Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator

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Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator.

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The meetinghouse webcast solution provides local units of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the information and tools needed to broadcast local meetings over the Internet to other locations. Webcast technology provides an alternative to travel for stake conferences, regional conferences, firesides, and training meetings.


Meetinghouse Webcast basics

Webcasts broadcast audio and video from a central location to one or many other locations. Webcasts are transmitted over the Internet to a publishing system. Receiving locations connect over the Internet to the publishing system to receive the webcast.

Uses and benefits

As the travel and time costs for members and leaders increase, webcast technology provides significant opportunities to reduce or limit these costs. For example, it can allow a stake to hold one Sunday session of stake conference and webcast the meeting to other locations within the stake.


Several elements are required for the successful delivery of a meetinghouse webcast. Webcasting involves two or more locations: the location creating the Webcast and the location(s) receiving it. These locations can be separate buildings, or different locations within the same building. Make sure you have the necessary requirements for each location. If your location is broadcasting an event, you will use the Webcast Communicator to create the Webcast. If you will view an event being broadcast from a different location, you may use the Webcast Receiver or a computer to receive Webcasts.

Requirements for Creating a Webcast

You should meet the following requirements to create a Meetinghouse Webcast:

  • A Stake Technology Specialist who has an understanding of the Internet and basic computer technologies
  • Internet at all locations that meet Webcast quality requirements.
  • Meetinghouse Internet, the Church firewall solution.
  • Required Meetinghouse Webcast components:
    • Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator
    • Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver or computer
    • High-quality camera
    • Adapters to connect to the building audio system, video system, projectors, etc. (based on setup)
    • CAT5 (or better) Ethernet cable that reaches from your building’s Internet data port to the Webcast Communicator.
  • Optional Meetinghouse Webcast components:
    • Tripod
    • Small TV monitor from the library or portable DVD player (if the camera does not have a monitor/view finder)
    • Tape to cover exposed cables (do not use on wood surfaces)
    • Any necessary extension cords and power strips
    • Cables and adapters for audio

Requirements for Receiving a Webcast

Your building should meet the following requirements to receive a Meetinghouse Webcast:

  • Meetinghouse Internet, the Church firewall solution
  • Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver or computer with Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 or newer
  • CAT5 (or better) Ethernet cable that reaches from the Internet data port to your Webcast Receiver or computer
  • Projector and screen, television, or computer monitor
  • Cables to connect to the projector, or computer monitor
  • Cables and connectors to connect to the chapel’s audio system

NOTE: The quality of the Internet connection will directly impact the quality of the Webcast.

Webcast coordinators

A Stake Technology Specialist who has an understanding of the Internet and basic computer technologies should coordinate the preparation for and management of meetinghouse webcast events. In addition, others will be needed to manage the technology used at each location that receives the event.

Meetinghouse Internet

Meetinghouses used for sending or receiving meetinghouse webcasts must have Meetinghouse Internet properly installed and configured in each building location. Meetinghouse Internet is the Church’s firewall and security solution for local buildings.

Internet speed

Both the sending and receiving locations need to have reliable Internet connections. Internet connection speeds must be sufficient to support the audio and video content streamed over them. The table below provides guidelines for the connection speeds needed. See also the Bandwidth Guidelines for Meetinghouse Internet.

Webcast Quality Sending Bandwidth Receiving Bandwidth Webcast Speeds
Good 400K upload 300K download 200K (low)
Better 500K upload 375K download 250K (medium)
Best 600K upload 450K download 300K (high)
Rule for calculation 2 X webcast speed 1.5 X webcast speed 150K to 750K

Meetinghouse Webcast components

Several components are used in the creation and reception of a meetinghouse webcast event. Essential items include:

  • Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator
  • Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver or computer
  • High-quality camera
  • Adapters to connect to the building audio system, video system, projectors, etc. (needs based on local building configuration)
  • CAT5 (or better) Ethernet cable (needed to connect your building’s Internet data port to the Webcast Communicator or Webcast Receiver)
  • Tripod
  • Gaffer tape (if you have exposed audio, power or video cables in areas where people may walk)

Additional information on the meetinghouse webcast components can be found in the Order section of this document and in the Meetinghouse Webcast Frequently Asked Questions.

Supporting building items

Additional items may be needed at the buildings participating in the meetinghouse webcast. For example, the building receiving the webcast will need a screen and a projector or one or more televisions to view the webcast. As existing equipment varies from building to building, the Stake Technology Specialist will need to conduct a technology assessment of each building participating in the meetinghouse webcast event.

Ordering information

Each Stake must pay for the purchase of the meetinghouse webcast components out its local unit operating budget. Equipment can be ordered from the Church's Online Store (

You can find the webcast equipment on by following these steps:

  1. Log in using your LDS Account username and password.
  2. Locate the Administration Materials box, and click the Enter button.
  3. Navigate to Stake/Ward > Office and Building Supplies.
  4. Scroll down to the Electronic Equipment section.

