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Specifications for Streaming Concerts

During Covid

In support of our folk music community and to provide musicians an opportunity to stream a concert to our audience this season during the pandemic, the Wild Hog is providing scheduled streaming concerts by local and regional musicians. 

As a performer, your first step is to contact our scheduler, Stephen Lee Rich. He will confirm a date with you to either:

  1. PRE-RECORD a one-set concert (50-60 minutes) on our stage with our videographer, Ron Dennis. There is no audience and the videographer will practice social distancing.
  2. LIVE-STREAM from your home via the Hog's streaming channel(s). Certain technical specifications are required on your end so that we can provide a quality experience (see below). Our streaming engineer will work with you to answer your questions and test your technical capabilities to stream.

 

Promoting Your Concert

Promote your concert to your fans by pointing them to www.wildhoginthewoods.org.  If you send them the direct link to YouTube, they will miss the opportunity to donate to Phillup the Pig or join you on a Zoom chat after the concert.  The Hog also promotes concerts using our email list, web site and Facebook page in addition to several other local music Facebook pages, and newspaper and radio station online calendars, and through sister organizations; WORT, WVMO, Simply Folk on Wisconsin Public Radio, Isthmus, Wil-Mar and Madison Folk Music Society.

 

Donations (Tips)

Probably, you are familiar with Phillup, our ceramic piggy bank that collects donations to the performer.  We have setup a virtual Phillup using PayPal while we are physically closed.  The donations received from your virtual concert will be split 50/50 between you and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (our landlord) due to their financial crisis during the pandemic.  The Hog has been located at Wil-Mar since 1992 and we hope it will still be available when the pandemic is conquered.  We are not charging viewers an admission fee to watch your concert which normally is used to pay our rent. 

Our Treasurer will inform you the total and your split of Phillup the Pig by email after your concert.  You may donate your half to Wil-Mar if you wish. Both Wil-Mar and the Wild Hog in the Woods are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations.

 

Information and Techniocal Specificatons for Your Concert

PRE-RECORDED concerts

Specifications and information:

  1. Concerts should be one set, 50 to 55 minutes in length.
  2. Please select songs you wrote, are in the public domain or you have rights to perform.
  3. The concert will be recorded in one take. That means you introduce yourself and perform as if there was an audience in the room straight through to the end.
  4. The videographer will provide and operate the microphones, mixer, and camcorder.
  5. Be sure to smile and look towards the camera. Our audiences appreciate the back story, who wrote the song, some history about the writer or yourself. Encourage the audience to sing along with you.
  6. You should remind the audience to donate to Phillup the Pig after the first two or three songs. Your videographer will probably give you a reminder signal or cue card during the recording session.
  7. The recording will be sent to our post-production engineer, Jamie Poindexter or Ron Dennis. She or he will add our opening and closing credits and add "lower-thirds" titles with your name and web address. The engineer will upload the finished product to our streaming channels in time for the concert.
  8. Your concert will be featured on a web page linked from our Virtual Concerts web page at wildhoginthewoods.org/video. On the Friday that your concert is scheduled to "air", the video link will become available on your concert's page by 7:25pm for the advertised 7:30pm start time.
  9. Following the concert, we offer a Zoom chat room where you can can meet with the audience that evening. The link to Zoom will be on your concert's web page. To make the most of Zoom, you should use a computer with a webcam. A smartphone will work but may be tiresome to watch for up to an hour. If you do not have technology to connect to Zoom with audio and video, you can call using a plain old telephone for voice-only communications.
  10. Your concert will remain available on our web site until further notice (at least until the end of the pandemic).

