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Dear Dianne,

Arrey Obenson - Executive Director for Growth and Development [] Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:00 AM 'Dianne Bishop' RE: How to stream interactively while traveling mobile down a highway

Sorry I did not acknowledge receipt earlier. I forwarded the email to Pedro Zaraza who is the IT Director here at Headquarters and I am waiting for his feedback. He is currently in between flights on his way to Venezuela. Tomorrow I will have chat with him and we should have a clear idea about how to proceed. Regards, Arrey Obenson Executive Director of Growth and Development JCI – Junior Chamber International Tel: +1-636-449-3100 ext. 223; Fax: +1-636-449-3107 Visit to learn how young people around the world are working to create positive change. From: Dianne Bishop [] Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 9:34 AM To: Subject: How to stream interactively while traveling mobile down a highway

This is the series of thoughts I’ve posted thus far about the whys and how of this:
It occurred to me that streaming California planning session would be a good thing for those people who are going to be participating via Google Talk, that way they can see what is going on. The stream can be password protected, if you want to restrict access. But the key to all this is in the interactivity involved. Without the interactivity, this is really not that much different than your standard YouTube video clips (although they can be longer). The interactivity makes this ideal for participation in training sessions, planning sessions, etc. Remember that the broadcaster does not integrate the chatroom activity into the video clips (unless I perform some additional magical processing to the video using a separate program I have). So your clips tend to be the raw video that is unprocessed.

>They look very similar. If the popup window on ustream included the chat window, I would say that is the way to go, > but it looks like it only pulls out the video. That said, which has proven to be more stable in the past? That should be our determining factor. > I know whichever was used for the convention kept dropping connection - is that common? Hotel wi-fi had stream interruptions due to signal strength and how many people were sharing the hotel's connection to the internet at any one time. This caused the video encoder to stop streaming. This was handled by either the encoder itself when it restarted streaming, but if the interruption was too large, it just shut down streaming completely. This meant I had to manually restart the stream. If it worked, we started streaming. If not, the encoder itself had to be restarted in order to get streaming to work again.

Solution: Stable internet connection and enough available bandwidth for the amount of data that is being thrown down the pipe. Manual oversight of same to insure video stability.

Okay... at the behest of President-Elect Matt.. Matt wants to know what would happen if we left Northern FOTS stream wide open as an experiment, and he would rather know now, since in this early stage, we need to know if chapters actually WILL stay home and catch it on the net or not. There is the risk, that yes they will. And if they do, not only will they miss out on the immediacy of BEING THERE, but they may miss important side stuff that happens outside the scope of our live broadcast. Who is to know? So that is the risk. Here is the bet: By leaving it open, not only do we invite those chapters or members that somehow didn't get the message that they needed to be there or got tied up at work, to at least catch some of the training.. but.. and this is the big thing: We invite the possibility of other states seeing how we do stuff in California, and we invite national people to see what we are doing with this technology in California, and maybe some of those people will look at their own national technology guy and ask "So.. Unnamed National Tech Guy... you wrote about streaming training in January 08's Jaycee Magazine. Why is California ahead of the ball and doing it, and we are not?". I want National, and other states and maybe other countries, to be in the position of having to learn from what WE California Jaycees are already doing and have them copy from *us* :)

New incentive for actually taking the time to show up at the FOTS meeting in Santa Clara: me! (okay.. I'll wait til the laughing subsides...) If you want to know how to do what I'm doin', I will be giving a short training session on setting up your own channel at FOTS and answering your questions, to include how to grow your audience and the why of doing it. Here is the reason my spouse and I do "roadcasts" (streaming a live audio/video feed from a webcam while driving down the open road): It's FUN! and It's COOL! and we get to meet people online from all over the world. In fact, while we were roadcasting last night, we had a Californian who lives in Germany now watching the stream, interacting with us, and enjoying the country music we were playing, and making him homesick. :D

> Wow that is so cool! I had no idea you could do that!
Veronica, our channel is

How to stream interactively while traveling mobile down a highway:
I will be updating this post as time permits, but the basic information you need is here: Okay - so you have decided to add virtual interaction to your meetings, trainings, or other project, and you would like to embed this interactive capability into your web site. If you have a channel set up on, there is a joomla! component you can plug in, if your site is written like that. There may be one for Ustream, but I haven't researched it yet. At any rate, how I got started in doing this was by asking someone who was already doing it for his business. His name is Dana, and he lives in Florida and without his advice and example, well... I'd probably still be investigating how to do this. Dana's channel is here: Basic equipment needed: A web cam, a computer of some sort, Internet access, and a free account either on or Added equipment if you want to be mobile: - laptop, - mobile data card for the provider you choose to go with: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or Alltel Wireless. From what I was told the other night, Alltel still offers mobile broadband accounts with no monthly data caps and no

