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If you want to help Occupy a great way to get involved (without even really doing much) is to become a livestreamer. If you have a smartphone get the ustream or the bambuzer app. It’s free to create an account on those sites. Once you’re set up all you have to do is this:
On ustream, open the app and select “go live.” next in the box you will see type in “#occupy.” If you are in New York put in “#occupynyc” if you are elsewhere im not positive but i would guess that just “#occupy” is a safe bet. Putting this into the stream name will allow those in the stream mixing studio to find your channel easier.
If you are using bambuser, open the app and on the top of the view screen you should see a place to name your stream again. Touch it (or however you select it) and then use “#occupy” or whatever.
FYI if you are on bambuser click on the “settings” icon before you set to record your stream (it looks like a wheel with cranks on it, if you aren’t tech savvy). The best video resolution that works without using too much memory is probably “320x240” (that’s how it was on my phone anyway). As far as “video quality” choose “better flow.”
No matter which service you use I recommend you get a 5 hour battery pack. If you don’t have one of these your phone battery will die within 20 minutes. Not good. Also, if you can afford the monthly fee, a 4G hotspot makes for better streaming quality as well. I personally use the 3G, and it’s not bad most of the time. You do what you can.
The differences between ustream and bambuser are as follows: bambuser is really just for streaming and doesn’t really allow for much interaction with audience members. It’s decent though. Ustream is a lot more interactive. You can stream but you can also chat with people as you stream. If you use bambuser you have to stop the stream to give updates.
When you use ustream there is an option to share with people on facebook and twitter what’s up as you stream. There is also an option to chat with people, as you are filming, who are tuned into your channel watching. This makes the experience more interactive for you and the viewer. It can also help if you need to eat something on the go. Say “I’m starving at such and such place please help.” A perfect example of this is my friend Tim Pool, who livestreamed for 21 straight hours on November 17th. His streams are always engaging and interactive and he always has a lot of spare equipment with him. However, he’s said that he used the chat feature to ask for supplies and any other forms of assistance (food, a jacket, water, another battery pack).
I should also mention that if you have your ustream account linked with facebook and twitter and youtube (I had to log in with a computer to assemble this feature) you can have your videos uploaded to those sites automatically after you finish streaming. Be aware though that if you stream for an hour YouTube wont take it (only 15 mins long… so fuck Google).
At this point I may as well promote my pages www.ustream.com/user/stopmotionsolo
On Bambuser I’m www.bambuser.com/channel/stopmotionsolo
I have videos uploaded to those sites already that I have streamed plus some of them are on my facebook.
My twitter is @stopmotionsolo