Live Streaming for Houses of Worship: Going Live for Good!
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How to live stream church services... work with volunteers.. and successfully launch your congregations online presence
4.2 (61 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,441 students enrolled
Created by Mr Paul Richards
Last updated 2/2017
Price: Free
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Live Stream a Professional Production
  • Live Stream a Church Event
  • Schedule Sunday Streams
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  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to install computer programs
  • Access to a live streaming account (Facebook or YouTube)

Live streaming in your house of worship is likely already on your mind. You’re probably wondering if it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. A guide by Livestream stated that 3,000 religious organizations used their solution alone in 2015 to broadcast services.  Our company also has over 100 house of worship customers, and that number is quickly growing. There may be quite a few reasons your thoughts are leading you towards broadcasting your services. Do you need to create a platform for those that can’t attend your service to participate? Is there a group of students away at school who want to stay involved? Do you need to provide a stream for an overflow space? Or maybe you just want to show your congregation and the world that you are progressive and embrace the demand for technology integration in the world. For any of these reasons and more, there’s a solution.

Other common reasons for live streaming in places of worship:

§  Using your live streams to advertise your church

§  Streaming as a paid service addition for weddings, baptisms, or funerals, so distant family members can be included in the moment

§  Embed link for donations directly into live streaming so those that cannot attend the service can still provide donations

About Me:

1. Over 10+ Live Streaming Courses (ability to give you a great overview of the entire industry)

2. Over 4,000+ students!

3. Over 50+ 5 Star Reviews!

Who is the target audience?
  • Pastors of church
  • Church Volunteers
  • Multi-Media Co-Ordinators
  • AV Production Teams
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Introduction to Church Streaming
1 Lecture 01:48

Let's review what's inside this course and get ready for some fun house of worship streaming applications!

Course Overview
House of Worship Streaming - Why do we stream?
2 Lectures 15:01

This year at the 2016 WFX Show Northwest Community Church talked about their latest live streaming initiatives and how the house of worship market is using streaming media. Jason from Northwoods Church tells us that he is a “Power Streamer” who uses drones to increase their live streaming and video production. “The support is amazing from ChurchStreaming.TV. We were using our Wowza deployment but it became cost prohibitive for us…” “We have been doing online streaming for about 3 years… Once we got all the audio and video sorted out we opened it up to the public and we have roughly 1,000 viewers that join us each week.” We asked Jason about Churches who worry about live streaming and how it could possibly keep attendees from coming to church. “We have had that conversation with senior leadership… The large majority of our online attendee’s are mom’s and dad’s who have stayed up all night with their new born babies and could not make it. Or others who are traveling and simply cannot make. You could say there is some competition but the Church is the destination and at the end of the day the computer screen is not.”

Why Houses of Worship are streaming... Plus a Case Study!

As well all know churches rely on Volunteers. So if we can make their lives easier it will encourage our volunteers to be successful. 

Working with Volunteers for live streaming
Software & Hardware for Streaming
2 Lectures 13:59

Choosing a live streaming software is like buying a tool kit. You need to determine the tools you need today and may need in the future. The follow graphs and subsequent video productions courses will give you a good idea of where the top live streaming software options fit into the market.

Choosing the best software for live streaming a church service

Choosing a live streaming hardware  is like buying a tool kit. You need to determine the functionality you need today and may need in the future all in one purchase. The following graphs and video productions courses will give you a good idea of where the top live streaming software options fit into the market.

Choosing the best hardware for live streaming church services
The Basics
2 Lectures 09:56
Video Cable Overview

Let's review the common audio cables you will run into. 

Audio Cables Overview
Advice and Options
3 Lectures 20:44

Let's review some of the top live streaming services and the specialized services for church organizations.

Streaming Destinations - Free and Paid

Let's review our mounting options. If you would like to learn more about these mounts I have attached the data sheets and manuals as resources. 

Camera Mounting Options

Let's take a look at a real installation compliments of DVEStore! This installation includes a complete SD to HD upgrade for a normal church with a mix-match of various products. The new solution includes vMix, a Laptop, a PTZOptics camera and a HDMI distribution system to power 3 displays. They also tidied up the cabling which was quite nice .

Case Study & Open Source Control Software
Church Specific Solutions - Overflow Areas and Confidence Monitors
3 Lectures 13:02

Setting up a confidence monitor is a great way to let you pastor know they are on camera. This is a common practice in the broadcast industry. 

Setting up a Confidence Monitor

Many churches find that they need to extend the video from cameras or their main broadcast to overflow areas. Let's look at different solutions to do this. 

Powering Extra Monitors in Overflow areas

Finally let's, look at using vMix or any NewTek Tricaster to power a confidence monitor with a regular computer!

Using the NewTek NDI to power a Confidence Monitor
Remote Camera Control Options
5 Lectures 37:04
iPad Control for vMix Users

Far end camera control via a VPN is basically IP camera control with a Virtual Private Network establishing a connection to your main LAN (Local Area Network). Once you are logged into the LAN which your PTZOptics camera is on, you can grab control from anywhere in the world. 

