While we are currently in confinement and cannot find our way to our places of worship, the use of digital tools is essential to maintain our services and other weekly programs.
And what better than a live broadcast , also called “live streaming” to create a direct link with connected church members who can react instantly and thus participate in worship from a distance.
Most of us are familiar with the broadcast platforms offered by social networks such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live or Youtube Live but did you know that you can produce live broadcasts from better quality thanks to software and other live streaming services?
Here are 5 tools to know to succeed in your direct:
Some live streaming services have specialized in live streaming but focusing on the making and editing part of the stream. Among the best known are StreamYard, a live streaming studio in your browser.
It is a tool that allows you to “do a live” with several people at the same time and on several platforms at the same time : YouTube, Facebook Live… p >
With StreamYard, it is possible to have up to 6 participants during the broadcast. These participants may be located in different geographic areas during the live.
This type of service can be useful if, for example, you broadcast several streams and wish to edit live.
2. OBS Studio
OBS Studio is free streaming software that makes it very easy to create professional live performances using multiple cameras and / or smartphones.
You will be able to perform a live edit by switching from one camera to another, rotating, inverting the image etc ... In a few clicks, you will be able to configure your scenes and create a dynamic live.
In addition, this software allows you to send the video stream from your computer to a streaming platform such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter and many others ...
However, this streaming tool may seem complex to people with no video editing experience.
And why not use online video conferencing services?
Zoom is one of the most used online meeting tools during this lockdown. It can accommodate in a "private room " up to 100 people connected via interposed webcam .
This dissemination tool can be used for Bible studies, youth meetings, or other programs that require a group presence.
4. Microsoft Teams
This relatively little-known collaborative software from Microsoft allows you to easily create public or private working groups.
But it is above all an effective tool for live broadcasting: thanks to its service called "Teams Live Events" , it is possible to broadcast audio / video content and thus organize events. real-time meetings that can bring together up to 10,000 people .
To access the live stream, all you have to do is share a link with the participants and it is even possible for latecomers to start the live event later.
In this period when large gatherings are prohibited, this tool offers itself as a good alternative
Our advice : Perform several tests before launching a live. To be successful with your live broadcast, good preparation is essential.
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