Meetinghouse Webcast Software User Guide
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|Meetinghouse Webcast Requirements as well as the Meetinghouse Webcast Policies and Guidelines before you Get Started with the Meetinghouse Webcast Software.|
Webcast software requirements
The Meetinghouse Webcast Software requires the following elements to successfully capture & send a webcast.
Computer (or laptop)
The system requirements for Meetinghouse Webcast are driven by the system requirements for Microsoft Expression Encoder. You will need a computer or laptop that meets the following system requirements:
- Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
- 1 GHz or higher processor (2 GHz or higher recommended)
- 1 GB of RAM or more
- 128 MB of graphics RAM or more
See Microsoft’s website for more specific requirements.
Video capture options
Standard cameras require a video capture device to convert the video to a digital format that can be encoded and sent over the internet. There are two types of devices: a video capture card and a USB video capture device.
- Video capture card (recommended). A PCI or PCI Express card that can be inserted into a personal computer. There are multiple brands and models that you can use. Price ranges will vary. See Webcast Products and Components Availability for information on some of the video capture options that have been tested and which are available on the market.
- USB video capture device. USB video capture devices can be used for computers or laptops. Again there are multiple brands and models. The USB models are generally less expensive but not as robust as their video capture card counterparts. See Webcast Products and Components Availability for information on some of the video capture options that have been tested and which are available on the market.
NOTE: Some camera types (such as webcams) do not require a video capture device but these cameras generally do not have the other features and capabilities required to successfully webcast. More on video & cameras.
Download and installation
You can download the latest version of the webcast software by clicking on the link below. Please note that you will need a valid LDS Account to download the Meetinghouse Webcast Software
After downloading, start installation of the software and follow the instructions on the install screens.
- Review the Meetinghouse Webcast Software Release Notes for more information about this software release and for troubleshooting information.
- During installation, the Meetinghouse Webcast software will check for required .NET components and for Microsoft Expression Encoder.
- During installation, you will need to review and accept the Software License Agreement.
Meetinghouse Webcast should only be used for Church purposes and events. A couple elements have been built into the Webcast Software to ensure individual accountability for its appropriate use.
When you open the installed software, you will be prompted to log in using your LDS Account. If you do not have an LDS Account, go to the LDS Account site to obtain one.
You must be authorized to use the Webcast Software. There are four ways to receive Authorization to use the Meetinghouse Webcast Software.
- Automatic authorization. Individuals serving in certain callings will automatically receive authorization to use the Meetinghouse Webcast Software. Pre-authorized callings include stake clerks and stake technology specialists among several others. It's important that current callings are correctly entered in the MLS system.
- Email authorization from ecclesiastical leader. This authorization comes from your ecclesiastical leader (such as your stake president). An email will be sent to your ecclesiastical leader notifying him of your request. He will be given a link that allows him to approve or deny your request. This option will only work if your ecclesiastical leader's email address has been registered with the Church in the MLS software.
- Ecclesiastical approval through Global Service Center. If your ecclesiastical leader does not have an email account, you can send an authorization request to the Church's Global Service Center (GSC). The GSC will then contact your ecclesiastical leader about the requested authorization.
- Manager approval (Church employee only). Church employees can request permission to use the Webcast Software from their manager.
Configure Live Input Devices and Rest Images and Videos
Upon successful login to the Meetinghouse Webcast software, you will be presented with a Home screen. The Home screen is your control panel for starting and stopping webcasts and adding and removing input devices. Before starting a webcast, you must add the live input devices and rest images and videos you plan on using throughout your webcast.
Start a Webcast
Once you have Meetinghouse Webcast Software downloaded, installed and configured, starting a new webcast is relatively simple. There are four steps you need to complete to start your webcast:
- Enter your church unit ID number (such as your stake unit number) into the unit ID field.
- Create and enter an event ID number. You can make up any number but it must be at least 6 digits long.
- Specify the event type that most closely matches the type of event you are broadcasting.
- Start your webcast by selecting the Start Webcast button.
Upon starting your webcast, the preview window will allow you to view the video as it comes into the sending computer. To switch between input devices, rest images, and videos during a live broadcast, click on the radio button below each item. Please note that there may be a slight delay between transitions.
View a Webcast
At the receiving locations, the webcast can be viewed in one of two ways.
- Meetinghouse Webcast Receiver. If you are using the Webcast Receiver to view the webcast you will need to type the unit number and event number that were used when the webcast was created into the Webcast Receiver's user interface.
- Personal computer (or laptop) with Windows Media Player. Your laptop or personal computer must have Microsoft Windows Media Player (version 11 recommended). After opening Windows Media Player, select both the Control and U keys at the same time. This will bring up a small window in which you can paste or type in the URL that was created when the webcast was setup.
The user interface for the webcast software is available in English and Spanish. To select your language, please click the Software Interface Language drop-down.
Select the speed at which you want to broadcast. It's important to select a stream speed that your bandwidth can support. Selecting a speed beyond the capacity of your connection will result in a negative viewing experience. Review the *Bandwidth Guidelines.
NOTE: At this time, Meetinghouse Webcast routes all webcasts through a set of streaming servers based in Utah.
The help page includes important support and documentation links, as well as tools for testing your Internet connection and performing a system assessment.
Check connection and speed
This tool provides is based on the Bandwidth Guidelines. It provides your IP Address, guidelines on bandwidth needs, and links to third party online tools for checking bandwidth speeds.
This tool takes a snapshot of the system components in your computer that may have an impact in the performance of your webcast. This is a valuable tool in helping diagnose problems with encoding or capturing the video and audio in the sending location.
Authorization and user management
Webcasting should be managed under the direction of stake and area presidents. The Meetinghouse Webcast Software provides functionality to help ecclesiastical leaders manage the proper use of Meetinghouse Webcast in their stakes and areas.
When an individual requests direct authorization from an ecclesiastical leader, that leader will receive an email with a link. Upon clicking on the link, the leader will be asked to log in using his LDS account. Once logged in the leader will see a Pending Request screen (see below). Here the leader will be able to approve or deny the request.
The Authorized Member tab on the Webcast Authorization site, provides ecclesiastical leaders with a list of all individuals within their stewardship that have been granted permission to use the Webcast Software.
The Webcasts tab on the Webcast Authorization site, displays active and historical webcasts sent by authorized individuals within the leader's stewardship.