The Top 3 Conferences for Tech Pastors in 2018

December 28, 2017

This post covers the top three conferences for tech pastors. It'a part of our series on church conferences.

The job of a tech director or creative pastor is not easy. You work endlessly but are rarely recognized for all that you do to prepare for each church service. In fact, it may feel like you only get attention when something goes wrong.

Many people with this role have found solace in conferences designed specifically to meet their needs and cover topics of interest. Below, we’ve listed three well-regarded conferences that are bound to leave you feeling refreshed and empowered in your important role:

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Live Streaming Spotlight: City of Lindsborg, KS

December 28, 2017

Customer: City of Lindsborg, KS

What they Stream: City Council meetings

Live Streaming Goals: Keeping residents informed

The Setup: One camera in the back of the room plugged into the BoxCaster

Destinations: BoxCast Player, YouTube LiveFacebook Live

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Cassie Johnson, the Executive Assistant to the City Administrator in Lindsborg, about how Lindsborg uses BoxCast to stream their meetings.

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8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Live Video Stream

December 21, 2017

This talks about the steps to makes sure that you have a successful stream each time you broadcast. It breaks down different things to consider when beginning to look at your budget. It's part of our series on how to start live streaming.

If you are trying to increase the production quality of your broadcast instead, check out this guide. Otherwise, read on to learn about the checklist you should create to ensure that your broadcast goes off without a hitch.

Below are eight ways that you can really take your stream to the next level.  

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The 4 Best Worship Leader Conferences in 2018

December 20, 2017

This post covers four can't-miss church conferences for worship leaders in 2018. It's the main piece in our series on church conferences.

To be an engaging worship leader requires a special soul, one that, as Sovereign Grace Churches’ Bob Kaufin beautifully articulates, “magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ [ ... ] by skillfully combining God's Word with music [ to ] cherish God's presence and to live for God's glory.”

It’s clear that this is no easy task. Many worship leaders find great strength in attending worship conferences to rejuvenate themselves as they continue to motivate the gathered church to sing God’s praise. Below is a chronological list of our top 4 worship conferences for 2017.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: City of Hardeeville, SC

December 19, 2017

Customer: City of Hardeeville, SC

What they Stream: City Council and Committee meetings

Live Streaming Goals: Government transparency

The Setup: Three HD wall-mounted cameras and a mic system into a Newtek Tricaster Mini into the BoxCaster

Destinations: Embedded Website Player, Facebook Live

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Raven Favor, Web Content and Media Specialist, and Ben Smerglia, Media Technician, about how the City of Hardeeville uses BoxCast to stream its public meetings.

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How to Add Graphic Overlays to Your Live Stream

December 13, 2017

This post looks at how to use easy graphic overlays to add logos, watermarks, lower thirds, and full screen graphics to your broadcast. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

At BoxCast, we believe high quality live streaming should be easy. With that thought in mind, we are constantly working to help our broadcasters increase the production quality of their stream without increasing the complication.

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Why Are Church Choirs On the Decline?

December 12, 2017

This post considers the reasons why church choirs are on the decline. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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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The Top 4 Church Conferences You Need to Attend in 2018

December 11, 2017

This post covers four can't-miss church conferences for 2018. It's the main piece in our series on church conferences.

Church conferences have a unique ability to tap into our souls and leave us feeling recharged. There’s something innately special about being surrounded by thousands of fellow believers, all of whom work tirelessly every day to bring people closer to God’s Word.  

With hundreds of conferences each year, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. Below are the top four conferences we think pastors will find most worthwhile in 2017.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Rockdale County, GA

December 07, 2017

Customer: Rockdale County, GA

What they Stream: Board of Commissioners Meetings

Live Streaming Goals: Public Meeting Transparency, Workplace Productivity

The Setup: 3 Remote Cameras into a Wirecast Switcher into the BoxCaster

Destinations: Embedded Website Player (bottom of page), Facebook Live

We recently had the opportunity to speak with James Breedlove, the Audio-Video Coordinator for Rockdale County, Georgia about how Rockdale County uses BoxCast to stream their meetings.

