio quality, but you can always check out this item on Amazon that allows you to use a Tascam mini podcast studio you see below.....it looks pretty decent. Maybe try my way first and see if you like it, if not, give this a whirl.
Last September 20th, 2018, was the first night i did my first live broadcast using the Air Time Pro software.
It was a one hour show, where i talked about my local neighborhood, having grown up there, and at my age, at that time, 56, had been all over the country and the world, and had moved back and was living in a house just one block from where I grew up.
Originally, I had planned on only a fifteen minute show, but i then got rolling and the memories of my childhood poured out, so I broke the show down into four fifteen minute segments.
I have included this pic showing that i used a series of different laptops, etc....so that i could monitor facebook, where the home page for my station was going to be used to monitor the live chat, and the others were used to watch the different screens from air time pro's dashboard, i.e., the current playlist, as well as the show calendar to monitor my time before the end of the show etc.
Eventually, i settled on a two monitor setup so that i could go ahead and get rid of some of the clutter. This came in handy for recording podcasts (yes, you can do that with Airtime Pro as well).
I used a standard two large monitor setup, but I am intrigued about using the newer laptop monitor attachment setup.
I must say, after the excitement of the first show wore off, i was beat, the rush was gone and it was time to hit the sack......rest for another day, another show.
So, as i said in a previous entry, for using Airtime Pro, all you need is a laptop/desktop and a microphone, either a usb standard mic, or, as i prefer, a headset with a builtin microphone.
If you check the airtime pro website, they have a FAQ section, but just to let you know, it takes a few minutes to setup, and you can take it from there and build your station.
When you go to the airtime pro site, you login and and fill in specific info regarding your station:
Once you fill in whatever username, password, language, you begin to create your account for your station. You will receive an email from airtime once your station is ready.
When it is ready, you login to your station/domain, i.e., it will be whatever name you created at .airtimepro/login.
From this point on, you will see an interface that allows you to upload music trax, or whatever type of recording you are going to use, talk, or music, as well as set up your dj's, if you have more than just yourself.
The interface is pretty easy to use, and reminds me of my mp3 players where you simply pick and choose what trax, upload and you are on your way. More details to come.
Wow, it is still hot here in Pittsburgh, and I am still trying to stay in shape. Mentally, physically, spiritually, etc.
While working out i found out that not only do you lose sodium, you lose potassium and magnesium, you need all three. I found out the hard way.
Anyway, when im not planning new music to put into rotation on KRCK, im always trying the latest to stay healthy, and i found a great powder drink mix from Dr. Berg, Electrolyte powder, check it out, all the potassium you need and tastes great too.