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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The most important thing, though, is to recognize that cameras allow our worship services to reach beyond the four walls of the local church.
I was recently introduced to Restream via a sponsored post. It quickly caught my attention, for what it can do, which is to take one broadcast and make it many. The pricing plan is pretty simple and a la carte, if you will. I ended up purchasing the Black Friday special for $165, which gave me the ability to stream to two separate Facebook pages and two YouTube pages at the same time. I also purchased transcoding hours for our Facebook stream. We send a single 1080p video, running between 5-7mbps to restream.io and let them distribute the content. I have enjoyed going from our Blackmagic Design ATEM to the Teradek and getting the stream live to the Restream site, while being able to check its health status and then clip a few boxes on our Facebook page to activate video. This has allowed us to better tag and hyperlink our feed on Sundays, as well as copy and paste things into the YouTube livestream. As with anything, it will take testing to lock down settings, as we experienced only two issues of audio/video sync, which was resolved by switching which server we were sending the video to.
With many social media platforms opening up APIs to take in live video, many software switchers like vMix, Wirecast, Livestream, and OBS allow you to go live for free. There are many advantages to this type of solution. In large part, it is the cost savings associated with not needing to have a paid CDN as the middleman. As previously discussed, there can be downsides to that as well though. One example that I often think of is the hit go live button and say a prayer.
I like to know that the stream is stable, audio is good, and everyone is ready. We play our own worship songs as the final song before going live. It cues our team we are close and we do not have to worry about getting a strike for copyrighted content. Much like many other parts of this, though, if you are OK with the approach of going direct and really need to fall within budget constraints, then more likely than not you will be able to stream without many issues.
What platform do I choose to stream to?
The answers will always be which one do you get the most engagement. If you must choose one over the other, make sure it has an audience.
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.