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January 2017

Streaming Saturday - I-4 traffic webcam in downtown Orlando

This week, we're close to home! If you've traveled I-4 through Orlando, you knowt there is a multi-year construction project called "I-4 Ultimate" that is making the already tedious task of traveling I-4 just a little more cumbersome. The Florida Department of Transportation created a website http://i4ultimate.com/to keep motorists updated on the construction project.

FDOT I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project
FDOT I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project

The website includes live streaming video feeds that provide a view of current traffic conditions at three locations in the Orlando area.

The first is downtown Orlando at I-4 and SR 408 (Sunrail tracks toward bottom left of screen, Amway Center at right edge of screen, camera looks southwest) as seen below.

The other cameras feature I-4 at Kirkman Road (near Universal Studios, camera looks north/northwest) and I-4 at Maitland Boulevard (camera looks west/southwest). Visit the FDOT website streaming video page at http://i4ultimate.com/construction-info/live-cameras/.

The possible uses of live streaming video are endless. While the webcams featured on Streaming Saturday are niche applications, they support our belief that live streaming video can be used in nearly any situation that helps businesses, organizations and governments connect with their targeted audiences.

To learn more about the business applications of webcasting and webinars, please contact Orlando Webcasts at [email protected] or call us at 407-362-9490.

 


Streaming Saturday - Mallory Square in Key West, FL

The southern tip of the United States, Key West is unlike any other. It's been a few years since our last visit to see Ernest Hemingway's 6-toed cats, Sloppy Joe's, Mallory Square or the beautiful homes that line the streets of this Florida treasure. Since we can't go there now, here's a view of Mallory Square,  where cruise ships dock and locals and visitors alike marvel at theMallory Square Sunsets

The Florida Keys are one of my favorite tropical spots in the Sunshine State. What's yours?

Orlando Webcasts features webcams located around Florida on this site. Have a 24-hour webcam available on YouTube? Let us know and we'll review it for inclusion on an upcoming 'Streaming Saturday.'

For information on Orlando Webcasts and our webcasting, encoding and web distribution services, visit: https://orlandowebcasts.com.


On the road with Orlando Webcasts

January kicked off with  a trip to two very different parts of the United States. First off, our group (myself and three client representatives) traveled to Detroit, Michigan. I've travled through Detroit on several occasions, but this was the first chance to use their train in the Delta Concourse.

Train at the Detroit Airport.
Train at the Detroit Airport.

I arrived a few hours earlier than my clients, which provided an opportunity to visit a museum that had been on my list for quite some time: The Henry Ford. Yes, that Henry Ford. It's a remarkable museum in Dearborn, loaded with not only a magnificent collection of automobiles, but with an impressive collection that spans the history of this nation and ranges from Presidential Limousines and farm tractors to airplanes and trains. 

Thomas Edison signature with DC-3 in distance.
Thomas Edison signature with DC-3 in distance.
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The Renaissance Center in Detroit. Our location for filming.

While we are a webcasting company, our clients, on occasion, need interviews and other video elements filmed for their events. Our background prior to webcasting was network television, so we're able to assist in producing, filming and editing those elements.

After completing filming in Detroit, it was back to the airport for a flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Quite a change from the snow and cold temperatures, but a welcomed one.

Driving through Scottsdale, AZ.
Driving through Scottsdale, AZ.

It was another morning of filming near downtown Phoenix, followed by a drive through Scottsdale before heading back to the airport. Of course, when you're from the east coast and traveling in select western states, there is a law (I've been told) that requires you to have a meal at In-N-Out Burger. Who am I to argue?

Crew lunch at In-N-Out Burger!
Crew lunch at In-N-Out Burger!

After lunch, it was a short drive back to the airport for our afternoon flight home. Two nights on the road, 4000 miles flown. Three interviews completed. Let the editing begin!

Orlando Webcasts offers turnkey webcasting, webinar and encoding services. We also provide full-service video production capabilities to our clients needing video presentations or supporting elements for their town halls, conferences, meetings, conventions and other events. For additional information, visit our website at https://orlandowebcasts.com.


Streaming Saturday - a look at live streaming sites in Florida

We're introducing a new series of posts that will share live streaming sites all around the Sunshine State (and maybe a few other places as well). The focus of these sites will be points of interest that include historic sites, scenic vistas, the natural environment and city views, among other topics.

The first site we're sharing is a popular site right now; the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, shared by Dick Pritchett Real Estate, Inc. in Fort Myers, FL. Two Bald Eagles, Harriet and M15 have a nest and saw their eaglet hatch on December 31st, 2016. Tens of thousands of viewers around the world are tuning in every day to take a peak at the life of this pair and their eaglet.

(3-22-17 Update: The eaglet, known as E9, has fledged and often is off the nest and in a nearby tree. Two additional cameras are available on the website to help track E9 as he explores the area around the nest.)

The website includes three camera angles and a chat window that allows viewers the chance to learn about the eagles. Moderators are on the site regularly to discuss the raptors and change the camera field of view. The site also contains some history of the webcam, Harriet and M15. Take a peak at http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html#

Harriet and M15 (rt) look over their hatchling
Harriet and M15 watch over their hatchling.

A few years ago, two cameras live streamed 24 hours a day would have been a very expensive undertaking. With YouTube Live, the cost of the content distribution network has disappeared. The cameras and their maintenance, website and other costs are still present, but fortunately Dick Pritchett Real Estate, Inc. has underwritten the costs so all of us can watch these beautiful eagles in Southwest Florida.

While our market is business events streamed to targeted audiences, we appreciate the many applications that live video streaming offers everyone. From business events, to special occasions to personal updates, live video feeds surround us and have become a daily part of our lives.

If we can assist in business applications of live streaming, please contact us at [email protected] Our website is https://orlandowebcasts.com.

Thanks for tuning in and stop back soon for another Streaming Saturday! Have a great weekend!


Orlando Webcasts - Central Florida's webcasting provider

As we welcome a new year, we're preparing for our official launch in the Orlando market later this month. Our website, https://orlandowebcasts.com, will go live on January 9th with information on our services. January 30th is the first available date for bookings.

We're excited to be part of the Central Florida business community and look forward to helping our clients connect with their audience through our streaming media services.

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If you need to reach us, you can email us at [email protected]. Happy New Year, Orlando!