Planning a Virtual or Zoom Funeral or Memorial Service

Oh how times have changed. With our current restrictions in place, even things like funerals and memorial services have been impacted. With many areas restricted to only a few people or immediate family, the celebration of life that is shared with the whole community is harder to do. Recently we’ve seen an increase in people requesting a Virtual or Zoom Funeral or Memorial service. At a recent memorial service (mass and burial) we had almost 300 viewers either Live or within 48 hours of the service.

So, now that streaming, zoom, and web based virtual options are being considered viable solutions. I put together some information to help you understand the various options that are available for your funeral / memorial services.

Live Streamed Memorial

While of course your smart phone can be used, we look at providing a more specialized live stream. With the use of 4K cameras, and wireless mic systems the quality of a stream goes up dramatically. You can choose single camera systems, or even multiple camera systems with 3 – 5 cameras and additional audio sources. When Streaming, the result is typically a “broadcast”. While your family and friends can use the chat options during the stream, it’s a one way process, a broadcast.

Zoom Funeral

Here I may bring just a laptop computer with a single camera and wireless microphone that connects to Zoom. An option we offer is a being there station. This is a 40″ monitor, a camera, speaker and wireless microphone. Not only can your Family and Friends be with you during the service, you can also interact with them immediately afterwards.

Virtual Funeral Guest Experience

So, where do we stream or zoom these remote or web based funeral / memorial services too? – For streaming I’ll often use YouTube set to unlisted and then linked to a private page on our website. Here your guests have access to a single place where all of your memorial links can be listed…

– Memorial Photo
– Poem or Memorial Message
– Program
– Virtual Guestbook
– Memory Slideshow
– Streaming Links and Details
– and anything else you want to share

I’ll also use Zoom, Crowdcast, Facebook, etc., for publishing. This is an area we’ll discuss to find the best fit for your memorial service and your guests.

What about connectivity to the Internet?

Here are several methods that can be used with remote funerals.

1) Using a cell phone as a hotspot. – While the simplest, also the most unreliable. Not only do we need to worry about that carriers coverage, speed and bandwidth, are you inside or outside, but also possible interference from everyone else’s cell phone.

2) Using church or location WiFi. – When indoors this is often a good option. The concern is that when streaming we need a SOLID connection with at least 10 mbs upload speed. This can also be influenced by the number of users that have access. When outside, the WiFi may not have repeaters so coverage will be less.

3) Using a dedicated encoder / bonded connection. – Since there are no do overs with funeral services, I’ll use dedicated hot spot modems as well as an encoder that includes bonding. So, let’s break this down… An Encoder is used to professionally stream data to the service that is hosting the stream. Bonding is where 3 data modems (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon) all sending your stream at the same time. In the “cloud” the 3 different connections are “bonded” together to provide a redundant set of streams. We’ve got to be pretty remote or in a very heavily “shielded” building to not be able to get a usable connection.

What about a finished Funeral or Memorial Film?

Ahhhh… An option I have with all of the streaming options is to film your service with 3 cameras and additional audio. While not always used for the Streaming or Zoom options, I take all of the footage and audio into the studio and create an edited finished film. I guess the biggest part of this is that when streaming audio, it good but when I get into the studio I have ways of making it even better.


OK. I’m thinking that your probably a little overwhelmed and really just want to know if a Virtual or Zoom Funeral or Memorial Service will work for you. For just about everyone the answer is yes. Give me a call and we can discuss the how so we can address your specific location and needs.

Send me a note or call 707-481-7282

Thanks – Ken

Planning a Virtual or Zoom Wedding

Over the last few months most of our weddings have chosen to postpone to 2021. While that has been happening, I’ve been looking at how we can support those couples that still want to have late Summer / Fall small or micro weddings. These weddings have come to be described as a Zoom Wedding, Web Wedding, Remote Wedding, Virtual Wedding and of course Live Streamed Wedding.

As we enter August and our busiest season in wine country for weddings, many couples are choosing to go ahead with a small and intimate weddings. In doing so they are still wanting to share their special day with family and friends. So, now streaming, zoom, and web based virtual options are being looked at as solutions. To assist in the research, here are a few thoughts on how to best utilize this technology into your small wedding.

