Here are some recent questions we have been asked about watching webstreams. Click on a link for our response:
Any webstreams you have purchased will be available on your My BRANZ page. You can join or sign in to My BRANZ at the top of your screen.
You can watch the video on your computer monitor, or, for groups, you can project the webcast onto a larger screen or wall. You will need a LCD projector (found in many conference rooms) and a laptop computer. Connect the laptop to the internet and to the LCD projector. Just add a set of speakers, and a large crowd can hear and watch the presentation.
If you have an ADSL or cable (broadband) connection, you should have no problem receiving the audio and video stream. Dial-up modems need to be a minimum of 56 kbps. A bandwidth of 256Kbps is preferred.
A computer with 256 MB RAM and a sound card with speakers or headphones and Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser. You will also need streaming player software such as Windows Media Player 9.0.
A Mediasite presentation requires no special software to be loaded on the viewer's PC. Internet Explorer (5.5 or higher) along with the Windows Media Player (6.4 or higher) is all that is required. Windows Media Player 9 is preferred - if a version older then 9 is used, the Windows Media Codecs should be installed. These Codecs can be found at Microsoft's website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp
Check to see if you have Windows Media Player installed on your computer. The latest version is free and available for downloading from Microsoft's website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp
If you're using pop-up blocker, configure it to allow site pop-ups. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to Tools->Pop-up Blocker->Turn off Pop-up Blocker.
Check to see that your speakers are:
Adjust your system volume settings:
Turn up the volume on the media player:
Your version of Windows Media Player may not have the newest video decoding components. If this is the problem, Media Player should try to automatically download the required components from Microsoft's site. Your internet connection may not be able to maintain a steady 56 kbps stream. You need a 33 kbps actual connection to see video. If your actual connection drops below 33 kbps, the media player will provide only the audio part of the broadcast.
If you are using a 56 kbps modem (or less), you may experience a slow transmission rate, and the image may be choppy at times of high traffic on the Internet. Try closing all other applications. Keep in mind that this is not a television signal, and that the video and audio transmission put a tremendous load on current internet technologies.
Wait for the video to fully download before attempting to step through the presentation. The length of the video and your internet connection will affect how long it takes. Once it is loaded, go to the "Slide List", select from the slides where you want to start and click on the "Play from Slide" button.