Testing a maxed out Skype call between AwesomeCast 3 and WMS 223

As I’ve been developing my podcasting studio from the spare parts I come across, as I’ve discussed in the past.  I’ve also been envious of the Skypasaurus from the TWIT studio, and sought to build my own the hard way (ie. with now money).  I was an inkling away from endeavoring on this path.  Then the Skype Beta was announced.

With this beta, a lot of what I do in my podcasts has changed.  The best example, of course, has been with my Wrestling Mayhem Show.  Since the beta was released, and thanks to all of the participants being Windows PC based (the 5 way video conferencing only works with PC based Beta participants at this time) our show has become a bit more visually interesting.  Much of my camera switching that was once handled by my BoinxTV dealings has been replaced by a rather smooth interface within Skype.  By clicking on corresponding video feeds, I’m able to bring the focus onto the prime talker for a segment or discussion, and it even lines up nicely when I bring up the two up for when I’m talking directly to someone.

How can you use this?  The main considerations would be recording this “mass Skype feed” along with your own, on site video.  I’ve played with something called Vodburner to records our Mac friends not participating in this beta to edit in later until I find a solution, but that method has been less than successful come weeks.  If you simply want something to push to something like Ustream or BlogTV, using a screen grabber product similar to CamTwist (what I use on the Mac) that captures the video might be a great way to capture it quick and dirty.  Use your imagination, and I’m sure there’s plenty of ways to work this into a video production setup that doesn’t require a ridiculously priced Tricaster.

To see the video in action, you can check out any of the last few episodes of Wrestling Mayhem Show (we started using this Beta on episode 219).

Originally posted on June 21 by Mike Sorg at his blog, where he ponders geeky things.

4 Replies to “A Case Study: Skype Beta for Video conferencing…for Podcasting”

  1. I use wirecast from telestream. It essentially does what a tri-caster does at a fraction of the cost. Im able to do the same production without Skype beta as twit does I even have a video on skypeasaurus. How to achieve it virtually.

  2. Judging by your stream on the site, it looks great, that’s for sure. What sort of machine do you have it running on?

    I use BoinxTV, which I’ve talked about greatly on my blog. It appears to have similar features for a similar price as your Wirecast. I actually got my copy (the $199 ad-at-the-end version that doesn’t even do that the way I use it in post editing). in the $40 MacHeist last year. I have a little snippet of my setup from when I integrated a new firewire splitter recently. http://sorgatronmedia.com/blog/?p=1843

    I will certainly be comparing options.

    How do you handle the video streams coming in? They look good as well. My guests don’t always invest in great webcams.

  3. I use an iMac 2.0 ghz core 2 duo which I simulcast to Justin.tv and Ustream.tv and the CPU load is around 65%. One thing I don’t like about boinx tv is that there is not FME 3.0 support (flash media encoder) which gives you 30 FPS. Wirecast also uses a tool called Desktop Presenter which uses the local IP of the machine that has skype or web cams and bring them into the interface of the iMac. I’ve also used Vidblaster and other solutions and found Wirecast being the best video switching software out there. The bigger the machine the more Wirecast can take. Works great as well on my 8 core Mac Pro. Email me if you have any questions or want further information.

  4. You’ve definitely intoned me to give this a try out after I retool the studio this weekend. I’ve been thinking of doing a session on these sorts of tools with the rise of video content.

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