Using GA Video at an Event
Planning to include General Assembly (GA) video at an event at your congregation or elsewhere? Technical problems (either at GA or at your event) may interfere with even the best-laid plans. Test as much as possible before your event, and be prepared with a backup plan (show previous events instead of live-streaming video, or plan a discussion or other activity in case the technology just doesn’t work).
Live-streaming GA video is available each year at UUA.org/ga/YYYY as well as on YouTube and Vimeo. Events will start 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 (online or in person).
You can show a GA video live, as it's occurring, or stream it later.
Depending on how you stream your online events, you have several options:
- You can provide your event participants with a link to the UUA.org page for the event and schedule everyone to watch it at the same time. When the video ends, you can start up a social hour or discussion using Zoom or whatever platform your congregation uses to gather.
- If you use Zoom for your event, you can share a video player window in Zoom to display the UUA.org page.
- 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.
- A sound system that can connect to the computer and is loud enough to project to your entire audience.
- 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).
Whether your event will be online or in person, test your setup with video that's streaming live on YouTube now—our public live-streamed events will use embedded live-streaming YouTube videos.
Also test with video from past General Assemblies, as that's a good back-up plan in case live-streaming goes awry.
You can show:
- Videos from past General Assemblies.
- The live stream. We will begin to stream video about 10 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.
- 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 UUA.org due to music licensing.
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