Over the last few months, my other half and I have actually been try out running the live occasions for our online program, The Art of Cash, in a live video webcast format, instead of the old-school tele-conference call we have actually been doing for years.
Those old-school group call benefit some things, like speaking live to individuals in discussion, however they’re not so excellent for assisting individuals feel completely present and engaged with exactly what’s being instructed over a 90 minute session.
When individuals on the call can see the trainer through a live video feed and engage with various other individuals in a live talk box while the teacher is talking, there’s an entire brand-new measurement of live training occasions that opens, and it’s rather remarkable.
There are 2 huge advantages we’re seeing of utilizing live video webcasts rather of teleconference:
When they can see their body language and face while they’re chatting, 1) People feel more linked to the teacher.
2) The capability for individuals on the call to connect deal with others in the neighborhood of the program is big.
It develops that evasive sense of neighborhood much faster than is otherwise possible.
Individuals hear the trainer talking live and make remarks about exactly what the speaker is sharing in a live talk box right beside the video. They share feelings or ideas about exactly what’s being stated by the teacher, and other individuals on the call jump in and share their own feelings and ideas, or support individuals who are sharing things.
It’s a stunning thing to witness, and it’s something that recently can not occur on a teleconference.
On a teleconference, everybody is basically sitting in their own dark space, walled off from all various other individuals and the visual measurement of the speaker. They cannot see the trainer and cannot communicate with other individuals on the call.
There’s one huge drawback to the live webcast/chat space format though: with a lot of software application choices offered for this sort of occasion, there isn’t really a choice for individuals to quickly have the ability to raise their hand essentially and talk cope with the teacher.
Communication in between the trainer and individuals takes place just through the live talk box, definition, individuals need to kind to interact.
If there has to be an aspect of live, individualized training kind of communications in between the trainer and the individuals, the live video webcast and talk box format isn’t really going to suffice.
That’s the scenario we’re in with the live webcast occasions for The Art of Money program. My other half has to have the ability to speak cope with individuals to do her training and support with people in a live occasion.
Presently, I’m on the quest for a platform that will enable us to have the very best of both worlds: live video webcast of the teacher, live talk box, plus the capability for individuals to employ through a phone or make use of a VOIP connection, then raise their hand, be un-muted, and talk straight with the trainer.
Far, I’ve attempted Go To Webinar, Webinar Jam (which is a wrapper of devices constructed around the Google Hangouts on Air platform), and SpreeCast.
Right here’s exactly what I’ve discovered up until now with these alternatives:.
Go To Webinar:
The benefit with GTW is that it’s strong. They are a market leader, they’ve been around for a very long time, and they supply a strong platform that simply works well, the majority of the time.
It can do live web cam streaming of the presenter/instructor or their desktop, individuals can hire by means of phone or VOIP, raise their hands, and talk to the speaker live. All the pieces exist, however …
The disadvantage is that GTW is costly, individuals need to download and set up the GTW seeing app on their computer system to sign up with a webinar, and I do not such as the design and user experience of the windows that appear on individuals’s displays throughout a webinar.
There’s one window that reveals the trainer’s desktop or slides, and a different control board window that reveals the individual names, video and audio controls, along with an expandable chatroom.
I do not such as exactly how individuals need to by hand broaden their own circumstances of the chatroom … I desire that to be on and shown by default, right beside the video feed of the trainer.
This is a brand-new app which is basically a plugin for Google Hangouts on Air. It uses Hangouts on Air (HOA) for webinars much, a lot easier than simply making use of HOA on it’s own.
It’s created for running advertising webinars that are made to provide complimentary details that results in the pitch of some sort of item or program.
I attempted utilizing Webinar Jam for running our live webcast training sessions and while I really enjoy utilizing Webinar Jam, there was one big offer breaker: Google Hangouts on Air delays the sending out of live video and audio information for 30 to 45 seconds.
HOA records the video and audio information from all the speakers in the hangout, then synchronizes everything up and sends it out … often 45 seconds after an offered minute that something is occurring live.
It does this so that it can provide high quality video and audio feeds that are totally synced to individuals all over the world who have differing web connection speeds, with some folks being on the sluggish end of the connection speed spectrum.
The outcome of this 45 2nd delay? If you, as a speaker, like to communicate cope with the individuals by inquiring concerns verbally then get their feedbacks in the live talk box beside the video feed, there will be a 45 2nd delay in between when you ask a concern and when your individuals hear the concern and begin typing their feedbacks in the talk box.
As a speaker, that long of a delay simply will not work. You ask a concern to the neighborhood of individuals in the live occasion, and afterwards you need to await 45 seconds to obtain a feedback. Exactly what are you expected to claim or do for those 45 seconds?
It’s awkward, and to me, not a practical option.
While I think that Webinar Jam is a terrific piece of software application for running advertising kind of webinars with Google Hangouts on Air (HOA), the mix of Webinar Jam and HOA is a no go for exactly what we desire to utilize it for. The 45 2nd delay is an offer breaker.
Spreecast is a live webcast platform that provides you a live video feed with a live talk box right beside the feed, and a graph of who’s in the occasion below the video and talk box, through little avatar image boxes with the names of the individuals below them.
The excellent: it has the video feed and live talk box right beside each various other, simply the means we desire. Having a graph of each individual, with a great sized avatar image for each individual, is fantastic. It actually assists provide all individuals a sense of belonging of a live group experience.
When individuals see an offered minute of live action is very little … about 2 seconds, the delay in between the live action and.
That’s quick enough for it to seem like live for both the speaker and the individuals, which’s extremely essential for us.
It’s likewise complimentary, and individuals do not have to download anything on their computer system to sign up with a webcast. It’s all browser based.
The drawback: The video feed quality is bad. The space and the speaker they’re in will be a little bit pixelated and fuzzy.
We’ve utilized it two times for live occasions with real individuals, as opposed to recently trial run, and both times we had significant concerns with Spreecast.
Both times we lost the video and audio feed right in the middle of the live occasion, which triggered us to need to move rapidly and change the major speaker computer system from my better half’s laptop computer to mine, which triggered a 5 to 10 minute time out in the live occasions as we switch over everything over.
For the rest of the live occasion, when I gained back gain access to toddler he webcast occasion with my better half’s computer system, I was communicating with individuals in the live talk with my better half’s name and avatar, which was puzzling for lots of. Not cool.
We likewise observed a great deal of individuals having problem getting their video and audio feeds to work, and having the ability to join the live talk box section of the occasion.
As my better half existed, I was incredibly enter the live talk box location, along with in our support ticket system, supplying repairing support and assisting individuals really enter the webcast area. That was a significant annoyance.
There is no simple means for folks to raise their hand and be un-muted on recently their audio channel, so they might ask concerns or talk with the speaker live.
Completion outcome? We will not be utilizing Spreecast once again.
On deck for screening is Adobe Connect, On24, iLinc, MeetingBurner, Anymeeting, Webex, and a couple of others.
After I run some even more tests and make use of a few of these in live occasions, I’ll follow up with a part 2 of this post.
If you’re making use of an app that does live video feeds, a live talk box right beside the video feed, and has the capability for individuals to raise their hands and talk deal with the speakers, let me understand exactly what you’re utilizing and exactly what you think about it in the remarks below.
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