Have questions about live streaming? We have answers!

As the popularity of live streaming and webcasting grows in the corporate and professional world, we receive inquiries about our services and how an Orlando Webcasts live video stream can be incorporated into conferences, town halls, promotions and other events.

Live streaming from an Orlando convention hotel.
Live streaming from an Orlando convention hotel.

Nearly any event can be live streamed with the primary factor being the availability of a high-speed Internet connection with a minimum upload speed of 7Mbps, though higher speeds could be required for certain events. Contacting the venue IT department and confirming the connection speeds, along with any associated costs, is the first step toward a live stream event.

Once the internet access has been verified, there are several possible routes to live streaming your event. First, you need to determine how your live event will reach it's intended audience.

Will a free service like Facebook Live or Twitter/Periscope reach your audience? These outlets can reach tens of thousands of people and are frequently used for promotional events lasting less than one hour.

Is a paid service like UStream, Vimeo or GoToWebinar a better choice? These platforms can be password-protected, allowing only those you choose to view the live stream.

Your third option is a webcasting service which allows even more security, better integration with PowerPoint slides and video playback, a Q&A function to ask the presenter questions, detailed analytics, custom branding, access to past events and other benefits. This option can also be the most expensive depending on the size of the audience, length of the event and other factors.

Choosing the correct distribution method is an important decision. You want to ensure that the live stream reaches the stakeholders who need to see it. Orlando Webcasts works with all of the options listed above and can help you determine the best solution for your event.

Live webcast for a financial services firm.
Live webcast for a financial services firm.

Now that you've determined how you want to reach your audience, it's time to decide how the video and audio are going to be filmed at the event site. 

Depending on where the event is held, you may need to work with the in-house Audio/Visual company to secure wireless microphones, a camera, lighting and other gear they are contracted to provide conferences and meetings at that site. Large events may already have IMAG (image magnification) cameras in the general session rooms. In those cases, we work with the A/V company to receive a feed from the camera and use that feed as the source for the live stream event.

In other locations, such as office buildings or smaller hotels/venues, we may need to supply the camera, microphones and lighting. Each event is unique, so we offer customized solutions to fit the needs of each project.

Live stream crew at a corporate town hall webcast.
Live stream crew at a corporate town hall webcast.

If you're needing webcast and live streaming services in Orlando, or anywhere in Florida, we're available to answer your calls by phone or email.

You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on the Orlando Webcasts website. It's an easy way to learn a bit more about webcasts and live streaming when you're not sure what questions to ask! One of our most important tasks is to educate and inform our clients about options, services and capabilities.

Check out the FAQ page on the Orlando Webcasts website.
Check out the FAQ page on the Orlando Webcasts website.

Give us a call or send an email with your 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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Fourth of July in Orlando

On Independence Day, 2018, much of the country will take the day off and enjoy time with friends and family. Many will cap the evening watching a fireworks show.

If you're in Orlando, you have some of the best fireworks displays in the nation on a nightly basis (looking at you, WDW) and Visit Orlando has published a list that includes the more popular fireworks shows in the region.

The City of Orlando features a great evening of entertainment at one of our favorite spots - Lake Eola.

No matter where you watch fireworks, we wish you a happy, safe and memorable Fourth of July!

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Orlando's Lake Eola fountain, turned red, white and blue for the 4th.

We'll be out celebrating the 4th of July as well, so give us a call on the 5th of July to discuss your webcasting, encoding and live streaming needs. Thank you!

 

 


Live streaming for conferences and meetings

Orlando is the number one meeting destination in the country, with thousands of events occurring every year at the Orange County Convention Center and the many surrounding convention hotels and centers.

"Orlando continues to invest in our industry every year, with even more new additions to our expansive convention center district, innovative new venues and attractions, and more quality dining options for every type of group," said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. "To receive the honor of once again being recognized by Cvent as the No. 1 meetings destination in the country, only reinforces our ongoing commitment to this important industry" reported Cvent in it's annual report of top meeting destinations.

Orange County Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center

An increasing number of those meetings stream keynote and general sessions, as well as top breakout sessions to associates, customers and other stakeholders, and Orlando Webcasts streams many of those sessions.

Our Meeting and Conference and Encoding Services allow clients to secure the needed crew and equipment with a single phone call. We work hand in hand with on-site A/V companies including PSAV, Cramer, Production Resource Group and other event production companies to ensure a seamless experience for our clients.

Encoding and streaming a breakout session
Encoding and streaming a breakout session


Learn more about our live streaming, webcasting and encoding services by visiting 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. 


Orlando Webcasts one-call solution to live streaming

We recently provided production services for one of our webcast Content Delivery Network partners. We provided, cameras, lighting, audio, encoding and streaming services to support the live event.

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After conducting a site survey for our client, we worked with a staging company for pipe and drape as well as a lighting company to provide two lighting towers for the meeting area, which was located inside their office building.

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Our tech tables were located in an area near the back of the room and included a primary and backup encoder, slide laptop, playback laptop and backup laptop. Two camera feeds and the slide feed were switched into the encoded live stream. We also provided six microphones for the presenters and handheld microphones for audience Q&A.  