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Why Your City Council Videos Must Be High Definition (HD)

December 06, 2017

This post addresses the state of government video and makes the case that your government needs to be streaming in high definition. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

In the past few years, the ease of producing high definition video has increased dramatically. Standard definition video is no longer the 'standard.' Due to the massive increase in HD video, viewers quality expectations have changed as well.

Nobody has ever liked watching bad quality video. But, thanks to major television networks and online platforms like Netflix, we’ve all come to deem anything less than crisp video unacceptable.

If your stream is in standard definition, you are losing viewers and presenting your municipality in a poor light. People will watch a high definition stream much longer than a standard definition stream because it is simply nicer to watch and more engaging. You feel like you are actually there. You can see the people who are speaking.

Additionally, if you have a standard definition stream these days, you’re not giving off the best perception of your city to your residents. It’s important that your city looks like it was built for the twenty-first century. If I’m a potential resident looking on your city’s website and see a standard definition stream, I would likely internalize the idea that your city is behind the times. Learn more about what civic engagement looks like in the digital age.

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What to Look for in a Local Government Website Video Player

November 28, 2017

This post talks about what governments should be looking for in an embedded video player on their website. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

If you’ve decided that it’s important for your public meeting live stream to be on your website, your next step is to understand what you might be looking for in a video player.

(Thinking you should just stream on Facebook Live? Here’s what you should be considering)

Not all embedded video players are made the same. This article addresses a few of the features you should be looking for in a player.

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The 5 Reasons Multi-site Churches are Here for Good

November 23, 2017

This post addresses the upsides of multi-site churches. It's the main post in our series on multi-site churches.

If your church is thinking about opening up one or more additional sites, congratulations!

That means you’re reaching a growing number of engaged members and people are excited about joining your community. Things like this can only happen when a church is truly connecting with its members and delivering a message they want and need.

Still, the growing trend of multi-site churches remains controversial. Because the subject is so broad, we’ll cover different aspects of it in this blog. This post will lay out some of the common arguments for multi-site churches. Next week, we’ll present the opposite case.

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3 Reasons Why Your Christmas Eve Service is So Important

November 22, 2017

This post talks about Christmas Eve as the most important service for engaging with members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

Every year, millions of Americans pile into their cars and head to church on Christmas Eve. Attendance can be so high at this time of year that some ministries will hold several services - some as many as five or six - to ensure that everyone who wants to worship can.

As a leader in your church, putting adequate time into preparing for the Christmas Eve service can ensure that it has the greatest impact possible. Below are the three reasons that if done right, this service will leave a lasting impression on both your church body and surrounding community.

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Hardware vs. Software Encoders: 6 Reasons Hardware Encoders are Better

November 22, 2017

This post addresses the benefits of using a hardware encoder vs. a software encoder in your live video streaming setup. It's part of our series on video encoders.

Hardware or software encoder? The battle rages on. Well, battle is a strong word, but there are important distinctions to point out between the two.

When it comes to live video streaming technology, the decision between hardware or software encoder will inevitably come up. The goal of this post is to arm you with information so that you can make the right choice that best fits your streaming needs.

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AV Equipment for City Halls: Hardware or Software Encoder?

November 21, 2017

If your city has decided to start live streaming it's council meetings, there are several decisions you need to make about your set up. One of those decisions is whether to use a hardware or a software encoder.

When making this choice, the most important thing to keep in mind is how the solution will be used by your clerk, finance officer, or other administrator running the meetings.

If you are like many cities, your staff resources are limited at the time of the meeting. It's important to find the most automated process for the meeting administrator. That person already has a thousand other things to worry about as the meeting gets started. If you choose the wrong type of streaming setup, you will make their lives much more painful on a regular basis.

With this in mind, we recommend choosing a hardware encoder. The benefit of hardware encoders is that, unlike software solutions, they were explicitly built to stream and do nothing else. They are reliable, simple, and take out the additional risk and time of software solutions.

Additionally, hardware encoders free up existing equipment (you don’t have to dedicate a laptop to this process) and are typically less expensive than their software counterparts.

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The 4 Huge Problems with Multi-Site Churches

November 16, 2017

This post addresses the downsides of multi-site churches. It's the main post in our series on multi-site churches.

As an involved member of your community, you’ve likely heard of the increasingly popular trend in the church space: that of the multi-site church. Those in favor of them claim that with more campuses, a church is more able to achieve its goal of spreading God’s word.

