Getting your network ready for Fan2Stage isn’t very hard, but it is important.
Having a computer that can handle video streaming is just the first step to hosting live shows from anywhere. If you want to have a great looking show, not only does the computer play a big part in making sure you put on a quality show, the network does too. In this video Scott talks about a good solid set up for live streaming.
Scott is the host of CoolToys® TV and he will talk about the exact network set up that he uses, the computers and the gear. He’ll also talk about options that he has set up for others and how you can start live-streaming on a budget.
Live streaming is a big thing and trying to manage and understand your audience is an even bigger challenge. That is why we created the Fan2Stage Virtual Audience Server. You get real feedback from real people when you are hosting live shows.
Those that do will get the audience, those that wait will be fighting for the scraps. Get your network ready for Fan2Stage. CoolToys hosts Scott and Josh also put out The Easy Guide to Internet and Network Stuff to help you keep track of all this stuff the easy way.
The Gear We use in the Studio and the Easy Guide Book:
OnStage is the new name for the Fan2Stage Virtual Audience Servers.
Fan2Stage has split into OnStage and Fan2Stage. Well not really split, we realized that naming the app Fan2Stage and the servers for the hosts was creating a little confusion. The cloud based OnStage virtual audience server is now available at OnStage.f2s.live.
Venues that want more than a single channel input for the fan experience can now use an OnStage Server. With up to 10 audio zones available, Fans feedback can now come from the areas where the fans buy their virtual seats. Home team advantage anyone? How about audience participation competitions? You can now do it virtually with an OnStage® server.
The other benefit to having your own OnStage® server is the ability to private brand your fan app. Custom options area available for House of Worship and other markets. What different fan reactions? Want a different way for fans to send money? That can be done with private branded app.
Keep live shows going even if the audience isn’t all there. Better yet, expand your reach across the country or around the globe. Smaller venues can now host bigger audience with a virtual audience server by Fan2Stage. We also offer consulting to make sure you set up the cameras and mics for your virtual audience to get the best live show possible.
Social Distancing at live events won’t bring live back the way live is meant to be.
Fan2Stage helps fill the gaps even when we start returning to live shows. Since several states have partially opened we have been able to take part in a few live show. The first was a live music show in our car like a drive in. It was a great concept, but the same thing on pay per view at my home with the same two friends would have been better.
Live shows aren’t just about seeing the event live. It’s about the energy. Some say on stage energy drives the audience. Others say that the fan energy drives the show. I think live shows are an energy circle where they each drive the other.
As the host of COOLTOYS, and speaking on stage, I can tell you that keeping my energy up is easier if the audience energy is up. I also know that if I don’t get the energy started, the audience energy dies out. Rock bands might have it a little easier when there are 10,000 screaming fans when the lights come up. That day may or may not come back so we need to find a better solution.
I think we did with Fan2Stage and the cloud based version F2S. Our Virtual Audience server gives you real audience input to your live shows. Real fans can buy tickets to your virtual show, and use the Fan2Stage app to be a part of the show. Even if you aren’t up to the level of selling tickets, you can add a tip jar and make a couple of bucks for your work. Don’t give in, go live!
Waiting for a packed house might kill your career. Why do that when you can bring it to your house with Fan2Stage.
In Todays World a Virtual Audience might be the best you can get. Now we have one for any studio.
Building a system for a Virtual Audience for any studio isn’t an easy task. For home users that don’t have the money or the technology, you need a simple system that just works and doesn’t interrupt the show.
Pandemic world or not, lets face it, more fans are better. Being able to reach out across the country or around the globe is the best way to do it. You can host an event or a “meeting” and look ad a couple dozen little faces or you can get a virtual audience. All those little faces are really a distraction for many live shows. A few can be great as focal points. That is why Fan2Stage was built to work with just about any platform.
Now we have versions that are compatible with Home Studio events, Pro Studio events with streaming channels and even Broadcast TV studios. Yes we now make a virtual audience server that will work with any studio.
All of the new plans go into effect on February 1st, 2021 and with that comes a new pricing structure. Recognizing that Broadcast TV isn’t always on 52 weeks a year, we now offer a quarterly plan for them. Our broadcast plans include streaming as well. One show, multiple threads.
As we announced earlier with the upcoming release of version 2.0 we will add the ability to collect tips or donations. Every account gets at least 70% of the money collected. You put on the show, we’ll send you the money you earn!
While we have been very pleased with the performance of Fan2Stage you told us you wanted more. So we are giving it to you. Version 2 is in the works with a new look, and a dark theme. Fans told us the original version was “too bright” with the white background if they were watching a show. We get it, no one wants to see a concert with all the lights on. Bad on us for not figuring that out first, good on you that told us to fix it.
Building a virtual audience system isn’t easy. Without the audience, there is no virtual system is there? Thanks to the fans that gave it a shot when we first started, we now have a better virtual audience system on the way.
That isn’t the only change. With the new release there will be an option for artists to charge for events or receive tips from the fans. We know that if you aren’t getting paid, entertaining is a very expensive hobby.
The new logo is already here on the site, and when you see the next update in the app stores, it will have the new logo.
The biggest news is that we are expanding F2S, the cloud based version so any single zone show can use it for up to 10,000 fans. This way you can pay by the show, the month or get your own server, even with a larger fan base.
With 2021, we hope live shows are back. But if you are still in your car for a rock concert or at home for the comedy show, let them know you like the show with Fan2Stage!