Virtual Stake Conference with everyone at home

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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?
Not at all. We had our stake conference a couple weeks ago. Everyone was at home except the stake presidency, 3 other speakers and 2 who offered the prayers who were all in the chapel. We used a $70 webcam mounted on a tripod in front of the podium and connected to a laptop. We used Zoom Webinar and the host (Stake Tech Specialist) ran the meeting from his home. We used pre-recorded hymns with video. We had simultaneous Spanish translation (also from her home) and an overflow stream to YouTube, in case we exceeded the 500 device limit. It went very smoothly, quality was more than acceptable and we would do it exactly the same way again. The positive response from the members was far beyond our expectation. I know many stakes have set up elaborate broadcast studios, but in the current COVID environment, a quality stake conference broadcast on a limited budget is quite easy.
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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.
Substitute "Zoom" for TV studio and you'll be a lot closer. The stake should have a Zoom login, so you don't need to buy that. But you will want to learn how to operate Zoom.

You'll probably want to do a practice run complete with translators (if appropriate) so everyone knows their part.

I'd dig though the posts here to take notes on what others have done so as to ease the learning curve.
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We had our first virtual stake conference with a General Authority Seventy presiding last Sunday. Like the bad guy in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," I chose poorly and decided to use the church's webcast system because I wanted to avoid running into 500 connection limit. Apparently, it was having significant issues last Sunday, so our members had to try repeatedly to connect and were prompted for an access code that we didn't expect them to need and thus didn't distribute in advance. It was a generally bad experience even for those who were able to connect. If I get to do another one, given our stake's small size, I'll definitely stick with a Zoom webinar or YouTube live stream which have worked well for other events. Now, I'm on my virtual apology tour and getting "feedback" from members of the stake who couldn't participate. Learn from me. ;-)

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superdave98 wrote:...and were prompted for an access code that we didn't expect them to need and thus didn't distribute in advance.
Is it possible the link the membership was given to view the conference was slightly off? That would trigger mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org to prompt them for an event code.
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"Slightly off" as in a cut & paste that dropped the last bit? I'm always having to watch for that.
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Thanks, guys. We were using the stake fixed URL. I tried cutting off the last letter of "stake" and while it did ask me for a code, it wasn't the page our users were seeing on Sunday. It seemed like the system was having a bad day on Sunday like I was. ;-)

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Wow Davidry...wished we in our Stake had the equipment you have just shown in your Youtube clip. Ive got to run a SC in another couple of weeks and we are going basic. Thanks for the upload of your video. Very very informative and Im green with envy. Blaine from New Zealand (STS)
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