Frequently Asked Questions
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 Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, Twitch, YouTube or other social media portals. We can also live stream to business sites like WebWx, GoToWebinar, LiveStream - Vimeo, Zoom, IBM Cloud Video - Ustream and others. Anyone with a web browser and internet connection can watch.
What is a webcast?
A webcast is streamed live over the Internet and usually password protected and intended for specific audiences. In most cases, webcasts are used by business clients to deliver important information to employees, investors, trainees or other stakeholders of the company. Webcasts can include PowerPoint slides, videos, graphics, polls, surveys and allow participants to ask questions to the presenter. Webcasts normally originate from one location and stream to computers, tablets and smartphones, allowing viewers to watch anywhere on any device. Audiences typically range from 50 to 1000, but can accommodate tens of thousands. A webcast without video is an Audio Webinar.
How does webcasting and live streaming happen?
The graphic below illustrates the steps of a live event.
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.
Can you film our meeting, keynote or conference without it being live streamed?
Yes. We can film your event, capture graphics and provide you either the raw footage or edit the project. We deliver footage onsite, online or via overnight courier. We maintain a backup of all footage for 30 days after the event. Learn more about our Video Production and Meeting and Conference services.
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 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. Viewers watching on Zoom, WebEx and other business platforms may need to download an app prior to use.
Do webcast participants need access to both the internet and a telephone?
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 feature and can be archived up to one year.
Does the venue need to have high speed internet for the webcast?
Yes. An upload speed of at least 5Mpbs is preferred. You can review a list of internet requirements on our Resources page.
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, there are limitations enforced by each site and their rules vary. YouTube, for example, will interrupt a live stream if the use of copyrighted music is detected. Platforms may also limit the length and quality of the live stream, include advertising in your live stream and provide limited customer service when you or your viewers have a question. When using a paid streaming service like Vimeo, IBM Cloud Video or a webcast platform, users have control of the setup, stream and branding of the event.
Do you offer your services in cities other than Orlando?
Yes, we work throughout Florida and the Southeast!
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 Florida that specializes in live streaming of events for business, conference and agency clients. Our goal is to deliver superior customer and technical service on every production.