LIVE-STREAM concerts

General Information:

  1. Concerts should be one set, 55 to 60 minutes in length.
  2. Please select songs you wrote, are in the public domain or you have rights to perform.
  3. Our streaming engineer will work with you to test your techical capabilities to stream live. We should be in contact with you at least two weeks before your scheduled concert date. Please review our technical requirements below to prepare before we contact you. Until contact, you may direct your questions to us via email, info@wildhoginthewoods.org
  4. Your concert will be featured on a web page linked from our Virtual Concerts web page at wildhoginthewoods.org/video. On the Friday that your concert is scheduled to "air", it will become available at that link by 7:25pm for the advertised 7:30pm start time.
  5. Following the concert, we offer a Zoom chat room where you can can meet with the audience that evening. The link to Zoom will be on your concert's web page. To make the most of Zoom, you should use a computer with a webcam. A smartphone will work but may be tiresome to watch for up to an hour. If you do not have technology to connect to Zoom with audio and video, you can call using a plain old telephone for voice-only communications.
  6. In the day or two following your concert, our post-production engineer will download your recorded concert. She or he will add our opening and closing credits and add "lower-thirds" titles with your name and web address. The engineer will upload the finished product to our streaming channels.
  7. Your concert will remain available on our web site until further notice (at least until the end of the pandemic).
  8. By the way, after following our tech specs and doing your concert with us, you are now ready to stream concerts from home anytime. All you need to do is set OBS to stream to your YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Technical Specifications:

Like you, we want to provide a streamed concert with the best quality audio and video possible. Before our streaming engineer contacts you, please confirm that you have the following technology available:

  1. If using a computer or laptop to stream:
    • Broadband with a minimum of 5Mbs upload bandwidth.
    • Wired connection (a.k.a. Ethernet cable) between your computer and your WiFi hub or broadband modem. A wired connection will provide better performance (less jitter and possibly latency), especially if other devices on your WiFi are online.
    • Webcam or other USB camera capable of 1920x1080 resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). If you hve the best and newset comouter and consistet broadband to the Ibternet, you may be able to do 60 frames per second.
    • Audio Source: webcam's microphone ins the easiest way to stream audio, but not the best quality as the webcam microphone is designed to pick up voice, not vocal or instruments. We suggest using a USB microphone, or better yet, output from a mixer to a USB audio capture device which converts analog audio to digital audio and conncts to your computer. Note: if using a mixer, there are many audio capture devices available. Examples are mixers with USB output that are available at many local stores or online at Amazon and other retailers:
    • The free software application "Open Broadcaster Software" (OBS) installed on your computer. OBS is a TV studio on your computer that your camera and audio feed into and then OBS records to your computer or streams live to your choice of streaming services (we use YouTube and will give you our "Streaming Key" which you will copy into OBS settings).
  2. If using a camera or camcorder with built-in streaming capability will need most of the same specs as Item 1 above with these additional caviats:
    • The camera needs to support a YouTube streaming key, which we will give to you.
    • Microphone on the camera or output from a mixer to the camera.

Testing Your Streaming Capabilities:

When our engineer contacts you about two weeks before your concert date:

  • He or she will give you our YouTube streaming key.
  • Enter this key into OBS, in the Settings menu for streaming, or into the settings of your streaming camera.
  • He or she will schedule a date and time to test your streaming quality.
  • During the test, the engineer will watch the live video and report over the phone on stream quality, as well as the look and feel of your scene and the mix and quality of your audio sources.

 

During the Live Streamed Concert

General suggestions:

  1. Be sure to smile and look towards the camera. Our audiences appreciate the back story, who wrote the song, some history about the writer or yourself. Encourage the audience to sing along with you.
  2. You should remind the audience to donate to Phillup the Pig after the first two or three songs. Print this one page reminder to have in front of you during the concert.
  3. Also invite the audience to join you in the Zoom chat after the concert at 8:30pm. The link is on your virtual concert's web page from wildhoginthewoods.org/video.
  4. Using another computer, laptop or tablet set near your camera but within readings distance, you can monitor the live chat window. Audience members can send text and emojis to applaud your songs to which you can verbally respond over your microphone.
  5. Have fun!

 

Supporting Folk Music During the Pandemic

Technical, financial, publicity, and mindfullness support for the Wild Hog's Virtual Concert Series provided by: 

  • Local and regional singer/songwriters and musical artists
  • Many volunteers too numerous to name
  • The Madison area community members who enjoy folk music
  • Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center staff, Gary, Rya, and Stahcee
  • Members of the Wild Hog in the Woods Coordinating Committee: Ron Dennis, Ben Doran, Kim Genich, Tom Gross, Joe Loesch, Lisa Johnson, Jamie Poindexter, Stephen Lee Rich

We thank you all!

 

AGC

 

 

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