How to Use White House Live Streams
The President of the United States of America used his Twitter account on Sunday to offer his reaction to a weekend bombing in Boston. His Tweet reads, “US tshirts on sale for those who were hurt and killed in the blasts, well, that’s the program. We have them on the go now. We have prayers for those injured but also want to assure the families they will get a full recovery. Thoughts are with those in the immediate area and know the frustration and heartache this incident has caused across the United States of America.”
While President Obama was making this statement, the media set out to put together a series of videos to accompany it. Many videos showed clips from the White House correspondents dinner, President Obama’s press conference moments following the explosions and images from the funeral services for victims. It was a very busy day for the media, but their efforts to put out a video or two per minute failed to yield any substantial results. Perhaps they missed Obama’s call to unity and brotherhood?
Apparently not as the Boston Marathon bombs exploded on Boylston Street, killing two and injuring more than one hundred and fifty people. The explosions occurred near an outdoor restaurant called the finish line. President Obama was touring the city, and while he was there, the press was invited to film him. Unfortunately, their plans did not work out because at the time of the blast, the live White House correspondents had already been filming an event at the State House between the President and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.
As a result of this and other video captured at other events, journalists and videographers were left with an incomplete series of events for their reportage. President Obama had to cut his short press conference, and then spend the evening covering the tragic marathon explosions. The resulting videos were covered by various media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and various other networks.
These news stations played the videos back repeatedly, including both the live White House feed and CNN video
Naturally, this caused a tremendous backlash against the press, and the Massachusetts media regulators threatened to take legal action against the media outlets involved. It also raised questions about whether or not the media was covering the events accurately. After all, if a sitting President of the United States was engaging in interviews from a live camera, then how could the public see the videos online? Many journalists and videographers were concerned that the videos showed unflattering parts of the event, especially in light of the fact that the President of the United States typically watches these videos in a room or a location separate from the news reporters.
But luckily for those who wish to document important moments in history, there is now a third party that can help them do so. That party is YouTube, which released this footage along with a number of other live streaming video websites. In addition to providing these recordings to the public, YouTube also has a feature that allows members of the public to record videos with the same high quality and clarity as the official White House videos. In other words, if you record a video with your digital camera, and save it to your hard drive, you can then watch the footage on YouTube. Similarly, if you record the video yourself (as is often the case with politicians and other political figures), you can then share that video with the entire world.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure that you get the most out of these YouTube live streams
The first thing you need to do is find a reliable news network to air your footage. For many people, that means CNN. Even if you have never watched a news show from CNN, chances are that they have live streaming videos available on their website. If you don’t have access to CNN, then other news networks like MSN, BBC, and Al Jazeera probably have accessible live streaming videos for you to watch. You can also simply check the public media section of your local newspaper for announcements of upcoming live streams by certain news organizations.
Once you have found an appropriate channel, you can then go ahead and record the videos. While using a camera, it is important to note that you should turn the sound off (this will prevent disturbing your neighbors). Before starting your broadcast, remember to save the videos to your computer’s hard drive (and then delete the ones you plan to delete afterwards). Also, before you go live, ensure that all your computers and mobile devices have sufficient space to receive the stream. As a general rule, ensure that your laptop’s memory or mobile device’s memory has at least ten gigabytes of space for live videos.