Organizations everywhere are grappling with the consequences of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): cancelled conferences, quarantined campuses, shuttered offices. Video will be an essential tool as corporations, universities, government offices, and other organizations try to keep things (as close to) business as usual during these unusual times.
Pivoting to remote operations – quickly
If your company has a video infrastructure already, shifting to remote operations probably won’t be too much of a hassle. If you don’t, you may find yourself scrambling to cobble together something serviceable.
With no time to deploy an enterprise video platform, the fastest option is to use a public video platform like YouTube and Facebook:
Both YouTube and Facebook offer privacy settings you can use to restrict viewership. However, sensitive communications are best kept to a private platform. All you need to stream to either platform is a computer, an Internet connection, and a webcam – built into a laptop or computer monitor, or, for slightly better quality, an external webcam.
For more information on how to live stream, see our detailed beginner’s guide:
Optimizing video production for your school
In the short term or further down the line, you can improve your school’s video capabilities by deploying a professional video platform such as Panopto or Kaltura and/or by setting up video production space for faculty to produce and publish high-quality video content:
Pearl-2 and Pearl Mini hardware encoders feature comprehensive integration with Kaltura and Panopto. This simplifies video production setup for schools, letting users record or stream from non-USB video sources (e.g., HDMI, SDI) and capture audio from professional-grade microphones (i.e., XLR, TRS). Users can even authenticate to Panopto or Kaltura through Pearl’s built-in touch screen to automatically upload unscheduled event recordings to their folders.
Company town hall meetings
Many companies live stream their town hall (or “all-hands”) meetings to include remote workforces and distributed offices. You can still organize and run a company town hall meeting during a quarantine, but rather than bring employees together in one room, you can make the meeting fully virtual:
You can build a dedicated video production space on premises or offsite to make it easier to create high-quality training videos for new and existing employees alike. Setups range from pop-up to elaborate:
Webinars are a tried-and-true method of customer outreach – and, by their nature, feature a fully virtual audience:
Projecting a professional image
Interested in a more sophisticated video setup? Consider adding a capture card or a hardware encoder to the mix. An AV.io HD or AV.io 4K frame grabber makes it possible to connect HDMI cameras to standard computer hardware. Software will recognize any device connected to one of these cards as if it were a plug-and-play webcam.
Epiphan Pearl systems can live stream to a broad range of content delivery networks – including YouTube and Facebook – and offer a number of tools to produce high-quality live streams and on-demand video content. Pearl’s custom layouts tool is well suited to content that features a slide deck, such as university lectures and conference presentations.
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