So you wanna live stream your video this weekend?

You have a couple of options:

Live stream

This means you turn on a camera and press “go live” and then the service will publish to your website and to facebook live. 

First, you’ll need a web cam. Most laptops have this. It won’t be fancy, but it will work. 

Or alternately, you can hook up a higher quality camera through an encoder and “capture” the video feed which will go to your live feed. 

Then you need a live stream option. You can use Facebook- which is free, but in my church we have people who work in discreet sectors where they don’t want a facebook account. And if you use FB you may end up with ads you don’t want. 

There are a couple of streaming options available to you: 

  1. churchstreaming.tvis running a COVID-19 special right now where they will give you 90 days free. This is what I’m trying. The back end is not that easy, but looks like they have a lot of support available to be successful. 
  2. vimeo.comhas a new live streaming feature that looks enticing. 

 

Pre-Recorded

This means that you’ve done the recording ahead of time, possibly even edited it down and added text overlays and whatnot. 

For this, you’ll need a camera to record it. This could be as simple as your mobile phone or webcam on your laptop. Or you could go fancy using a lot of gear, high end camera equipment, audio and lighting solutions and someone to edit it down. 

Vimeo.com is a great solution and is the standard for video distribution. No ads as its a paid service. 

 

Simulated Live

This is a pre-recorded message that is streamed “live” at a particular time so that viewers think they are watching something live? Why would you do that? It keeps the normal gathering time and gives viewers a sense of being a part of something the same time as others. 

churchstreaming.tv provides this service, but the file format is specific and uploads take a while. I also found that I needed to email support to enable my ability to do a simulate live upload. 

Test things ahead of time, you don’t want to be caught trying to figure it out last minute.

Link to this page: http://charisfellowship.us/page/streamvideo?keyy=streamvideo