Streaming like a pro?

Last week I had the pleasure of live streaming an event from Holyrood, Edinburgh.

Highlights included the 10k run round Arthur’s Seat (no, not up) in the morning, having a plastic tub security cleared by security people with guns, forgetting to put my belt back on after security clearance, and getting to play with fun kit for a few hours.

Lowlight (but fun really) was having our setup time cut from a comfortable 2 hours, to a rather tight 40 minutes.

I’d like to make the output more professional (especially from a post production editing point of view) but I do feel I’m getting the hang of live streaming. At the moment the kit is a bit of ‘what can we throw at it’ and included:

2 x Canon XA10 cameras on tripods
1 x rather large Mac (it’s all we had!)
1 x Allen&Heath Zed10 USB mixer (taking a feed from the front of house mix, plus adding in a second mic for our stream ‘reporter’)
1 x OBS Studio which I really like…
1 x rather reliable 4G modem / router
Lots x gaffer tape

It’s a lot of fun. I’ll post some more as I’m hoping to be able to do more of this in the coming year…

Empty Chair

Today has been a feeling of empty. Made worse just now by being the only one left in an office waiting for a Windows update to finish.

This is the feeling. We’ve said goodbye to a couple of members of the BeyondPR team this week, and today is the day that hit home. Mostly because it’s the first day without them.

Today has been a feeling of empty. Farewell…

Welcome Prefix

function replace_prefix( $wp_admin_bar ) {
 $my_account=$wp_admin_bar->get_node('my-account');
 $newtitle = str_replace( 'Hi,', 'Logged in as', $my_account->title );
 $wp_admin_bar->add_node( array(
 'id' => 'my-account',
 'title' => $newtitle,
 ) );
 }
 add_filter( 'admin_bar_menu', 'replace_prefix',25 );

It’s the little things that make me happy. Like controlling the WordPress prefix to the username in the admin bar. Here from a simple “Hi” to a “Logged in as” notification.