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    Hello,

    I'm looking for ways to live stream a private event (wedding) to a selected group of people that cannot attend (thank you Corona ). The event will be filmed, but using the professional services for streaming has quite some limitations and is expensive.

    So we were thinking of other means... The audience would mainly be my family, of which many do not have Facebook but they do have Whatsapp. I'm currently thinking of putting them all in a group and using a Whatsapp group call: my mobile phone gives good video quality, we could add a gimbal/stabilizer and an external microphone and have someone hold it and stream the event via a group call.

    I'm also looking at Larix Broadcaster in combination with some free webstream service such as restream.io... It would allow people to more easily see the stream on something other than a mobile...


    It would not so much be for the quality (that is why we have the professional filming), but rather to give my side of the family a bit of a feeling of attending the ceremony...

    Any other suggestions?
    (Bear in mind that I won't be able to set up things at my parents side, so anything complicated that involves installations or configurations is problematic)


    Thanks!
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    We used Zoom once and it worked like a charm. As I understand it, it is easily possible to set it up securely but that may require a bit of study.

    https://www.tomsguide.com/news/zoom-...y-privacy-woes includes links to faceoffs with Skype and Team (which I think I read have improved considerably since Corona).
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    Didn't think of Zoom... might be quite easy for my parents to setup based on my instructions.
    (WhatsApp may have some limitations in number of people and is more restricted to mobile devices (ok, there is WhatsApp web and so)).

    Thanks!
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    Apparently, the free Zoom has a limit of 30 minutes (but you can reconnect). This may be an issue for my parents....

    From asking around, I've heard good things about Google Meet. It may also be easy to explain (go to gmail.com, login, click the icon on the top right, select Meet and enter the code) while giving them the use of a bigger monitor (not just mobile).

    I'm still wondering if to get a stabilizer thing, although it seems they are mainly intended for recording with their own camera-app. I'm not sure if/how they work with other apps. Any thoughts? The other option would be a purely gravitational stabilizer, which would always work but maybe not work as well... For sure I would get a tripod adapter and put it on a tripod, but it would be nice if it could be moved around without too much shaking
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    Ah yes, did not think of that time limit. No clue about stabilizer.
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    Get one of phone gimbals. DJI is trusted, watch some reviews on youtube. They are not that expensive.

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    Yes, I'm looking at those things... I was checking some that are cheaper than DJI and get good reviews. Not sure if I will have a use for it afterwards, although it may be useful for video conferencing as well, or when using the phone as a webcam (new function in Windows 10 2004: you can add a network camera as normal camera, and for sure there are apps for that).
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    I've ordered a Moza Mini-S in a good promotion. No DJI, but from what I read more than capable for the job. The main reason I got it is that it may be tricky for the person filming to hold the phone relatively steady in a recording position for 15+ minutes. So hopefully the handle on the gimbal and the gimbal itself will help with this. And second reason is that it can be mounted on a tripod.
    I'm thinking it may be useful later with video conferencing or so (Windows 10 2004 allows for any network camera to be used as a webcam, or even with whatsapp/skype on the phone), so it may have some use as a dedicated phone tripod after the wedding as well.

    I've already sent instructions to my parents, so this weekend we'll test Google Meet...
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    First test with Google Meet was not without issues... For some reason, my father's Firefox does not allow him to start or join a Google Meet session. It just states "Couldn't join the meeting for some reason. Try again". He has no extensions on his Firefox, and privacy settings for use of camera and microphone are set correctly. Looked a bit on Google, but none of the causes listed seem to apply to his situation (and non of the solutions presented work)... we spent almost an hour on that. But luckily he also has Edge installed, and with Edge it worked from the first try.
    Later this week we schedule another test and then a third test with multiple people.

    Meanwhile my stabilizer arrived, and it looks fancy. I got the Moza Mini S Essential, as it was one of the cheaper models that still gets good reviews. It is a bit magical to see the gimbal in operation. It has many features (and not a bad app), but for what we need it is very intuitive.

    Now thinking that it may be my go-to device for videocalling my parents.
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