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please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: robfilms
Date: May 14, 2020 06:34PM
a local house of worship has an event in september.

since they are located in nyc, there is a great probably that this worship service will not have attendees (or limited attendees) at this event.

a friend asked me to get involved (since i'm a media guy!).

but i have no experience in live streaming.

anyone care to offer up their experiences?

thanks in advance.

stay well.

rob
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: Drew
Date: May 14, 2020 06:54PM
Speaking from viewpoint of protestant Christian here. Facebook seems to be commonly used, probably because so many people use Facebook. Check out some churches on Sunday to see what they're doing.

Another possibility is pre-recording, which will surely give you higher quality and more control. That's what we've been doing for the past couple of months. For worship, I've seen some groups do the collaborative music video thing. We haven't done that, but my friend's worship team pulls it off and they're not pros. With pre-recording, you release the video at a specified time and ask people to join.

For live communion together, we've used Zoom a couple of times.



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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: May 14, 2020 07:37PM
Our church is using zoom.
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: robfilms
Date: May 14, 2020 07:46PM
they are currently using Zoom during the COVID madness.

i believe they are seeking a higher production value than Zoom for their September worship event.

not everyone is using FB so that is out.

stay well.

rob
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: Drew
Date: May 14, 2020 07:54PM
Yes, Zoom is certainly low quality. Works OK for communion and small groups, but time lag and other factors make it difficult for other events.

Must it be "live"? As noted in my first post, our members have said thanks for preparing a high quality recording. Since they watch from their own homes, whether another member is participating at that moment has no bearing on their experience.

Also, what will they be doing during the worship event? For music, you need to project words to sing along with, which is usually poorly done with the live events I've seen. With speaking, you usually need to show slides of scriptures and/or key points. When I've watched a live event with the screen behind the worship or speaker, the low quality has bordered on annoying.

I'm no expert. So hope to learn as well.
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: May 14, 2020 08:00PM
There are YouTube tutorials for everything.

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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 14, 2020 08:03PM
Call some large churches anywhere in the country and pick their brains.
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: May 14, 2020 08:11PM
With any project, one must ask, "What's the budget?"



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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: Fred_Also
Date: May 14, 2020 09:01PM
Our "Life Group" (think Sunday School class) is/was doing Facebook live. We were having church service at 9:30 am and LG @ 11:00 am. I would put the lesson (think teacher) of the LG on Facebook live at 11:00 for those that couldn't come that Sunday.

The advantage of FB is after you finish, you can post it to FB, and members can look at it anytime thereafter. Our group is mainly an older class so we have a lot of absences due to health.

I do it from my iPhone with a tripod (horizontal).

Of course, since the lockdown, just 3 of us do it from an office.

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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 14, 2020 09:10PM
I would do YouTube live. Use this to interface high quality cameras into a computer.

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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: May 14, 2020 09:20PM
Our Temple uses both Facebook live and Youtube Live. Both are streamed. I like FB because folks comment along the side. We split the screen into 4 parts, 3 are of our Rabbi, 2 singers all 3 broadcasting from home. The fourth box is for a scrolling text of the prayers and poems. It's quite nice.



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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 14, 2020 09:56PM
The church I attended last summer is doing live services via facebook. It works but I find the interface confusing and it is incredibly difficult to find past recordings. But it does work.

The church I normally attend is doing youtube live. Their first week was rough but it has been excellent since then. The mistake they made was trying to upload the video live in 1080 from the speakers house and their upstream data rate wasn't adequate. Once they matched the broadcast quality to the available bandwidth it has been very smooth. For bible studies we are using Zoom which is great for participation.
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: TheToddler
Date: May 14, 2020 10:24PM
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 15, 2020 01:25AM
Youtube can take up to 4K streaming (at least they used to before recent events that increased demand). The GIGANTROUS problem with them is you need to do it a dozen or so times to get the hang of it, and be current on any "dashboard" changes they like to force down peoples throats at the last minute.

That is pretty much the same advice with any other service. Whoever will be the technical master behind it will need to have experience doing it ahead of time. It isn't something you can just pop up and do, at least not without paying several thousand dollars for consultants.

There are other choices, but I don't know if many churches use Twitch or Microsoft Mixer (the latter prefers content creators that have lots of daily subscribers tuning in to see ads).



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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: Acer
Date: May 15, 2020 08:20AM
We use YouTube live, with a picture-in-picture to show the words for songs and readings. YouTube is a very neutral platform. No software to download, no baggage if you have people who don’t want to get involved with Facebook.
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: clay
Date: May 15, 2020 11:53AM
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Acer
We use YouTube live, with a picture-in-picture to show the words for songs and readings. YouTube is a very neutral platform. No software to download, no baggage if you have people who don’t want to get involved with Facebook.

And if you don't want it wide open (as in, findable by anyone browsing youtube or even subscribed to your channel), you do have the ability to keep things unlisted, which can be nice.
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Re: please school me on setting up a live stream for a house of worship
Posted by: robfilms
Date: May 15, 2020 12:40PM
all VERY good advice.

thanks for the sharing.

i have much to learn.

i will soon have more questions.

as always, thanks.

stay well.

rob
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