Best Way to Stream my Wedding online?

Posted Apr 02, 2012 at 4:15 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

OK guys, I’m getting married on 4/20 at my city’s rose garden. Assuming the weather is nice the ceremony will be outside. I know they have wi-fi in the building but don’t know how far it will reach.

I unfortunately do not have an LTE/4G device nor does my area have it yet (which is honestly ridiculous after looking at some of the cities that have it). I know I will be limited by 3G bandwidth if the wi-fi signal does not reach out by the gazebo.

So, what are y’alls recommendations for apps to do this? Or am I completely missing a better idea? I used to use ustream and Qik but I haven’t broadcasted in so long I don’t know if there’s anything better out there. There probably won’t be a lot of people watching (mainly my woman’s sister since she won’t be able to make it and she will be on a cell phone most likely) so a Google Hangout is a possibility, but again, I haven’t even used that on a mobile device.

So to summarize: I may or may not be limited by 3G depending on if wi-fi will reach outside (if it’s raining it will be indoors and probably not a problem) since there are no 4G/LTE towers in my area. I will only have a handful of viewers if not just one. We only have one major ISP in town (of a city of about 100,000) and I know for a fact they keep the uplink bandwidth LOCKED DOWN, so 3G might not be that much worse than wi-fi.

  • Taylor Wimberly

    I think Google+ would work pretty well if you have Android 4.0. You could do a live hangout with your phone or laptop webcam, and get up to 10 people in the room. If you had Hangouts on Air, you could also record a copy of the video stream and broadcast it live to YouTube.

    • pekosROB

      Oh hell, I didn’t know you could broadcast live on YouTube via Hangouts!

      My Transformer Prime doesn’t get the best wi-fi signal (well, it says it’s not a great signal but it works fine) but it does have ICS so I will have to give this a try.

      Thanks a ton Taylor!

      • Clark Wimberly

        There’s a huge catch, in the fact that you need your account enabled ahead of time. It’s an invite-only pilot program right now, and even though we’re in it, it didn’t exactly work the last time we used it (well, the live part worked, but the saving didn’t, which sounds important for a wedding).

        • pekosROB

          Dang it! Looks like I might just have to do a regular Google+ hangout.

          I will probably get someone to use my Canon T2i to film the occasion, just gotta make sure they know about the 12-minute video file limit (or whatever it is).

          Now I gotta find who will be the sucker trying to film it with the tablet looking all funny… :-D

  • Cypher

    I’m not sure if you’re going for portability, and that’s why you want to use your phone? but if that’s not the case and you want to go for quality I would say just tether your phone to your laptop just use skype with a premium account that way you could just invite who ever to the call and they could come and leave if they wanted. You could always just do something like a live stream once you have your laptop tethered… actually I believe the live stream would be the easiest because you could just provide everyone with a link instead of having to invite each individual to a call.

    • pekosROB

      Thanks for the reply. +1 for you!

      I don’t know if the wi-fi signal from the building will reach out to where the Gazebo is. Of course if it rains then it will need to be inside and surely within wi-fi range. But since I will need to rely on 3G since there is no 4G in my area (yet), I figure a cell phone/tablet camera will have to suffice.