Why Should Your Church Consider Video Storytelling?

March 24, 2017

Since the beginning of time, humans have been captivated by storytelling. In fact, research from Emory University shows that the way our brains process stories is different from the way they process anything else.

It’s why sometimes we remember vivid details from a story even days after we’ve heard it. Stories stay with us in a way that other information simply cannot.

In that vein, is it time for your church to begin telling more stories? Using video to do so offers the chance to reach audiences in new ways and present richer, more engaging content. This post explains why video is so important and lists several ways to incorporate video storytelling at your church.

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your City Hall

March 22, 2017

So you’ve decided that your city hall could use some new cameras.

Regardless of whether you’re renovating your auditorium or want to start live streaming your meetings, you’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of options when it comes to equipment.

Which equipment is best for you?

After working with municipalities of all sizes to figure out the best video setup for them, we decided to put together a comprehensive list of our favorite gear.

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Why You'll Love BoxCast’s Low-Latency Preview

March 15, 2017

There’s a lot on the line when it comes to live video streaming. First, you have to do all the work required to make sure that your in-person event goes off without a hitch. Then, you must ensure that everyone tuning in online also has a good experience.

A lot of one-to-many streaming solutions have an inherent latency that exists between when something happens in real life and when it is shown in the broadcast.

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Why is Church Extra Important for Seniors?

March 14, 2017

Did you know that more than 50% of Americans still attend a religious service at least once a month? In addition to helping people connect with God, church provides a wonderful way to engage with other members of the community and meet new friends.

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8 Easy Ways to Survey Your Congregation

March 08, 2017

If you often spend your time counseling people and offering advice, you might have a wonderful pulse on what certain members of your congregation are thinking.

But chances are, you’re hearing from only the most vocal and engaged minority who may not be representative of the entire membership. And relying upon a few to gauge what your entire membership is thinking can lead to mistaken conclusions.

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How Does BoxCast Compare to Facebook Live and YouTube Live?

March 02, 2017

With the growing popularity of Facebook Live and YouTube Live, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the difference between those services and BoxCast’s live video streaming solution.

We’re big fans of those platforms; like BoxCast, they allow people to broadcast important content to a larger audience. In fact, we’ve even built integrations that allow you to simultaneously stream BoxCast broadcasts to Facebook Live and YouTube Live. 

There’s also no denying the mass distribution opportunities that Facebook and YouTube offer organizations. With a combined user base of over 2 billion people, Facebook and YouTube allow you to share your events with a global audience.

Still, streaming exclusively on Facebook Live or YouTube Live has its downsides and limitations. This post explains why BoxCast remains the perfect streaming solution for organizations. 

 

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Four Awesome Ways to Use BoxCast’s Newest App

February 17, 2017

We’ve all heard it before: “There’s an app for that.

The Broadcaster app is a streaming app that broadcasts live audio and video of your events right from your phone. All you need is an iOS device and a data connection.  Broadcaster is simply the next step BoxCast has taken to make your live video streaming experience as easy as possible.  

If you’re new to the app, this post explains four ways to use it.

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5 Facebook Groups to Help Strengthen Your Ministry

February 14, 2017

Facebook is an incredible tool that helps us connect with family and friends around the globe. Though it’s often home to memes and political discussions, the platform provides users with so much more.

Facebook has wonderful communities of people who share the joys and struggles of ministry and are eager to help one another with common issues and questions. This article presents five Facebook groups that will help you develop your own ministry. Whether you’re the senior pastor, an A/V professional, worship leader, or just a visionary in your church community, there’s something here for you.

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Hardware Video Encoder Comparison: BoxCaster vs Teradek VidiU vs Digicast DMB-8800A

February 13, 2017

Live video streaming is often best accomplished by way of a hardware encoder (see our post about why that is). The encoder is a physical device that connects to a video source and converts the audio and video signals into something that can be streamed to a media server. While many hardware encoders share similar features, chipsets, and form-factors, they're not all made the same and can produce different results given otherwise similar conditions.

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Why Are Church Choirs On the Decline?

February 10, 2017

Church choirs are on the decline, according to the most recent study on the matter.

\A 2014 National Congregations Study found that fewer white Protestant churches of all denominations have choirs, though they continued to be prevalent in black Protestant congregations and Catholic churches.

Only 40% of conservative white evangelicals said there is a choir at service, down from 63% 14 years ago. For moderate or liberal Protestant congregations, the decline was from 78% in 1998 to 50% in 2012.

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