Small town charm meets worldwide audience

Winter Garden, situated on the south shore of Lake Apopka and 14 miles west of Orlando, is quentissental Florida. With red brick streets, historic buildings and grand oaks shading the sidewalks, Winter Garden has become a destination for Orlando area residents and visitors alike. The historic downtown district includes locally owned shops and restaurants, two museums, an art gallery, the Garden Theatre and the weekly Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Last year, Orlando Webcasts offered to install and maintain a live camera that would show the downtown district and clock tower. The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation had the perfect location and allowed our idea to move forward. In February, 2021, the camera was installed and tested and went live on February 11th.

If you haven't seen the live stream, take a look!

The camera has proven to be a hit. Since going live, over 100,000 unique viewers have watched the stream for an average of six minutes. The YouTube page has reach 2 million impressions and visitors from 21 countries have tuned in.

The City of Winter Garden has licensed footage from the Heritage Foundation to use on the Downtown Winter Garden website: https://downtownwg.com/

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Orlando Webcasts is proud to support the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and partner with them in sharing this corner of Central Florida to viewers around the globe.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 


On location production in Orlando

We rolled into June with a three-day live stream from the Orange County Convention Center - our first visit there in more than a year. The conference featured two rooms, one for keynotes and one for breakouts. Sessions in both rooms were live streamed for 4-5 hours each day of the conference. 

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Encoding workstation in the keynote room.

After the morning sessions, the two camera crews moved to the trade show floor where we filmed displays, vendors and competitions. As soon as each segment was filmed, the footage was edited on-site and uploaded to the server, allowing virtual attendees to see what was occurring at the show.

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Architectural window tinting competition

This hybrid conference provided options for attendees to gather in person, or to participate online, or both. All the sessions and trade show segments are available to attendees to watch for the next few weeks.

Orlando Webcasts provided camera crews, wireless microphones, video encoding and streaming, on-site editing, along with pre-production, location scouting and setup and test prior to the first day of the event.

After 16 months of producing almost exclusively virtual events, it felt good to see clients in person and hear the buzz of excitement and engagement of attendees at the convention center.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490.

 


Live streaming services and full service video support

Orlando Webcasts is more than webcasts. We're a full-service video solution for meetings, town halls, corporate communications, workshops and other business events.

Our on-site services include:
4K and HD camera crews
Wireless lavalier and handheld microphones
Audio mixing consoles
LED lighting panels and LED fresnel lamps
Confidence monitors
PerfectCue slide advancing systems
PlaybackPro video playback
4 and 8 input video switchers
4K and HD video recorders
On-site and post-event editing
Production planning and support

When you book our services, we can also provide quotes for your on-site AV equipment including:
Projectors and screens
Pipe and drape
Staging and lighting

When you take your event to an online audience, you increase exposure and impact. Our live streaming services include:
Video encoding
Live streaming to any online portal
Webcasts and webinars
HD recording of the presentation or event
Custom URL's of the live stream or webcast
HTTPS streaming
Password protection, URL checking and other security measures
Custom registration pages for webcasts and webinars
Custom branding on event pages including logos, sponsors, QR codes and more
On-demand playback of events after they have concluded
Online archive of event 
Live audience technical support
Q&A and chat functions
Private presenter chat
Virtual and hybrid event production
Remote presenters and producers
Live switching of on-screen presenters
PowerPoint and video playback integration
Event resources download link
Post-event editing and file delivery
Planning and live event management
Five Star service and support

Have a question about our live streaming services? Call us Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm at 407-362-9490, or visit our website where you can chat with us: https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, virtual event and video production company. We provide companies and brands the online tools that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience anywhere in the world. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote at 407-362-9490. 

 

 


Five star Google rating for live streaming services

Google ratings provide our clients the opportunity to share their experiences with Mike and the Orlando Webcasts team. We're proud of our 5-star rating and we do our best to earn it on every project. Attention to detail, trouble-free productions and outstanding service are some of the comments from our clients.

"Mike and his team at Orlando Webcasts have been instrumental to our company being able to pivot during the pandemic. As a company that operates in in-person sales and support, we needed to move fast to find a new way to connect with our customers to support our business objectives and meet our customers' needs. Mike and his team empowered our company to meet objectives in a difficult environment in a way I never imagined and gave us a competitive edge! Orlando Webcasts was our company's best find of 2020!"

