Funeral Webcast & Live Stream in Sydney
Professional funeral live streaming and webcasting
Bringing family and friends together online
What is CeremonyCast?
CeremonyCast uses the latest live streaming technology to bring family and friends together via a professionally produced funeral webcast.
Webcasts are now a familiar part of funeral ceremonies. We understand how important it is for those who can’t be there in person to still participate in such an important moment. Often there are people who are interstate, overseas, unable to travel or otherwise can’t make it to the ceremony.
Be part of the moment
Our webcasts can be viewed on any device without any need to download an app or software. They are optimised for viewing on portable devices, such as your phone or tablet. Any number of people can watch the live stream, wherever they are.
The webcast page includes a copy of the Order of Service if you’re having one, so people watching can follow proceedings. There’s also an online guestbook where people watching can interact and leave messages for the family.
After broadcast, our webcasts stay online as a recording to watch later. Experience shows while many people view the live stream as it happens, many more also watch at a time that’s convenient and comfortable to them. And often people find comfort from being able to revisit a funeral ceremony and tributes at a later date.
You can also download the recording to keep, so the webcast becomes a valued tribute video for the family.
A Funeral Webcast & Live Stream in Sydney by CeremonyCast is the closest thing possible to being there in person.
Our Funeral Webcast and Live Streaming Service
Connecting friends and family online
The professional way to live stream a funeral ceremony
- Live Webcast
- Multiple camera angles
- Pro Audio
- Streamed via professional webcast platform
- Private webcast page
- Online guestbook
- Webcast stays online to watch later
- Funeral webcast can be downloaded afterwards to keep
- Photo Slideshows, Video Tributes & Online Order of Service included
Are you organising a funeral that not everyone can attend? We can live stream the ceremony to your family and friends who can’t join you in person, bringing people together in tribute wherever they are.
Whether you’re outside in the park, indoors in a beautiful venue, holding the funeral ceremony in a chapel or crematorium, or having a church mass, we webcast from all locations.
Our aim is to make people watching remotely feel included and present, so we’re able to capture all aspects of the ceremony from different angles using multiple cameras. Importantly, we film with care and compassion and aim to be as unobtrusive as possible, using a small and compact setup. Additionally we use pro-grade microphones or a direct audio feed to ensure good quality sound. And we broadcast using a professional webcasting platform to ensure the best possible quality. Our team’s background in TV, broadcasting and videography means our webcasts are sophisticated and fully-produced. Because CeremonyCast webcasts are designed to be mobile friendly, they are easily viewed on phones, tablets and laptops without extra software.
Watch live or later
We’ll give you the address of the private webpage where people can watch your webcast, either in real time or at their convenience. So simply pass the link to anyone who wishes to view. Any number of people can watch wherever they are. We also open a real-time moderated guestbook. Afterwards your webcast stays online for a month so people can watch it later. It’s also available to download and keep. Plus we ask viewers to check in, so we can send you a list of people who watched.
Funeral ceremony elements like photo slideshows and video tributes are included in the live stream. If you have an Order of Service, we publish a PDF version on the page so viewers can download a copy.
Looking for something slightly different to our standard option? Tell us what you need and we can tailor our service to suit.
Comments from Funeral Webcasts
“What a beautiful ceremony, it was amazing to be able to watch live and feel like we were there with you.”
“Great memories shared today. Thank you for allowing us to share his final journey with you through the live stream.”
“I wish we could have been there in person but watching the live stream was the next best thing.”
Weddings and other events
CeremonyCast can live stream all kinds of events. We also webcast weddings – click here for more details.
We have also webcast school graduations, panel discussions and company presentations.
Important notes on live streams
Live streaming settings vary by location and are dictated by the internet connection or mobile data available on-site.
When webcasting, we’ll choose the best balance between picture quality and stream reliability.
We record a high quality copy in addition to the stream to ensure you get the best version for post-event viewing and download.
In the event that we encounter very poor or no coverage, we will upload the recording as soon as possible.
Webcasts are filmed from a fixed position. We have a range of equipment available so we can choose the best setup depending on your ceremony location and what on-site facilities are available.
Need help with AV?
Often ceremonies include AV elements such as videos, slideshows, music, etc.
Not all venues have the required equipment. As an additional service to our webcasting, we can provide any combination of projector, screen, PA system, microphones and mic stands plus an AV operator to look after the setup, playback and pack down.
Ask us for more details.
Rated 5 stars for our Funeral Webcast & Live Stream service in Sydney
CeremonyCast provided a unique, customised service to live stream our Dad’s funeral. Right from the start we felt confident they would deliver the service as expected. We had a slideshow and recorded eulogies from overseas which were seamlessly integrated. With the time pressure involved in having things ready for a funeral service, they were accommodating, flexible and responsive. I would recommend CeremonyCast to anyone wanting a hassle-free broadcast of their event or ceremony.
