Go LIVE with Newtek TriCaster, Birddog Eyes P200 and Teradek Bolt XT

We recently helped to set up a Facebook Live stream for Asian Beacon Malaysia.

Going live, whether on Facebook or YouTube has been on the rise in recent years, thanks to the gaming community.

Facebook especially favours video over any other posts due to its algorithm. This makes Facebook Live all the more valuable in gaining organic reach and views.

Going live means having the ability to engage with your audience in real-time.

It also provides the opportunity for your audience to be a part of an event that they could not attend. This was the case for Asian Beacon.

Asian Beacon went Live on Facebook
with Newtek VMC1, Birddog Eyes P200 and Teradek Bolt XT

Asian Beacon, an evangelical non-profit organization in Malaysia recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary of traditional publication. They also shared their vision to go fully digital with their newly launched app.

To commemorate this monumental event, they have decided to live-stream the dinner programme for the supporters who could not attend the dinner.

They also requested the ability to feature mini-interviews with their guests at the beginning of the live stream. Watch the live stream here.


Pair Mobility and NDI together with Teradek Bolt 1000XT [Tx/Rx SDI/HDMI]

FB Live stream snippet: Interviewing a guest before dinner

Facebook Live stream snippet: Interviewing a guest before dinner

We integrated the Teradek Bolt 1000 XT to our videographer’s camera for both the interview segment of the Live in the beginning and during the dinner.

The Bolt XT is the ultimate wireless, zero-delay video system. It is designed with dual input (SDI + HDMI) and SDI loop out on TX and HDMI and Dual 3G-SDI outputs on RX.

We had the wireless mic also connected to the camera for the interview. Then the embedded audio and video signal transmitted via TX is received on the Newtek IP Series VMC1 from the RX via SDI.

Facebook Live stream snippet: Bolt XT
📸 Andrew Hong, our videographer. A view of the Bolt TX during the main programme of the night.


Facebook Live stream snippet: First performance of the night


180º Coverage With The Birddog Eyes P200

We had two Birddog Eyes P200 cameras set up, one on each side of the ballroom, for the live-stream.

The P200’s most notable features include ±350-degree continuous pan, ±120-degree continuous tilt and 30X the optical zoom.

With that in mind, we were able to capture 180º view of the ballroom with ease.

Going full NDI also gave us the opportunity to run both cameras through PoE+(IEEE802.3at). This was a great solution for us as there weren’t many power points available for us to use.

180 View of Ballroom
Spot the other P200!


We controlled both the P200s with the Skaarhoj PTZ Fly (not pictured). Live switching was done using the Live Fly.

Skaarhoj Live Fly
Working with the Skaarhoj Live Fly

Other aspect of the Livestream

For the audio, we simply asked for a stereo master mix from the in-house console.

For ease of control, we ran the audio through a separate audio interface before connecting them to Channel 1 on the IP Series.

This allowed us to manage the gain level of the audio without having to access the TriCaster.

Once everything was good to go, we went live on Facebook from the TriCaster (Advanced Edition).

The live-stream lasted for the whole duration of the event, just under 4 hours with no hiccups.

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