Live streaming is a service that is becoming a highly sought after approach to communicating a vision or reaching a community of people.
In environments where physical attendance should not prevent exposure to the experience, live streaming can be a very reliable and fairly affordable option. Podcasting is cool but often better suited to the individual brands. There is often a desire and certain appeal people have for visual content. By allowing them to experience something as if they were physically present you can cater to this desire which will extend your reach (marketing always finds its way in).
Podcasting is cool but often better suited to the individual brands.”
There are many situations that can provide a need or “good use” of live streaming services or events. More positive and realistic uses of live stream services based on our fields of experience exist for churches and/or their missionaries. Although, some technical savviness is required, it is possible for any church to begin live streaming their services immediately, to reach those who may not be able to attend. Outside of the obvious requirement for a recording device be it video camera, dslr, smartphone, or whatever, many providers offer all the remaining items and services needed to push your live content to the masses.
Experts Not Needed
The nice thing about this device is that it only requires a HDMI port to stream full 1080p HD live video to your hearts content. From the media volunteer working the Saturday community event to the Sunday service videographer, anyone is able to capture the events or services and stream them effectively. Additional software and services are also required but require minimal efforts to get up and running for your viewers who are able to view streams through multiple platforms and applications that support live streaming including your website!
Understanding that humans like choices, we found DaCast who seems to be a comparable yet less seasoned provider that offers valuable services none the less. No additional equipment has to be purchased with DaCast and we feel it’s worth a look if you want to save a few pennies.
We will leave you with a few quick tips when searching for your live stream option. These are SOME things that should be included in any service plan you select. As with any product, there are many offerings with varying inclusions, all of which are not equal in what they provide, so choose wisely.
- Unlimited Embedding Options – Streaming directly from your website or wherever
- Analytics – You want to know how your stream is doing don’t you?
- Unlimited Viewers – You never know when this will come into play
Let us know what you think. What is your church currently using? Find something better? We want to hear about it!