• by Nicole Wise
    on November 21, 2012
    Musicians Form Band, Practice via Webcasts

    Your holiday break begins in just a few short hours. Hang in there. To make your time pass a tad quicker, let our friends serenade you with a little music, made possible via Mediasite. 

    I know many of you have been waiting for video of the MUG Jam from the Mediasite User Conference UNLEASH earlier this year, so without further ado, here it is. 

    There are a few more videos from the performance that we’ll share on our Mediasite User Group (MUG) and various social platforms. So keep an eye out. 

    A little background on the MUG (Mediasite User Group) Jam:

    At UNLEASH 2011 a few attendees were chatting about who plays instruments. Mark Dashper of The University of Auckland in New Zealand mentioned he plays cello, and a few other musicians piped in. They decided they should jam together, but since they were all from different parts of the world that was easier said than done. 

    Never underestimate the power of Mediasite, though. They were able to practice together via Mediasite webcasts. Cool, right? 

    At this year’s UNLEASH back in May they came together once again for a quick practice and played for the first time in-person in front of all of the conference attendees … and they were a big hit.  

    Add that to the never-ending list of things Mediasite can do. 

    Happy holidays from our office to yours! 



    Photos: (Left) Mona Aldana-Ramirez of San Antonio College and Cheryl Johnson of Anchorage School District showcase their vocals. (Right) Evan Guyer of Northrop Grumman and Mark Dashper of The University of Auckland in New Zealand provide instrumentals. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on November 20, 2012
    #2 Lesson From MPI’s Hybrid Meeting Research

    Last month we shared with you the No. 1 lesson from The Meeting Professionals International Foundation’s research on hybrid meetings: Going hybrid will not cannibalize your face-to-face meeting. 

    As promised, here’s lesson No. 2:  Have a rehearsal.

    According to Samuel J. Smith, a researcher for the MPI study and an event technology consultant who’s been working with meeting professionals for over 13 years, this is the most important thing that you can do when holding a hybrid event, which means you’re offering a mix of face-to-face and remote experiences simultaneously.  

    From the stage to the screen there are many little pieces that have to fit together and countless ways that something can go wrong. Having a rehearsal helps you sort all of the details out and coordinate with all of your vendors.  Sam explains why it’s imperative to have a rehearsal in this short six-minute video below. 

    We’ll keep posting videos with Sam's tips here during the next few months, and you can download the research at www.mpiweb.org/Portal/Research/HybridResearch

    Also, be sure to check out the Hybrid Meetings and Events Toolkit



  • by Nicole Wise
    on November 16, 2012

    “There is a general consensus that Mediasite really is an effective way to share the information. They get a more engaged experience that helps them to better take in and retain the information.” ~ Scott MacGougan, Russell Investments

    Scott is one of the longest users of our Mediasite webcasting platform, overseeing digital media production at this global firm in Seattle, Wash. He’s responsible for recording, editing and producing audio-video webcasts for both internal and external audiences. 

    Visit www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/scott-macgougan  for more information about how he uses Mediasite and watch a webinar he did earlier this year about how to produce big webcasts with small crews. 

    You can also see what other Mediasite users are up to at www.sonicfoundry.com/why-mediasite

  • by Nicole Wise
    on November 09, 2012
    Gratuitous, Feel-Good Quote of the Week

    “The Mediasite Desktop Recorder will be easier for us to maintain than other software-based options. The app is just so easy to use, I know even our most tech-challenged staff are going to quickly adopt it. And because it’s a web client, our user-generated content will automatically upload to our Mediasite EX management platform.” ~Brian Smith, IT Specialist, University of Florida

    In case you missed it, this week we announced some pretty significant enhancements to our Mediasite EX video content management system with the 6.1 family of features. 

    With Mediasite 6.1, you’ll be able to record and upload rich media presentations, learning objects or training modules from your very own desktop or laptop and automatically publish them to the Mediasite EX platform. And the new user-generated content module allows instructors, staff and students to easily create, upload, edit, share and manage rich video presentations wherever they are through the new My Mediasite and Mediasite Desktop Recorder. 

    These are just a few of the 6.1 family of features. Check out our press release, Sonic Foundry Elevates Video Content Management and Rich Video Capture with Mediasite 6.1, for a comprehensive look at what’s set to be release next month.  

    You can also read more about Brian and how he uses Mediasite at the University of Florida at www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/brian-smith. Check out what other Mediasite users have to say at www.sonicfoundry.com/why-mediasite.  

    Happy Friday! 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on November 02, 2012
    Gratuitous, Feel-Good Quote of the Week

    “Sonic Foundry, a tech company in Madison, Wisconsin got in touch with me to suggest ways that you can follow up your meeting – whether virtual or face-to-face – to increase the likelihood that your event will be remembered, acted upon, and made generally worthwhile. And to create buzz for your next event. I liked the list, so here goes on the best ideas that came out of the discussion with Kristin and her colleagues at Sonic Foundry. Thanks, all!” ~ Nick Morgan, Forbes contributor

    This week Sonic Foundry’s Director of Marketing Kristin Zurovitch is featured in the Forbes piece, “How to Sustain Interest Once Your Event is Over.” Check it out to learn Kristin’s fabulous tips to leverage captured content long after your events are over. 

    You can also check out where else Sonic Foundry has been in the news lately at www.sonicfoundry.com/who-we-are/in-the-news

    We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    (Photo credit: http://publicwords.typepad.com/about/about-dr-nick-morgan.html)