Live Streaming your Wedding

We all look forward to having our loved ones attend our Wedding. Still, some of them can't make it for various reasons, and today's prevailing circumstances don't help much either. But that doesn't mean that they can't attend your Wedding even if they are physically far. They can still be part of your weddings via our Live Streaming/ Webcast solution we offer in Bangalore ( Bengaluru) and all over India. Let's look into how we can do Live streaming of Weddings and Marriage functions

How to Livestream a wedding ?

Keep your Videography and Live Streaming set-up Separate

It’s challenging to use the same video equipment and style of capturing for wedding videography and doing live streaming. How we frame and capture a Weddings’s Videography is different from how we frame, capture and do a live event.

During the Wedding Videography, you might have at least 2-4 cameras where one is always set with a wide shot of the stage and the other capturing close-up shots of the ceremony. We might also have a candid camera to capture the bride and bridegroom, friends and family.

There will be a lot of panning and camera movement. The cameraman might need to act fast to get the right shot. He can trim and do the needful to remove all unwanted movements later while editing the captured video.

For Livestreaming, we need to capture the feed, keeping in mind that live viewers are watching, and we need to ensure that we switch the cameras on time while doing our best to limit unwanted camera movements. 

While doing wedding videography, we might use DSLR cameras meant for more cinematic and highlight capturing focused recording. In contrast, we use professional camcorders for live streaming that can capture a wide variety of shots that are easy to set up and move around as required. These types of cameras also work very well in low-light conditions and also for outdoor shooting. It’s also essential for these cameras good audio inputs for capturing the live audio from the main mixer outs, to use a wireless lavalier or attach a good shotgun mic.

Have a Good Audio Source

This is one of the most overlooked aspects for many while doing Livestreaming. We have seen a lot of live streams of weddings where the video quality is fantastic while the overall stream is put down by poor audio. This is due to using the in-built camera mic where the camera gets placed very far from the sound source and might also be capturing a lot of background and wind noise, making the audio incomprehensible. 

Also, even if you use the main audio output from the sound mixers, it’s essential to know which port to connect to get the suitable audio feed. We always recommend getting the audio of all the mics from a monitor out with a cleanout having no effects. It’s because the audio effects (echo, reverb, delay etc.) are set up to match the venue ambiance and might not sound great while being heard from the live stream viewers’ speakers or headphones. We always keep a separate mixer at the live stream studio to add effects as needed.

The other issues are audio jittering, buzzing or hissing noise caused due to poorly maintained audio equipment such as cables, audio mixers and connecting ports. This can also be caused due to poor ground and electrical interference. We can remove these kinds of audio interference via using quality sound cables and ground loop isolators. If the primary audio out itself is terrible ( caused due to issues from the mixer in the venue), we use our own compact mics (primarily wireless) and capture the audio directly to our own audio mixer.

It’s also crucial to have someone monitor the audio (preferably with studio-quality monitoring headphones) throughout the event. This is because you might need to manually control the volume and gain of the mics and instruments. The last thing we want is for our viewers to have their ears sore from a sudden increase in volume while the wedding band goes full metal in between.