roaming. This is a sweet deal if still true, so you will need to investigate further. Verizon and Sprint now have 5GB per month data limits, with differing charges and policies if you go over that. Plus roaming charges past a very small amount. Somehow they all claim 99% of their users never exceed these caps, I say they are full of ****. It is my opinion, they do not take into account the users who live out in the boonies and this is the only way they can get internet access. - of course a plan from one of the above providers that you chose to deal with. In my opinion, worth a grain of salt or less, Alltel has the sweet deal going, but you will probably be roaming more than not, so the sweetness of no roaming charges would be a plus. Verizon has the widest data coverage in the nation bar none, so thats a plus to avoid roaming - ESPECIALLY in Northern Nevada, where the Verizon data network reigns supreme. AT&T's 3G data network isnt nearly as fast as EVDO, but technologies are changing all the time, and companies are already working on the next generation of mobile broadband: WiMax and also LTE, which are both 4G technologies. Again, research will pay off. Which leaves Sprint, which we currently use. We use Sprint because at the time we signed up, they had the sweetest business plan going. They no longer do. Their coverage seems to be a lot better in the SoCal and Southern Nevada region, which is important since they do charge for roaming last time I looked for new plans of any sort. So with those things above in mind, here is how the picture gets from the web cam to you, when we are in our truck: Firstly, I connect the cable running from our Wilson Electronics RV/Trucker Cellular Springloaded External Antenna ($50-90 depending on where you find one on the net) to our Novatel Wireless Ovation U727 usb data modem that we got from Sprint when we signed up (Modem cost for us was $99 with a two year agreement at the time, but that has probably changed. We pay $60 a month for access to the data network.) Second, I connect our Novatel Wireless Ovation U727 usb data modem into a usb port on our laptop. Third, I start the laptop up. Fourth: There are several routes you can go with Step 4: Route 4a is simply log into your channel on and click on the big BROADCAST button and go from there. Select your web cam and microphone option, and the broadcaster will measure the available bandwidth and set the optimal settings for that. Simple way to get on the air and most people do this. There are several different options, depending if the web cam is looking at a non-moving background, or mobile. Both services provide this option, so its pretty simple to do, and this is the way I did it for several months when I started. Route 4b: I learned that we can get a lot better frame rate and video quality on the road by substituting the free Flash Media Encoder (FME) for the broadcaster used on, or by using it with the broadcaster from There are instructions provided on each site that tells how to set it up. Since I normally stream on, and my FME settings are already set up, I just launch the FME encoder, which grabs the video from the webcam, and click its green START button at the bottom of the encoder. The encoder will start up, and link to Justin's broadcast servers automatically and start the video pic on your channel. That's it. Not too much muss or fuss. To set up the settings, and UStream both have a configuration file that you download from them, and open up that up in the FME, which saves the last used settings, so normally, you just have to do this once, or when you want to reset the settings to ground zero, or you switch between services. With UStream, there is an additional step: you still have to bring up their broadcaster and start it to actually get on the air. Bear in mind, that if there is a long interruption in your internet access method, the FME will stop broadcasting, or will refuse to communicate with the service's sender, so you may have to close out the FME and restart it up again to connect. This can be a pain especially if you are broadcasting to Ustream. With Justin, its not so much. It just means you need to monitor your stream more. Step 5: Once you are broadcasting, if you are on, you just need to bring up your channel in a browser to start chatting with whoever wanders in, be it your fans or someone new. Ustream's broadcaster includes the ability to show the chatroom inside it, so no further action is necessary with them.

Step 6 (Optional things you might want to do just because you could) These will require further research on your part, but they can be done. Other people are already doing them: Embed the chatroom chat in the bottom part of the video. Rotate corporate sponsor ads in the same space or next to the chatroom chat on the video (Chris Pirillo has a whole section on how he does these two things in his live stream at his blog: ) You can also do video effects using CamTwist (for the Mac) or SuperWebCam (for the PC) or with WebCamMax (for the PC), which include things like: Doodling on the screen football commentator style, picture-in-picture effects, and other things. Just imagine. I basically follow these steps to figuring this stuff out: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Just imagining what I might be able to do Doing research to see if other people are already doing them Experimenting with different tools to see if I can come up with a way to do what I want to do Figuring out a use for doing what I just learned I can do that benefits someone. Filing it away for later use on something I might need later.

Anyone can do these steps. Just imagine. Other resource links:

The last link is to an article that was just published today on VON: Here's a brief clip: Alcatel-Lucent Cuts Jobs and WiMAX, Reorganizes Tara Seals 12/12/2008 Well, the rumors were half-right. Alcatel-Lucent on Friday announced a strategic realignment going forward, which includes pulling back on WiMAX and some GSM-based initiatives, and, of course, layoffs. The vendor did not announce plans to exit the mobile business entirely however, which was a move some analysts had expected it to make. In fact, ALU reiterated its staunch support for the 4G wireless broadband standard known as LTE, which has gotten more attention lately thanks to a string of announcements, including Verizon Wireless’ revelation that it is accelerating its plans to deploy the technology by moving its target launch window up to late 2009. (more at link above)