Meetinghouse Webcast Sending & Viewing Options
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The Church has two options available for sending and receiving webcasts over the Internet. Simplicity, functionality, flexibility and affordability are drivers for these options. Review the information below before deciding which options best fit your local circumstances.
Meetinghouse Webcast sending options
There are two options for sending a webcast. You can purchase the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator or you can download the Meetinghouse Webcast Software and install it on a personal computer or laptop. These two solutions use some of the same technologies and generally provide the same functionality.
Webcast Communicator and the Webcast Software both:
- Use Microsoft Windows Media Encoder for encoding the video and audio streams
- Use the Church Media Distribution servers for distributing the webcast
- Produce a webcast that can be viewed using Microsoft Windows Media Player
Webcast Communicator vs. Webcast Software
There are some differences between the Webcast Communicator and the Webcast Software that you should consider when determining what solution you want to use for creating and sending your webcast.
More on Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator
Launched in February 2009, Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator has been used to capture and send hundreds of webcasts worldwide. The solution was designed to keep the webcast experience simple. It combines the software and hardware needed to capture video and audio, compress it and then send it over the Internet to our media servers where it is made available for viewers in other locations to access through their browser windows. The Webcast Communicator is a well tested, single purpose device designed specifically for the Church. It combines standard technologies with a simple custom LED management interface.
Please note: The Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator comes with a 3-year warranty provided by the manufacturer. As of February 2012, some of the first units that were purchased are now beyond that 3-year warranty period. As a result, customers will be responsible to pay for repairs or replacement of defective units that are no longer covered. The cost could range (depending on the problem) from a portion of the original cost up to full replacement cost, which is $840. Contact the Global Service Center (GSC) for more information.
- View a Webcast Communicator set-up video
- Communicator User Guide
- Review Webcast Communicator Technical Specifications
More on Meetinghouse Webcast Software
Meetinghouse Webcast Software provides similar functionality to that of the Webcast Communicator but gives you the flexibility of leveraging hardware you have available in your local area. It provides a great solution for local units that already have reliable computer hardware that can be re-purposed for webcasting. It's available via a download from the web. It can be used a primary webcast solution or as an alternate (backup) solution for those units who have already purchased a Webcast Communicator.
Meetinghouse Webcast viewing option
You can use a personal computer (or laptop) with Microsoft Windows Media Player (version 11 recommended) to view the webcast. This option provides you with the flexibility to watch the webcast on any computer using a Windows (XP, Vista, 7) operating system.
If you chose to use a computer with Windows Media Player at a receiving location, you should consider the following:
- Other programs running on the computer could impact performance. Verify that you don’t have software that may slow down or interrupt viewing of the webcast event. For example, check to verify that a system backup or virus scan is not scheduled during the time of your event.
- Screen savers need to be turned off before your event begins.
- The background image on the computer desktop should not distract from the spirit of the meeting. Keep in mind that an entire audience may end up viewing the computer desktop background image.
Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver (discontinued)
The Church previously offered a thin client computer customized to receive and view a webcast known as the "Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver." It has been discontinued due to the ease of finding low-cost alternate solutions. If you own a Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver and are looking for additional information, please refer to the links below:
- Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver Technical Specifications
- Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver Quick Setup Guide