Live stream camera features downtown Winter Garden

Orlando Webcasts is pleased to be the sponsor of the new live stream camera in downtown Winter Garden, Florida. Owner Mike Forrester envisioned the project last year and proposed the idea to the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, which has its museum at the corner of Plant and Main Streets. The view from the museum looks west onto Plant Street, the clock tower and the downtown Historic District.

Once the idea was approved by the Foundation, Mike selected the camera and operating software for the 24/7 live stream. He chose the location and supervised the installation of the camera and ethernet connections.

After the camera was online, Mike spent the next few days selecting camera angles, adjusting bandwidth settings, and creating the text and logo overlays that appear on screen. While fixed in its position, has the ability to change the zoom internally. This allows multiple scenes, of which two are currently selected that alternate views every 90 minutes.

The live stream will be sponsored by Orlando Webcasts for the first year of operation. We will monitor the stream quality and address any technical issues.

 

The live stream is featured on the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation website, http://www.wghf.org

It can also be found on the Central Florida Railroad Museum website, https://www.cfrhs.org

We hope you enjoy taking a look at historic downtown Winter Garden. To learn about downtown shops, restaurants, entertainment and activities, visit https://downtownwg.com/

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 


Virtual webcasts became the norm in 2020

2020 was a year of change and transition for almost everyone, and the same held true for us. In early March, we could no longer work on location at the conventions, meetings and conferences scheduled for Orlando area hotels and convention centers. No one was traveling and going into the office was not an option for most, so alternatives had to be found.

It seemed every company was scrambling to find the best way to stay in touch with employees, vendors and their customers. While some had already been using webcasts and webinars, the pandemic introduced a whole new audience to the convenience of online meetings. There was a fundemental shift in the way everyone communicated. Some liked it, some did not, though we all had to embrace it if we wanted to stay connected.

Orlando Webcasts also made the change from being on location to a totally virtual production environment. We needed to connect anyone to everyone, no matter the location. Every client is different, so the solution is as well. Some clients found Zoom or WebEx met their needs, while others wanted a more polished, professional look to their events. Since we partner with several online platforms, we were able to offer solutions that met both needs and budget.

Live webcast with remote presenter
Live webcast with remote presenter

 

We worked remotely on live webcasts that featured presenters and speakers around the globe. Regions included North, Central and South America, the Carribean, Europe, Australia, New Zeland, Japan and Southeast Asia. Due to the time differences, we worked at all hours to accommodate our clients.

Remote productions were 100% of our business for several months, but then we started to see a small change. A couple of clients were willing to produce sales presentations with only 2 staff members, plus our three webcast crew members in a large conference room. We all maintained our distance, wore marks and used lots of hand sanitizer! This method was a game changer for our clients as well. While their sales force could not travel to meet with clients and demonstrate their equipment, we could show it virtually. Two-way communication allowed viewers to ask the presenter questions.

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Socially-distanced crew on live sales presentation.

Ingenuity led both our customers and our team to new solutions during the pandemic. We still average just one in-person event a month, and those require a COVID rapid test before we enter the venue, but the calls and inquiries increase every week for clients looking to book us on Orlando area events later this year.

We're glad to see 2020 behind us, and look forward to working safely and responsibly with our clients this year, and in the future.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Webcasts and live streams were hot in 2020

The global pandemic required businesses and organizations to rethink how they communicate with their employees, investors and stakeholders. While we've been promoting webcasts and live streaming for a decade, 2020 was the year that nearly every business - and household - discovered the benefits of live streaming video.

Our business model evolved as well. In most years, the majority of our work took place at the client site - whether it be an office, convention or meeting. That worked disappeared overnight in March, replaced with virtual meetings. We connected presenters with their audiences and did it all from our homes using our professional webinar portal.

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As we moved through the summer months, clients turned to us for their sales and marketing needs as well. We produced several virtual sales presentations for a medical client, connecting their technical staff with existing and potentials, allowing instrument demonstrations and live Q&A with the presenters on an enterprise-quality webcast platform.

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Orlando Webcasts assisted companies and non-profits with live streaming events including monthly membership meetings, board meetings and sales presentations using WebEx, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, YouTube and Facebook.

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2020 has been a year of challenges and changes, and also one of opportunity. We've had the pleasure of working with local organizations that depend on community support as well as multi-national corporations needing to reach employees. We changed our operations to meet client demand and expanded our capabilities utilizing world-class webcasting platforms.

