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Last Updated: Aug 14, 2019 11:25AM CEST

SlideSync is a webcast tool that is entirely operated through the browser. It can stream content from any video or audio equipment that produces RTMP or RTMPS. There's no additional software to install.

The RTMP(S) content is streamed to the SlideSync servers for processing and transcoding, and distributed globally by our CDN to attendees through their browsers.

Minimum bandwith

Whenever possible, use cables on the devices doing the streaming. The quality of wireless connectivity (WIFI / LTE) can fluctuate, especially if you have an on-site audience who bring wireless devices. Or microwave ovens in nearby rooms.

On the devices used to control the tool (approve questions from the attendance, switch slides, start and stop the event...), wifi connectivity is more than sufficient.

In 720p, SlideSync will require a single-channel video bitrate of 3 Mbit/s. So the minimum recommended bandwith is 5 Mbit/s. Don't forget the connection will be used for a variety of other services.


Use a tool such as speedtest.net to verify the bandwidth, and ensure connectivity with SlideSync via the System Test on our website.

In 1080p we recommend 10 Mbit/s per channel. See below.

Backup stream

SlideSync can work with a primary and a backup stream for the same content. Distribution will seamlessly switch to backup if the primary stream becomes unavailable. For obvious reasons, the backup stream should be send via a separate uplink when possible.

If you only have one uplink, then both primary and secondary can be sent together. However, MediaEvent Services can deliver secondary connectivity to virtually all event locations around the globe by means of a satellite uplink or a leased line. For some events, a separate backup stream is absolutely necessary. Contact us for more details.

Firewalls

A production using SlideSync only requires DNS service as well as outgoing (NAT) connectivity to *.slidesync.com on TCP ports 443 and 1935.

Please do not whitelist individual target IPs or networks as they may change due to scalability and fail-over considerations. Rather, whitelist origin devices by their internal IP and/or MAC ID.

SlideSync's System Test will make sure everything is in order.

Caching for Enterprise Networks

For content distribution over a large network, SlideSync supports multiple caching infrastructures to reduce bandwidth consumption and prevent critical overloading of Internet connections.

In fact, we can install pre-configured Edge nodes in relevant locations. Do not hesitate to contact us. However, SlideSync may also be used with existing caching proxies that meet the following requirements.
  • SlideSync is delivered over HTTPS only. As such, caching proxy must support HTTPS caching.
  • SlideSync uses HTTP Live Streaming via Apple HLS. Therefore, the caching proxy must either explicitly support this protocol and/or honor the Cache-Control headers returned from our platform (i.e. not enforce any higher TTLs)
The following subdomains are currently used for CDN distribution:
  • https://liveplayout-prd-pri-clf-aws-eu-west-1.slidesync.com (live)
  • https://assets-prd-clf-aws-eu-west-1.slidesync.com (on demand)

Backup Recording

SlideSync events are automatically recorded on the remote server by default. However, the recording may be interrupted in the case of network problem.

If you need to make sure that you will have a full recording of the event, you should also record locally, either via your camera if it supports it, or via dedicated hardware. If you do encounter any network issues, you can then upload your local recording to SlideSync after the event for attendees to watch later.

Note that this backup recording is unrelated to the backup stream we mentioned earlier. Ideally, the backup recording should be done locally.

Rehearse the presenter workflow

We recommend that you test the whole workflow, including interactions, with a test event. This will minimize the chances of having any problems with your event. The Presenter Guide shows you which steps a presenter should test out before their event.

Try to have someone remote to test the client side of things.

 
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