We have looked at several companies to outsource a live stream and capture a DVD of commencement at the same time but it keeps coming back to cost. We have the technlogy to stream live via our flash media server but our IT dept is concerned about bandwidth so we have not done it yet. That Brightcove company looks interesting, especially because they would have to ensure the right delivery method for different devices.
In the absence of a formal Univeristy-wide solution a number of groups have done their own thing like YouTube and Vimeo.
For those Universities who have a streaming video solution, has this replaced using external alternative solutions?
Live streaming is rare, and when it is done it is a one-off event.
We currently use a product called Kaltura Video and Flash Media Server. They each serve a purpose.
Kaltura is used by staff for embedding video into their classroom Wordpress blogs. Kaltura is open source as well as a paid service. They offer customizable players and lots of features to track views and monetize your videos. We chose Kaltura because it was open source and integrated with WordPress, BuddyPress, and Moodle. One the best features of Kaltura is their online video editor. We also like the webcam recording for making quick messages.
We use Flash Media server for live streaming and playback of Board Meetings and other long events.
Another product we use that is integrated with wordpress and moodle is called BigBlueButton and it is similar to webex and used by staff and students for quick video conferences. Very soon they will offer the ability to record meetings.
Here is an example of the Kaltura Player with an edit button so you can see the editor:
On the same page linked above you will see a Web Conference Rooms login widget on the right. You can put whatever name you want and login with the password "school".
Here are some flash streaming server videos:
We've been using Watershed (paid Ustream) since this past September to stream special events and nearly all home sports games. We run a camera or video switcher into a laptop via firewire, encode with Adobe Live Media Encoder and send it off to Watershed. Viewers access the streams through http://www.clutube.com
It got us off the ground, but I'm not that thrilled with it. The documentation and support is almost non-existent and there doesn't seem to be much control over image quality, especially for recorded events. In the process of looking for other providers, or hosting Flash server on the cloud. I'd love to broadcast in HD, but we'd have to swap out all the cameras and equipment in our broadcast truck.