Others argue that just because you can open new locations doesn’t mean you necessarily should. It’s a major step – one that could fundamentally alter the course and nature of your church. As more churches take this route, it’s important to learn about the risks and rewards involved and the right way to go about it.

This post presents arguments for multi-site churches, so this week’s will encourage proponents of multi-site churches to consider the other side.  

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Why Your City Needs Live Streaming Customer Support

November 15, 2017

 

When you stream a live event, there’s a lot on the line. People tuning in from various locations expect a reliable stream. With high expectations that all ride on you, it’s a relief to know that someone’s in your corner.

Live streaming can be easy, but issues do come up in the process. What if your network fails? What if you want to experiment with something new?

If you run into an issue with your Facebook Live or YouTube Live who do you call? There’s no way to contact someone at Facebook or Google to answer your questions or concerns. Additionally, if your public meetings happen in the evening, your clerk or other meeting administrator may not have your full tech team around to troubleshoot.

It’s important to have a team behind you, ready, willing, and enabled to help out.

BoxCast’s Proactive Approach to Customer Support


At BoxCast, we know how important your live stream is. We are successful when you are successful.

BoxCast’s approach to customer support is a little bit different than your average customer support experience because we are proactive, not reactive.

If you have a broadcast scheduled, but no video input connected, the BoxCast team will reach out to make sure everything is okay and that you are aware that your video camera is not turned on.

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The Three Questions I Get Asked the Most About Local Government Live Streaming

November 10, 2017

This post addresses the three most common questions about local government live streaming including discussions on content types, comment sections, and viewership. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

In my day-to-day conversations, I chat with communications directors, public information officers, municipal clerks, IT directors, and city managers about how to use live streaming to increase citizen engagement and transparency in public meetings.

In those chats, a few questions appear regularly. Below, I’ll address the answers I give to the most common questions I get asked.

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How Your Church Should Use Instagram

November 10, 2017

This post addresses how to utilize the social platform, Instagram to better engage members at your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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 an additional form of social media: Instagram.

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The Solution to Becoming a Strong Multi-Site Church

November 08, 2017

This post addresses the importance of live streaming in building out a multi-site church. It's the main post in our series on multi-site churches.

In recent years, the multi-site church model has become increasingly popular. Most churches open a new campus when they approach 1,000 members, but about 50% of those churches say that they could have opened a satellite campus even sooner, at around 850 members.

If your ministry is thinking about opening an additional location, that means you’re reaching a growing number of engaged members and people are excited about joining your community. This can only happen when a church truly connects with its members to deliver a message they want and need, so congratulations!

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Why Churches Want Lower Thirds In Their Video

November 08, 2017

This post makes the case for using lower thirds in your streaming production for your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Looking to bring an extra level of sophistication and interaction to your live video stream? Consider using lower thirds.

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Alternatives to Mobile Hotspots: Live Broadcasting on the Go

November 06, 2017

This post looks at alternatives for getting an internet connection that meets the necessary speeds for a reliable live stream without the use of mobile hotspots. It's part of our series on upload speed for live streaming.

Here at BoxCast we believe that every event that is watched live should be streamed live. Unfortunately, not every event takes place in your usual venue where you there is a reliable internet connection. Whether you are streaming an away football game or a charity concert at a remote venue, we have often suggested the use of a simple mobile hotspot from your phone because of the low cost and simplicity. 

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7 Things You Need to Include on Your Sports Team's Website

October 25, 2017

This post talks about what to include on your team's website. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

The power of a sports team’s website is undeniable.

In many cases, it’s your team’s first introduction to the outside world and, if done right, it can seamlessly communicate important and necessary information to your players and fans.

Despite the fact that 86.75% of the U.S. population uses the internet, many sports programs struggle to maximize their site’s potential. Below are seven important things you should include on your website.

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The 4 Reasons Basketball is the Best Sport to Stream

October 25, 2017

This post talks about the audio equipment needed to add announcers to your broadcast. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

There’s little sports fans love more than passionately fighting about issues that have no real winner: the best sports team, the best sports city, the best sport. (All answers are obviously secondary to the Cavaliers, Cleveland, basketball).