We wanted to celebrate the life of a very special cousin with our extended family and friends overseas and those local but unable to travel. Stephen gave as the assurance we needed during this difficult time; at no point were our discussions transactional which was important to me. Stephen was on site early, the broadcast went smoothly and the quality was excellent. Thank you for caring and doing exactly what you said you’d do. Very much appreciated.
Thank you for your video streaming of Mum’s funeral. This made a massive difference and allowed Mum’s immediate family and a number of others the opportunity to participate and most importantly, to not miss out. Mum’s brother and sister in-law in the UK were up at early hours and her sister in Queensland unable to travel was also able to participate. Another friend in Perth said it was just like being there. A truly significant use of skill and technology.
I have received so many comments of the high quality audio and visual of the webcast with remarks by people from overseas or interstate exclaiming how beautiful the day was. Stephen’s setup was out the way of the funeral proceedings and was hardly noticeable. Likewise, his services were very affordable in comparison to other companies. Thank you, truly Stephen, for your help on an unimaginable and difficult day.
I engaged CeremonyCast to live stream my beautiful wife’s memorial service. We have many friends both locally and globally who could not attend due to COVID restrictions and geography. Having CeremonyCast handle filming the event was the best move I could have made. Stephen beautifully captured the essence of the service. Every SMS and email I have received from our virtual guests has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for a job brilliantly done.
Our celebration of Glenn’s life was held in a park with 100 friends and family. I would highly recommend Stephen. He certainly knows what he is doing, pulling together the special moments for us to remember in a way that we didn’t even expect! Our video of the celebration of Glenn’s life, was moving, emotional and so beautiful. Thank you so much, we were blown away!
Firstly, CeremonyCast strikes a good balance with a live camera operator onsite, direct streaming of photo presentations and easy-to-access recordings after the event, all for a reasonable cost. Secondly, Stephen was very respectful, pleasant to work with and produced a good quality result that was appreciated by our remote family and friends. Therefore I strongly recommend CeremonyCast.
Afterwards a close friend watching the funeral webcast from the UK told me that the way Stephen filmed the ceremony was spectacular. She honestly felt as if she was in the room. We cannot thank you enough.
Firstly, a very big thank you to Stephen for his time and professionalism with my father’s funeral webcast. We were impressed with the quality of the stream. Likewise feedback from watchers noted the same. Overall it was such an easy and seamless service and one less thing to worry about.
Common questions and answers
A live webcast is an online video broadcast at a set time which you watch through your web browser, just like streaming a TV program or a movie.
Any number of people can watch, wherever they are. We’ll give you a special link to distribute to your online guests.
Our webcasts can be viewed on any device such as smartphones, tablets, desktop, laptops etc. They are optimised for viewing on portable devices, like your phone. You can also watch the webcast on your TV if you have Chromecast, Apple TV or similar hooked up (although the picture quality will change as the screen gets bigger).
You do not need to download an app or any software. Simply open up the webpage address we give you and the webcast will appear.
We can webcast from almost any location, inside or outside, using professional audio and video kit.
A livestream is dependant on a good internet connection. The ability to webcast and the quality of the stream is dependent on the internet connection or mobile data available at the ceremony location. Should we find there is very poor or no coverage, we will record the ceremony instead and upload it as soon as possible.
Yes. The webcast is broadcast live, but when the livestream ends, the video will be available as a recording to watch at your convenience.
Experience shows us that while many watch live, other prefer to watch at a time which is more convenient or comfortable to them.
By default, webcasts are online for one month, after which they automatically go offline. We can shorten or extend this time upon request.
We webcast using Vimeo, a professional livestreaming video platform which is viewing only (it’s very similar to watching a YouTube video).
Zoom is great for simple video chat but it’s not designed for professional live streaming. Therefore we do not live stream via solutions such as Zoom or Skype where viewers can be seen or talk back, because the video and audio quality on these platforms is designed for online meetings and not professional webcasting to large numbers of people.
Additionally there are copyright restrictions on these platforms which prevent the inclusion of music in webcasts. Automated matching algorithms will mute or end the stream.
Webcasts are broadcast in the best resolution and quality we can achieve on site. In the vast majority of cases, the picture quality is excellent. We optimise our webcasts for viewing on portable devices, like tablets, phones and laptops as our analytics show us this is how most people watch.
Livestreaming is a balance between picture quality and the data speed available at the ceremony location, which can vary for reasons outside our control. So in areas of very poor connectivity, we will need to reduce quality to provide a reliable stream without pauses or buffering.
Yes. Should we arrive on site and find that we cannot webcast live, we will record the ceremony instead and post it online as soon as possible.
Or we can time-shift your webcast with a live playback at a later time.
If the webcast fails mid-broadcast for reasons outside of our control, we will endeavour to resume as soon as possible. However the intervening part of the ceremony may be missed while we reconnect.
