How to Webcast a Live Event

By Nicholas Pell

Webcasting is an exciting way to share your event with people who can't be there in person. Anyone with an Internet connection can see everything that goes on at your event, whether they are across town, across the country, or on the other side of the world. The best part is they don't even have to wait for the event to be over and recorded. They can watch it live as it happens.

Things You'll Need

  • Webcam
  • Microphone

Step 1

Sign up for a web streaming service. There are many services on the Internet that allow you to stream live video content. Three highly recommended services are UStream, Stickam, and Livestream. These sites offer both free and premium services for your event webcast. The free version has everything you need to webcast your event, while the premium services include more storage space, no ads, and high definition streaming.

Step 2

Set up your webcam. Connect your computer and your webcam using a standard USB or IEEE 1394 cable. Make sure you have adequate lighting. Position the camera so the event speakers are visible and framed well.

Step 3

Set up your microphone. It is important for people who are watching your even webcast from a remote location to be able to hear as well as see what is going on. Plug your microphone into your computer jack or USB cable. If your microphone jack is too large for your computer port, use an adapter (available at most electronics stores).

Step 4

Follow your web streaming service's onscreen instructions to start your webcast. The process may vary slightly from service to service, but they'e typically very user-friendly. Always allow Adobe Flash Player settings on pop-up screens. If you have problems, right-click or control-click in the camera view field and adjust your settings to allow your selected web streaming service access to your webcam.

Step 5

Embed your webcast on your website or blog. This will allow people who do not have memberships to UStream, Stickam, or Livestream to access to your webcast. For Stickam or Livestream webcasts, just copy and paste the provided embed code into the HTML editor for your website. UStream requires a WordPress plugin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that you are using a high-speed internet connection. Dial-up connections do not have the necessary bandwidth to provide reliable streaming video for your event.