"Mike and his team were such professionals and a real pleasure to work with! They were punctual, knowledgeable, and integrated seamlessly with the hotel staff where we were holding our event. They worked hard to make sure our event came off without a hitch, and it showed. Kudos from our executive team all around!"

"We are happy to have found Mike for our live stream event in Orlando. He worked with us to diligently test all aspects and ensure the event went as planned. He and his team were great to work with."

"Mike was so on top of things from the first email. He set everything up and was easy to work. Mike showed up early and was all setup and doing sound test and lighting. If you are looking for a video person. Mike is your guy!"

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When it's time to select a company to film or live stream your town hall, awards ceremony, annual conference, trade show, workshop, seminar, investor update, or any other event or meeting, Orlando Webcasts can help.

We serve Orlando and all of Central Florida, the Space Coast, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and the Keys. We also serve Atlanta, GA and are resuming travel nationwide.

Our virtual services are available worldwide. In 2020, we hosted webcasts originating in North, Central and South America, the Carribean, Europe, Australia, New Zeland, Japan and Southeast Asia. Due to time differences, we worked around the clock to accommodate our clients. Our live webcasts allow up to 15 presenters to join remotely from their home or office. Audience members can watch on almost any phone, tablet or computer without the need to download any app or plugin.

Learn more by visiting our website at: https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Our background in broadcast serves clients today

Live streaming is what we do, but it's video and audio that we're moving on that live stream. Our background is broadcast television production, and that's one of our advantages when it comes to our experience.

Our owner, Mike Forrester, spent a good part of his career working in satellite trucks, often as a network cameraman, other times as a producer for The Weather Channel, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg and other news networks. He also owned a television studio in Atlanta, Georgia that connected to television networks around the country for live shots with guests ranging from celebrities to policitians and business leaders.

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Preparing for a live discussion at the Atlanta Studio

For nearly two decades, Mike was one of The Weather Channel's trusted vendors, supplying crews and satellite trucks when severe weather threatened, especially during hurricane season. Mike's first live shot for them was in 1999, in Wrightsville Beach, NC for Hurricane Dennis. Mike was teamed with Meteorologist Jim Cantore, who he eventually worked with regularly and traveled the country covering tropical systems, snow storms and tornado season in the Midwest.

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Cameraman Mike covering Hurricane Dennis in 1999.
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Checking the afternoon skies outside the chase vehicle.


Through these experiences, and many more, Mike's skills were sharpened. Working at a network level required fast thinking, good shooting and clear audio. These skills were continually honed, allowing him the chance to work with some of the best networks in the world including Discovery and National Geographic.

For more than a decade, Mike traveled the country filming, producing and even editing projects. He shares that experience with other members of the Orlando Webcast team and actively recruits new team members with similar backgrounds.

After all, without video and audio, there's little to stream.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 


Live stream camera features downtown Winter Garden

Orlando Webcasts is pleased to be the sponsor of the new live stream camera in downtown Winter Garden, Florida. Owner Mike Forrester envisioned the project last year and proposed the idea to the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, which has its museum at the corner of Plant and Main Streets. The view from the museum looks west onto Plant Street, the clock tower and the downtown Historic District.

Once the idea was approved by the Foundation, Mike selected the camera and operating software for the 24/7 live stream. He chose the location and supervised the installation of the camera and ethernet connections.

After the camera was online, Mike spent the next few days selecting camera angles, adjusting bandwidth settings, and creating the text and logo overlays that appear on screen. While fixed in its position, has the ability to change the zoom internally. This allows multiple scenes, of which two are currently selected that alternate views every 90 minutes.

The live stream will be sponsored by Orlando Webcasts for the first year of operation. We will monitor the stream quality and address any technical issues.

 

The live stream is featured on the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation website, http://www.wghf.org

It can also be found on the Central Florida Railroad Museum website, https://www.cfrhs.org

We hope you enjoy taking a look at historic downtown Winter Garden. To learn about downtown shops, restaurants, entertainment and activities, visit https://downtownwg.com/

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 


Virtual webcasts became the norm in 2020

2020 was a year of change and transition for almost everyone, and the same held true for us. In early March, we could no longer work on location at the conventions, meetings and conferences scheduled for Orlando area hotels and convention centers. No one was traveling and going into the office was not an option for most, so alternatives had to be found.

