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How to make the most of live and archived video

Editor’s note: Drafting a new presentation explaining just how to make the most of live and archived video. What do we do in 2017 and how do we digitize video tapes, movies and slides? A special shoutout to organizers and participants at upcoming events – let us know how to watch and encourage official and individual videos.

Live video is a must-have for mainstreaming topical and timely issues, including biodiversity conservation (more about this later) and regional and topical tourism. It used to be ‘pictures or it didn’t happen.’ Now it’s “Livestreaming video or it’s not happening.”

Want to have a private, behind-closed-doors meeting? Fine, but don’t expect others to feel engaged. The alternative is to announce to the world you’re holding a panel discussion with edible delights in beautiful and windy Wellington, New Zealand. That we can announce and enjoy with you in real time. Hashtag: 

Those not in the room — remote participants — need to see as much as possible of what’s going on and contribute to the dialogue. Livestreaming combined with video archives is useful to participants who were in the room and now have the option of later viewing and sharing with friends and colleagues. Journalists and bloggers can easily embed the highlights for summaries. Event organizers need to ask: why not offer livestreaming video?

When it comes to formal tourism events and seminars, imagine the impact if the organizers embraced livestreaming video and encouraged their participants to share. If the discussion is important enough, then invite remote participants to join the conversation. Closed room discussions simply are no longer responsible. (Comment)


Spotlight on New Zealand

New Zealand takes the gold when it comes to live video streaming, making conferences accessible to the world.

Our current choice of a benchmark event is New Zealand’s NetHui which since 2010 has made the most of face-to-face networking and online interaction. In 2015 NetHui improved on its own record by providing real-time captions and in 2016 NetHui took its show on the road, visiting three cities in one week and continuing to stream the video from each location. The 2017 NetHui takes place in November with its schedule being developed.

Look for other notable NZ examples with participation from Internet New Zealand, including Food and the Internet.


Who do you watch on Periscope, FacebookLive and YouTube? Are you following or subscribed to their channels? = ¿A quién ves en Periscope, FacebookLive y YouTube? ¿Estás siguiendo o suscrito a sus canales?

On #Periscope, are you someone one’s superfan? Do you have your own superfans? = En #Periscope, ¿eres un superfan de alguien? ¿Tienes tus propios superfans?

What photos and videos would you like to see from formal events? = ¿Qué fotos y videos te gustaría ver de eventos formales?

Would you watch a live video event (tour, Q&A, presentation) during Responsible Travel Week? What would you like to see? = ¿Podrías ver un evento de video en vivo (tour, Q & A, presentación) durante la Semana de Viajes Responsables? ¿Que te gustaría ver?

Responses and other comments are welcome.

Stray Notes

When I was in high school (the Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan years), friends and I created our own TV show. Back in the 70s TV production was very expensive and inaccessible to most. We made our AV-Room series (something I wanted to call Summit Up in reference to the Summit City), we turned out ‘shows’ on what I remember as suitcase-sized cassettes. These were modern times.
Cut to the 80s and 90s when video cameras became inexpensive. We could produce our own television.
And the discount in sharing – webcasting – continues.
We have at our hands a tool that is very engaging and cheap. Bueno y barato
The ‘Livestreaming’ presentation is available for download and embedding (sharing) on other websites. It has a Creative Commons attribution-sharealike license.

“Livestreaming video or it’s not happening” has usurped “Pictures or it didn't happen.”

Your Hangout on Air will now be broadcast on YouTube. You can broadcast for up to 8 hours. (05.2017)

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