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Ustream / Streaming … What’s the Scoop?

I’ve noticed a lot of artists announcing they’ll “be streaming” as they work on a piece of art or something similar. How does this work? Do people dig it? Should I get into it? Would anyone actually be interested in watching Gneeches at work, and if so, why?

Inform me, Oh Internet Brain!

-The Gneech

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.


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Jan. 11th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)

UStream is a service that let's you broadcast a video feed from either your webcam or your desktop over the Internet.

Visitors can then watch your every move and, if they log in, participate in a web-based chat room which you can optionally moderate.

Buck Hopper uses it to direct his live Skype recording sessions for the Furry Basketball Association podcast, and after a bit of experimentation I'm planning to use it to host a writing clinic sometime soon.

It's free!

I would sure be interested in watching you work. Even when you set the stream to show what's on your screen, it'll still use your webcam's mic so you can talk to your adoring fans while you occasionally glance at the chat window in a lonely corner of your screen n

Jan. 11th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Okay! Thanks for the info. :)

Jan. 11th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I've watched a couple of times. Fizzotter's streams are the most interesting to me. But art streams I've tried and gotten bored with. Watching someone draw who is focused on that while the rest of us chat IRC like? If you're bored, maybe. But except for when Fizzotter is powering up his lasers, there's little to see and little interaction with the creator streaming because the creator is busy.
Jan. 11th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
I was thinking, it might be more fun for artists interested in copping other artists' techniques. :)

Jan. 11th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Sure, it's fun, at least with the right artist and fans watching. I never thought it sounded too interesting myself, but a couple months back, I commissioned a piece from K'sharra, and when she announced she was streaming it, I figured I'd watch for a bit. It ended up being quite a bit of fun, both watching her art in process, and chatting with her and the others in the room. I imagine if she'd been just focused on drawing instead of chatting with all of us in the room at the same time, it wouldn't have been so much fun. I might watch an artist I like just draw for a little while, but even if they were one of my favorite artists, I'd probably get bored quickly. So, I guess it depends on if you'd have the attention to spare to be social while you work.
Jan. 11th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
It does sound distracting!

Jan. 11th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'd say 10% of the people on FA I watch have done one, so I can definitely say it's fairly popular.

I watched some stream one time...had tech problems and it ended up a bit choppy, but it's fascinating IF you like seeing someone's technique. I'm not sure how many non-artists care. It can be interesting with all the social interaction, but I've heard it can also be distracting and slow you down. You can limit how many people know about it, if that helps.
Jan. 11th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty slow already, so I don't know that it would make much difference. But I always love copping other peoples' techniques!

Jan. 11th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
I've watched Tim Buckley of Ctrl-Alt-Del draw the comic strip that would appear next day via live stream and it was fascinating. The amount of detail needed for just one frame of the strip was a revelation to me. But then I love watching artists draw and will do it for hours, if the artist will let me. Mostly though, they find it distracting to have someone staring over their shoulder but with a webcam it's different, the starer isn't in the room with you. You can control how much you interact with the watching audience. Tim didn't say much as I recall, but then I didn't stay online for the whole thing (time zone differences mean it's hard to stay up too late on a school night to watch a US-based 'toonist, more's the pity). But I'd definitely tune in if you did it, although I kinda wish you were still drawing Suburban Jungle because watching you create that would have been a blast.
Jan. 11th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've learned a lot watching streaming video of people making art, especially watching people work digitally, an area where i feel rather at sea, still.

If the talking/chat thing is distracting, I know a few folks tend to put on a music mix, and just glance over at the chat window when they need to give their fingers a rest for a few minutes, and can catch up on any comments or questions and respond.
Jan. 11th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Wolf Kidd regularly streams and he credits it with severely improving his art.

He's also fun to chat with while it's happening and I'm sure he can fill you in on tons of detail on the tech and how.

He usually posts on FA mentioning when he will be streaming. His URL is over at http://www.livestream.com/wolfsartchannel
Jan. 14th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Fridays at 8pm to about midnight, Lar DeSouza of LICD and Looking For Group hosts a live ustream. He will chat with the audience, give tips if you ask nicely, and has a wicked sense of humour.


Also has his previous ustreams cache'd there.
Jan. 14th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Candy streams a lot, she does nearly all her commission work over them. We've used ustream, livestream, justin.tv. I've written API wrappers around the stream monitors for the first two. And done a decent amount on the more technical side for streaming. since I saw you at FC tonight, if you want to throw questions at us, just say so. (if I don't bring it up myself next I see you.)

ProTip: Get "Manycam", its free, allows you to run multiple cameras as one single source, and is /amazingly/ helpful for a few things if you are mixing live desktops, integrated and external cameras.
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