Webcasting Overview

Webcasting Overview

The Capitol Connection provides end-to-end webcasting production assistance, whether your event originates as a live presentation or has been prerecorded. For live and archive webcasts, we provide live streaming and captions to mobile devices. Prerecorded presentations can be streamed simulated live or hosted online as an archive.

Why Use The Capitol Connection?

  • More than 32 years in business with more than 15 years webcasting experience.
  • Our staff are experts in the webcast and caption needs of government and nonprofit organizations.
  • The Capitol Connection webcasts meetings and events for many government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
  • We can webcast on-site from an office, hotel, or conference center, or from our TV studio, which is conveniently located on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Partnership with industry-leading online presentation company KnowledgeVision enables you to add exciting custom features to your webcast.

For more information, click here or call today at (703) 993-1300 to get answers to your webcasting questions.

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs):

What is the difference between a webcast and a webinar?

A webcast works on the basis of streaming media. A webcast is a "one to many" option best used for presenting live video, audio, and slides to a large online audience. A webinar uses a web-based software platform to enable smaller groups of people to meet online for training or collaboration.

What software do I need on my computer to view a webcast?

Your computer needs to have at least one of the most widely distributed webcast players. The good news is that the basic versions of some or all of the players were preinstalled when you purchased your computer or are available at any time as FREE downloads. See our Webcast Support page to get up and running in just a few minutes.

How far in advance do I need to plan for a webcast?

For most webcasts, we recommend starting to plan for your webcast when you are planning your event. Planning ahead will help you choose the right location and services for your production. If you are further into the process, we can still help you with your webcasting needs. Two weeks advance notices helps ensure that there is adequate time to produce your webcast with the highest quality. However, if you need something sooner, contact our office and our webcast consultants can help you work through the process and determine if a live, simulated live, or on-demand webcast will best fit your needs.

What areas do you service?

We work primarily in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Can you webcast using our videoconference signal?

Yes, we can successfully webcast using a videoconference signal, although the quality is not as high as on-site webcasting. We have an HD videoconference unit in our webcast studio and a bridge available for larger productions.

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  • The Capitol Connection was able to immediately jump into problem solving mode when we needed a webcasting vendor for an event to be hosted in less than 24 hours. They were swift, efficient and very easy to work with. We were so thankful to work with Capitol Connection for our webcasting needs!

    - Sarah M., Communications Coordinator

  • We have partnered with the Capitol Connection to do a live webcast of events for our Federal Client. They have been prompt, proactive and diligent in providing the best services possible. From submitting proposal to port event support, we could not ask for a better teaming partner. The technology is scalable & versatile. We have hosted events from commercial facilities and from government owned facilities each with its own logistical limitations. We could successfully work around the telecommunications limitations without altering the end-user experience. The Capitol Connection remains a trusted partner for our small business as a means to offer a big business solution!

    - Vineet Singhal, Singhal & Company, Inc.

  • I was very pleased with how smoothly everything ran and was impressed with the whole process. Your webcast and video production team worked well with the on-site staff leading up to and on the day of the event. From my perspective, everything went flawlessly. I was able to focus on the meeting, completely assured that the webcast would run smoothly. Kudos to your team.

    - Tanya Burns, Energetics

  • The Virginia Chamber Orchestra (VCO) is very pleased to partner with The Capitol Connection in making streaming videos available, via a web site link, to very large national and international audiences of students and educators."

    "In the three seasons that the VCO has collaborated with The Capitol Connection they have done an excellent job of adapting programs from videos of previous produced television productions and providing reliable, affordable streaming. Their staff is very competent and responsive. It is a pleasure to work with them.

    - Ann Sica, Chair, Educational Outreach, Virginia Chamber Orchestra

  • As the trade association for the wireless broadband industry, the Wireless Communications Association used The Capitol Connection\'s webcasting services on a high-profile webcast project intended to educate the industry in a timely, authoritative manner about procedures necessary to borrow from a federal grant making available more than $1 billion. We found the service first-rate, professional and highly effective for our goals.

    - Andrew Kreig, Former President, Wireless Communications Association International