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How Do I Create a Webcast?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 03 July 2014
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If you want to create a webcast, then you should be sure to consider the hardware and software platform necessary to create and broadcast media content. The hardware you need can depend on what type of webcast you want to create, though it generally consists of a computer, one or more cameras connected to the computer, and at least one microphone. You should have software to receive live video and audio into your computer, as well as a platform to broadcast your media online. Once you have the hardware and software you need, then you can create a webcast about any subject that interests you.

The first things you should consider when you set out to create a webcast are the hardware and software you need. A webcast is basically a media broadcast, often including both video and audio, that is sent out over the Internet rather than through a television network. You should be sure to have a computer that is powerful enough to handle video and audio input and broadcasting. Other hardware you need to create a webcast includes a camera, usually a webcam though other cameras may be compatible with a computer, and at least one microphone that can connect to your computer.

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You also need certain software to create a webcast. Be sure to choose both hardware and software that is compatible with your operating system (OS). You should also consider what software platform you want to use to broadcast your media over the Internet. There are a number of different platforms you can use to create a webcast, and you should choose software powerful enough for your needs and available at a price that is the best value for you.

As you assemble the hardware and software you need to create a webcast, you should also consider the content of your program. You should typically have a theme or subject for your webcast, and you might consider writing a script to help you structure your webcast more effectively. If you want to create a webcast of a live event or special promotion for a product, then you should consider how to best capture the event or the important facts regarding the promotion. You can then use a camera and microphone to capture the content of your webcast. The software platform you choose typically handles broadcasting the media over a live stream or through a recorded format.

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