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.
Christmas is quickly approaching, and your leadership team is asking to get your services online. You own the camera, switching platform but you are just unsure of the platform that you would like to use or how to begin to get it there reliably.
If you are like many churches, you may have just one camera, a caption card and you would like to get your service to Facebook. It seems simple enough, right? Maybe you moved from using a cellphone and the church has blessed your ministry with a dedicated camera and you would like to increase the production level. Livestreaming is still relatively new for many and the number of ways or integrations grows all the time.
We want to look at several options to go live direct to Facebook, YouTube or through a CDN (Content Delivery Network).
I always find that personal experience is key, when looking for a new or different solution. When I began livestreaming, we started with MEVO and had about a 40 percent success rate to Facebook. We switched to Blackmagic Design ATEM switchers and Canon C100 cameras and went directly to Facebook through a Teradek VidiU. Live was great, until we realized that we wanted to also start hitting YouTube for a higher quality stream. We also wanted the ability to fire the stream up for testing, without yet going live. This forced me to start checking out CDNs that would allow for these features.
Teradek VidiU/VidiU Pro
Some of the many features of these devices is that they do a few things very well. With the VidiU series, you will get a great encoder to send your stream somewhere. They have two different devices, the standard VidiU is great for most situations. If you will be on the road though at all, step up to the VidiU Pro for the ability to bond connections, stream to multiple destinations direct, and manage the device remotely. An added feature on the Pro model is the SD card slot, where it will record .H264 files. Entry pricing begins at $699, while the Pro retails at $999.
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.