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The most reliable way to watch will be playing the films on your computer - and connecting to your TV depending on your home set-up. You can do this in a number of ways - including direct cable connection via HDMI cable, Airplay (for Apple devices) and Google Chromecast (not suitable for Apple devices). We do not recommend watching the films on a phone.
TEST YOUR PLAYBACK SET-UP
Click play on the thumbnail below to test your playback device (and connection to the TV). The Ocean film festival films will be in the same format during the event. If you have any issues with playback check the troubleshooting suggestions below or get in touch with us at email@example.com
1. DIRECT CONNECTION: COMPUTER TO TV
2. APPLE AIRPLAY
o Using your Apple computer or iPad, go to the AirPlay icon.
o Connect to your Apple TV by entering the code. Your device screen should appear as a mirror on your TV.
o If AirPlay isn’t working from your laptop, try connecting from an iPhone/iPad. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use AirPlay.
o Stream directly from a tab in the Chrome internet browser to a TV connected to a Chromecast device from your Mac or PC computer. Note: At this time, Chromecast is not available to cast from Apple iOS devices, like the iPhone and iPad. It is also not available to cast from mobile web browsers. Once your Chromecast is set up you can stream directly from your computer. Here’s a guide on how to use Chromecast from your computer.
o On the video page, open the Chrome menu in the upper right corner of the window (or the View menu) and select Cast. Make sure the tab you want to be displayed is the one you are selecting to cast. The Cast icon may also be displayed in the bottom right of your video player.
o Select your Chromecast source (consider selecting Chrome tab) and your Chromecast destination. Chromecast will then be connected and video will be playing on your TV.
o To disconnect from Chromecast, click the blue Stop icon next to your casting destination.
o If necessary then you are able to mirror your android device to your Chromecast following the process here but this experience will not be ideal.
SYSTEM AND INTERNET REQUIREMENTS?
For the best performance we recommend you watch using an up-to-date operating system and web browser. For any device you will need a strong and stable internet connection.
The videos are hosted on Vimeo and are viewable in a variety of different qualities, ranging from 240p to 1080p. In “Auto” mode, the Vimeo player switches between all available qualities to accommodate changes in the viewer’s Internet, processing speed, and player size - and it is highly recommended you use this option for smoother playback.
The quality of your playback experience is largely dependent on how your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or mobile provider connects to Vimeo's playback servers. Keep in mind that your overall Internet speed can vary depending on many factors, including but not limited to: time of day, WiFi performance, other devices/users utilizing your connection, and the strength of the signal provided by your ISP. You can check your internet speed HERE
The following shows the minimum speeds required for each playback quality:
240p (resolution) - 500 kbps (internet speed)
360p - 1 Mbps
720p - 3 Mbps
1080p - 7 Mbps
When a video plays in lower than expected quality, it’s likely because your Internet speed (bandwidth) or computer processing speed cannot support higher quality playback. You can manually force a particular quality by selecting the gear icon in the lower right corner of the player. (This may result in frequent buffering if the bandwidth does not meet the required minimum outlined above.)
LAGGING VIDEO & AUDIO
Here's a list of solutions for various devices that might help fix playback issues.
Make sure you have a fast and stable internet connection. You can check your internet speed HERE. We recommend having a connection of at least 8 Mbps - but the films generally still play ok at slower internet speeds.
If you are using a computer, then try a different internet browser (e.g. swap between Chrome or Microsoft Edge or Safari)
If you are using AirPlay, try connecting from an iPhone or iPad rather than a laptop.
If you are using Chromecast, make sure your device and Chromecast are on the same wifi network.
Restart your computer or device, and TV.
Reboot your internet modem and/or wireless router.
Try refreshing the web page (you will need to login again using your account details).
PROBLEMS WITH STREAMING THE FILMS
Confirm that you are not on a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Try clearing your browser's cache and restarting it. Please also make sure you are using the latest, up to date version of a supported browser (listed above).
Disable any ad-blocking software, browser extensions and/or plugins + add ons as some of these are known to interfere with website functionality. Once done, close and reopen your browser and try visiting our website again.
If you are plugged into your TV via HDMI connection, try unplugging and replugging in the HDMI cable.
Restart your wireless router or modem. Power it off, then wait 20 seconds and turn back on.
WHY DOES THE IMAGE QUALITY OF THE FILMS CHANGE?
The film player will auto-adjust to your internet speed. Your internet speed may change periodically based on how many other users are on your home network, the time of day, etc.
CAN I REWIND OR RESTART A FILM?
Yes. You can do this the same way that you would on other web-based video platforms such as YouTube. You have complete access to the entire program during your 48-hour watch window. To move to your chosen time, just click along the timing bar near the bottom of the page.
VIEWING PASS & LOGIN QUESTIONS
HOW DO I ACCESS THE FILMS?
Full instructions on how to access the films, including a Guest Area Password, are emailed to all Viewing Pass holders:
ORDERS BEFORE YOUR EVENT STARTS - instructions are emailed to you on the evening before the event and also at 6:30pm on the night of the event.
ORDERS AFTER YOUR EVENT STARTS - instructions are contained in the download link in your order confirmation email
You can access the online viewing platform from 6:30pm on the first day of your viewing window. If you are having any troubles with logging in (or any other element) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you resolve the issue.
I CAN'T FIND A CONFIRMATION EMAIL IN MY INBOX?
If you do not receive any emails, please check your email spam folder. If the email is not in your spam folder, then please email us at email@example.com
WHAT IF I CAN'T WATCH AT 7:30PM ON THE FIRST EVENING?
We recommend starting the films at 7:30pm on the first evening of the viewing window, so you can join us for our live prize draw in the interval, live chat with the Ocean Film Festival team and so you will be watching with lots of other adventure-loving members of the UK & Ireland Ocean community. You will have access to the viewing platform from 6:30pm so you can check everything is working, and explore our exciting virtual foyer.
If you can’t join us at 7:30pm on the first evening, you can watch the show up to 48 hours later. You can also press pause at any time so you don’t have to watch it all at once, but you need to have finished watching no later than midnight on the final day of the viewing window.
CAN I WATCH IN COUNTRIES OTHER THAN THE UK AND IRELAND?
No, sorry. Our licence is restricted to the UK & Ireland so the films cannot be watched in other countries. If you have bought a pass and are not in the UK and Ireland then please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
WHICH FILMS WILL I SEE?
The virtual event will feature all brand-new 2020 UK and Ireland Ocean Film Festival World Tour films. You can see more details of the film line up HERE.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please contact email@example.com. We’ll be checking this email regularly and will get back to you as soon as we can.