I love it when someone makes great open source software and knows how to make it work for you. The ePresence TV system is a great example of that. I used the system when at the University of Winnipeg 4 or 5 years ago and had the pleasure of seeing how the system has evolved this week at UPEI.
We wanted to be able to record lectures, stream them live and make them available via an archive. Not necessarily a huge issue these days, but to do it right takes time and a lot of work before and after. I called the ePresence people (based at the KMDI at the University of Toronto) on Thursday, we received the ePresence capture hardware unit the next day, plugged it in and performed a test in the lab, set it up in the lecture hall Monday and recorded the live lecture Tuesday. Not a hitch (except for a mic hum, now fixed and some funny slide titles, now being fixed) and it allowed us to take an overflow crowd of 70 and set them up in another lecture hall so they could watch it on the big screen. 20 minutes after the 1-hour lecture the presentation (video, audio and synced powerpoint slides) was available on the archive site, which is for now a server at U of Toronto (at the reasonable rate of $75/month). Not a hitch. How often does that happen with any software system?
Kudos to the talented crew at ePresence: if you have a need for a shrink-wrapped webcasting system go direct to ePresence and support this great open source project. The latest version of the software (which is also available as an OS download) provides advanced features such as remote scheduling and recording, seamless integration with Moodle. Take a look at the opening Global Issues 151 session by President Wade MacLauchlan and see how it looks.