Webcast & Beyond has recently pivoted from producing on-site event live streaming (of conferences among others) to virtual conference live streaming. Due to COVID-19 social distancing and travel constraints organizers have been reaching out to us for virtual options. So we offer what we normally do except that instead of going onsite, the presenters beam-in their video and slides from home to our remote studio where we add broadcast production value such as lower third graphics, split screen views with presenter and slides side-by-side, along with a HD recording for archival purposes. Alternatively to Zoom or Skype we use Web-RTC technology to direct patch presenters to our studio switcher. The online audience doesn’t really see any noticeable difference. They access the conference from their browser by registering for free (for a sponsorship model), or by a subscription / pay-per-view process. They see everything in near broadcast quality; the presenter plus their slides. For handouts there is a download link on the web page. There is a chat box for Q&A. Included is a schedule of who is presenting. For some events we even have attendance verification for continuing education credit.
Everyone is accustomed to Zoom meetings, with varying degrees of choppy video and garbled audio. To make your conference stand out you need better audio/video quality and no dead air between presentations. Hopefully this will shed some light on at least one approach to virtual conferencing.
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