There are times when it is a pleasure to write a detailed letter to the members and to even have to mentally struggle WHERE to PLACE IT - this will go in GENERAL and in The Communications forum, it is THAT important.
On the 17th of October our member NATE found a program that I will describe in Detail, this should help you understand how we use it, how you can get involved and the ease of using it. First I'll list a bunch of positive then any negative aspects, to help you gudge this GREAT website.
It is literally a TV STATION that you create. It allows live feed from a collection of members with cams connected, it allows TEXT messages to describe the person being viewed, a newsroom crawl (that message at the bottom that has details of updates and info to keep you in the know.) it has the ability to STREAM recorder feed, like youtube bee install videos, or other LIVE content to be shown when members are away from the cams.
The way it works is we have 2 different screens: we call the first the STUDIO - literally where the show is produced, cams and messages switched back and forth, recorded feed started, all the stuff they do i a TV news room.
And 2 a room we call LIVE ( they are the two rooms to reduce confusion STUDIO and LIVE) and in the LIVE ROOM you have a full TEXT CHAT FEATURE. You simply start typing, it will ask the first time for a member name, please use your membername here to prevent confusion and then hit enter and all your text chat will be added live as the others text chat too.
In the STUDIO MODE, those with cams and priviledges, can switch the cam you see, start and stop recorded or live feed from all over the net, place still photos to share and much much more.
The NEGATIVES: well... we are still looking for them, but the one that I think sticks out is that since you are creating a single TV Channel, you only see ONE CAM AT A TIME - so someone in the studio mode needs to switch cams to see different content in the LIVE ROOM.
Here are the links you would use - have 2 separate windows open, so you can switch from one to the other (especially if you are using a cam) but the main WATCHING and TEXT CHATTING room is:
- here you see the cams picked from the studio room, along with audio and any messages scrolling or otherwise. It is where you text chat and REMEMBER THERE IS NO DOWNLOADING TO DO, THIS IS JUST A WEBPAGE YOU CLICK THE LINK AND WAIT FOR THE VIDEO AND CHATROOM TO LOAD
The other room STUDIO ROOM is for if you want to share a cam on our live video feed. The link is
but requires information concerning which TV Studio room you are planning to use, we'll walk you through this when you have a cam to share in our community.
Things you can do with our own TV STATION.
There are lots, let me give some examples. Those of us with laptops can literally go anywhere in the yard (or internet hotspots where you pickup free connections) and broadcast whatever you are doing. That could be Tearing a hive a part for inspection, extracting honey, show grafting of a queen cell, share a family picnic, anything that you would like to share with the members. Just yesterday, I took everyone around my property and gave them a good inside/outside tour of my house and new car. We can REALLY get to know each other UNLIKE ever before.
When there is not much live activity going on, several videos can be qued up and we can stream many beekeeping videos (all in color, you can even make them full screen and with sound of course) this is a TV CHANNEL - Beemaster Forums OWN TV STATION and it has many bells and whistles. Many of which we are just learning now, because it is new to us.
But just imagine, no downloading to go to a room where you can TEXT CHAT to other members while watching live or videos both about beekeeping or just expanding our friendship base. This is a WONDERFUL SERVICE and I urge everyone to try it out.
The more people willing to go on cam, the more fun. But even if we use the chatting features and recorder videos, typing comments about the video or chatting with friends is EASY and download FREE - not having to download and install anything has been a major stumbling block with Ventrilo Voice Chat - a lot of members wish to join in either typing or voice chat, but they are reluctant to download and install software. Those days are over with this software, ALTHOUGH having Ventrilo is NOT going away, I hope it grows - many members currently in ventrilo will not have cams, but they want the ease and fun of voice chat, so having the TV show up and Ventrilo running too IS A PERFECT COMBO and I hope more people decide to install ventrilo too.
So more later as we learn, don't always expect the
to be on the air, but BOOKMARK IT and CHECK BACK OFTEN, especially in the evenings (eastern standard time 4pm-midnight typically) and you surely will find live feed from many cams. We will even stream the golf games and poker tournements so you can see what we do in chat each night.
PLEASE GIVE IT A TRY, I know you will like it - your staff and members here work really hard to make your experience at Beemaster Forums the most unique on the net, this BEEMASTER TV STATION is the latest and most fun service we have brought to the forum in some time, I think you will miss out if you don't tune in and see the people who you have only read things from so far.
AS WITH EVERYTHING BEEMASTER, IT IS FAMILY FRIENDLY - there are Google Ads at the bottom of the page (but they are Beekeeping related links) so you are safe from adult material and we are the same family friendly people you have always known.
for the live TV SHOW - come check us out.