If you have trouble ordering on, contact the Global Service Center at 1-800-537-5971.

NOTE: You will only be able to view the Meetinghouse Webcast items at if you are logged in with your LDS Account, and if you have a calling of stake or ward clerk or member of the stake presidency or bishopric.

You can order some meetinghouse webcast components through the online store and purchase others through local vendors. This allows you to get the mix of components that best fits your situation. What you need to order will vary by your location and the technology and tools already in place in the buildings you support. The only component you must order from the catalog is the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator.

Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator

This essential component of the Church’s meetinghouse webcast encodes the video stream and sends it to web servers that distribute the webcast stream. This device needs to be in place in the location where your webcast event occurs.

Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver

The Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver provides one option for viewing a Meetinghouse Webcast. (Webcasts can also be viewed using a properly configured computer.) The Webcast Receiver (or computer) can be used to display the webcast on either an overhead projector or a television set. The Webcast Receiver requires a standard keyboard to operate (the keyboard is not included).

Webcast cameras

Meetinghouse webcasts require a high quality video camera. The camera used should include the following functionality:

  • 10X optical zoom lens
  • Auto focus
  • Low light sensitivity
  • Option to disable “auto shutoff” when not recording (allowing video to be streamed without recording)
  • At least one composite video out (RCA) port or one S-video outport
  • Ability to not display timestamp or other camera display information in video output

Several cameras available in the market will meet these requirements. Provided it meets these requirements, an existing camera can be used or a new camera can be purchased in your local area. Video format standards vary around the world. Determine what video standard is common in your location. Normally, the camera documentation will identify which video formats your camera supports. You can also use the Webcast Communicator menu interface to identify the format your camera uses to send video. The Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator can capture or accept video in the following formats:

  • NTSC
  • NTSC-Japan
  • PAL-M
  • PAL-N
  • PAL-NC

Multiple video cameras (brands and models) will work to capture the video and audio for your webcast. The table below compares two types of cameras available in North America. This comparison is intended to give you some idea of what to look for in a camera for your webcasts.

Brand and Model Sony EVI-D70 (Commercial Grade Camera) Sony
DCR-HC52 (Consumer Grade Camera)
Image Sony EVI-D70.png Sony DCR-HC52.png
Zoom 18x Optical / 12x Digital 40x Optical / 2000x Digital
Autofocus Yes Yes
Low light sensitivity Yes Yes
Disable "Auto Shutoff" Yes Yes
Video output S-Video and Composite S-Video, Composite, and IEEE 1394
Disable time stamp Yes Yes
Resolution 380k pixels 340k pixels
Custom presets Yes Yes
Lens f=1.4 to 73.8mm, F1.4 to 3.0 f=1.9 to 76mm, F1.8 to 4.1
Remote controllable Yes No
Viewfinder No 2.5" touch panel LCD display
Desktop or ceiling mount installation Yes No
Video signal NTSC, PAL NTSC
Approximate retail cost $900 - $1,450 USD $175 - $300 USD

Cables and cords

A variety of power, audio, and video cables and cords are needed to successfully produce a webcast event. We’ve made several of these available through the Church's Online Store. These can also be purchased through local electronics and hardware stores. What you need will depend on the audio/visual configuration and equipment already in place at your local buildings. Conducting an early assessment of each building involved with the webcast is essential to your event’s success.

Usage tips and guidelines

Meetinghouse Webcast Guide

Review the documentation found in the Meetinghouse Webcast Guide. This document provides valuable information about setting up and viewing a meetinghouse webcast. The guide is shipped with each Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator and Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver.

Must Know

Confirmed with as of October 2012, streams are cut off at 10 hours. Make sure you are within this time frame or your stream (no matter how important) will be cut off. Simply restart the stream just before you event begins.


It’s critical that you build time into your schedule to test out your meetinghouse webcast implementation before your actual event. Before your first event build in time to validate that you have all the proper equipment including connecting cables and wires. Take time to validate that all your components work well together before each event. Run a test webcast using the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator and validate the video and audio stream using the Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver or a computer.

Backup plan

Even with proper preparation and solid technology, unexpected issues can occur. For example, your Internet provider could make a change during your event that impacts the connectivity of meetinghouses participating in the webcast. Be sure to have a backup plan in place. We strongly recommend setting up a phone connection or audio bridge as a backup solution in case you have any unexpected issue with your Internet connection or the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator.

Additional answers

Review the Meetinghouse Webcast Frequently Asked Questions for corresponding answers on a range of meetinghouse webcast topics. We recommend that you review these questions before setting up your first webcast; many insights can be found here.

You can also connect with other stake technology specialists at You can share insights, learn from others’ experiences, ask questions, and get answers.

If you have additional technical questions you can send email to

This page was last modified on 25 October 2012, at 13:24.

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