Explanations and tips to help you navigate the virtual waters.
What is live streaming?
Live streaming is a program, meeting, workshop or other event, viewed in real time by web audiences. The audio and video are encoded and streamed to the desired web platform where the viewer can watch. Orlando Webcasts provides all the needed equipment to produce a live streaming event on site or remotely.
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 and other social media sites. We stream to business sites including WebEx, GoToWebinar, Zoom, AT&T and others.
What is a webcast?
The names are used interchangeably. Webcasts and webinars deliver important information to employees, investors or other stakeholders of a company or organization. They are streamed live over the Internet, usually password protected, and often include slides, videos, surveys, a Q&A function and detailed viewer analytics.
Is a webcast really a webinar?
Technically, the platform and feature sets are the same. The difference is a webcast includes live audio and video of the presenter, while a webinar offers only audio. We produce both, so don’t worry if you say one and mean the other!
Can an event be produced while everyone is working from home?
Yes. We can remotely produce events using either webcams or a phone connection for the presenters.
Can webcasts be pre-recorded?
Yes. Sometimes it's better to pre-record the webcast and stream it later. We call these events 'Simulated Live' or 'Look Live' since they appear to be live webcasts to the viewer.
Can you set up a pay-per-view event?
Yes. We can create a pay-per-view event and handle all registrations, payments and other logistics.
Do you work anywhere other than Orlando?
We travel all around Florida and out of state when needed.
Do we have to use your camera and microphones?
No. We can connect to your camera and microphones at nearly any location.
Can you film our meeting, keynote or conference without it being live streamed?
Yes. We can film your event and provide you the raw footage after the event concludes. We deliver files onsite, online or overnight. A backup of all footage is maintained for 30 days after the event.
Do you stream weddings or funerals?
Sorry, we do not stream personal events such as weddings or funerals.
Do participants watching a webcast need to install apps or software in advance?
No. Our webcast player utilizes HTML5 technology which allows viewing on a web browser. We use Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streaming, which adjusts the stream bit rate to the available bandwidth, considerably reducing video buffering or freezing.
Do webcast viewers need access to both the internet and a telephone to listen to a webcast?
No. Our webcasts have the audio embedded with the video stream.
What if someone misses the webcast? Can they watch it later?
Yes. Our webcasts include a video-on-demand option for replays of the event.
Does the venue need to have high speed internet for the webcast?
While it is preferred that we use a wired connection with at least 10Mbps upload speed, in some situations we can use a cellular connection.
Is live streaming to a social media site like YouTube a good idea?
Since most social media sites allow you to live stream for free, they often have restrictions to their service. Use of unlicensed, copyrighted music often triggers warnings and even disconnects of the live stream. Platforms may limit the length and quality of the live stream, and customer support is limited. That said, they are a great way to reach thousands of viewers at minimal cost.
Why should I choose Orlando Webcasts for my event?
Our background is in live television production. We brought that experience and professionalism to live streaming when we produced our first webcast in 2009. We continue to use broadcast-grade equipment, providing high quality and reliability to our clients. Orlando Webcasts is the only company in Central Florida that specializes in live streaming of events for business, conference and agency clients. We deliver superior customer and technical service on every production.