Streaming Media Content - Streaming Video Content Sources
Most people use a webcam or camcorder as the primary source for their streaming video, but there are many other
possible content sources. As long as you can edit the video before making it available, almost any kind of audio
visual content can be incorporated into a streaming video.
Live webcasts, of course, do not have the luxury of using a variety of sources unless you have access to a
professional production studio and the personnel to prepare the material.
VOD or Video on demand is ideally suited for a mix and match approach to video editing. Adding titles and
captions is an obvious editing choice, but you can also get creative by adding still shots, animation, split
screens and other special effects.
Still shots are particularly suitable for streaming video because they compress much better than moving video
images. You can use photographs or graphics to clarify your topic while at the same time creating visual
Animation could also be used effectively, but this can be harder for the average video streamer to produce.
There is specialized software, however, that can convert a video image into a stylized 'drawing' which can be
suitable for special effects.
Rather than relying on your own video footage, you could also incorporate public domain video into your video
stream. There is quite a selection available, ranging from silent black and white footage from the dawn of
cinematic history to contemporary digital videos which have been released into public domain by their authors. You
can find some of these by doing a search for 'public domain' at Google Video.
Another source of material for your streaming video is screen captures. These are images or videos of a computer
screen and are ideal for demonstrating software. They can be used to present a new program or to illustrate
specific computer techniques.
Screen captures can be used in combination with a regular 'talking head' shot so that you can see the presenter
in one corner of the screen while watching the computer demonstration. Most video editing software allows you to do
this kind of 'split screen' editing.
Music and Sound
Do not forget your audio track. Besides the dialogue, music and sound effects can be added which will greatly
enhance your streaming video. A musical introduction can be effective for setting the mood of the video and musical
interludes can also be used during transition points. These alert the viewer that new material is about to be
presented which can add to the overall comprehension of the video.
Most video editing software gives you the tools to make a professional style video. Think of how movies and TV
shows are put together and this will give you some great ideas for your own video. Try to give your viewers enough
visual diversity to keep them interested but try to avoid boring them with a single shot of a droning narrator. Any
message can be enhanced by effective presentation, so if you have something to say, and why else are you making a
streaming video, use whatever it takes to get that message across.