It seemed every company was scrambling to find the best way to stay in touch with employees, vendors and their customers. While some had already been using webcasts and webinars, the pandemic introduced a whole new audience to the convenience of online meetings. There was a fundemental shift in the way everyone communicated. Some liked it, some did not, though we all had to embrace it if we wanted to stay connected.

Orlando Webcasts also made the change from being on location to a totally virtual production environment. We needed to connect anyone to everyone, no matter the location. Every client is different, so the solution is as well. Some clients found Zoom or WebEx met their needs, while others wanted a more polished, professional look to their events. Since we partner with several online platforms, we were able to offer solutions that met both needs and budget.

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Live webcast with remote presenter

 

We worked remotely on live webcasts that featured presenters and speakers around the globe. Regions included North, Central and South America, the Carribean, Europe, Australia, New Zeland, Japan and Southeast Asia. Due to the time differences, we worked at all hours to accommodate our clients.

Remote productions were 100% of our business for several months, but then we started to see a small change. A couple of clients were willing to produce sales presentations with only 2 staff members, plus our three webcast crew members in a large conference room. We all maintained our distance, wore marks and used lots of hand sanitizer! This method was a game changer for our clients as well. While their sales force could not travel to meet with clients and demonstrate their equipment, we could show it virtually. Two-way communication allowed viewers to ask the presenter questions.

Socially-distanced crew on live sales presentation.
Socially-distanced crew on live sales presentation.

Ingenuity led both our customers and our team to new solutions during the pandemic. We still average just one in-person event a month, and those require a COVID rapid test before we enter the venue, but the calls and inquiries increase every week for clients looking to book us on Orlando area events later this year.

We're glad to see 2020 behind us, and look forward to working safely and responsibly with our clients this year, and in the future.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Webcasts and live streams were hot in 2020

The global pandemic required businesses and organizations to rethink how they communicate with their employees, investors and stakeholders. While we've been promoting webcasts and live streaming for a decade, 2020 was the year that nearly every business - and household - discovered the benefits of live streaming video.

Our business model evolved as well. In most years, the majority of our work took place at the client site - whether it be an office, convention or meeting. That worked disappeared overnight in March, replaced with virtual meetings. We connected presenters with their audiences and did it all from our homes using our professional webinar portal.

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As we moved through the summer months, clients turned to us for their sales and marketing needs as well. We produced several virtual sales presentations for a medical client, connecting their technical staff with existing and potentials, allowing instrument demonstrations and live Q&A with the presenters on an enterprise-quality webcast platform.

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Orlando Webcasts assisted companies and non-profits with live streaming events including monthly membership meetings, board meetings and sales presentations using WebEx, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, YouTube and Facebook.

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2020 has been a year of challenges and changes, and also one of opportunity. We've had the pleasure of working with local organizations that depend on community support as well as multi-national corporations needing to reach employees. We changed our operations to meet client demand and expanded our capabilities utilizing world-class webcasting platforms.

While we look forward to having clients return to on-location events, the pandemic necessitated a change in communication methods and we believe some of these changes will stay with us moving forward.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Wrapping up our virtual year

Orlando Webcasts quickly made the switch from on-site to virtual events in the month of March. In the matter of a week or two, we went from being cancelled at one of the largest events at the Orange County Convention Center, to being booked 5 days a week with two of our webcasting partners. Over the course of the year, we also navigated a few on-site webcasts and live streams, especially later in the year.

This year, it looks like we will produce nearly 300 events, about 30 on-site and the remainder fully virtual. They range from sales presentations, equipment showcases and educational workshops to town halls, investor updates and medical discussions.

For each of the virtual events, we record important details, times, phone numbers and other information. We've kept this growing stack of reports, 2 of which fill one side of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.

Event checklists
Live stream event checklists


We look forward to a return to normal - whenever that may be. In the interim, contact us to learn more about our virtual event services. Presenters and staff can be located anywhere in the world and connect to our webcast platform using their laptop or desktop computer with a webcam. Audience members can see the presenters, slides and videos on their devices.

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Webcast audience player

Learn more about our virtual meeting and event services by visiting our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

Orlando Webcasts is a live streaming, webcasting, webinar, virtual event and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience, regardless of location. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490.