School of Music Theatre & Dance lowers the cost of live streaming on campus
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – November 1, 2016, for immediate release
The University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is utilizing a newly installed automated video streaming system.
The automated system provided by Magic Coast consists of a multi-channel Panther Media Encoder – Plus Edition TM and cloud-based encoder management system. “The Panther system remotely controls our encoders anywhere in the world, so automatically starting and stopping live streams on a schedule was already part of the system.” Said Bill Dunning, CEO of Magic Coast. The Panther Plus features multiple SDI input channels and 1 TB of built-in cloud storage. “Further automation is being integrated into the University’s facility reservation system to provide a simple and seamless experience for users of the facilities.” Dunning stated.
Expanded and updated in 2015, the SMTD Earl V. Moore Building renovation incorporated SDI video cabling from five venues back to a central control room where they are connected to a dedicated, Panther video encoder. Venues included in the system are the Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, Davis Technology Studio, Watkins Lecture Hall, McIntosh Theatre, and Britton Recital Hall.
“One of the things we liked about Magic Coast’s system was its ability to easily work with our existing Kaltura CDN relationship,” noted Andrew Wollner, Music & Multimedia Computer Specialist. “That meant we could continue using our existing work-flow and distribution while eliminating the time consuming manual tasks of setting up, starting and stopping every streaming event. This technology will enable us to stream more events and meet the growing demand for live streaming among our students and faculty.” Wollner added.
Installation of the new system will free up staff resources from tedious, routine tasks providing a significant return on investment. The Magic Coast system also includes e-Learning components that incorporate real-time interactivity into a streaming event, such as viewer questions/comments, poll questions, subtitles, and other social engagement tools, although those features are not currently being utilized with this integration.
About SMTD: The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
About Magic Coast: Magic Coast is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and recently expanded to the greater Chicago area. Magic Coast has been a leading source of highly reliable live video streaming for over 10 years. Its proprietary, cloud-managed video streaming hardware and service is the perfect end-to-end solution for mission-critical Live and On-Demand video streaming. They’ve worked with fortune 500 companies, renown universities and major broadcasters to deliver their content to audiences around the world. They can do the same for you.