ZoomOSC for Webinar Pre-Show Control
Client: Andy Dolph, UNH
Solutions: ZoomOSC Pro and ZoomOSC Essentials, BitFocus Companion, QLab
“I produce virtual events in Zoom Webinar for a wide variety of internal clients. The real challenge was two-fold - One is a reasonably high level of production value without putting additional load on the remote presenters [and] the other is automation to make it easier for one tech to run the show and reduce the likelihood of errors or missed steps in the workflow due to human error.”
Webinars are run using ZoomOSC, a StreamDeck, and Qlab. When participants join the webinar, they see a pre-show slide (or slideshow) with a countdown timer. In the background, they hear music. All of this can be achieved with the help of Qlab and ZoomOSC. A “Live in 30 seconds” chat message gets sent to all attendees by a Qlab wall clock cue running through ZoomOSC. Before 30 seconds is up, the first speaker gets a chat message as a reminder to turn on the camera and microphone. When the panelist begins speaking, an Operator uses StreamDeck buttons to control Qlab and ZoomOSC, thus fading the music out, ending the pre-show slides, and spotlighting the first speaker.
Expanded the range of possibilities when it comes to Zoom Webinar pre-shows, including the addition of slideshows, countdowns, background music, etc.
Provided a level of automation not possible with just the vanilla Zoom client
Allowed operators to send chat message reminders to certain participants/groups of participants
“I hope to never do another virtual event without ZoomOSC in my toolbox - it gives me the flexibility to deliver much higher production values, while keeping the presenters in the familiar environment of Zoom. It has also allowed much more flexible automation to make it easier for techs to run the webinars effectively.” - Andy Dolph