Livestreaming is having its best life and its Renaissance. Through necessity, the potential that was building slowly has accelerated and with it new applications, tools, features, and best practices
PODCAST 243-1: Grace Polaris Church Gets Video Streaming Just in Time for Pandemic: Philip Hagood, General Manager at InteRise and Brent Dye, audio engineer at Grace Polaris Church, detail the extensive video, sound and lighting upgrade finished at the church just before the global shutdown. The new AVL systems give the church video streaming capability and allow Grace Polaris to continue streaming services while the congregation joins online.
PODCAST 242-1: Greater Baltimore Medical Center Gets the Word Out on Covid-19: On this edition of the SVC Podcast, Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Marty Jenoff, President of Focal Point Productions, about the their partnership with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and the new global emphasis on videoconferencing technology. Focal Point has recently produced a series of town hall meetings to provide up to the minute information on Covid-19 to hospital staff and administrators. He also discusses a number of Facebook live streaming programs you may find helpful.
Hardware matters to these essential platforms; this supplement looks at AV products that are designed to integrate seamlessly with Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.
PTZ cameras and streaming devices are more important than ever and there is a lot going on to meet the times. Manufacturers are bringing out new options, repurposing existing ones, and adding features to better support work-from-home and streaming to both videoconferencing and social platforms, for the ways we work and communicate now. See the Tools
For years, Custom Media Solutions, a live event video production company based in Cumming, Ga., has provided streaming coverage of The Orange Conference, an annual event in Atlanta for Christian family ministry teams, with an online presence for people who could not attend. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Orange Conference 2020 to convert from a live, arena-sized event to a three-day streaming program that began on April 29, CMS relied on its HVS-2000 video switcher from FOR-A Corporation of America to deliver a high-end production to a much larger online audience.
On March 16th, New Jersey, where Panasonic’s US headquarters is based, officially went into lockdown and on March 18th, Lacombe scheduled the first demo for the Panasonic team. NAB 2020 was officially canceled on March 20th. “We had to decide between the two options very quickly,” reveals Panasonic Engineering Manager Harry Patel. “The first option required physically building a booth, bringing in the product while following social distancing requirements (less than 10 people at a time) and bringing in a film crew. It was not practical and we wanted to do something with higher quality, even though we couldn’t leave our homes. So, finally, this idea of a virtual NAB event was discussed further and was approved by the end of March.”