A webcast is simply a broadcast over the internet. The term was coined in the 1990s when the internet first started to dominate the lives of individuals throughout the world. Today you can see a webcast just about everywhere you look on the internet. Most news outlets are now using video to report their news stories instead of print.
If you want to do this, it is relatively easy to do. You can simply get a digital camcorder and film your webcast. Then you can download the video into the computer and even display it free on places like You Tube as well as a number of other outlets. You can even use a webcast to promote a product or conduct an online seminar.
Some people use this technology to teach a class. More and more colleges are using this technology to teach certain classes so that students can learn from their computers. This is the wave of the future and as camcorder prices have reached an all time low, as have computers, we can expect more video stars to come out of the woodwork.
In order to create a webcast, you first need a script. You should also practice the script several times before filming. You want to make sure that it looks professional. While you may not want to look stiff and rehearsed, you also do not want to be stumbling over words with "uh" and "um" every few seconds because it will turn off a viewer.
You should have the camera on a tripod or some other stationary area. Someone holding it and filming you is going to give you shaky images and make your viewers dizzy. The camera should be stationary.
Backgrounds should be neutral and background noise non existent. There are sound stages that you can rent or you can make your own. You want the webcast to look professional. Unless it is part of the video, noise and other distractions should be eliminated.
Get yourself some good video editing software. This can help you actually eliminate any noise or any other problems with the video. Video editing software is a must if you are going to do your own web casts in the future. You will recoup the cost of the software in no time flat, especially if you are paying someone to edit your film.
A webcast can be used just about anywhere on the internet. Anywhere you can put text, you can put film. You can use it on your website to advertise your product, you can put it on free video sites such as YouTube for self promotion or you can also use it as an instruction tool. It stores like text and is easy to use. Video editing software is not expensive and is, for the most part, user friendly.
You no longer have to be a computer expert to webcast on the internet. And there are so many different things you can use the videos to promote, even yourself. Just get your script ready and away you go.