Though those topics may be heavily contested, there's one thing we're certain of: when it comes to streaming, basketball is easiest. 

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5 Ways To Get More Viewers For Your Live Broadcasts

October 19, 2017

This post talks about five steps you can take to reach more people with your live stream. It's part of our series on how to start live streaming.

For any organization looking to grow and expand its reach through live streaming, increasing viewership is paramount. Some people may expect viewers to flock to them just by streaming their content and walking away, but unfortunately there’s no overnight success to virality. You have to make people aware of your live streams, and you have to let them know where to access it.

In this blog post, I share five tips that can help you combat low viewership. Keep in mind that it's a process, and it does take some time to see results. However, I promise that if you put all five to use, you’ll see your numbers increase.

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4 Ways to Make Going to Games More Exciting

October 17, 2017

This post talks about ways you can make your games a better experience for fans. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

Anyone who’s in the sports industry knows it to be true: as more and more fans become complacent with the “at-home experience,” ticket revenue is in jeopardy.

Organizations aren’t losing money because there’s a lack of interest in sports. In fact, watching sports is more popular than ever: the average football television rating, for example, is up 15 percent from five seasons ago.

Still, there’s been a steady decrease in live game attendance, as 4.5 percent fewer fans are attending today’s games than they did five years ago.

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How to Fix Your Church's Lighting Problems

September 28, 2017

This post talks about the most common lighting problems for churches and how to combat them to create a higher quality stream. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Have you noticed that the lighting on your streams just doesn’t look as good as it does in person?

Some people would suggest to add more lights, but that can quickly become an expensive endeavor. Luckily, making adjustments to the fixtures and equipment that you already have can usually achieve the desired effect.

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How to Write a Church Newsletter People Will Read

September 26, 2017

This post talks about creating a meaningful newsletter to engage members of your church. It's part two of our post on church newsletters. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

Ah, the art of the church e-newsletter...

Though email can be a wonderful way to communicate important information to your church body, many people struggle to understand what to include in the body of their message and how to use the platform to their advantage.

This is a two-part blog-series. Last week, I discussed the logistics and best practices for creating an effective email newsletter program. This week's post focuses on how to create a newsletter that your church body will want to read....and keep reading.

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How to Start Your Search For City Council Live Streaming

September 20, 2017

This post talks about beginning your search for a platform for local government live streaming. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

If you're a communications director, clerk, elected official, or IT director for a local government, the world of public meeting live streaming can seem daunting.

If you’ve asked around to see how your neighbors are bringing their meetings into the online world, you may have received a wide variety of answers. One town next to you may have a $100,000 AV system while another may be streaming to Facebook Live off of a council member's phone.

If you have been tasked with figuring out the right live streaming solution for your municipality, the variation of options may be making it difficult to start on the process of finding the right solution. In this post, we breakdown both ends of the spectrum and explain an alternative that is a better fit.

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5 Steps You Must Take Before Streaming Live

September 14, 2017

This post addresses five steps to take before each stream to ensure you have a quality broadcast. It's part of our series on how to start live streaming.

Before you start producing incredible live broadcasts, I want to make sure you create an easy-to-follow, repeatable process you can execute before every stream.

In this post, I quickly take you through the five steps you should take before streaming live. If you prefer to learn via video, I've included the Tech Tips episode toward the bottom of the post where I break these five suggestions down for you in more depth.

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6 Easy Ways Your Church Can Create Meaningful Newsletters

September 13, 2017

This post talks about creating a meaningful newsletter to engage members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

With all the attention paid to social media, it can be easy to overlook another great communication tool a church can use — the email newsletter.

There’s nothing flashy about email, but it remains one of the most effective ways to communicate. While not all your community members are on Twitter or Facebook, virtually everyone gets email. And email can reach regular members, occasional visitors, stay-at-homes and those who are traveling.

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How to Uncover Your Church’s Voice (Part 1)

September 12, 2017

“We need to discover our voice as a church.”

I’ve heard many pastors say some variation of the sentence above, and I am always happy when they reach this conclusion.

When it comes to churches — or any organization for that matter — it is hard to read our own label when we are inside of our own bottles. That’s why it is fundamental to uncover your voice.

