On this page you will find answers to frequently asked questions:
Webcasting takes a standard media signal (i.e. audio from a phone line or video from camera) and converts it in a process called "encoding". This is completed in a language your computer understands such as Windows Media, REAL Networks or FLASH. Once encoded, the message is distributed on a global server infrastructure ensuring that when you click on the webcast URL to view the event, you are able to see and hear the webcast every time.
The terms are used interchangeably although there is a small difference:
SN Connect Webconferencing can be used for smaller demonstrations and collaborative sessions.
With the growing YouTube generation pressure is one to use online video in the corporate communications strategy. Webcasting will allow you to leverage full motion produced video content but it is important that it is used effectively. Through the SN Consultation process, questions will be asked to determine which media format best meets your needs. Video is generally recommended when:
It is important that when you make the move to video, everyone is on board especially the speaker(s)!
The words are used interchangeably. However, "bandwidth" technically means the size and capacity of your internet connection (dial-up, high-speed, or cable). "Bit-rate" refers to the speed with which data (bits) can pass through the connection (bandwidth). The choices for webcasting are generally 56k, 150k or 300k. Note that "k" means kilobytes of data per second.
The more notice and planning you can invest the event generally will result in the best end result. As a general rule, webcast pages should be built and email invitations should be sent out no later than 2 weeks before the event.
Attendance is the first item generally measured to determine the success of an event This is easily done through the webcast reporting system as it will give you 'up to the minute' reporting on who registered and attended the event in the live or archived format.
Prior to holding the event, we recommend making a plan to determine what would make this event a success. Knowing this in advance will dictate the feature to be used to allow you to pull reports that will allow you to track these specific items. This effective planning will valify the succes of the event.
The vast majority of late-model computers come equipped with everything you need: Pentium processor, a sound card, and a Player program (see above question) downloaded free from the internet.