Get started with Meetinghouse Webcast

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 Ldsorg int.png[Clerk Support] These checklists will help you prepare for, and manage, your Webcast events.

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What other steps do you take to setup and manage your webcasts?

Initial setup and preparation

Check Task Description
Learn Meetinghouse Webcast basics Review the overview of Meetinghouse Webcast. Also review the Meetinghouse Webcast Policies to understand appropriate uses of this technology.
Review Webcast Requirements Review list of technical requirements to understand what is needed to support a meetinghouse webcast.
Assess your situation Based on the webcast requirements, conduct an assessment of the technologies available at all the locations that will be involved in the webcast. Catalog what tools and equipment you already have in place and identify gaps.
Verify broadband availability Review the Bandwidth Guidelines. Check to see that you have needed bandwidth in all locations that will participate in the webcast. Install broadband Internet as needed.
Install Meetinghouse Firewall Church policy requires all meetinghouses with broadband Internet to install and use the Church-managed firewall. If you don't already have a Meetinghouse Firewall installed in each meetinghouse, you will need to order and install one.
Get needed equipment Based on the gaps you identified in your assessment, get the additional equipment you need to deliver your webcast.
Install Webcast Software and needed components (optional) There are two choices for sending a Meetinghouse Webcast: the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator or the Meetinghouse Webcast Software. The Webcast Communicator can be purchased from the Church's Online Store and requires less set-up. The Meetinghouse Webcast software can be downloaded for free but requires installation on a computer, along with the installation of Windows Media Encoder and the use of a video capture card (or USB device).
Test your Webcast solution Assemble and test your webcast solution. See Managing an Event list below for more info on setting up your event. You should test your event well in advance of your first webcast event. This will allow you to verify that you:
  • Have sufficient Internet bandwidth at both sending and receiving locations
  • Have all the needed connecting cables
  • Can capture and broadcast the audio at the right volume level
  • Know where to position and how to operate your camera(s)
  • Have other people who can help you successfully manage your event
Identify backup solutions You should have a backup solution in place for all elements involved with a webcast. Most notably you should have an audio backup in place in case your Internet connection fails during your event. It's important to plan for backup solutions in advance of your event.

Managing an event

Check Task Description
Set-up Webcast Communicator or computer with Webcast Software Find a location to place your Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator or computer with Meetinghouse Webcast Software. Where you locate the encoding device will depend on your building configuration. You'll need to place the encoding device in a location that allows you to connect to the audio, video, and Internet. In some meetinghouses, you can place the encoding device in the technology (satellite) closet. In other meetinghouses, you may need to put the encoding device on a small table near the back of the chapel.
Set-up your video camera More on Video & Cameras
Connect your audio There are multiple ways to capture audio in a meetinghouse. More on Webcast Audio
Configure your webcast settings View the Webcast Communicator and Meetinghouse Software user guides for instructions on how to configure the settings for your webcast.
Set-up your viewing location Find a location to place your Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver or computer with Microsoft Media Player. Where you locate the receiving device will depend on your building configuration. You'll need to place the receiving device in a location that allows you to connect to the Internet and audio system. You will also need to place it near the location where you're going to view the webcast. In a meetinghouse, you'll likely need to connect it to a projector or television.
Start your webcast When you start your webcast, note the Unit ID and Event ID.
View your webcast Use the Webcast Receiver or open Microsoft Windows Media Player on a computer and select Control + U. Type in or Paste in the webcast URL.
This page was last modified on 16 July 2012, at 11:23.

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