Types of Stream
Whilst the act of streaming gets your message to your audience wherever they are, there are many types (and costs) which we have listed below. The production of a stream cannot be under estimated, with multiple locations and technologies make sure you book a team who has experience.
Zoom / Skype / Teams / Bluejeans / Webex
You might think these where our competitors but we don’t! There is a time a place for these (in fact we use some of them internally). They are perfect for low production, real time meetings, and low budgets. They help get the point across for little effort and cost.
We offer a support service for common conferencing software and hardware. We can use professional cameras, mixing and encoding to make the main location look a lot more polished to your satellite sites. We can also provide your satellite sites with help to allow you to get on with the meeting. Finally we can provide the all important internet connection at locations where it isn’t fast enough or you want redundancy.
Webinar / Webstream
Short for web-based seminar “webinar” or webstreams are normally one presenter to many viewers. This is typically done through a CDN (content delivery network).
Of course we have our own CDN that can support 10,000+ viewers per stream. It also allows you to have VOD (video on demand) as the event is going on. This means as the event progresses a viewer can drop in at the live point or choose to rewind to the beginning or anywhere in between. (we haven’t worked out how to go forward in time yet, but we are working on it!)
We also find a lot of our clients have a preferred CDN. From Facebook live and YouTube to paid for services we can stream to them all and are happy to advise you in the best choice of CDN too.
A more traditional approach to Telepresense, but no less effective.
We have a large fleet of video conferencing units which allow for seamless two-way audio and video in HD. Quick to deploy and affordably priced, these are a popular solution and also work with our IP Satellite links.
We can offer a range of solutions depending on the remote sites capability, we can even provide crew at each location to ensure a seamless join.
All of the above!
Typically there will be one main site with the largest audience (or most important presenters). From here remote presenters can be introduced and collaborated with (normally over Zoom or Skype). Larger remote sites can be connected with HD two way links between them (normally by video conference).
We can the record the whole output or stream it to a larger global audience. This audience has the option of asking questions through a webform as well as voting on key topics.
The whole solution can be opened up to the world or have user restrictions placed on it for privacy. We can even set up a paywall so you can charge your audience if you so wish. We have an inbuilt system called eventcaster. One of most popular services is event caster meetings. Click here to download some more info
The options are limitless so it is best to talk through all the options with one of our project managers.
With the new rules on AGMs being delivered remotely this is a new area for the industry. We have been streaming AGMs for many years and offering informal voting for just as long. We can offer a system that is secure and ensures each shareholder only votes once. Security is paramount and because we develop all our software solutions in-house we can ensure that you not only pass regulatory criteria but you also surpass your shareholders expectations as well. For more info see our dedicated page.
One of the more common requirements of our customers is to join two sites together. We can do this in a number of ways depending on various factors. We have a large stack of video conferencing units which allow for seamless two-way audio and video in HD. Quick to deploy and affordably priced, these are a popular solution and also work with our satellite links.
One of the reasons many streams fail is due to poor connectivity at the venue. Unrealistic upload speeds are required by a lot of our competitors. We can work with venue connections of 2Mbps (or less if required). However, if the quality is important then we can utilise our fleet of flyaway and satellite-based systems to offer HD streams in venues with no connectivity at all.
We can mix as many cameras as you need, in Full HD or 4K resolution. With a mix of manned, stationary, or remote-control cameras, you can rest assured that we will have all the action covered.
Our 4K hardware mixers allow great diversity when switching live video streams. With built-in features such as mix effects, chroma and luma keys, adding lower thirds or titles live is quick and easy.
We can stream the footage over our leased satellite system or venue internet connection to our dedicated CDN (streaming servers) at the best possible bit rate in order to preserve quality.
Transporting AV over Fibre Optic or Wi-Fi
When cameras are too far away from the vision mixer for a direct HDMI or SDI connection, we can transport video and audio over fibre optic cable or long-range Wi-Fi up to 10 Miles, meaning that you are free to place cameras wherever you wish.
We encode our footage on-site once to preserve bandwidth, making the service considerably more affordable. Our encoders support a wide variety of formats, at the best possible quality. We can also record a lossless version of the footage for your archives.
The stream is distributed through our global CDN to ensure that any number of people can view the stream at the best possible quality.
We support YouTube, Facebook as well as most major CDNs, should you wish to use your own.
You can use as much or as little of our service as you require. If you have your own cameras and switching gear, or your own streaming platform we can fill in the gaps! Our streaming platform works on all modern browsers and devices. You can watch on your laptop, desktop, mobile phone, tablet or smart TV.
Need 360-degree streaming? Footage can be streamed to an app, password protected, or can be used to capture user data by filling in a survey before the stream. Because we develop all our software and streaming products in-house we can do this for you. Get in contact to discussions your requirements.