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What type of audio and video technology do I need to perform?

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2016 12:19PM EST

Our new iPhone/iPad app Concert Window Broadcaster makes it super easy to broadcast from anywhere, and the quality is excellent. You can download the app here: 

The app is our favorite way to broadcast – it's great for living room shows, venues, even the tour bus. Just tap "Start broadcast" and you're good to go.

Need a tripod? We recommend the Gorillapod ($20). Looking to get audio from the soundboard? Try the iRig Pro ($120).

Broadcasting can be as simple as opening your laptop and playing into the built-in camera and microphone. This method is simple and successful, and the quality is fairly good if you have a new-ish laptop. It limits the amount of technical issues you are likely to experience, and also minimizes barriers between you and the audience. 

Connecting an external microphone and camera is another way in which many artists have broadcast on Concert Window. This method works well if multiple performers are involved or if you're looking to upgrade your setup. We recommend the following equipment. And don't forget, you can do a test broadcast at any time to experiment with equipment and make sure everything is looking and sounding good.

Easy USB camera and mic setup: Blue Yeti USB Microphone ($130) and Logitech C920 USB Webcam ($70)

Audio from a mixing board, pro setup, or XLR microphone input: Try the iRig Pro ($120) interface. It's super easy to use, portable, and sounds great. 

Another easy way to get audio into your computer is via a line-in cable. Just plug in, pick your input, and go.

  • Important: Running audio through software such as ProTools or Logic before going into Concert Window can often result in delay in your audio. We advise against this, unless you're using line-in for audio, which should work without delay.   

Video from a pro camera setup: Concert Window fully supports RTMP broadcasting, which accommodates software encoders like Flash Media Live Encoder, Wirecast, and Open Broadcaster Software; and hardware encoders like the Tricaster. You can find your show's RTMP information on your Broadcast page. 

  • Important: You cannot connect DSLR or pro cameras to your laptop for live broadcasting without the use of a capture card or capture device such as the Blackmagic Intensity mentioned in this blog. Concert Window's technology will fully support multi-camera inputs via RTMP, but we cannot offer specific support on such broadcast setups given the range of hardware out there.
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