While we look forward to having clients return to on-location events, the pandemic necessitated a change in communication methods and we believe some of these changes will stay with us moving forward.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Orlando Webcasts returns to location production of live stream events

After two months of producing only virtual webcasts and webinars, Orlando Webcast has returned to working on location for client projects. Our first project took us to the Florida Keys, where we connected our presenter with two other presenters in other parts of the country. The three then hosted a virtual event streamed live to their online audience.

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Two weeks later, we live streamed two days of virtual product demos for a healthcare company. Clients around the US were invited to view the demonstrations which were streamed to the clients WebEx account. Viewers could ask questions at the end of each demo, providing the presenters an opportunity to share detailed, specific information about the equipment.

This two-camera event included monitor feeds from both pieces of equipment so viewers could see both the hardware and software capabilities and interfaces.

Orlando Webcasts was contracted by Remy Productions to handle the encoding and live streaming of the project.

On location in Orlando, FL for a live sales demonstration
On location in Orlando, FL for a live sales demonstration

While remotely-produced webcasts make up the majority of our productions, we enjoy the opportunity to safely produce on-site events when practical.

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc., dba Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Virtual meetings are the new normal

With travel grinding to a halt, along with a multitude of other changes to our daily activities, businesses and organizations have had to rethink the way they communicate with their employees, members or other stakeholders. While webcasts and webinars have been popular for more than a decade, their popularity has skyrocketed in the last two months. If someone hadn't heard of a virtual meeting, a webcast or Zoom, they have now. What once was considered an option is now considered a necessity.

Our business model changed as well. The majority of our work was at an office, hotel or conference center. We connected microphones to presenters, lit the room and streamed the presentation live to viewers. I refer to those times as 'the good old days.' Handshakes, breakfast buffets and ice cold meeting rooms are now a fond memory.

Overnight, we pivoted to producing those events in a virtual environment. Presenters are now speaking from their kitchens and home offices. Viewers are watching on phones, tablets and laptops. We connect them in a seamless manner. A webcam on one end, a web browser on the other. We add slides, videos, surveys and polls. Q&A goes directly to the presenters while the audience can chat with other viewers.

User interfaces are intuitive and designed to allow the event, the experience, to be the focus of attention. The technology is there, but works to support the user, not become an obstacle to users to decipher.

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We work with several webcast delivery networks, each offering different capabilities, features and costs. By offering these choices and our recommendations, clients select the network that best meets their requirements.

Orlando Webcasts handles the logistics of the virtual events, from the setup to the production of the live event.  It's a one-call solution to staying connected, no matter where you are.

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc., dba Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Live webinars and webcasts keep companies connected

Daily life for almost everyone has changed in the past month. For those of us in Orlando, March started much as usual, but in the first week, conventions begin cancelling. Walt Disney World closed mid-month, and shortly after that, Florida went on a stay-at-home order. Now mid-April, we have adapted to the new normal as best as possible.

Companies are adjusting to a work-at-home business model. Meetings are Zoom, Blue Jeans or Skype calls. Conventions are virtual and trade shows have become small, live streaming events to customers.

The pandemic has forced the hand of companies and organizations to adopt and integrate video, specifically live video, into their ecosystems. What was once considered a premium or optional service is now a basic requirement. We've all been on calls where interruptions are considered acceptable and normal, whether they be from children, pets or the dreaded leaf blower.

Companies now depend on live streaming to stay in contact with employees, associates, members or the public.

At Orlando Webcasts, we're remotely producing webcast and webinars every week - sometimes four or five events in one day. We recently produced an event covering the COVID-19 outbreak and this public forum had over 5000 live attendees who asked nearly 600 questions to the medical experts on the 1-hour broadcast. Other webinars have addressed the concerns of small business owners, answering questions about the Payroll Protection Program, SBA loans and tips for surviving this ordeal.

One consistent theme emerges from the majority of these events: People want information. They're hungry for it. In these unprecedented times, it's more important than ever to stay connected. Perhaps it's advice from trusted advisers. Maybe it's reassurance to employees with the latest company news. It could be information and insight to associates and stakeholders. Whatever the case, we're here to connect you from anywhere to everyone.

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Audio Webinar Player with Headshot and slide deck.

Our webinars are audio events that feature headshots, event branding, PowerPoint slide decks, question and answer functionality, password protection and much more.

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Webcast player with live video and slide deck.

