Streaming Solutions for Houses of Worship
The times have definitely changed, and it looks like the need for online church services is here to stay.
If all of this came as a bit of a shock to you, you are not alone.
Many Houses of Worship began delivering online services in 2020 when face-to-face gatherings were no longer possible.
It was quickly discovered that you need a few cameras, good audio, and a small streaming mixer to make your broadcasts engaging.
A streaming mixer allows you to use multiple sources including several cameras, a computer, videos, quality microphones, and even a smartphone. It’s like having a TV studio in a briefcase.
One of the best things about a streaming vision mixer is that they are simple to use. Volunteers can operate the entire stream
after about 30 minutes of training. You can also record the service for people to watch at their own convenience.
We have collected several articles that will help you get the most out of streaming your services.
Live Streaming for Houses of Worship
We get it. You might be the AV guy/gal in the church who has spent years trying to get the budget approved for live streaming without success. Then, in the space of a week, you’ve got your worship minister or senior pastor jumping up and down, wondering how soon it can happen.
The internet is full of YouTube and Facebook attempts at live streaming. Churches have approached it in many different ways. Big churches have been live streaming for years, and in that case, it’s been kinda business as usual — doing church without anyone in the pews.
Streaming Solution for Smaller Congregations
In this video, you can hear a little bit about the VR-1HD and learn why it has become the go-to streaming mixer for smaller houses of worship.
The VR-1HD allows you to use three sources via its HDMI inputs. This could include two cameras and a computer for playing videos and showing slides.
It also has excellent audio features and comes with a built-in encoder for streaming straight to your favourite online platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom.
The Roland VR-4HD and Creating Video Content
Live Streaming Using the Roland VR-4HD
Streaming with Roland VR-4HD is a cost-effective way to attract a larger audience. It is also valuable in gaining the trust and maintaining the loyalty of your viewers. The key to successful streaming (and presenting!) is to ensure that your subject matter is interesting. Try and make your content both visual and informative.
There are many social as well as business applications for streaming.
These include online classes, in-house training, A/V media lessons, and educational presentations to remote attendees.
The VR-4HD, like all of Roland’s AV switchers, takes streaming to the next level! It’s like having a portable TV studio to produce quality multi-source content.
Creating Live Video Content
Sometimes it feels like it’s a jungle out there for those trying to navigate the online world. You’re trying to reach your target audience, figuring out why one post or campaign worked so well and the next didn’t work at all, grappling with the social media giants’ tweaking of algorithms, and constantly analysing your followers’ behaviour. At times it appears to be a complicated science.
In reality however, it really comes down to the basics … staying active and engaging. People are busy, know exactly what they like and more than ever are time-poor. You have to earn their interest.
Fortunately, we live in an age where the gear required to make decent content is becoming more affordable and user-friendly.
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