Streaming Lync

HI,

Does any one know if it is possible to capture and stream a live meeting from Lync?

Our director would like to to address users via Lync on there desktops. But he would also like the announcement to be displayed on the information screens we have around site, live if possible.

My thought was if you had a machine join the meeting as a guest via a browser you could capture the stream and trans-code it to a format we could use on the display screens.

so my question is does any one know a good way of doing the capture, or does Lync support streaming a meeting to a web browser (with out plugins on logon)

Thank you

Aaron
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Aaron StreetTechnical infrastructure architectureAsked:
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Hi Aaron,

With Lync 2010 & 2013 you definitely can via Recording Manager. It's a built-in feature in both.

Here's how in 2013: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/lync-help/record-and-play-back-a-lync-meeting-HA102809287.aspx

Here's how in 2010: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/communicator-help/record-and-play-back-meetings-in-lync-2010-HA101834765.aspx#_Toc272851424

They are saved locally on the person who records it and you can play back and publish the recordings too.

In both Lync 2010 or 2013, by default, recordings are saved on your computer in the folder C:\Users\<your user name>\Lync Recordings. Lync also gives you the option of creating a Windows Media version of the recording that you can publish to others by saving it in a network location or wherever you prefer. Then you can publish it to:
SkyDrive & share it that way;
SharePoint Server (if you have the appropriate rights) under an asset library;
A website private or public (YouTube, Vimeo).
With any of these options you can make the sharing private (only to a specific set or group of people) or public disseminating to everyone...it's your prerogative. I'm not sure the streaming function would be present in any of them but you could post right after the meeting (slight delay).

For streaming you could try this: http://voipnorm.blogspot.com/2011/03/streaming-video-content-or-using-two.html and this http://voipnorm.blogspot.com/2011/08/updated-streaming-video-and-audio-into.html.

Hope that helps!
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Aaron StreetTechnical infrastructure architectureAuthor Commented:
HI,

Trouble is you cant use the recording feature to stream a live feed from. While the meeting is in progress there files are written to a temp area and until you stop the recording and publish them they are in what seems like a propitiatory format. So no way to capture this and stream it while the meeting is still happening.

Also the last two links are about streaming viodeo in to a lync meeting, not streaming an ongoing meeting to the web.

Cheers
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Ah I see. In the links provided there were a few that said they were streaming via Lync so I thought there must be a way to do this but it sounds incomplete because no one has explained how to do so in the thread. I thought the links would help from an idea standpoint to opening up some possibilities for a workaround.

Sorry it's a no go.

P.S. I'll send a call for Experts for you to get some others to take a look at this.
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Here is a service that does what you are looking for: http://vbrick.com/products/uc/lync.asp
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Aaron StreetTechnical infrastructure architectureAuthor Commented:
Sorry this is streaming video in to Lync, not streaming from Lync, I was looking at that a while ago but not what is needed.
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Wow, I read that differently - I guess their phasing is a bit odd. Sorry.

I'm out of answers on this one. I hope you are bale to find a solution.

Cheers!
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Aaron StreetTechnical infrastructure architectureAuthor Commented:
Microsoft expression encoder 4 (free version) + windows medier server for windows 2008 R2

looks to be the way to do this.

with expression encoder you can capture live desktop or video feeds and either directly stream or pass to the windows medier streaming server.

Got it working to a web browser so think this is the best way to do it.
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
That's awesome! Great find. I'm glad you were able to resolve this.
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