Are You Ready to Livestream Your Worship Services?
No matter what choice you are looking at, start with laying out your end goal. With so many options coming out, livestreaming is quickly becoming a consideration.
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The most important thing, though, is to recognize that cameras allow our worship services to reach beyond the four walls of the local church.
If your church has a sports team, you can even livestream the score with the included scoreboard feature. We have started to see that this will be our grab-and-go livestreaming kit, while away from our main building. As with anything wireless, our range has been from 80 feet, to the listed 300 feet. It has been a blast to bring in remote cameras using newer Android and iPhone cellphones, through a free app from Sling Studio.
One of my favorite features is the capability to record ISO recordings, quad view, and program to the SD card. Everything is sync’d along with audio and through a third party plug-in, you can now multi-cam easily in Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X. This could be perfect for a testimony video, where you want to make the cuts later in post-production or merely edit your cuts at specific times.
Lastly, we had the opportunity to use the Blackmagic Design ATEM HD, which is a compact video switcher for live production. For the money, it is one of the best investments to make, if you are looking for the capability of a hard switcher and have buttons directly on the device. It comes with a confidence monitor that you can select the source. When paired with either the UltraStudio Mini (SD Card Recorder) or the Web Presenter, it fits perfectly in 2U of rack space (or 3.5 inches high). Blackmagic is known for its value to cost ratio and includes many features like keying (up and downstream), along with eight inputs and various outputs.
No matter what choice you are looking at, start with laying out your end goal.
With so many options coming out, livestreaming is quickly becoming a key option for those within the PC market, much different from five years ago, when it was difficult to keep up with the pace of new products. It is also important to remember that no church is likely the same regarding what they have for a budget, existing equipment, and building design.
With so many variables, there is no single way to get your church to begin livestreaming. My experience has been that half of the fun is to find the way that works for you and your budget.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.