Hi! Welcome to our blog on Webcasting and Webinars. Before we proceed with more serious and important discussions and breakthroughs, let us define
what we mean by a Webinar
. As we go along in this blog journey, these definitions may get altered or more fine-tuned as better technologies with better efficiencies evolve but for the larger audience, and as a basic meaning, these will always hold good.What are Webinars?
Webinars are live and 'On Demand' online presentations, which allow companies to reach out and communicate over the Internet, with a large audience, much more frequently and at lesser cost than face-to-face seminars. In short, Webinars are the Online
equivalent of a physical
seminar.Webinars = Web+SeminarAnd what are Webcasts?
Webcasts are online communications that are similar to telecast. Presentations are 'webcast' at a fixed time and date online, with audience logging in synchronously. Webcasts can include Webinars (which were initially conceived as a one-way communication), Streaming Video, Streaming Audio and a combination of all this.Webcast=Web+Telecast (Ex: Webinars, Video, Audio) What would I need to host a Webinar/Webcast?
Well, first of all dumping both Webinars/Webcasts in the same basket is not a good idea, though Webinars are a subset of Webcast. The reasons are simple - Webcasts are large, both in terms of the audience, resources and the cost whereas Webinars though attracts a large audience are relatively less costly and takes very less time to host. Of course, as technology evolves and becomes more affordable, this difference may vanish. Another distinguishing factor
is that Webcasts are typically one way communication.
To host a webinar, all you would need is a computer connected to the Internet, a microphone or a recording device if you are planning to talk to your audience, a speaker system if you are going to make it both ways or play some audio file/music and the tool/service
to enable it.
To host a webcast, in addition to the above, you may need to have a computer that is better equipped to handle multimedia with a high memory space, better bandwidth to support a large audience along with the hosting service
We will soon write in more about what you need to look for in Webinars and Webcasts - technology options, scalability issues, usability, detailed system requirements, archiving and reusing webinars, tips and tricks, benefits/advantages and many more such factors that are critical for a successful Webinars/Webcast.
If you have got any queries before that, don't hesitate to shoot a word to us.