5 Hymns You Don’t Know But Need To

June 29, 2016

We live in a world where people are quick to praise the new and deride the antiquated. When it comes to song selection in our churches, this spirit of our age makes it easy to discover contemporary music and incorporate it into our services.

Though this has many benefits, too deep a fascination with novel melodies poses a danger that our worship will stray far from the invaluable canticles of the past. To combat such deadfall, it’s important to make a concerted effort to seek timeless and meaningful hymns.

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The Best Camera Angles for Every Sport

June 28, 2016

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Fans love being able to see their favorite teams play live, even when they can’t be there in person. But nobody likes the experience of watching a poorly shot game. Capturing footage that is too far from the action, doesn’t follow the ball, or is zoomed in too close is a surefire way to upset fans and keep them from watching your future streams.

In this post, we discuss the optimum camera angles for every sport. 

Note: that for some sports, we suggest including more than one camera angle. In those instances, you’ll need a video switcher - here’s everything you’ll need to know about switchers.

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4 Reasons You Should Be at Alive Music Festival

June 28, 2016

There you are, standing barefoot in a giant outdoor amphitheatre, listening to your favorite band perform live in front of thousands of other people. You close your eyes and feel the pulse of the bass and God’s presence moving through you. You are exactly where you need to be this summer – you are at Alive Festival.

Getting its start in 1988, Alive Festival has grown to be one of the country’s largest Christian music festivals. Next month’s four-day, multi-stage festival (July 20 - 23, 2016) welcomes some of the most well-known Christian artists from around the world. This post aims to explain why you should attend this year’s celebration.

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What's So Bad About Flash and Why Are People Abandoning It?

June 23, 2016

 

I woke up yesterday with a huge grin on my face. I had dreamt that the internet’s purveyors of justice destroyed the measly Flash Player. My dream is becoming a reality.

This post explains a bit more about why many video companies hate Flash and describes how the internet is moving away from it.

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Is There Such a Thing as a "Typical" Sermon?

June 23, 2016

It’s said that a good sermon can’t be too long and a bad sermon can’t be short enough.

The sermon is one of the most important parts of the service. Done well, it can elevate a weekly routine into something memorable and life-changing. Done poorly, it is quickly forgotten.

As you’ll see in the 2012 National Congregations Study, there’s no “best” or “right” way to conduct a sermon. Below are some interesting facts on how they can be influenced by region, congregation size, and other factors.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] What Do You Want From Jesus?

June 23, 2016

Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.’

(John 6:26-27 ESV)

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How Your Church Should Use Instagram

June 15, 2016

It’s impossible to ignore the increasing presence of churches on social media. Most churches now have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, as they've realized that they can use these platforms to further connect and communicate with their community.

As churches seek to connect with their younger members, many have started to consider two additional forms of social media: Snapchat and Instagram.

Last week, we explained why your church should be on Snapchat. This post explains why your church needs an Instagram account and suggests ways you can use it.

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HDMI vs. SDI Video Connections - What's the Difference?

June 14, 2016

When streaming events live, there are several ways to output video and audio from a video source to a streaming device. Two of the most common are HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and SDI (Serial Digital Interface). This post sets out to explain the differences between the two.

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3 Reasons Your Church’s Travel Planner Should Attend the Going On Faith Conference

June 14, 2016

Many churches are fortunate to enjoy a following that relishes traveling with their fellow members. It’s during these trips that community members build lasting relationships and gain meaningful experiences they’ll never forget.

If you have a member at your church who typically plans all the group trips throughout the year, we highly recommend you consider sending them to this year’s Going On Faith Conference.

Why? Three main reasons:

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[Video:] How to Use the BoxCast Trimming Feature

June 09, 2016

When an event is streamed live, there’s a lot that’s left up to chance. No one truly knows what will happen during the event itself, in the minutes leading up to it, or in the moments that follow. That’s what makes it so exciting.

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The True Impact of Saint Ignatius High School's Winning Broadcasting Program

June 02, 2016

“Follow a passion.”

That’s what high school students navigating the complex college admission process are often told by parents, advisors and mentors who insist that pursuing a passion is what will bring them success.

These days, however, students are often so committed to their schoolwork, part-time jobs, and involvement in athletics and the arts that they have minimal time and experience to pursue a dream career.

There is the occasional exception, however. And Brendan Gulick, a 2009 graduate of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland is quite an exception. 

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How to Wow Your Fans with an Entertaining Pre-Event Video

June 02, 2016

Now that school’s out of session, many athletic departments find that they have a bit more time on your hands. If that’s the case for you, we have a special summer project that will add an extra element to your live video stream: a custom pre-event video.

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How to Live Video Stream Amazing Outdoor Events

June 02, 2016

You’ve got indoor live video streaming down. You’ve mastered the sound, established where to put the cameras for the best shots, and determined when to switch angles for the best effect.

But can you take it outdoors?

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