Live streaming is fast becoming more of an everyday requirement for educational organisations. A recent survey completed by our user base highlighted that 58% already took advantage of live streaming with Planet eStream, but interestingly, 87% believed that the requirement for live streaming in education will increase over coming months and years.
Live streaming enables organisations to engage with their community of students, staff, parents and other key stakeholders by streaming many different types of content including;
"A great example recently was a climate change conference in New Orleans. Planet eStream helped us practise what we preach in front of a delegation of 4,000 people, where we streamed the inaugural lecture from our Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy, Corinne Le Quere, live to conference delegates in the USA via our TV studio on campus in Norwich." Sean Thompson, Studio Technical Team Leader at University of East Anglia
"As many of our students’ families aren’t based here in the UK, live streaming concerts and performances means that they can stay connected and watch their family members perform without having to travel, which is incredibly valuable." Mark Soole, Head of ICT Services, Royal College of Music
Live video streams from Planet eStream can be viewed from any geographical location and on any device including IOS and Android tablets and phones. When viewing, your users can create personal notes or public comments that are saved and included when the broadcast becomes available on demand.
Planet eStream includes an innovative Live Encoder application that enables users to live stream from their own computer or laptop. The encoder is incredibly scalable and supports both HD sources and HD broadcasting. The simple setup can even be automated with the built in scheduling tool, users can program the system to automatically stop and start broadcasts on a specific date and time.
The Live Encoder application is included on an unlimited licence basis so you can empower your users to create their own live streams easily and with no hidden costs.
The Encoder supports a wide range of video and audio sources that your users can connect to and stream from at the click of a button including…
"Planet eStream came just at the right time. It was installed and up and running just in time for us to capture footage of the delivery of our 23 pianos, which was a spectacular sight. This was live streamed with Planet eStream via the Loughborough Endowed Schools’ community website so that our entire school community could be part of the excitement. We also live streamed the celebration concert. Capturing this one-off event was so important to us and Planet eStream has helped us create a visual account which will go down in the schools’ history." Caroline Winship, E-Learning Coordinator, Loughborough Endowed Schools
Some live broadcasts are enhanced by delivering two live sources to the viewer simultaneously. In an educational setting, lessons and lectures are enhanced by being able to see the presenter and their presentation materials concurrently. Planet eStream enables your users to select both a camera feed for the presenter and desktop capture as a second source to clearly capture the presentation materials, both sources can then be recorded and streamed live at the highest possible quality.
"We have up to 500 medical students in a variety of locations attending one class. The lecturer needs to be able to present live to them all and control several different rooms. Planet eStream’s live encoder is proving to be a vital part of successful learning delivery in this environment." Juha Eskelinen, Chief Information Officer, University of Eastern Finland
Picture in picture functionality enables your users to stream two individual sources per the methods described under ‘Dual Capture’, but in this scenario, prioritises one of the streams. The main source is broadcast but with a secondary smaller source overlaid in your specified position and at your specified size.
The Live Encoder application can also be used to simply record and archive your live events. It's also an excellent tool for educators to create flipped learning materials and upload them to the media library for on demand access by their students.
"The creation of screencasts to demonstrate theory, principles and methods as well as concise and tailored didactic content. Not lecture capture as such, but video as an alternative to information delivery." College of West Anglia
Live Streaming with Planet eStream is simple, watch how easy it is with this quick video.
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