Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Conversations around originating a webcast for conference, including cameras and mixers.
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Re: Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Postby bartj » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:13 pm

The new webcast solution will be deployed to all regions the end of July. We have completed quite a bit of testing and have been able to successfully go well beyond 1,000 connections. The final messaging that will be sent to STSs will state the system can support 3,000 connections for a single event. We successfully connected more than this, but that number should cover any locally managed event.

The new code ("webcast 4.0) has been released in the following regions already:

US East 2
US West 2
UK South
France Central
Brazil South 2

You are welcome to complete your own testing in these regions to feel comfortable with the solution.

We will be making one final update to the code to address a known issue associated with using the OBS software encoder.

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Re: Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Postby ulupoi » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:24 pm

Hello, All.

May I ask a few questions?

1. Is there a way to use the new Church webcast system to webcast a meeting where the participants speak from their computers/iPads/smartphones at home? The only thing I can think of at the moment would be to have them all talk via Zoom, then take a computer displaying the meeting and route its HDMI output to a Teradek unit.

2. Will the ability for speakers to access the Church webcast system directly from their devices at home ever be integrated into the Church webcast system as a feature?

3. Does the Church webcast system include any way to handle simultaneous translation?

Thank you!

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Re: Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Postby russellhltn » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:21 am

ulupoi wrote:1. Is there a way to use the new Church webcast system to webcast a meeting where the participants speak from their computers/iPads/smartphones at home? The only thing I can think of at the moment would be to have them all talk via Zoom, then take a computer displaying the meeting and route its HDMI output to a Teradek unit.

Yes. On paid versions of Zoom, there's an option to stream via RMTP. That can be sued to feed the Church Webcast system. You will need to turn on "High Bandwidth Encode" when scheduling the event. No VidiU needed.

ulupoi wrote:2. Will the ability for speakers to access the Church webcast system directly from their devices at home ever be integrated into the Church webcast system as a feature?

Not that I've heard of, but then we rarely hear about things in the works.

ulupoi wrote:3. Does the Church webcast system include any way to handle simultaneous translation?

At the moment, I think the only option to to start a second meeting. The problem then becomes how to feed both with video. A better plan might be to distribute the translated audio separately. Perhaps via a conference call.
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Re: Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Postby bartj » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:56 am

ulupoi wrote:2. Will the ability for speakers to access the Church webcast system directly from their devices at home ever be integrated into the Church webcast system as a feature?

Not that I've heard of, but then we rarely hear about things in the works.

We are evaluating this, but for the time being if you have a paid Zoom account you accomplish this by sending your Zoom feed to the Church's webcast service using the RTMP feature they offer.

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Re: Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Postby drepouille » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:02 am

I use the church-provided G Suite account and Google Meet to broadcast Sacrament meeting. I wish I could use the live stream option for the G Suite account, but that is not available.
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Re: Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Postby RSubramanian » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:40 am

Is it intended that this webcast functionality be reserved for occasional meetings at the stake level? Or is it also suitable for regular weekly meetings such as sacrament meeting, Sunday School, etc. (where authorization has been granted for remote viewing by the general membership of the congregation)?

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Re: Ideas for a stake-wide webcast

Postby russellhltn » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:55 am

RSubramanian wrote:Is it intended that this webcast functionality be reserved for occasional meetings at the stake level? Or is it also suitable for regular weekly meetings such as sacrament meeting, Sunday School, etc. (where authorization has been granted for remote viewing by the general membership of the congregation)?

It depends on the directions given by the Area Authority.

The Church Webcast software setup is/was intended for Stake Conference, so the STS or someone at the stake level has to set it up.

Some areas have received permission to hold other meetings via technology. While some are allowed to do the sacrament meeting, the sacrament itself is not broadcast.
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