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When planning to webcast a live event it is important to understand the capabilities and limitations of the available technology in order to manage the expectations of the presenters as well as the "in-room" and online audiences. This document discusses different approaches so you are in a position to make informed decisions as to how you will facilitate your event.
One of the most difficult aspects of creating good lecture capture content is recording good audio. Our Level 5 (L5) and above lecture theatres have excellent audio equipment permanently situated in the rooms, either fixed mounted or located in a pull-out draw on the lectern. Audio equipment in the room normally consists of:
To obtain good audio levels for recordings in these room it is essential all presenters - all those requiring their voice to be recorded and be audible via the Webcast - do one of the following:
Please Note: Battery life for the wireless devices is limited to 5 - 7 Hrs of continuous operation. It is recommended that the presenter manages batteries themselves to ensure a fresh battery is used on every occasion.
There are a few good strategies frequently adopted to accomplish this:
With regard to symposia, workshops and other facilitated events the following strategy has worked very well:
Please Note: Consideration needs to made for the privacy of the audience. For example, have they granted permission to have their voice recorded or webcasted to a live audience?
Yes. The Mediasite player has an "Ask Question" button which when clicked on allows the on-line audience to submit a question via a simple form to a nominated e-mail address. This may be used during a live webcast as well as later for on-demand viewing. Polls may also be set up to receive important feedback from the live audience.
For more information regarding using the Mediaiste player, please follow this link.
The practicality of the "Ask Question" button during a live Webcast requires a moderator to monitor the assigned e-mail address on a separate computer/laptop in the room. When a question is received, the moderator will take the appropriate action, which primarily will involve:
Please Note: During house-keeping or announcements it is important to alert the online audience to this capability and the location of the "Ask Question" of Poll buttons.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016