Monday, January 23, 2012

Live Video, test

I saw that Gothia Cup in Sweden used Bambuser to let their players and/or spectators stream live video from Floorball games recently - using smart phones. Hmm interesting now we have tried it out too.
Last evening at the local high school we took some video from a smart phone that was not on a wifi connection - but we streamed it live - poff - up to our facebook page.
You may find the video here

The quality is not good but I think half of this relates to the fact the we used a 3G phone connection plus I am not convinced that the phone is fully designed to make videos with. So it looked bad, kind of. Then also with a direct live feed - with no producers and only one camera angle. Yepp it is not TV yet.

Did someone watch our feed? Ha we had two live views - and about 20 people have seen the clip since it was streamed - nope this is not super-bowl yet. But to be honest I think it might crazily enough become a very big thing in the future...
Let's say that you instead use a Go-pro or other HD camera and you hook up over wifi (this school does not provide wifi) or use a wire straight into the Internet - LAN style. Then I can imagine that the next development step would be that you have 3-4 cameras and that the viewer, either manually or automatically - use a function that switch in a nice pattern between different cameras.. as a real producer do on live TV.

The future sure will look different and it is not only Floorball I talk about as I say this.

Should other leagues or tournaments use or at least try this? If you care about Floorball and you think it is right to spread the word. The answer is yes. But the next test we want to see here should be from someone that has a WiFi connection at their venue. Bambuser works from both smart phones and laptops - but I recommend that you hook up a good camera to that laptop.

Then there is always the commercial version of Bambuser too but we do not know how that works and what benefits comes with that package.

Lets see how good this might become - and yes - if there is any sport that should do things like this - it should be the new ones - right... ;-)

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To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!