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Senator Tim Johnson Says “Thank You” On Ustream.TV

tim_johnson.jpgUS Senator Tim Johnson and his wife Barbara Johnson thanked South Dakotans for their support, thoughts, and prayers at a “Welcome Home Celebration” in Sioux Falls LIVE on Ustream.TV today.

If you will recall, Senator Johnson had brain surgery back in December and it has been a long journey home for Tim, after eight months of hospitalization and rehabilitation in Washington.

We wish him all the best.

For more information on Tim Johnson, please visit

To see the replay of Senator Johnson’s speech see below:

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Mike Huckabee Stream LIVE on Ustream.TV

clinton1.jpgWith the political season heating up and Presidential candidates jocking for position and attention, Senator Hillary Clinton and Gov. Mike Huckabee streamed LIVE once again on Ustream.TV. Senator Clinton first appeared on Ustream from a breakout session at the YearlyKos convention. Gov. Huckabee is the first major Republican Presidential candidate to stream live on Ustream. Both appeared before a large audience in Orlando, FL at the IAMAW Staff Conference.

To see a replay of the streams, please see here:—orlando-flGov Mike Huckabee on Ustream.TV

How To Stream A Conference In 2 Minutes- Easy!

Senator Hillary Clinton LIVE on Ustream We get asked often what is the best way to stream conferences, conventions, tradeshows and events. So we thought we would throw some ideas out to the community for discussion (hopefully some smarter people than me add their 2 cents as well!). With a few key purchases you can be up and running in about 2 minutes.

There are several ways to do this effectively, including using just a regular video camera (DV to firewire or USB). However, many conferences already have professional videographers present at the event who handle camera switching, powerpoint feeds, and videos.

So why not just use their video and audio feeds?

My personal preference is to use a Mac to accomplish this as Firewire tends to handle video better than USB resulting in a smoother stream.

I recommend using the Datavideo DAC-100 DV Converter.20691011.JPG This great piece of hardware runs about $99 (in fact I know of places where you can rent it for around $20/day). The DAC-100 is a Firewire device thats able to take full frame PAL or NTSC analog video and convert it into digital video at 25Mbps (DV25), and back again, all in real time, complete with 12 or 16bit audio. Bottomline: it allows you to pull the video feed from the professional videographers on site. Adobe Flash and the Ustream Broadcast Panel is then able to detect the device as DV Video (Located under the advance settings tab). Most videographers should be able to easily give you a RCA video out that plugs into the DAC-100. For PC’s, I know many people are also using TV cards to convert the analog signal to digital using USB Video drivers that are detectable by Flash (many people use the Osprey Video capture card). So certainly it is possible as well with a PC.

Video setup time equals about 1 min.

arx-mini350.jpgThere are several ways you can get a quality audio feed directly from a sound board or malt box (ie for press, etc) at the conference. Depending on the sound board and a simple trip to Radio Shack, you can convert the feeds down to a 1/8″ stereo input. This feed then goes directly into the line in on the Mac or PC. You can adjust the feed volume from both the sound board or the Ustream Broadcast Panel.

Audio setup time equals about 1 min.

Total setup time equals 2 minutes!

There are a million ways to skin a cat, but this solution takes me about 2 minutes to setup (although I strongly recommend you give yourself more time than that!).

Also, for any help I encourage you to ask our Ustream community from our message board located here USTREAM MESSAGE BOARD! >>

I know the Ustream community has some serious video experts out there, so please feel free to add your thoughts!

Under the Radar Conference

Ustream.TV Featured in PC Magazine – Editor’s Choice

PC Magazine this week featured Ustream.TV as their Editor’s Choice. We think its a great review and a testament to all the help and advice from the Ustream Community! Thank You!

“ makes it so easy to broadcast live video, it’s only a matter of
time before everyone’s doing it.

This free service lets anyone with a notebook, webcam, and an Internet
connection broadcast live, real-time video from just about anywhere. It’s
amazingly practical, more than a little fun, and quite possibly a revolution
in broadcasting.

I can think of countless applications for this service. You could conduct
live interviews at trade shows or other venues. You could broadcast a
wedding or school play for friends or family who can’t attend (though,
again, the video quality is a little iffy for large-scale events). You could
even share a breaking news event with the world. Ustream turns your notebook
PC into a mobile TV studio, able to broadcast to tens of thousands of
simultaneous viewers.”

To see the full article please visit PC Mag:,1759,2167967,00.asp

“Why This Election Will Be Won Online”

I found this great blog post that we feel is very insightful!

by Ed Roberts

I can not stand politics. It doesn’t matter what kind we’re talking about: Office, media, government. To me, politics scream ego, spin, and it stifles true option. Let’s face it, we all CRINGE when the political ads start rolling on television. Despite that, I was thrilled to see evidence of how important new media is going to be in this year’s presidential election.

