There's no time like the present to embrace new communication tools. Technology aids us in ways we never quite relied on so heavily in the past. With businesses and schools closed in most parts of the country for more than a month now, video conferencing has taken center stage as America's conference room and class room.
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It’s certainly a unique time for those of us in the professional audiovisual industry. For designers, integrators, re-sellers and technology managers, the niche industry that usually consumes us with the deeply technical side of things has now shifted into mainstream conversations.
Why? As most of us have noticed, the news media, local municipalities, counties, schools and businesses have been working feverishly to convey critical information to the public about the recent outbreak of COVID-19, known commonly as coronavirus. While many may disagree about the severity of the virus, two things are certain. The virus is spreading, and businesses are cancelling conferences, meetings and other events to prevent their employees' exposure.
According to The Lancet, “the national security strategy for COVID-19 within China has shifted to so-called wartime control measures,” with cities on lock down.
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Recently, the Conference Room Systems crew visited the Olivet United Methodist Church in Coatesville, Pa., to check in on some PTZOptics cameras that they purchased from us in late 2018. Did you know that CRS has a suite of products that are being used by houses of worship to live stream their services? Olivet, like many houses of worship we help throughout the United States, incorporates a live stream as part of its weekly service. Members of the church say the weekly live stream has allowed not only the worshipers inside the church to see the service projected onto two large screens but also congregants at home or those out of state are able to tune in. Additionally, the larger screens have also helped visually impaired congregants who have found the larger print on those screens easier to read, helping them to participate in weekly services.
We asked Mike Givler, whose been heading the church's live streaming efforts, some questions about his experience:
Recently, my partners at PTZOptics and I headed over to WCHE radio in West Chester, Pa., to produce a live video stream as part of a special mid-day broadcast. We wanted to demonstrate live video streaming as a powerful tool to engage with the radio station’s current listening audience. During our broadcast, we live streamed to Facebook, LinkedIN, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube.
Radio station owners across the country can rejoice. The medium is far from dead. According to a Nielsen Total Audience Report based on first quarter 2019 data, 92 percent of U.S. adults listen to radio each week, the highest of any platform. Accompanying radio’s resilience is the massive growth of live video streaming, which initially began with individuals posting content to Facebook or Instagram Live, in addition to a variety of streaming apps. However, as live video streamers have grown into professional producers of content for outlets such as YouTube and Twitch, there is a growing demand among traditional media outlets, including radio, to incorporate live video streaming as part of their regular broadcasts.
At the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia recently, we had the chance to speak with Paul Richards about the tools schools can use to add live streaming to their day. Richards is the author of the "Accelerated Broadcast Club Curriculum: Accelerated Student Learning in Broadcast & Live Streaming."
Richards explained that today teachers at schools throughout the country are looking to create broadcast clubs and curriculum, where their students can learn how to live stream. Many students are interested in a future career in radio or television broadcasting, or even an up-and-coming field such as Esports. Every day school events, including morning announcements and sports, can be live streamed by students to Facebook or YouTube. Students can get both on-camera and practical hands-on technology experience from these activities. Feel free to share this with a teacher you know who may want to download this book for their students.
We sat down with Timothy of Calvary Chapel Church to learn why he switched from a cheap prosumer camcorder to a PTZOptics Streaming kit and how he has seen his church grow since.
Topics: Live Streaming
We interviewed Paul Richards, the author of a new book called "Helping Your Church Live Stream." This book is a guide book about how to spread the message of God with live streaming. The guide covers church video production, digital donations, streaming video on social media, and more.
For this weeks episode of ConferenceCast, we interviewed Scott Pienta of Pure Energy Light and Sound based out of Michigan. They produce weddings, proms, parties, concerts, and much more. And we wanted to learn more about their live streaming options for these events and how they do it.
Topics: Live Streaming
We interviewed Tess Protesto the co-host of Stream Geeks. Stream Geeks is a live show for the live streaming industry. They provide information on broadcasting technology, techniques, interview industry professionals, and more. They are our go-to resource for all things related to live video production and we wanted to hear their industry predictions for 2019.
Here are the Basics:
- The Real Beginning of 4K Video Production
- Continuation of Gamification in Live Video
- Growth of Virtual Ticket Sales
- More QVC Style Shopping via Live Stream
Check out the Whole Interview for More Below >>>
Topics: Live Streaming