Big announcement at F8
This week at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, we heard some very big announcements about Workplace by Facebook. I’m probably biased, but my favorite is that Epiphan Video’s partnership with Facebook now brings our video capture and live video streaming hardware to a collaboration platform that helps organizations get more done. If you missed Facebook’s announcement, you can read more in our press release or continue reading for a hands-on overview.
Epiphan and Facebook
If you’re a fan of Epiphan products, you’re probably already familiar with how our products work with Facebook Live:
- You can use our portable AV.io family of capture cards with Facebook Live and Facebook Messenger on your PC or Mac. For example, you can connect a camera (HDMI or SDI), other computer, game console, or tablet to AV.io HD, AV.io 4K, or AV.io SDI and share this as your camera in a live video on your Facebook Timeline, Page, or Group.
- We also have the simplest dedicated way to live stream to Facebook: our wildly popular Webcaster X1 for Facebook Live and (drum roll please) our upcoming new product, Webcaster X2! These Facebook encoders have Facebook Live API integration to make login and streaming simple, repeatable, and perfect.
- Or, for a fully switched live program from multiple video sources, our flagship all-in-one live streaming and switching system, Pearl-2, lets you live stream a professional program to your Timeline, a friend’s Timeline, a Group, Event, or a Page. Pearl-2 is easy to use, requires very little training, and streaming to Facebook is as simple as copying and pasting two lines from Facebook’s Create Live Stream page to Pearl-2’s streaming configuration page.
The good news is, you can expect the same great integration with Workplace!
Let’s take a look at a couple examples of live streaming to Workplace. From the simplest option of sharing a screen using AV.io HD, to a recap of a full Live program our CEO gave using Workplace and Pearl-2, you’ll get some ideas of you professional live video can help you.
Sharing a tablet or device screen on Workplace
Let’s imagine that I’m a mobile application developer and I want to share my application progress with others at Epiphan. Because we use Workplace, I can do this in just a few quick steps! And I can choose whether I want to share with one person, my team, or my whole company.
First, I connect my tablet or device to AV.io HD. Next, I connect AV.io HD to my laptop and choose it as my video source in my browser. Lastly, in Workplace, I choose where to share and I start a Live video. My colleagues are notified that I’m starting a video chat or that I’m starting a Live video and they can choose to watch while I present live, or to watch on-demand after my event.
One of the best parts of this sharing platform is that stakeholders can watch me present live and can interact with me through comments. They can direct what I should show next in the application, ask me to show a bit of software functionality a second time, or even ask me to delve into something deeper. And those who can’t watch live can watch the on-demand video later and still have the same opportunity to provide feedback and discuss the application flow or features with others on the team.
Of course, live video sharing isn’t limited to just sharing an application demo. You can use it to share any device with a VGA, DVI, HDMI, or SDI video output port. For example, it could be a laptop with slides or a rough cut of a marketing video, or it could be a document camera or high-quality digital camera giving crisp live video feed.
Professional live videos and presentations via Workplace
In my previous example, my laptop is capturing the video with AV.io HD, and my web browser (Chrome) is encoding the video to send to Workplace. If you need more control, better quality, or want to keep your laptop CPU/GPU free to do other things, you can use a dedicated encoder like Pearl-2.
In fact, with Pearl-2 and Workplace your sales team can deliver professionally-produced Live video events with multiple cameras and other sources simultaneously to external collaborators, or your CEO can present dynamic live townhall-style meetings to all employees.
Recently, Epiphan’s CEO, Mike Sandler, gave us an all-hands / townhall meeting presentation by broadcasting an RTMP stream from Pearl-2 to our “Corporate Updates” Workplace Group.
Mike shared many different things with us in this live video. Using the Epiphan Live web interface for control, his presentation switched from a company update with slides (as seen in the screen capture above) to a full-screen video preview of our latest Pearl-2 video, then back to the slides before closing on a full-screen view of the camera on him.
As CEOs tend to do, Mike travels a lot and isn’t always able to be here in person to deliver these presentations to the team. But with Workplace, this isn’t a problem. Most of us watched live and we interacted by leaving messages, Reactions, and questions right in the video feed. And for my colleague Jordan, who’s currently on vacation, the video is now available on demand. So when he gets back, he’ll be able to watch Mike’s update and see our feedback and comments.
Make your Workplace richer with live video
As you can see, I’ve only scratched the tip of the iceberg as to how live video can make your Workplace interactions richer and more engaging. Use the comments section below to tell me how you plan to use Epiphan’s video capture and live streaming solutions to make your Workplace collaborations more meaningful.