A webcast can be a great way to share your passion with the world. Creating your own show allows you to educate, inspire, and entertain others in your own unique way. While a webcast can be a very demanding hobby, the return can be equally rewarding. Getting started is easy and there are a wealth of tools available for you to produce, host and share your webcast with the world.
Things You'll Need
- Video Camera
- Video Editing Software
- High-Speed Internet Connection
First, you will want to do some planning in regard to what type of show you would like to do. Ideally, the topic of your show will be something you're knowledgeable in or have some interest in learning. To choose a topic, sit down with a pen and paper and think about your passion. Any topic can be turned into a webcast show with the proper planning. After you've come up with a list, ask friends and family for their opinion to see if the topic is interesting.
Next, you will need to get some video equipment. The basic necessities are a webcam (specifically for your computer) or a camcorder. Depending on the quality that you're looking for, there are several options. If quality is not a concern, then an inexpensive webcam would be a good choice. Keep in mind, however, that these cameras need to be tethered to your computer and cannot be transported. If you're looking to shoot your show elsewhere, you will need to look for a camcorder. There are several inexpensive cameras on the market for doing so.
If you would like your show to be a bit more professional, you can opt to get an HD (high definition) camera. While these tend to be more expensive, there are some cameras that allow for just shooting video and no advanced features (e.g. zooming, lighting preferences, etc.).
Finally, if you're looking to have a stable shot, you may want to invest in a tripod. This will support your camera and ensure that your picture is balanced.
Prepare your episode. Decide what you will talk about on your show and determine a flow. Will there be segments? Multiple cuts? This is all up to you and your level of creativity. Know what you're going to talk about before you get on camera. Writing down notes or a rough script can help you avoid long awkward pauses. Try to find other shows on the web or television. Take notes on how they speak, how their content is organized, and their look and feel. Ultimately, your show will only be as good as you make it. The more time and effort put into the planning/production phases, the better your show will be.
Shoot an episode. This is the fun part of your webcast. After you've determined what you're going to say, start taping. Make sure that your lighting looks good and your picture is balanced and even. Look online for various tips on how to set up camera shots, adjust your lighting and record sound. Each of these factors play a separate roll in the filming process and should not be overlooked.
Edit your episode and upload it. While this is not necessary, it is highly recommended. Begin by acquiring editing software. For Windows users, the built-in Windows Movie Maker is free and allows for basic editing of your films. Mac users have access to the built-in iMovie software. If you're looking for a more professional set of tools, there are high-end software packages available (e.g., Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and Avid).
Next, you'll want to upload the episode to the Internet. There are several free video hosting sites available. These sites offer large communities of people who can act as an audience for your show. While these sites are free, some have a limit on how large your file can be, the length of the video and its content. Before you upload to a site, make sure to check their policies and regulations to avoid issues.
After you've uploaded your video, you're all set. You can start promoting and building an audience.