How to Set Up a Webcast
Placing yourself on the web can be done in multiple ways. Not only are you able to create a website to establish your online presence, but you're also able to broadcast personal videos as well. With your webcam and a computer, you'll have the opportunity to become an Internet star in your own videos. In a few steps, you'll learn how to set up a webcast and allow others to take a peek into your world.
Things You'll Need
- Web hosting service
Obtain a webcam. Usually, you can purchase one from a local retailer or an online store such as TigerDirect, Radioshack or Office Depot. Just type the term "Webcam" or "Web Camera" into the search box at the top of the page. You'll be instantly shown currently sold webcams to buy. Some webcams have built-in microphones that will be needed to record what you're saying. If you're not satisfied with that type of microphone, consider purchasing an external one that can be quickly connected to your computer as well. Microphones can also be purchased from a local or online retailer.
Pick a service to host your webcast. Some services will be offered free, while others charge a set fee to gain access to their tools. The best way for you to choose a webcasting service is to decide on a budget limit and if your webcasts will be transmitted live. A few services that allow you to stream your webcast in current time or just upload a previously recorded video include YouTube, Ustream and Mogulus. To get started, visit the homepage of your chosen webcast host to sign up for a new account. Follow the on-screen instructions for creating a user name and password, and establishing your hosting space.
Create a programming schedule before you consider broadcasting your webcast for others to view. Decide on the topics you'd like to discuss and how you'd like to present them. Organizing your webcast ideas and topics in an outline form will help everything go smoothly. Make your webcast interesting enough to catch the viewer's attention as well. If your webcast seems poorly put together and very unprofessional, many viewers will click away from it within a few seconds. Some of the most interesting concepts to discuss on your webcast include the latest electronic gadgets available for sale, political topics, and humorous situations that many people can identify with.
Share your webcasts with as many friends and family members as possible. Getting the word out about your informative or funny webcasts will increase your viewing audience. Set up a dedicated Web space on which to embed your webcasts and distribute the URL to others. Many free blogs and paid websites allow you to instantly embed your webcast code into a newly created website. As you update your webcasts, the website will automatically update as well. To get the embed code, just click onto the "Embed Code" link at the bottom of the webcast or copy the provided code. When you're ready to build a new website, select the "HTML" link to enter it on the page. Web services such as Wordpress, Blogger and Typepad give you access to website building tools.
Decide if you should charge a price for viewing your webcasts. Some internet viewers don't mind paying a fee to view helpful information that will help them succeed in life, career or finance. If you're extremely knowledgeable about a subject and can produce a proven method of success, consider using your webcasts to spread your message. You'll have the chance to share your knowledge without paying an extremely large amount of money, such as the cost of a television commercial.
Tips & Warnings
- Always use a high-speed Internet connection if you're planning to do live webcasts.
- Don't attempt to broadcast a webcast without preparing ahead of time.