Common Issues While Live Broadcasting Live Sports & How to Fix Them

By: Chris Sapp
September 10, 2022
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Streaming can be difficult to master, oftentimes you don’t have control over everything in your workflow. Whether it’s equipment, software or people … here are the most common issues we talk about with producers of broadcasts.

Video Camera Quality Issues

Your video camera is extremely important to your production. You want to start with the best possible picture so that your stream output can have the opportunity to look great.

  • Reduce Glare with Indoor and Outdoor filters. Depending on the lighting you might need a filter over your lens.
  • Reduce Motion Blur by adjusting between 30 and 60 frames per second. Some workflows look better with one or the other. When looking at Cameras, look for a faster processor and a high quality sensor to get the best picture.
  • Poor Image Quality from camera. Check your base/canvas resolution in your software, is it set to at least 1080p? Ensure your capture device supports higher resolutions and double check your cabling is high quality and not showing any damage.

Internet Connection Issues

We’re all at the mercy of our internet. Speed and quality of internet can affect both producers and viewers, let’s talk about that for a minute.

  • Plan on using the fastest available internet connection on site. Ethernet is always preferred over WiFi. WiFi is preferred over Cellular.
  • Have a Contingency Plan. What WiFi networks would be available to you if your ethernet fails? Decide on your 2nd best option ahead of time so you can pivot.
  • If your upload speed is slower than you counted on adjust your bitrate and/or resolution to a lower rate to ensure you get a solid stream without skipping and buffering.

Venue Changes and Travelling

Ideally, you’ll want to have your equipment consolidated into one or two travel cases. This should help reduce the likelihood of forgetting something or make it easier to know if you’re missing a piece of hardware. Here’s some more tips on moving from venue to venue.

  • Create one Indoor and one Outdoor set of equipment specialized for those elements (as budgets allow)
  • Dedicate your Channels to each sport or Indoor/Outdoor to avoid having to program new stream destinations as often.
  • Verify your internet connection as soon as you can and send a test stream.

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