Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Hangouts On Air overview, part of Google+ for Musicians and Bands.
One of the more intriguing features of Google Plus is Hangouts On Air, a video conference that although limited to yourself and nine others, allows you to stream what could be considered your very own television channel through YouTube. Of course, this is also possible with services like You Stream, Justin TV and Live Stream, but Hangouts On Air has a terrific video codec and lots of audio codec available. So the quality of the broadcast can be great. Hangouts On Air is extremely versatile, with far more to offer than one on the surface seems only like the video chat.
For instance, you can broadcast your video on YouTube as well as on Google Plus. Your video streams both on your YouTube account and your Google Plus stream, which means that you can share your YouTube URL with anyone who wants to watch your broadcast live. You can live stream your Hangout on any website. While in your Hangout, you can grab the YouTube video embed code and paste it into your blog or website to make it available live to more viewers. You can chat on a sidebar while a Hangout is happening. Simply click on a chat button to chat with others during your Hangout.
If you're doing a performance, invite others to leave questions or comments as you're talking or playing. To share different parts of your screen, simply click Screenshare to select which window you want to show everyone else. This is helpful if you want to talk about a website, application, program or anything else on your desktop. When your Hangout is complete, you can edit the video on your YouTube account. Go to your video manager page and click on the Video Editor link at the top of the page. Share your recorded Hangout. Once you're happy with your video, you can then share it like any other YouTube video.
Hangouts on Air now defaults to full screen mode and includes the pan and zoom feature for photos. It stitches participants together into a single stream with seamless camera switching. Or you can use the Cameraman apt to put the main speaker in the background and focus just on the other participants. All in all, it's a very sophisticated technology that's available for free as part of the Google Plus service.
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- Setting up a band or artist page
- Navigating the stream
- Posting on Google+
- Setting up Google+ Hangouts