Monday, June 16, 2014

Just in Time For InfoComm 14 - Lighting for Webscasting / Distance Learning

10 Tips to Light Your Webcast | Tobin Neis | Sean Brown
Earlier this year I traveled to the home of my alma mater Madison, Wisconsin to present a webcast for Sonic Foundry using their  MediaSite platform on things to think about when setting up lighting for webcasting and distance learning.

It all came together when a friend from college - Virginia Daugherity - suggested lighting would be a great topic for the company she works for as they do regular online educational seminars for their customers who regularly create content for webcasting and distance learning and it comes up in discussions a lot.

I met with Virginia, Sonic Foundry SVP Sean Brown, and Dir of Communications Tammy Jackson and we put together an outline everyone felt would be great.

Next came time to live capture and present.  The cool thing about the MediaSite Platform is that it can be used both online and offline.  A camera captures the  people presenting while there is an inset window with the presentation that can be swapped based on the viewer's needs.  When live viewers have the capability to text in questions to the presenters in real-time.  The other neat feature is that the recorded presentation has a timeline along the bottom to pretty much any platform.

Webcast Control Station at Sonic Foundry
Sean Brown Preparing for the Webcast

Their recording room is pretty slick.  Control Center, standard news desk, and two large monitors so you can see the online image as well as the current and next slide in your presentation.

Sean and I did the roughly hour-long presentation and going into it we had appx 575 people who registered to log into the session.  We fielded questions on the fly and by the time the session ended the folks at Sonic said almost 800 people were online watching the session.

If the topic of lighting for video conferencing or distance learning is something you'd like to hear a little more about or if you are interested in the technology that Sonic Foundry has for these purposes log into the session and watch it or stop by either of our booths at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20 in Las Vegas and we'd be glad to talk to you more!

Barbizon Lighting is in InfoComm Booth C5356
Sonic Foundry is in InfoComm Booth C9131