Video Camera Basics Webinar

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You’ve created your channel, tested your connection, and set-up your encoder. But, how much do you know about cameras?

In this Webinar we cover some basic tips & tricks, as well as some common mistakes to avoid, to give your camerawork that professional polish.

This Video Camera Basics webinar was conducted on October 8th, 2015. It goes over some of the basics of good videography for live video streaming, as well as tips & tricks for producing great video, and answering your questions.

This talk was originally going to be broadcast on October 1st, but Eliot Miller was invited to give a talk on the same topic at the San Francisco Video Tech conference, Demuxed.

(In this video I mistakenly said that mine and Adam’s phone extensions were reversed. They are correct according to the slide at 45 minutes)


Video Camera Basics Webinar

Types of Camera

  • Different types of cameras (Webcams, HDMI, SDI, Wireless)
  • Does it need a Capture Card?
  • What’s best for your broadcast?

Best Practices

  • Composition
  • Dead Space
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Depth
  • Light
  • Cheap alternatives to expensive lights

Common Mistakes

  • Gain & Noise
  • Digital Zoom
  • White Balance

Summary with Q&A

  • Tweet at us, @DaCastSF with the hashtag #DaQuestion


In this Webinar we will focus on an often overlooked subject in live streaming: the camera. This Webinar will expand on topics we covered in our tutorial video, Video Camera Basics as well as in Eliot’s talk at Demuxed – “How do I ‘even Camera’?”

In the rush to broadcast content live and online, many people have forgotten the lessons of cinematography learnt from over a century of film-making. These rules still apply and can vastly improve the quality of our broadcasts. So put aside bit-rates and encoders for now, and lets talk about cameras.

Live Video Camera Basics

For live streaming, at the moment I would split them into four types: USB, HDMI, SDI and Wireless. This may change in the next few years, but for now, those are the big four. I have classed them by their output cable, because that changes how we interact with them for live streaming. HDMI and SDI outputs will require a Capture Card/Device, while USB and Wireless will not (usually).

A good quality stream is so much more than a bit-rate. Composition, Framing and Depth can all have a huge effect on improving the quality of your video feed, often by simply following the Rule of Thirds. This rule states that by splitting the image into three vertical thirds, and three horizontal thirds, we can correctly proportion

For a really professional look, have plenty of light when broadcasting. It really is the difference between amateur and professional video. The best affect is achieved with 3 Point Lighting. This involves a Key Light on the subject, a soft Fill Light on taming the shadows on the opposite, and a Back Light at an oblique angle, that highlights just the edge of the subject.

Video Camera Basics

The second half of the webinar will focus on common mistakes, and automatic settings, that plague people who are new to using a video camera for live streaming. Most importantly, we’ll cover how to avoid these mistakes, and really improve your video quality.

Finally we’ll close with a question and answer on video cameras and live streaming.

We hope this webinar was informative and useful for you. If you have any questions, or requests for future webinar topics, leave them in the comments people, or reach out to DaCast on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

All of our video tutorials and webinars are also being uploaded to our YouTube playlists.

Webinar and post by Eliot Miller. Find me on Twitter and G+