All Saints Webcast Technical Specifications

UCC 50th Anniversary Kick-Off
All-Church Web Streaming Event
All Saints Sunday, November 5
6 p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (CT),
4 p.m. (MT), 3 p.m. (PT)
1 p.m. (Hawaii)

The 50th anniversary of the United Church of Christ begins officially on All Saints Sunday – November 5th, 2006. The 50th Anniversary Committee invites you to be part of a national celebration. You are encouraged to gather as individuals, families, churches, or regional clusters to view our nationally broadcast web event — live from Amistad Chapel at the national setting in Cleveland, Ohio. This online production (scheduled to be 30 to 40 minutes in length) will be accessible at the Web Streaming Event Center.

Technical Specifications:
The program will be viewable on individual computers for small groups. For larger groups we suggest that you connect an LCD projector, and an audio sound system. The program will include: greetings from UCC leaders, presentations by artists and performers, stories of gratitude and hope, information about upcoming programs and resources for the anniversary year, and an invitation to General Synod 26. What will make this program unique will be its interactive capabilities: presenting homemade congregational productions from You Tube, an on-line poll, and live visits to remote locations around the country.

Broadcast time is 6 p.m. (Eastern Time), 5 p.m. (Central), 4 p.m. (Mountain), 3 p.m. (Pacific) and 1 p.m. in Hawaii.

To be able to access the web-streaming event you will need to have:

  • A fairly modern computer with internet access (PC or Mac)
  • A browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  • Windows Media Player (already installed on all Windows machines)
  • Enable pop-up windows from ucc.org
  • Go to the Web Streaming Event Center. If you can't see the scrolling text below the video window you may need to update your Java software - Download

For the most optimal reception you should ideally have:

  • A computer with high-speed Internet access (DSL, Cable, T1, etc.)
  • A modern browser like Firefox is preferable - Download
  • Current Windows Media Player - Download

For large group viewing:

  • Connect your computer to an LCD projector. If you are unfamiliar with this technology you are encouraged to find someone in your church with technical savvy - most likely any member of your youth group.
  • Run an audio output line from either your computer or LCD projector into your speaker system (depending on your line connections you may need to use an adapter jack, pin, RCA, 1" or XLR). The larger your group, the larger the sound reinforcement you'll need.
  • Test your connections ahead of time (very important - don’t wait until the last minute) by playing a DVD through your computer to make sure both image and sound are working.
  • We will give you a direct broadcast address so that you can open it in Windows Media Player; this will bypass our interactive features but make the video larger for projection. See Projecting Windows Media Player.
  • Direct broadcast address: File > Open Url: mms://win83il.audiovideoweb.com/il83winlive3168
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Some computer video cards are preset to make full screen project the standard default. This may trigger your LCD projection unit to only project the video portion of the webcast, preventing the viewing of the full Center.

    If you are planning on using an LCD projector to project the webcast for a large gathering, you may run into this technical obstacle, which is why we STRONGLY suggest testing this procedure before 6 p.m. on Sunday.

    We have a sample video playing in the Web Streaming Event Center to aid you in the testing process.

    When projecting the Web Streaming Event Center, you may notice that while the entire Center appears on your computer, only the video source is being projected. This may be fine for maximizing video size, but it will prevent you from utilizing the interactive features of this webcast.

    1. Click your mouse on top of the playing video screen of your computer, and then right-click and you will get a pop-up menu. Under the 'view' item, you may be able to change the setting from 'full screen' to 100%.

    2. You may need to find the control panel for the video card on your computer (Nvidia, ATI, etc.) and adjust settings. We found that our video card was playing video full screen by default through a setting on this panel.

    3. While the video is playing, open the Windows Media Player program. Under the 'view' item, you may be able to change the setting from 'full screen' to 100%.

Watch this page for updated information.

General questions: Cliff Aerie, aeriec@ucc.org.
Technical questions: Dan Hazard, hazardd@ucc.org.

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