Cobourg has installed three high definition (HD) cameras in Council Chambers together with a production desk in the passageway directly behind the Mayor’s location. During Council meetings, a Town staff operator uses the production desk and selects the appropriate camera for transmission. Sound is picked up from the Town’s system. The resulting feed is then made available to iCompass and Cogeco. As of early November 2016, although HD is available, neither Cogeco nor iCompass are using it.
Cogeco’s problem is the sound feed and until this is resolved will continue to use their own equipment to broadcast regular Council meetings but not Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings. Resolution should be within a few weeks. This will then be available on Cogeco’s TV channels 10 and 700.
iCompass are currently providing a low resolution feed for Live streaming and it is available online through their Portal here. They are working on providing high definition with an expected completion of early 2017.
The recorded version can be accessed by going to the Town Portal here and then choose the meeting you are interested in (access the calendar if needed)..
Once on the meeting page, you will get a page showing the meeting agenda. If a video is available, at the top of the page you will see something like this:
Click “Show Video”. You will then see the video plus a different version of the Agenda. Video controls are as usual including full-screen. Video is currently low definition only.
On the agenda immediately below the video, you will see little icons down the right hand side. Click any one of these to go to the place in the video where that agenda item is discussed. These “time-stamps” are put there manually by Town staff within a day or two of each meeting. Recorded videos are available for 3 months.
Currently the video quality is low resolution. iCompass is working on producing a box to interface the HD output from the production equipment to the Internet. This is expected to be early 2017
This page will be updated as required.