Live streams are also recorded as they are broadcast so in such circumstances, we can upload the recording of the ceremony for subsequent viewers.
Yes! Although we focus on funerals and weddings, we can also webcast other events too. Tell us your requirements and we’ll work out the best solution for you.
CeremonyCast was established to connect family and friends during important moments and milestones, wherever they are. We understand how important it is for those who can’t be there in person to still participate in such an important moment.
Our aim is to offer professional live streaming and webcasting to as many families and couples as possible by keeping the right balance between service and affordability, As a small boutique company, we keep everything as simple and straightforward as possible.
Our service is specifically designed for weddings and funerals. We have many years of niche experience in these particular areas. Stephen comes from a TV background, working in live broadcasting. He is also a Marriage and Funeral Celebrant, and has an intimate understanding of the unique requirements of both kinds of ceremonies. Jason is a professional wedding photographer and videography lecturer.
We work as solo operators and film unobtrusively, working alongside the other professionals at your ceremony.
Sure you can – if you don’t mind it looking like this….
Live streaming sounds easy but in practice you’ll soon encounter all kinds of issues and pitfalls. Can you be sure your DIY job isn’t going to look and sound terrible? How will you get clear audio? Or be able to see all the key moments clearly? Will you be able to avoid your stream being automatically cut off by Facebook or YouTube because copyrighted music is detected? How will you know the best settings to choose – or will you even get a stream out at all?
Handing this important task to those who can produce a quality product is always the best idea. There’s only one chance to get it right. Think of it like decorating your home. Sure, you can go to Bunnings, buy some paint, rollers and brushes and paint it yourself. But it’s always much harder work than you expect and it never looks anywhere as good as getting it done by a professional team….
We cover the Sydney metro area, which is up to 60km radius from Sydney CBD.
Yes we can! This is our CeremonyCast Gold package.
Receptions work differently to wedding ceremonies. At your ceremony, everything happens within a focused time frame in the same location, so it’s easy to live stream. We begin the stream shortly before it’s due to begin to capture guest arrivals, and finish a few minutes after the ceremony wraps up.
Receptions unfold over several hours and have extended periods between formalities where not much happens. Therefore our focus at your reception is live streaming what many see as the most important part – the speeches. Traditional wedding videography only includes short extracts from the speeches; our webcast service captures every word.
To give your online guests a more engaging and focused viewing experience, we start streaming just before the first speech and finish once the final speech has concluded. This avoids lengthy periods of inactivity during an extended meal service. Feedback and experience tells us that watching people wandering around or eating a meal for several hours is pretty dull!
It’s also important to note that unlike a wedding videography team who can move around with their cameras, the practicalities of our streaming setup mean we are in a fixed position. This restricts what formalities we are able to webcast; for example sometimes the dance floor is in an adjacent room so we’re not able to show anything that happens there. (If you’re a drunken Dad dancer, maybe that’s for the best?!)
So while other formalities are best captured by your photography and videography teams, we’ll work with you to identify any other possibilities once we have your reception run sheet. For example, if you’re cutting your cake in the same window as the speeches, we can webcast that too. Every reception plan is slightly different.
And just like the ceremony, you can download and keep the reception video!
The standard setup our professional producers use is two cameras, which offer an ample variety of different shots. The cameras are mounted on tripods and are constantly readjusted between different directions, wide shots and close-ups to track and capture all the elements of your ceremony. We set up our streaming desk in a position where we have a good view but still out of the way, so we can film as unobtrusively as possible. We vision mix your ceremony live, cutting between the shots. It’s just like watching a TV program.
The exception is our CeremonyCast Bronze budget package for weddings which uses a single camera.
Clear and clean audio is absolutely a key part of our webcasts. We understand how vital it is to be able to hear everything and everyone.
We use pro-grade wireless microphones, placed in the best positions to capture every word. We also give your Priest or Celebrant their own lapel mic to wear.
Or we can also use a direct audio feed from your venue or Celebrant’s PA to ensure good quality sound.
We have two cameras which we set up on tripods in a fixed position next to our control table. We don’t move or roam around (we are tethered by cables) but we can still get plenty of various angles and views by pointing the cameras in different directions and using the zooms.
We choose a spot where we’re out of the way but can still see everything clearly. We’re usually off to the side or towards the back, depending on what space there is.
Our crew is just one person. We are solo operators, managing all aspects of your ceremony webcast ourselves. This fits with our approach of keeping everything easy, simple and straightforward.
Multiple camera angles
Private webcast page
Professional Webcast Platform
Webcast online for 1 month after live broadcast
Funeral Slideshows & Video Tributes
Online Order of Service
Online Guestbook / Chatroom
Get in touch with CeremonyCast
Email us below or call 0425 765787 / 02 8325 1723
Please note we are not able to offer technical assistance to webcast viewers and for privacy reasons, we do not give out webcast details. Please contact the family direct.