The fact is HD sources look far superior to SD sources when encoded at lower bit rates. By that I mean one person can transport the whole system by themselves when travelling by plane.
In this configuration 2 cameras are connected to a Black-Magic Design ATEM Television Studio Switcher.
The switcher is very compact and affordable with a list price of only $1000.
To use it, a laptop is employed as an external control surface, and a field HD television is used as a multi-view monitor.
This piece, focused on how to broadcast live content through a multi-camera live webcast, is contributed by Greg Hall.
Greg is from Webcast and Beyond, an online video service that researches best equipment and techniques to produce high-quality yet affordable webcasts.
Greg founded the organization in 2010:broadcast all kinds of events to specific target audiences.
The availability of low-cost broadcast equipment and online streaming services has opened the door to practically any organization wishing to produce live content.
In the quest to minimize production budgets whilst maintaining production quality I will discuss one approach to webcast an event wherein one person wears the hats of many; namely 2 (or more) cameramen, the technical director, the sound engineer, and the encoding engineer.
Mind you, this approach does not work for every situation but there are many events where this is totally feasible and opens the door to more business opportunities by keeping production costs to a minimum.