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With one call to Orlando Webcasts, our clients can receive a comprehensive estimate that includes everything needed for their live event. Whether you need just our encoding services, or a full production, contact us to learn more about our services and capabilities. Visit our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com or call us at 407-362-9490.

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. 


Encoding live events

One of our most requested services is video encoding. We often work with the house A/V company to receive their camera and audio feed in order to encode and stream the signal to a Content Delivery Network.

Video Encoding work station at hotel meeting room.
Video Encoding work station at hotel meeting room.

Our standard video encoding package includes two quad-core laptops loaded with Wirecast encoding software (one as a primary encoder, one as backup), plus an assortment of DA's (distriubtion amplifiers), converters and scalers, along with more cables and connectors than we will ever need.

Backstage at a convention general session.
Backstage at a convention general session.


Some events find us set in the back of the room (top photo), while other times we are backstage working in relative darkness (above). Every once in a great while, we are treated to a great view of the area (below). No matter where we find ourselves, including meeting rooms, convention centers and golf courses, we come prepared to encode and stream live events.

View of practice green at an Orlando golf course
View of practice green at an Orlando golf course

 

Businesses and brands count on Orlando Webcasts to encode and stream their live events to audiences around the company, country or globe. For information on our encoding, live streaming and webcasting services, visit our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com. Call us Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM Eastern time at 407-362-9490.

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. 


When the weather impacts your conference, Live Stream it!

Most of our live stream events are booked weeks in advance, but earlier this month, we received a call for a next-day stream. Winter weather was  wreaking havoc in the Northeast and airlines were cancelling flights, which impacted attendees for a conference here in Orlando.

To solve this problem, the conference organizers decided to live stream a full day of their two-day event, allowing those who couldn't make it to Orlando to attend virtually. 

Single camera live stream to GoToWebinar
Single camera live stream to GoToWebinar

Orlando Webcasts provided the camera, wireless microphones, audio mixer, converter equipment and laptops for the 9-hour live stream. We connected to the clients GoToWebinar account where the remote viewers connected to the live conference. We connected to the internet with a wired connection provided by the hotel.

GoToWebinar interface during the live stream
GoToWebinar interface during the live stream

This was a small conference, so every attendee was very important. Using an existing asset, GoToWebinar, the organizers insured those stuck in the Northeast were not left out in the cold!

We were pleased to be part of the solution and worked with the client to provide our crew and equipment at an affordable price that met their budget.

Thinking about live streaming your conference, keynote or session? Orlando Webcasts can live stream to any social or business platform and can provide the camera, microphones, lighting and all the encoding equipment needed to connect you to your audience. Call us at 407-362-9490 or email us at [email protected].

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. 


Take time to see more of Orlando

While Orlando is rightfully known as the theme park capital of the world, the City Beautiful and it's surrounding communities offer a host of activities that keep us locals busy.

The New York Times recently published their suggestions for how to spend 36 hours in Orlando. It's a good primer for the visitor who wants to explore more of O-Town and it's neighbors, no matter how many hours you have!

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/01/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-orlando-florida.html

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Orlando's Lake Eola - image from NYT article.

 


Frequently Asked Questions - Answered

Live streaming continues to gain traction as the next step in corporate communications, branding and consumer engagement. Our job is to make it easy to take the next step.

While we're always available to answer your calls by phone or email, one new way we're answering them is with our Frequently Asked Questions page on the Orlando Webcasts website. It's an easy way to learn a bit more about webcasts and live streaming when you're not sure what questions to ask! One of our most important tasks is to educate and inform our clients about options, services and capabilities.

If you're needing webcast and live streaming services in Orlando - or anywhere in the United States - spend a few minutes on our FAQ page and then give us a call or send an email with your follow-up questions. We're here to help!

Call Orlando Webcasts at 407-362-9490, or visit our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

 

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A portion of the Frequently Asked Questions page 
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. 

Happy 2018! We're back to work and ready to live stream your keynote, town hall, meeting or other event! Contact us at 407-362-9490 to ask about our services, pricing and availability. We're here daily 9am-5pm.

Season's Greetings from Orlando Webcasts

When you grow up in Florida, as I did, the holiday season looks and feels considerably different from northern states. That said, unless you had a heated swimming pool, it was still too cold for most natives to take a swim in late December! Perhaps we're a bit 'lightweight' when it comes to handling the cold, but we'll gladly suffer through the 70 and 80 degree days in the winter.

My uncle owned an orange grove in Central Florida and it was this time of year when the oranges were on the tree, ripening in advance of a January picking. While most of his oranges were destined to become juice, he had a few naval, tangerine and other varieties that he maintained for our family. I enjoyed picking oranges from the tree and eating one before we departed the grove. They were always delicious.

Oranges, in a way, also represented the holidays.  Like snow on the ground, an orange on the tree was a sure sign the holidays were upon us. So this holiday season, enjoy some traditional meals and drinks, and maybe, just maybe, eat an orange. I sure will. Happy Holidays!

Santa in a Florida orange grove.
Santa in a Florida orange grove.