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Have questions about live streaming? We have answers!

As the popularity of live streaming and webcasting grows in the corporate and professional world, we receive inquiries about our services and how an Orlando Webcasts live video stream can be incorporated into conferences, town halls, promotions and other events.

Live streaming from an Orlando convention hotel.
Live streaming from an Orlando convention hotel.

Nearly any event can be live streamed with the primary factor being the availability of a high-speed Internet connection with a minimum upload speed of 7Mbps, though higher speeds could be required for certain events. Contacting the venue IT department and confirming the connection speeds, along with any associated costs, is the first step toward a live stream event.

Once the internet access has been verified, there are several possible routes to live streaming your event. First, you need to determine how your live event will reach it's intended audience.

Will a free service like Facebook Live or Twitter/Periscope reach your audience? These outlets can reach tens of thousands of people and are frequently used for promotional events lasting less than one hour.

Is a paid service like UStream, Vimeo or GoToWebinar a better choice? These platforms can be password-protected, allowing only those you choose to view the live stream.

Your third option is a webcasting service which allows even more security, better integration with PowerPoint slides and video playback, a Q&A function to ask the presenter questions, detailed analytics, custom branding, access to past events and other benefits. This option can also be the most expensive depending on the size of the audience, length of the event and other factors.

Choosing the correct distribution method is an important decision. You want to ensure that the live stream reaches the stakeholders who need to see it. Orlando Webcasts works with all of the options listed above and can help you determine the best solution for your event.

Live webcast for a financial services firm.
Live webcast for a financial services firm.

Now that you've determined how you want to reach your audience, it's time to decide how the video and audio are going to be filmed at the event site. 

Depending on where the event is held, you may need to work with the in-house Audio/Visual company to secure wireless microphones, a camera, lighting and other gear they are contracted to provide conferences and meetings at that site. Large events may already have IMAG (image magnification) cameras in the general session rooms. In those cases, we work with the A/V company to receive a feed from the camera and use that feed as the source for the live stream event.

In other locations, such as office buildings or smaller hotels/venues, we may need to supply the camera, microphones and lighting. Each event is unique, so we offer customized solutions to fit the needs of each project.

Live stream crew at a corporate town hall webcast.
Live stream crew at a corporate town hall webcast.

If you're needing webcast and live streaming services in Orlando, or anywhere in Florida, we're available to answer your calls by phone or email.

You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on the Orlando Webcasts website. It's an easy way to learn a bit more about webcasts and live streaming when you're not sure what questions to ask! One of our most important tasks is to educate and inform our clients about options, services and capabilities.

Check out the FAQ page on the Orlando Webcasts website.
Check out the FAQ page on the Orlando Webcasts website.

Give us a call or send an email with your questions. We're here to help! Call 407-362-9490, Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM Eastern Time, or visit our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc., dba Orlando Webcasts is an Orlando-based video live streaming, webcasting and video production company. We provide corporate communications tools to businesses and brands that allow them to efficiently and effectively reach their audience. Call Orlando Webcasts today for a free consultation and quote. Reach us at 407-362-9490. 

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Fourth of July in Orlando

On Independence Day, 2018, much of the country will take the day off and enjoy time with friends and family. Many will cap the evening watching a fireworks show.

If you're in Orlando, you have some of the best fireworks displays in the nation on a nightly basis (looking at you, WDW) and Visit Orlando has published a list that includes the more popular fireworks shows in the region.

The City of Orlando features a great evening of entertainment at one of our favorite spots - Lake Eola.

No matter where you watch fireworks, we wish you a happy, safe and memorable Fourth of July!

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Orlando's Lake Eola fountain, turned red, white and blue for the 4th.

We'll be out celebrating the 4th of July as well, so give us a call on the 5th of July to discuss your webcasting, encoding and live streaming needs. Thank you!