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This is Why Your City Council Meeting Attendance is Low

September 07, 2017

This post discusses the reasons that your city council meetings might be lacking in attendance. It also addresses some possible solutions. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

Whether you're a council member, public information officer, or engaged citizen, you may have noticed a decline in the number of seats filled at your weekly public meetings.

Your local government isn’t alone in this struggle – low attendance is a regular concern of municipalities across the country.

As a part of my job, I’ve attended council meetings in various cities and have witnessed the problem firsthand. I’ve even shown up only to realize that I was the only non-government employee in attendance.

However, I’ve also had the opportunity to talk to residents. Time and time again, they’ve made it clear that they care about what’s going on in the community, but just can’t make it to council meetings in person.

This is what they’ve had to say about why that is....

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HEVC (H.265) vs. AVC (H.264) - What’s the Difference?

August 23, 2017

This post talks about the differences in H.265 and H.264 video compression. It's part of our series on video encoders.

We’ve all been there. We’ve been watching an online video, movie, or a sporting event when the screen suddenly freezes up, or the quality is not what it previously was. No matter what you’re watching, this abrupt loss of quality is incredibly frustrating.

Recent technology known as H.265 (also called HEVC - High Efficiency Video Coding) has emerged to combat this issue. In this post, we compare H.265 to its predecessor, H.264, and explore what H.265 means for your live broadcasts.

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How to Store and Archive City Council Videos: YouTube vs. Vimeo

August 18, 2017

When it comes to keeping archives of public meetings, different local governments operate on a variety of rules, regulations, and practices. Some governments prioritize the meeting's transparency whereas others think record-keeping is most important.

Since there’s not just one right way to go about this, it’s important for you to understand what you’re looking for in a video archiving and storage solution. The following questions will help clarify that for you:

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What Upload Speed Do I Need to Stream?

August 11, 2017

This post explores upload speeds required for broadcasting, how to find your current bandwidth, and other potential connection issues. It's the main post in our series on upload speed for live streaming.

When it comes to live streaming, one of the most common questions we hear is “what upload speed do I need to stream?” There are various factors at play that will affect the answer to this question.

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The Best Ways to Buy Used Video Equipment for Your Church

August 10, 2017

This post covers the best strategies for acquiring used AV equipment for your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

The cost of video equipment can be a deterrent to churches when they're considering broadcasting services. While most churches aren’t putting on movie-quality productions that require top-of-the-line gear, decent equipment will go a long way toward improving the quality of any broadcast.

Not every church has the budget to buy new equipment. The good news is that there is plenty of high-quality, used equipment out there. You just got to find it. Video lovers and audiophiles tend to be gear junkies and regularly upgrade to the latest equipment. The gear they sell or trade in to finance their habit is often only a year or two old and nearly as good as the latest model.

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How to Discover the Big Picture in Church Communication

August 07, 2017

This post talks about how to find the big picture for your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

We’ve all heard it before: “Look at the big picture.” It didn’t occur to me until recently that the key word here is “picture.”

Focusing on the big picture, or taking a step back, is not a problem. The problem is knowing what the picture is. What are we even looking at in the first place?

If you’re in the world of church communication, you know it has many moving parts. (Oh boy, does it have moving parts…) But I often wonder if we really understand how these parts fit together to form a picture. And how big is it?

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Government Transparency: Should Your Small Town Care?

August 02, 2017

I’ve heard it time and time again: administrators and elected officials of small towns think that their municipality is too small to use live streaming as a viable mode of transparency.

After all, “If residents were interested in the council meetings, wouldn’t they show up in person?”

This logic is faulty.

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Facebook Live: Is It Good or Bad for Your Local Government?

July 26, 2017

This post talks about the good and bad of streaming your public meetings to Facebook Live. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

In early 2016, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made international headlines with a bold claim: “a few years from now [...] the vast majority of the content that people consume online will be video.” His logic was easy to follow, as “most of the content 10 years ago was text, and then photos, and now it’s quickly becoming videos.”

Live video was of particular interest, as Zuckerberg proclaimed that it offers an unfiltered medium by which to share moments. His declaration brought the world’s biggest social media platform into the streaming arena and drastically increased awareness of live streaming’s power as a tool.

