Hardware and online subscription recommendations for making your live stream easier to operate than boiling a pot of water! There are many factors involved in deciding what solution is right for you. Often, parishes are looking for a single click of a big red button to start or stop one's live stream without having to worry about anything else.
There are many ways to implement a live streaming solution. You may need to consider your budget, staffing capabilities (technical) and availability (time needed to operate and manage the operation), and available space in the church. Based on your budget, there is a solution that will work for you.
Many parishes today use a smart phone mounted on a tripod to broadcast their divine services to Facebook Live or YouTube Live. This is a fine introductory set up for parishes who are just getting started with Live Streaming. One often overlooked piece is the audio quality, though the audio is just as important, if not more important, than the video quality.
Live Streaming has never been easier than it is today. At its simplest, all it takes is a smartphone, a little bit of know-how, and something worth sharing.
With the popularity and ease of Facebook Live, parishes and organizations have embraced this platform for live streaming of their Divine Services. If you are broadcasting to Facebook Live only, you may be missing out on reaching visitors who are not on Facebook. There are several options available to you for connecting your website to your live broadcasts.
On slower connections, a short buffering period is normal to the start of a live broadcast video stream. The buffering gives a cushion to the video so that it will play without interruption.
Live Streaming is very popular nowadays. With only a mobile phone in hand, many are streaming their lives for the world to see through social media platforms without thinking twice. Certainly, you can do the same, and perhaps an inexpensive / free set up is what will work for your parish. There is a place, too, for having a more robust solution with mounted, functional cameras, wired audio, a control center, and more to present your parish and liturgical services to the world in a professional way.
The following articles cover important Privacy and Legal issues that are worth considering as you venture into the world of Live Streaming at your parish.