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Apr 112013
 

HangoutDDOcastI’ve gotten a few questions on how I broadcast DDOcast via G+. There’s a lot of information into that answer, so I’ve decided to give it a write up in parts.

For Part one, here’s a quick overview of what you need and why.  I’ll go over in detail on how to set things up and use them in broadcasting over the course of this series.

  • A Google Accounthttp://accounts.google.com/SignUp
    • This is a requirement for both YouTube and G+
  • Create a YouTube Accounthttp://www.youtube.com
    • Once you have your Google Account you can go to YouTube.com and Sign-in. You’ll be prompted to create a new YouTube Page.
    • You need YouTube because G+ Hangout on Air uses YouTube to record video and audio
  • Access your G+ Accounthttp://plus.google.com/
    • Follow any prompts to setup your account. Add an image and a bio on your about page.  The important part is being able to “Start a Hangout”
    • For the first time you’ll need to start a hangout and “Enable Hangouts On Air” and authorize its use. I’ll go into more detail later.
  • A Web Camera
  • A GOOD Microphone
  • A set of Headphones – DO NOT USE SPEAKERS! EVER!
    • These can be anything from cheapo ear buds to fancy Bose noise canceling.  The important part is to make sure that no audio from your speakers feeds back into your microphone.
    • Audio Feedback is VERY BAD!  Feed all audio to your headphones.
  • Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) Software
    • The latest version is Virtual Audio Cable v4.12 – $35
    • VAC is intended to connect several audio applications together in real time. It’s like a sound card with hardwired input and output: when an application sends an audio stream to a virtual cable, other applications can record this stream from the other cable end. Thus, you can record and process output of almost any audio application by almost any other audio application. VAC operates like TotalRecorder but is more universal.
    • I use VAC to feed audio from XSPLIT to G+ Hangout so it gets recorded to YouTube and so that my Hangout Group can hear what I play on the air.
  • XSplit Broadcaster Software
    • The latest version is XSplit Broadcaster v1.2
    • I bought the Personal 12-month License for $40, you go as low as $15 for a 3-month license.
    • XSplit is great for recording and broadcasting presentations with mix media (mp3, video, camera, flash and images).  You can use your camera as a source in combination with Skype or Adobe Flash.  Overall it’s a pretty versatile tool that mimics a virtual Audio mix deck except with all kinds of media.
  • Think about getting Video Editing Software

Next week in Part 2, I’ll talk about setting up your Google account along with G+ Hangout and YouTube for the first time.

And of course visit us at DDOcast.com to view some of our Video Casts!