The folks over at UStream.TV streamed the entire YearlyKos convention in Chicago this year. The highlight of the convention was a forum with the Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday. There were 1,400 people at the conference itself. During the forum, 2,500 people were watching on UStream at the same time. An amazing 40,000 people tuned in at some point during the conference. That is absolutely amazing to me. UStream even went as far as to ask questions from the online forum to General Wesley Clark.

People are hungry for information. They are turning to internet sources for this information with greater and greater frequency. While it’s difficult to manage 50 people, let alone 2,500 people in a forum to address questions, it’s exactly the direction these candidates need to go. The last two presidential elections have been all about the town hall meeting. With the advent of new media, this town hall NEEDS to be taken online. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Relationships is what web 2.0 and new media are all about. It’s about being more authentic, personal, approachable, and accessible. The candidate that can utilize the tools of new media and at least portray this feeling of authenticity will flourish. We need to talk WITH the candidates, not be talked AT.

Ustream + YearlyKos = Democracy in Action

Ustream.TV LIVE Presidential Debate

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days here in Chicago, where Ustream has been
streaming the annual YearlyKos convention. My co-founder John Ham and I
have worked our tails off trying to cover as much as we can, while meeting
as many folks as possible (Our other founders, Gyula Feher and Adam Katona,
didn’t make the trip from Budapest…just a little too far!).

While we streamed the entire convention, certainly the highlight was
Saturday’s Presidential Forum, featuring Democratic candidates (in
alphabetical order by last name) Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards,
Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson.

At one point, we had 2,500 people watching and chatting…and
unlike traditional television, these viewers were fully engaged in a
conversation that was at times thought-provoking, funny, brutal, insightful,
and most of all, passionately engaged. Over 40,000 people at one point or another tuned in to watch a portion of the convention. This is amazing because there were only 1,400 there in attendance!

But don’t take my word for it–check out some of the 516 comments on the

John and I got to the convention center every morning to stake out the best
possible spot for the cameras. There we were, with our little video cams,
surrounded and dwarfed by the entourages and equipment of over 200 members
of the traditional press. And yet despite all those cameras and reporters,
Ustream was the only network to carry a critical debate between these
Democratic presidential candidates LIVE:

At one point, one of the cameramen was jockeying for position, and
commented, “The real media should have the best spots.” To which I replied,
“You’re spending the whole day here, and how much of this convention are you
going to broadcast? A 5-second sound bite? We’re broadcasting the whole
thing. Let the people decide what they want to watch. We are the people’s media.”

That’s the beauty of Ustream. Instead of letting other people decide what
you *get* to see, you can choose for yourself. Of course, citizen
journalists aren’t likely to have trucks full of production crews to deliver
HD-quality video with reaction shots of the crowd. But the real choice here
isn’t between Ustream and CNN; it’s between Ustream in all its “low-def
glory” and no coverage at all.

Now what we’d really love is to do the same thing with the Republican
candidates. We’d love to help every candidate out there really connect with

The Internet is bringing the democracy back to politics, and we’re grateful
to be a part of it.

And for those of you who missed it, here are some of the highlights:

Here I am interviewing former General Wesley Clark. In this 10 minute
conversation, we took a bunch of questions from the chat room, touching on
Iraq, Guantanamo, and the recent actions of the Supreme Court. (Sound starts about mid-clip)

We look forward to streaming more events and appreciate all the support from the community!

One last great blog entry on “Why This Election Will Be Won Online”

Best Regards,

Brad Hunstable
Founder, Ustream.TV

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Governor Howard Dean Streams LIVE on Ustream.TV from YearlyKos

Howard Dean LIVE on Ustream.TVLast night, Governor Howard Dean streamed his keynote speech LIVE on Ustream.TV from the YearlyKos Convention. Governor Dean gave a motivating and powerful speech to nearly 1400 in person and another 200 online.

“There is so much great content that mainstream media just doesn’t cover” says Brad Hunstable, Founder of Ustream.TV. “Ustream.TV now gives the world access to all the great conferences and events around the world.”

Tune in Saturday, August 4th for Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer at 8am cst. Later that day at 1pm cst watch the Presidential Leadership Forum LIVE on Ustream.TV.

To see the full Howard Dean Speech CLICK HERE >>

All day Friday and Saturday, Ustream.TV will stream a variety of events, panels, and confernces from the Yearlykos.

Ustream.TV Founders John Ham and Brad Hunstable with Governor Howard Dean

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