Three Steps to Webcasting Your Next All-Hands Meeting

These days, it can be difficult to get all your team members in the same room for an all-hands meeting. Between overbooked calendars, telework arrangements, off-site appointments, and varied working hours, finding a time when all your team members are at the office can be a hassle. Having multinational teams compounds the problem, causing managers to wrestle with different time zones.

At Panopto, we can certainly relate. With offices across the US, Europe, and Asia, we use our enterprise video platform to make sure our entire team is in the loop. Panopto’s webcasting functionality makes it easy for our staff around the world tune in live for our all-hands events.

If you’re looking to webcast your next town hall or all hands meeting, here’s how to do it in three steps using Panopto.

Step 1: Create your meeting URL and share it with attendees.

First, you’ll want to create a URL for your webcast in advance so that you can share the link out to your meeting attendees.

To generate the link, log into your Panopto site. Next, click the green Create button and choose the option for “Webcast.”

Create your session name, select a folder, and click “Create.”

Panopto Video Platform - Step 1 to Webcast

The page will then display your new session information. In the “Viewer Link” session will be a URL that you can then share to your potential viewers. Copy and paste this link as needed to share; the link will not work until you have started recording to the session in the Windows recorder.

Panopto Video Platform - Step 2 to Webcast

You can create the link for your webcast as far in advance as you need. On the day of the meeting, your colleagues should click the link to join the webcast.

Step 2: Set up your equipment.

For small meetings, a Windows laptop with a high-definition webcam such as the Logitech c920 can be sufficient for live streaming video and audio of the presenter, as well as the contents of their screen. If you’re presenting from a larger room that may generate more ambient noise, consider using a dedicated microphone to capture audio. For example, the Blue Yeti USB mic can be adjusted to suit a variety of recording environments; or, if your main speaker moves around a lot while speaking, consider a clip-on Bluetooth microphone like the Sony ECM-AW3.

Regardless of the equipment that you’re using, make sure that you review the settings on your devices to make sure that you get the best quality. To learn more about delivering high quality audio and video, check out our guide to creating high quality recordings.

Step 3: Set up and run your webcast.

When it’s time for your meeting to begin, launch the Panopto Recorder, click on the down arrow, and select the webcast you set up previously.

Panopto Video Platform - Step 3 to Webcast

Once you’ve selected your session, you can set the streaming quality for your webcast. The setting for this is dependent on your upload speed, which you can find by going to http://www.speedtest.net. Panopto offers three levels of recording quality: Standard, High, and Ultra. To find out which streaming quality is right for you, visit our guide here.

Panopto also allows you to broadcast the contents of your screen in addition to your presenter video (the primary video stream). If you’ll be screencasting, don’t forget to set the quality for this stream as well.

From there, just hit the Record button. Your webcast will begin immediately.

During your webcast, remote viewers can submit questions to the presenter through the web-based viewer. When someone submits a question or comment, the presenter will see a pop-up in the lower right hand corner of their screen. The submitted questions are also displayed at the bottom of the Panopto client software. This is helpful for reviewing and responding to all questions at the end of the presentation.

Panopto’s webcast software also enables your viewers take time-stamped notes during the broadcast to refer back to at a later time.

Once your meeting has ended, click the Stop button in Panopto. Your video will automatically begin uploading to your Panopto server. After the upload is complete, Panopto will automatically encode the webcast for on-demand playback on any device.

You’ll receive an email from the server notifying you when the encoding is complete, along with a link to your recording. You can then share that link with colleagues who may have missed the meeting, or attendees who would like to watch the meeting again.

Of course, if you have any trouble, our support team is just a click away. And if you’re not already using Panopto and would like access to a full-featured, free 30-day trial, contact us.

Published: December 03, 2013