Our webcasts feature live video, most often from webcams these days, with all the features of our webinars including on-demand replays, downloadable handouts and detailed analytics.

We produce these events remotely, allowing all presenters and viewers to participate virtually. We have managed webinars originating in Europe, Asia and North America. No location is too far. A phone line and internet connection is all that is needed - and in some situations, just the internet connection! We can schedule a one time event, or an on-going series.

To learn more on how we connect presenters and their audiences, email us at [email protected], or call us Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 5:oopm ET at 407-362-9490. Visit our website at: https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc., dba Orlando Webcasts is an Orlando-based video live streaming, webcasting and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Making webcast and live streaming event cancellations less costly

Like you, we've been affected by the coronavirus, and have adapted to how we work with our clients to provide as much flexibility and clarity as possible with our cancellation policy.

We want to make our webcast, live streaming and video production service cancellations less costly to our clients.

Effective Friday, March 6th, 2020, and updated June 10th, 2020, the following cancellation policy will apply for our projects.

Cancellation fees:
11+days; deposit refunded, minus pre-production costs*
7-10 days; 50% of fees paid
0-6 days: 100% of fees paid

Non-refundable: Preparation work we have completed is non-refundable and specifically detailed in the proposal.

Proposals are valid for 10 days, unless indicated otherwise.

*We are providing better clarity on fees that are non-refundable. When we spend time managing your project before the event begins, we'll provide a line item of those anticipated costs. Items in this category include meetings, site surveys, phone calls and emails, booking equipment and/or crews and other pre-production expenses. Those costs are non-refundable.

 

No one likes to cancel an event. It's a decision that upsets attendees, exhibitors, facilities and vendors. It can be a huge financial burden on the sponsoring company or organization. We hope our new policy provides some peace of mind to our clients in a time of uncertainty.

Have questions? We're here to help! Call 407-362-9490, Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM Eastern Time, or visit our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc., dba Orlando Webcasts is an Orlando-based video live streaming, webcasting and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Live Streaming and Webcasting Frequently Asked Questions

Live streaming of events, meetings and conferences increases each year. All of those events had to have a start, so we've created a web page dedicated to your questions, including:

What is live streaming?

Live streaming can be a program, meeting, workshop or other event, viewed in real time by web audiences. The video (and audio) signal is encoded and streamed to the desired web platform where the viewer can watch. Live streams require a high-speed Internet connection at the venue. Orlando Webcasts provides all the needed equipment to produce a live streaming event.

Why should I live stream events?

Nearly every company, organization and brand wants to connect with people, and live streaming allows them to reach employees, customers, fans and other stakeholders in real time. It's an effective way to deliver important news, share an experience or celebrate an achievement. Viewers are part of the event, even though they may be thousands of miles away.

Can you live stream to anyone, anywhere?

Yes! We can live stream to any business or social media platform or content delivery network. We live stream to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch or other social media portals. We also live stream to business sites like WebEx, GoToWebinar, LiveStream, Vimeo, Zoom, IBM Cloud Video - Ustream and others. Anyone with a web browser and internet connection can watch.

How does webcasting and live streaming happen?

The graphic below illustrates the steps of a live event.

Webcast and Live Stream Workflow

Do we have to use your camera and microphones?

No. We can connect to your camera and audio equipment, as well as to your distribution platform, if needed.

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For more answers to your frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com/faq.html. We're available to answer questions specific to your event, provide recommendations and prepare a free quote.

We're here to help! Call 407-362-9490, Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM Eastern Time, or visit our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc., dba Orlando Webcasts is an Orlando-based video live streaming, webcasting and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Orlando Webcasts is Orlando's highest rated live streaming company!

We can't help but glow over our Google 5 Star Reviews! In fact, no other company in Orlando - or even Florida - has consistently rated 5 stars when it comes to the service, professionalism and technical expertise needed to produce live webcasts.

When you need to connect employees, shareholders, members or other stakeholders, look to Orlando Webcasts. From Town Halls and Senior Leadership Updates to Conference Presentations and Special events, we're Central Florida's go-to resource.

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Our work takes us to hotels, conference and convention centers, office buildings and even launch pads! We reach everyone from anywhere.

Take a look at our latest reviews at https://g.page/orlandowebcasts?gm, then give us a call to discuss your live stream project.

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc., dba Orlando Webcasts is an Orlando-based video live streaming, webcasting, event filming and video production company. Call Orlando Webcasts today at 407-362-9490 for a free consultation and quote.