Live Streamed Wedding

While of course your smart phone can be used, we look at providing a more specialized live stream. With the use of 4K cameras, and wireless mic systems the quality of a stream goes up dramatically. You can choose single camera systems, or even multiple camera systems with 3 – 5 cameras and additional audio sources. When Streaming, the result is typically a “broadcast”. While your family and friends can use the chat options during the stream, it’s a one way process, a broadcast.

Zoom Wedding

Here I may bring just a laptop computer with a single camera and wireless microphone that connects to Zoom. An option we offer is a being there station. This is a 40″ monitor, a camera, speaker and wireless microphone. Not only can your Family and Friends be with you during the ceremony, you can also interact with them immediately afterwards. Often I’ll place the monitor in a place where the couple can glance over during the ceremony at their on line guests, and of course the guests are immersed in the wedding as well.

Virtual Wedding Guest Experience

So, where do we stream or zoom these remote or web based weddings too? – For streaming I’ll often use YouTube set to unlisted and then linked to a private page on our website. Here your guests have access to a single place where all of your wedding links can be listed…

– Engagement Photo
– Invitation
– Program
– Virtual Guestbook
– Wedding Website
– Streaming Links and Details
– and anything else you want to share

I’ll also use Zoom, Crowdcast, Facebook, etc., for publishing. This is an area we’ll discuss to find the best fit for YOUR wedding and YOUR guests.

What about connectivity to the Internet?

Here are several methods that can be used with remote weddings.

1) Using a cell phone as a hotspot. – While the simplest, also the most unreliable. Not only do we need to worry about that carriers coverage, speed and bandwidth, are you inside or outside, but also possible interference from everyone else’s cell phone.

2) Using venue or location WiFi. – When indoors this is often a good option. The concern is that when streaming we need a SOLID connection with at least 10 mbs upload speed. This can also be influenced by the number of users that have access. When outside, the WiFi may not have repeaters so coverage will be less.

3) Using a dedicated encoder / bonded connection. – Since there are no do overs with weddings, I’ll use dedicated hot spot modems as well as an encoder that includes bonding. So, let’s break this down… An Encoder is used to professionally stream data to the service that is hosting the stream. Bonding is where 3 data modems (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon) all sending your stream at the same time. In the “cloud” the 3 different connections are “bonded” together to provide a redundant set of streams. We’ve got to be pretty remote or in a very heavily “shielded” building to not be able to get a usable connection.

What about a finished Wedding Film?

Ahhhh… An option I have with all of the streaming options is to film your ceremony with 3 cameras and additional audio. While not always used for the Streaming or Zoom options, I take all of the footage and audio into the studio and create an edited finished film. I guess the biggest part of this is that when streaming audio, it good but when I get into the studio I have ways of making it even better.


OK. I’m thinking that your probably a little overwhelmed and really just want to know if Live Streaming, Zoom, or a web based Virtual Wedding will work. For just about everyone the answer is yes. Give me a call and we can discuss the how so we can address your specific location and needs.

Send me a note or call 707-481-7282

Thanks and have a great celebration! – Ken

Ceremony Live Streaming

So, what about Live Streaming your wedding ceremony in a Covid 19 world?

– Maybe your wedding day celebration will be a little smaller than originally planed due to various State and local guidelines but you still want to have all of your important family and friends be able to participate with you during your ceremony.
– Or maybe, you’ll choose to postpone the big celebration, but still want to get married on your scheduled day and share your ceremony with all of your family and friends.
– Or yet another maybe, you’re just going to do a simple, midweek, small, elopement style wedding ceremony.

So, whatever YOU choose to do, I’m here to support you with your Live Streaming needs.

So what are the options?

There are several ways to Live Stream your wedding ceremony. Below are a few of the options we can provide you with.

DIY – For any booked wedding, I’m happy to provide a tripod and smartphone / tablet adapter at no charge. Requires a strong enough cell signal or a venue that has strong enough WiFi. Of course you’ll need a smartphone or tablet with Cellular / WiFi capabilities and Facebook or YouTube installed and previously tested for live broadcast.

