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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

LIVE Streaming Christmas Performance

Tonight saw the fabulous performance of Osprey Quay's 'FIVE GOLD RINGS', as well as the 200+ people in the audience we were joined by 30+ people remotely who watched a live stream of the performance. These people included family members who live afar, a Mum who watched live on the train back from a meeting in London and a Grandmother who watched from her hospital bed. For the results please click below -

This was all made possible through the use of three Chromebooks and the power of 'Google Hangouts on Air'. See below for more information on how this was achieved -


Use Hangouts to Livestream - To set up a Google Hangout on Air (GHOA) to livestream, just create a Hangout on Air by navigating to, clicking the down arrow by “Home” on the left, clicking “Hangouts,” then clicking “Start a Hangout on Air” as seen in the animated gif below. 

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Start your Hangout on air immediately by following the easy to understand prompts on the screen or set the Hangout to air later by clicking “Later” as seen in the image below:

If you want to record the Hangout without anyone being able to watch it live, remove “Public” from the Audience section and add your own email address. Once you have set up your Hangout to begin at a later date, you will see the event page and the “Start” button. You can bookmark this page and return to it at any time to start your Hangout on Air.

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Once you've started your Hangout on Air, you will also need to click “Start broadcast” for YouTube to begin recording and your live audience to begin viewing. Just click the green “Start broadcast” button under your video to begin broadcasting. Note: to broadcast videos that are longer than 15 minutes, you will need to verify your YouTube account. Do that here.

After the broadcast is started an identical, but red, “Stop broadcast” button will appear.

In tonight's performance we invited multiple Chromebooks into the call to create different viewing angles. The results are not cinema, but for the relatives of the children who could not attend in person, there was NOTHING like seeing it live!