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With your equipment in place you still have to be able to distribute your video. There are a wealth of options to suit your budget with enhanced features to help you too! Let’s take a look at some popular choices.
Some of you may be wondering why we discussed the video hardware first if audio is the most important part of video. Whereas video is a little more muddled in the connections that are available in the consumer realm, and are often used in churches, audio is a more stable infrastructure at this moment. It is not difficult to bring good audio into a video system.
With an introduction to camera options and what you’ll need to get that video uploaded, it’s time to look at video switchers. Most churches will want to incorporate further visuals into their stream. Whether an illustrative video, slides with graphics, or additional camera angles, you’ll need a video switcher to facilitate switching between them.
A critical component of the live streaming pipeline is the encoder. The encoder will take your video and compress it enough to upload to your streaming service. Many people will first look to a computer to perform this task, or use an app on their phone or iPad. Those are fine ways to get started, but a dedicated hardware encoder is the most reliable and efficient means of processing your video for upload. Dedicated hardware is your friend.
It is likely that you are on a compressed timeline to start operating your live stream. With the technology that many of us take for granted, you could be more prepared than you think. Whether a camera you haven’t used in awhile, the gadget you gave your kids, or the phone in your pocket, there are a lot of ways to capture video.
Don’t rush off in a panic to buy whatever you think you need to do a live stream. Stop, take a deep breath, and do some homework. You can stay tuned here for more information on what you’ll need with some recommendations to get you started without depleting your budget. We’ll share some thoughts on out of the box ways to prevent problems, and help you navigate the legal aspects of what licenses you need, and what they allow you to do. If you want a more personal touch, you can reach out to us via our advice form.