Recommended placement would be with a family member in the front row. That way they can hold the device during entrance, and then attach to tripod in front of them set at a height of about 3 feet for the remainder of the ceremony. This way you have un-obstructed view and are close enough to pick up officiate and couple audio.

Dependable Basic Streaming – I can set up a single camera with the officiate on a wireless mic using a PRO level Live Stream system. If your venue has WiFi great, but it’s not required. This system uses up to 3 cellular modems on 3 different cellular networks / carriers. The signals are then all “Bonded” together so we have multiple connections to the internet at the same time providing a stable connection. This allows for ceremonies at the beach, vineyards, etc. Live Streams can be broadcast to Facebook, YouTube, or, we can host on a private web page on our website, or yours! Your live stream can also be saved for later viewing.

Streaming Goodness – I can set up a multi camera Pro Level Live Stream System. Starting with the single camera system described above, we can add additional cameras, additional audio, and then do switching between cameras during the ceremony. Your ceremony then becomes a true live event to be shared.

So How Much?

*For all new 2020 – 2021 scheduled wedding bookings:
– Our single camera / audio ceremony system can be added to our Highlight, Short Story or Feature Collections for just $300.
– A mid-week stand alone single camera ceremony system is just $600.
… $800 for Fri, Sat or Sun.
– If you need to postpone any 2020 – 2021 wedding, and booked the live stream option, we can still do your ceremony live stream on your original date.
– Interested in a multi (3) camera system? Pricing starts at $1,800.

* Dependent on Federal / State / Local restrictions.

So, in this unusual time, I hope these options can provide you with a sense of confidence regarding the ability to share your wedding with family and friends just in case changes must be made. ~ Ken

Blue Venado Beach {Aaliyah + Morgan} Cancun Wedding Video

Cancun beach destination wedding at Blue Venado beach Weddings

Destination Wedding Highlight Video

Cancun beach destination wedding

Cancun was the perfect place for Morgan and Aaliyah to celebrate with family and friends the beginning of their married life together.

Golfing, sailing, snorkeling, hanging out at the beach and pool, and of course a stunning beach wedding!

Enjoy!
~ Ken

Aaliyah and Morgan Highlight Video

DETAILS:

Planning: Aaliyah and Amanda: https://www.vineyardevents.org/
Venues:
Blue Venado – Beach Wedding: bluevenadoweddings.com/
Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa: dreamsresorts.com/en_us/resorts/mexico/puerto-aventuras.html

DJ: David Craven with RunAway DJ: runawaydj.com/

Music Licensing: SongFreedom

Aaliyah + Morgan Wedding Trailer Video

Private Sonoma Estate Wedding {Grey + Debbie} Highlight Video

Sonoma County Sunset Wedding

Sonoma County Private Estate Wedding Video —

Sonoma County estate wedding ceremony diy

Grey and Debbie… it all started with two strangers getting in a car together and going to a country concert. Of course these two strangers fell in love and here we are today.

Family and Friends gathered on their Sonoma County property to celebrate the happy day. The rain stopped. The sun came out. It was a magical day!

– Enjoy

Grey and Debbie Highlight video

Details…
Venue – Private Estate

Music Licensing thru SongFreedom

Russian River Vineyards {Tommy + Ashley} Wine Country Wedding Video

Russian river vineyards wedding video

Russian River Winery, Wine Country Wedding Video —

Sunset wedding video russian river vineyards sonoma

So, not even a Wine Country wildfire can keep Tommy and Ashley from getting married on this special weekend! With the original venue evacuated, the entire family and wedding team were able to re-locate to the beautiful Russian River Vineyards. Family and friends made the day special and the party wet late into the evening.

Here is their Highlight Wedding film… Enjoy!

Tommy and Ashley Wedding Highlight Video

Details…
Venue – Russian River Vineyards
Venue Management – Milestone Events Group
Catering – Girl and the Fig
Photographer – Tim Halberg
Videographer – Kenneth Sipes Cinema
Officiate – Blane Ellsworth
DJ – AMS Entertainment
Floral – Vanda Floral
Music Licensing – SongFreedom
Cake – Costeaux
Rentals – Encore Event Rentals

Tommy and Ashley Sneak Peek Wedding Video