Final Link in Livestreaming, How, Where Do I Send It?
If you are OK with the livestreaming approach of going direct, while needing to fall within budget constraints, more likely than not you will be able to stream without many issues.
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Streaming NewsStage/Sanctuary Lighting: How Best to Serve Your Ministry’s Needs RUSHWORKS Aims to Define ‘Different’ with NAB Lineup Slated for April Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream? Churches Should Look to Cast A Larger Social Media Net
Streaming ResourceFive PTZ Camera Brands Worth A Closer Look
The most important thing, though, is to recognize that cameras allow our worship services to reach beyond the four walls of the local church.
One CDN who is under constant innovation is BoxCast. At NAB this April in Las Vegas, they showed off a new encoder that would be capable of the newly announced compression standard, HVEC. HVEC is critical to stream 4k content at the much lower bitrate and bandwidth requirements. BoxCast also serves as a CDN in distributing your video to just about anywhere. They feature the capability of a monitoring dashboard to check your stream health and it integrates nicely with every major platform and has some unique features, such as highlights and flexible embedding. I see the highlight feature being a quick and easy way to distribute a clip “Elevation” style rapidly. BoxCast starts at $20 per month to stream to Facebook and YouTube and tiers up from there, with advanced features like embedding to a website and more.
Having spent some time with the team while speaking at WFX in Dallas this October, I have come to appreciate their level of commitment and understanding to the faith community. Churchstreaming.tv only serves the house of worship and faith community, so they understand your needs and challenges in intimate detail. They offer several options for free software using Wirecast or hardware encoder device to get your church to get online. This alone is hundreds of dollars’ worth of savings. They offer a simple pricing structure of $139 a month for unlimited streaming. Churchstreaming.tv is the only service that offers a free trial to get you online, while you work through the long-term viability of streaming and budget planning. I had the chance to speak to Michael Smith, the managing partner with Churchstreaming.tv, and he explained that oftentimes, the initial low-cost tiers to plans don’t include what you may have wanted. The result is that you end up seeing the rate increase after a few short months. The pricing plan with Churchstreaming.tv includes every feature that they offer now or scheduled for the future.
This fall, we learned that one of our favorite video platforms Vimeo had purchased Livestream. You have probably heard one or the other in some form or fashion before. Having them come together was a huge step for Vimeo, to get into the livestreaming arena. It is not yet known what the new partnership will be like, other than Vimeo is now currently offering livestreaming packages. Vimeo is restricted currently from distributing content to social media platforms, but I look for that to change as things are worked out between the two companies. Livestream is an industry staple in pioneering the market. They offer some very nice components and software suites that allow a one-stop package from production to distribution.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, January-February 2018
The January-February 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about the many steps a church had to take in the aftermath of a fire, and another involving a church making the jump to 4K.