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Showing GA Video: Technical Notes

Planning to show General Assembly (GA) video at an event at your congregation or elsewhere? Technical problems (either at GA or at your screening) may interfere with even the best-laid plans. Test as much as possible before your event, and be prepared with a backup plan (show parts of previous events instead of live-streaming video, or plan a sing-along or other activity in case the technology just doesn’t work).

Live-streaming GA video will start on Wednesday with the Opening Celebration. Choose one or more of the events occurring before your service to test the following at the location of your service.

You need:

  • A computer that can play the video.
  • A projector and a film screen or blank white wall. Be sure the display is bright enough to look good in morning light (projector reviews from CNET).
  • A sound system that can connect to the computer and is loud enough to project to your entire audience (PC speaker reviews from CNET).
  • An Internet connection that is fast enough to receive the streaming video without a lot of “buffering” pauses (we recommend 1.5Mbps or greater download speed).

You can show:

  • Videos from past General Assemblies. (Use it for testing, anyway.)
  • The live stream. We will begin to stream video about 15 minutes before the event starts. You'll usually see a slideshow with news for GA attendees until the event begins.
  • Events that are over. Video will be posted 5-10 minutes,  after each live-streamed event.
  • YouTube live streams include DVR functionality that allows you to pause, rewind, and play during the live event.

About Permissions

  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) adheres stringently to permission and copyright restrictions imposed by composers, authors and performers.
  • It is permissible to show streamed video from General Assembly to your group if you are not charging admission.
  • It is not permissible to record or download content streamed from due to music licensing.

Some very kind members of the websters email list have graciously agreed to help troubleshoot screenings held during GA. Join Websters to review their archives or ask for help.

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