Broadcast Hangout 16 step Checklist
To help my guests and others I have put together the hangout pre-production checklist.
This list may change but currently I am using these items as the basics to doing produced Google Plus Hangouts.
As with many video productions the pre-production for a Google+ hangout can be as important as the actual shoot. To ensure you get the most out of your hangout with me I have come up with several items that will increase the chance of a smooth, professional, and trouble free hangout.
While hangouts can be informal they are also a powerful communication medium. Whether done as a broadcast or narrowcast, hangouts deserve the time and preparations to ensure we get the most out of them.
Google Hangout checklist:
- Each participant must have a Google Plus account and a video camera. This is a video chat.
- You will need to install the talk extension/plugin (I believe the plugin is no longer needed if you use an up to date Chrome Browser)
- Wear headphones or ear buds to avoid audio feedback. – If you don’t use headphones other guests will hear themselves through your speakers. Unless you are using an audio mixer.
- Use an external mic if possible. A headset with both a mic and headphones usually works fine.
- Use a fast internet connection to avoid lag and improve quality. For a more reliable connection connect your computer to your modem with an Ethernet cable. Try not to use wifi. If you must use wifi use the fastest connection possible. The better the connection the better the audio and video quality.
- You will need good front lighting. Avoid shadows on your face. Frame your face and make sure you’re not backlit. If there is too much light behind you try placing a lamp to the left or right side of your face.
- Think about your background. Do not have anything that is copyrighted in the video. It is especially easy to overlook background objects.
- Try to make fairly small movements on camera. It’s best to avoid making fast movements.
- Quiet location. Remove as much background noise as possible. If you have a lot of dogs barking in the background we may be able to find a solution in the practice hangout. However you should let me know this may be an issue. Other industries may have other predictable noise problems
- Turn off and silence all phones and other devices that may interrupt the broadcast. This is an important meeting you are communicating with your customers, investors, and media.
- You need to use either a laptop or desktop. Mobile devices will not work. (There have been great improvements in mobile video streaming, but it is still best to use a computer)
- You will be on camera so please dress appropriately.
- Plug in your computer. Especially important for laptops that have not been fully charged
- Arrive early. Everyone involved with the Hangout should arrive early to make sure everything is setup and working properly as well as discuss last minute details.
- Be prepared to have a practice hangout to test equipment, settings, and discuss the flow of the hangout.
- Contribute supporting material – photos and video clips with a copyright release so I can make a compelling video about you and what you do.
- (New) The new Hangouts do not support firewire/ieee 1394. I finally had to buy a webcam.
- (New) If you unplug and plugin external devises often you will need to set the default microphone when you log into the hangout.
I hope this helps my guests, others looking for hangout information, and my social media friends.
I am wishing you the very best in life,