Far End Camera Control via VPN

As you will see in our Wirecast Gear integration section you can use Zoom Video Conferencing to connect guests into your live stream from all over the world. Once you have done this you can also remotely control cameras directly in the Zoom Conferencing App. 

Far End Camera Control via Zoom Video Conferencing

If you want to make your volunteers able to easily control the PTZ movements of your camera. This software might be exactly what you are looking for.

PTZOptics Camera Control Software for Remote Camera Control

Let's review our options for Far End Camera control.

Options for Far End Camera Control
Wirecast Specific Information
2 Lectures 11:21

Learn how to bring in video conferencing software inside Wirecast to host a live talk show! This process is the best way to capture a video conferencing software’s video and audio and then live stream out a professional production. The best part about this solution is that you can use any video conferencing software, plus it works with the Wirecast Gear and most other video production / live streaming software systems.

What you need:

  1. A Dual Monitor Set Up
  2. A Video Conferencing Software
  3. Virtual Audio Cable

Once you have your computer / live streaming appliance all setup we highly suggest using a dual monitor setup. This way you can open Wirecast (or vMix/Tricaster/OBS/xSplit) on one monitor and have your video conferencing software (Skype, Zoom, WebEX) open on the second monitor. This way you can easily perform a “screen capture” to bring in the video. The audio is a little more complicated as always. First, you will want to download the ###a href="">Virtual Audio Cables.  These virtual audio cables will be used to send audio back and forth from Wirecast and the video conferencing software as shown in the video above.

Once you have your audio and video set up all you need to do is invite your video conferencing participants to be on your live stream. The return video will provide you participants the ability to view what’s going on during the live broadcast. There are quite a few ways to do this project but we think this is the best / easiest way to host live talks shows using Wirecast and Video Conferencing Software.

Using Wirecast to host your own talk show

The Wirecast Gear features seamless integration with PTZOptics cameras at HD resolutions up to 1080p 60fps which is perfect for live streaming and producing impressive video content. Whether you are capturing a corporate presentation, live sports or a house of worship assembly, Wirecast is a preferred solution for stellar performance. 

The beauty of this combination is performance and quality. With only one or two PTZ cameras your team will have the ability to quickly switch between hundreds of possible camera angles. Using PTZOptics free open source control software you can use an IP based control system with buttons customized for your space. 

Some users prefer the intuitive joystick controller for operation of multiple cameras. With easy preview windows inside Wirecast, a single operator can control multiple cameras without the need of a second monitor.

PTZOptics cameras support two different joystick controllers. One use traditional RS-232 cabling which allows users to daisy chain control from one camera to the next. This configuration can save a lot of time during installation and provide access to all the SONY VISCA commands professional users love. The second joystick option is the IP Joystick. The IP joystick is great because all you need to do is connect each camera to the network. This is ideal for cameras in remote locations where the IR remote will not reach or cabling runs could be difficult.

Many Wirecast users choose to use a “web input” with PTZOptics cameras capturing low latency video over the network. This is ideal for open scenes but many professionals still prefer HDMI or HD-SDI connections for their main talent video to ensure perfect lip-syncing. 

PTZOptics cameras used with the Wirecast Gear are a proven solution for video production. The Wirecast Gear New Blue Titler is included with the system making high-quality titles a breeze to produce. PTZOptics also includes a set of fifteen virtual sets for various markets including: education, house of worship, sales/marketing, and sports. These are perfect for setting up a green screen studio with Wirecasts Virtual Set feature.

Using PTZOptics cameras with Wirecast
Virtual Sets
1 Lecture 03:04

And just for fun we have added some Virtual Set training as well!

Virtual Sets

Let's test your video production and live streaming knownledge from this course. 

Church Streaming Quiz
3 questions
Basic Facebook Live Training
4 Lectures 32:34

Facebook reactions are a great way to spread fun messages. 

Facebook Live Reactions - A great way to spread a good message!

Learn how to use Facebook's easy live streaming application. This could be the easiest way to live stream on Facebook!

Facebook's New Live Streaming Application

If you are a Wirecast user. Here is a little more detailed information on using Wirecast with the new Facebook App.

Using Facebook Live's app with Wirecast

If you are a vMix user. Here is a little more detailed information on using vMix with the new Facebook streaming app.

Using Facebook Live's app with vMix
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About the Instructor
Mr Paul Richards
4.2 Average rating
328 Reviews
7,389 Students
16 Courses
Chief Streaming Officer

I am a Live Streaming Expert and Chief Streaming Officer for PTZOptics. PTZOptics is an industry leader in affordable live streaming technology. We host a live show on YouTube Live every Friday and we hope to help the world better understand live streaming and technology it takes to produce amazing video content! 

I host a live show on YouTube Live called "PTZOptics Live" where we review the latest in the live streaming and video conferencing industry. This is the basis of our live streaming innovation where you can learn quite a lot of about the industry. 

I have been working in the audio visual industry for 10+ years employed at: Haverford Systems, Conference Room Systems and PTZOptics. Each of these companies have kept me involved in designing, building and operating live streaming and video conferencing systems. Throughout my career continue to help others in video communication projects.