Funeral Live Streaming Webcast in Sydney
Professional funeral live streaming & webcasting
Bringing family and friends together online
What is CeremonyCast?
The best way to be there… when you can’t be there
CeremonyCast uses the latest live streaming technology to put your online guests at the heart of the ceremony, no matter how, when or where they’re watching.
Webcasts are now a familiar part of funerals and memorials. We understand how important it is for those who can’t be there in person to still participate in such an important moment. Our highly professional funeral webcasts ensure viewers can see, hear and experience all aspects of 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.
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.
Our funeral live streaming service includes:
- Private personalised webcast page
- Funeral webcast via a professional live streaming platform
- Multiple camera angles and pro-audio
- Photo slideshows and video tributes included
- Immediate playback available for guests who missed the live event
- Webcast page and video online for one month afterwards
- Online Order of Service
- Online guestbook for tribute messages
- Video available to download and save after the ceremony
- Live stream statistics including the names of who watched
- Backup recording
- Small and discreet on-site setup
A funeral live stream from CeremonyCast is the closest thing possible to being there in person.
Our funeral live stream & webcasting service
The professional and caring way to connect family and family online
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 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.
Experienced and trusted
CeremonyCast has been live streaming funerals since 2018. The experienced team of Stephen Lee and Jason de Plater have a wealth of knowledge, care and skill from backgrounds in Funeral Celebrancy, TV, video production and photography in Australia and the UK. Unlike other live streamers from corporate event backgrounds, we have specialised and intimate knowledge of funeral ceremonies.
We’re trusted as the recommended live streaming supplier by some of Sydney’s top venues. And we keep our fees competitive and affordable.
Comments from Funeral Webcasts
“What an amazing funeral, I felt I was actually there in the congregation. Thank you so much for letting me be part of today.”
“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.”
“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of uncle’s funeral via the weblink. Whilst very, very sad, it was a beautiful service and especially poignant to a wonderful man.”
“Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful tribute with those of us who couldn’t be there in person. I laughed, I cried, I felt your pain and your love. “
Rated 5 stars for our Funeral Live Streaming Webcast service in Sydney
I cannot speak more highly of CeremonyCast. At extremely late notice (the day before) and without any fuss, they live streamed a funeral for us from the church. The video and production quality was first class. We were so happy to be able to also later view the video and download it . You made a lot of people very happy at a sad time, thank you. Highly recommended and in my opinion excellent value.
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.
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. The setup was out the way of the funeral proceedings and was hardly noticeable. Likewise, the services were very affordable in comparison to other companies. Thank you 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 CeremonyCast. They certainly know what they are 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.
I can’t express how grateful I am that I found Ceremony Cast. Not only are they extremely respectful they are so professional and reliable which is so important when you are going through difficult times. Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and delivering such a quality service with such a short turnaround time. I can’t express enough my gratitude and appreciation.
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. CeremonyCast 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.
Weddings and other events
CeremonyCast can live stream all kinds of events. We also webcast weddings – click here for more details.
Important notes on funeral live streaming
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.
The technical requirements of live streaming mean our setup is slightly different to traditional videographers, who are fully mobile. We film from a single fixed position which gives us the best views of the ceremony while remaining unobtrusive.
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 live streaming, we can provide a projector, screen, PA system, microphone and mic stand staffed by an AV operator to look after the setup, playback and pack down.
Ask us for more details.
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 live stream to the CeremonyCast website via Vimeo, a professional video platform which is viewing only (it’s just like streaming Netflix or watching a YouTube video). Importantly, this gives us full control over all technical settings and aspects of the live stream and gives a superior and reliable viewing experience to everyone watching. When you’re streaming something important like a wedding or a funeral, there’s only one chance to get it right.
Online meeting apps are great for easy video chat in a work or social environment but they’re not designed for professional event live streaming. These platforms are designed for simple online meetings, where video and audio quality is less important, and is automatically set at lower bitrates and resolutions. We’ve all sat through drop-outs, buffering and poor quality sound and vision as the app copes with more people joining the call and bandwidth gets stretched. Or someone can’t work out to turn their mic off which disrupts everyone’s enjoyment. Normally that doesn’t matter when you’re chatting with your mates. But important events are very different. Experience has also shown that for several reasons, online guests actually prefer to be a passive viewer rather than an active participant.
We also avoid platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitch etc for similar reasons. These platforms use automated copyright matching algorithms which prevent the inclusion of music in a live stream. Your stream will be automatically muted or even terminated in such circumstances.
You can still talk to people watching though. At weddings, we get the couple to come over to our cameras when the ceremony is over to say hello to everyone. This is always a lovely moment!
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 has been live streaming weddings and funerals since 2018. The experienced team of Stephen Lee and Jason de Plater have a wealth of knowledge, care and skill from backgrounds in Marriage and Funeral Celebrancy, TV, video production and photography in Australia and the UK. Unlike other live streamers from corporate event backgrounds, we have specialised and intimate knowledge of how weddings and funerals work and how best to capture them. Put simply, this is our niche!
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.
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 and Platinum packages.
For Gold: we’ll start streaming just before the first speech and finish once the final speech has concluded. This gives your online guests an engaging and focused viewing experience. The wedding speeches are among the most memorable and entertaining highlights of your reception. Unlike traditional wedding videos, we show the speeches in full, so nobody misses a word. This usually works out around 2 hours.
For Platinum: we’ll work with you on your run sheet to capture as much as we can throughout the reception. An extra camera operator with a wireless roaming camera can be at the centre of the action. We can also provide an on site AV setup for any video messages or live speeches from online guests.
And just like the ceremony, you can download and keep the reception video!
For Bronze: we use a single camera in a continuous shot (or long-take) filming style.
For Silver and Gold: we use 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 Platinum package adds an extra camera operator with a wireless roaming camera for the reception, so we can be at the centre of the party action!
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.
Yes, you can interact – and we encourage it! At weddings, we always ask you to come and say hi to everyone watching before we end the stream. That’s always a lovely moment. This is our recommended way to speak to your guests as it’s quick and easy.
If you want to have a two way conversation, we’ve seen couples who have jumped on to a Zoom call on a guest’s phone immediately afterwards to have a two way chat.
This does make it more complicated as you’ll need to give that task to someone and your guests will need to switch platforms. It’s also worth noting that the end of the ceremony is a very busy time because your guests with you will all want to congratulate you and your photographers will want to launch straight into the photos while everyone is still together. There a lot happening and you’re being pulled in different directions.
So from experience, we suggest you do that Zoom chat later on when you have more time in the wedding schedule, either between ceremony and reception or at the reception itself.
For funerals, people watching prefer to be passive viewers rather than active participants so interaction is not a normal feature of these events.
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Get in touch with CeremonyCast
Email us below or call 0425 765787 / 02 8325 1723
Please note: we are not able to provide technical assistance to live stream viewers. If you need help watching a livestream, click here for some tips.