Virtual Stake Conference with everyone at home

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Re: Virtual Stake Conference with everyone at home

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davidry wrote:here is a video of my setup
Which is private and cannot be viewed without sign in credentials. [sigh]
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Deleted Account wrote:This is a bit of a late reply, and solutions may have been found already. But, for the "All Virtual Stake Conference", meaning everybody is remote, and nobody is in the chapel, a Zoom Webinar would this quite well.
I think the webinar has a limit to the number of viewer - 500 if I remember right. That may be too limiting for a stake conference.

Another way to do it is by connecting all the presenters via Zoom and feeding an RTMP link to the church webcast system for the general membership.
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I believe you are able to run the conference as a webinar and still stream the Zoom output through the Church servers for the rest of the membership.
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Has anyone done a completely virtual stake conference with two languages? We have both English and Spanish wards in our stake and normally just do translation to headsets in the stake center, just trying to figure out the best way to accomplish this where the program will originate entirely on zoom. Any suggestions are welcome - please!!
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However, the Zoom webinar is limited to 500 connections. I know I've seen about 525 active connections (not total/history) in my last stake conference.

It's possible to set up multiple meetings in the Church Webcast system, but so far, I've not seen a good way to create the translated language stream.

It's possible you could set up a second computer on the Zoom meeting used to produce the conference to send a RTMP stream and have that set to the translated language.
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michaelbuhrley wrote:Has anyone done a completely virtual stake conference with two languages? We have both English and Spanish wards in our stake and normally just do translation to headsets in the stake center, just trying to figure out the best way to accomplish this where the program will originate entirely on zoom. Any suggestions are welcome - please!!
Zoom has the ability to do language interpretation, but I've not used it. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articl ... d-webinars

It doesn't look like this feature costs extra, but they do note that you may need to contact support to enable it; no idea how that would work with the Church provided Zoom accounts.

Also, there's not documentation on streaming the interpretation to another service. If you're wanting to send the stream via the Webcaster - or others - you'll likely need to set up a secondary encoding PC that's rebroadcasting just the interpreted meeting.

Hope these help!
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Our Stake Conference is upcoming (in 3 weeks). I have been working with the Church's ICS Broadcast Planning & Event Support group on the streaming and H/W setup. Our Stake has 3 languages, English, Spanish, & Cambodian. I initially discussed with ICS the streaming options. We decided on Zoom with YouTube steaming because most of our Wards are already using this for their 100% virtual Sacrament meeting and most members are familiar with it. Also because the Church Webcast seems to be more complicated to setup. We are starting from scratch having to purchase a lot of hardware: a camera, adapters, cables, etc.

Our conference will be a hybrid with a remote GA, speakers (only) in the Chapel, music videos, and translators on Zoom. The translators will use ALS headsets to hear the English speakers and each has a computer with USB microphone to translate into. I plan for them to each use Ward clerk's office computer. There will be 1 YouTube video channel with 3 audio streams. Each language will have its own YouTube link. ICS will be running OBS and managing the Spanish and Cambodian audio steams. I will be the Zoom host. ICS will also be providing a higher-end Zoom license that will support many more connections and more than audio streams. The -Church provided Zoom license only allows a maximum of 500 sessions (attendees) and 2 concurrent connections.

BTW: I tried to convince them we should be 100% virtual, but the GA wants the speakers in the Chapel. Probably because our Stake Presidency will be changing.

I'm a bit stressed hoping it all goes well.
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hooo boy. So basically I have 6 weeks to purchase a TV studio and learn how to operate it so that we can have a Stake Conference. I don't suppose there are any consultants hiring out their services for stuff like this?
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tkendall1 wrote:hooo boy. So basically I have 6 weeks to purchase a TV studio and learn how to operate it so that we can have a Stake Conference.
It's not that bad. If all the participants are at home, you'll need laptops with webcams. You'll also need a machine for creating the RTMP to feed the Church webcast system if you're expecting to exceed more than 500 streams.

Don't let the fact that some stakes have fancy operations make you think you have to do the same. You may wan to grow into that, but it's not something you have to do the very first time.
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Re: Virtual Stake Conference with everyone at home

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tkendall1 wrote:hooo boy. So basically I have 6 weeks to purchase a TV studio and learn how to operate it so that we can have a Stake Conference. I don't suppose there are any consultants hiring out their services for stuff like this?
Does your stake technology specialist have experience and/or equipment to support webcasting a stake conference?
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