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Roland V-1HD Video Switcher: A Customer Review

July 25, 2017

This post is a video review of the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

We recently incorporated the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher into our production studio and love what it’s allowed us to do with our broadcasts. We’re convinced that this easy-to-use switcher is the perfect solution for any broadcaster, especially those who are new to the video production game, work on a small team, or even run a one-person show.

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Why Are There Two Black Bars on the Sides of My Video? (Aspect Ratio)

July 18, 2017

This post talks about aspect ratio of your video and explains why there are black bars on the sides of some videos. It's part of our series on HD live streaming.

Every so often, customers approach us asking why their live streams have black bars on either side of their videos.This common problem has to do with what’s called aspect ratio, or the proportional relationship between the width and height of an image. 

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What a White Noise Machine Taught Me About Live Streaming

July 14, 2017

You’ve heard it since you were a kid: “You get what you pay for.” Still, there’s a certain temptation to the idea that when you use something for free, you beat the system. Companies prey on that instinct when they tout that their products are “free."  

I fell for that trap. This post describes my experience with a free product and what it reminded me about the true value of things.

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What’s the Best Frame Rate and Shutter Speed for Sports Video?

July 11, 2017

This post explains why frame rate and shutter speed are so important when it comes to capturing sports video and makes suggestions for the optimum settings. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

If you’re in the videography space, you know that producing sports video is unlike anything else. There’s more movement and intense action, meaning that there’s more to miss if you’re not shooting the games correctly.

This post dives into two important factors to keep in mind when filming sports games: frame rate and shutter speed.

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5 Ways to Attract New Members To Your Church

July 11, 2017

This post addresses five easy ways to start attracting new members to your church. It's part of our series on church growth.

You pour your heart into your ministry every day. In an era in which people are often overcommitted and pulled in too many directions, how can you ensure that it reaches the most amount of people?

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How Streaming Can Help Your Local Government Reach a New Audience

June 13, 2017

Since their conception, cable access channels have worked to provide a level of transparency between a city government and its residents. However, as the City of Avon Lake’s Barb Cagley notes in the video below, these channels are only beneficial to the people who know to look for them.

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Preparing Your PEG Channel for a Digital World

June 07, 2017

This post talks about the future of PEG and how to prepare your team and content for the digital world. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

The world of television programming is rapidly changing. Just a few years ago, all video content – both live and recorded – was shown on TV, brought to viewers by a combination of local broadcast networks and cable companies. Now, everything is going digital.

These days, an increasing number of people watch their favorite TV shows and must-see sporting events online. Smart TVs have turned televisions into just another screen on which we can access digital content. As people continue to "cut the cord" and choose the internet as their primary source of entertainment, the future of cable TV as we know it looks bleak.

If you're the cable access manager or communications director for your municipality, what does all this change mean for your channel and department? While the future is not certain, this post outlines various considerations.

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How We’ve Made Customer Support a Key Pillar of Our Business

June 02, 2017

When you're involved in streaming video production, there are a lot of nerves at play right before a broadcast goes live. For some reason, the stakes of any event always feel higher when it’s being shared with an unlimited online audience.

That's often because you not only have to make sure that the in-person event goes well, but also that your viewers enjoy a great experience online.

That can feel like a lot of responsibility to bear. And at BoxCast, we don’t think you should have to do it alone. Since our onset, we’ve approached customer support as one of the key pillars of our company. After all, without happy customers, we wouldn’t be in business!

This post outlines the various ways we strive to set our customers up for success throughout their entire streaming process.

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4 Ways to Make Your Church Video Announcements Great

May 26, 2017

This post talks about how to improve the quality of your church video announcements. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Have you noticed that people often don’t remember what you review during your weekly church announcements? Though you might be speaking to a room full of people who hear you, it’s quite possible that not many are listening.

That’s because, as we discussed in this post, people come to church to worship and be among their fellow churchgoers, not to listen to a monologue of church announcements.

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Here's How to Start Live Streaming Your City Hall

May 19, 2017

City councils around the country have started to live stream their council meetings online. Not only is streaming a great way to be transparent with residents, but it’s also proven to be an incredible way to increase civic engagement.

Still, determining how to start  live streaming can seem daunting. After all, incorporating new technologies in the municipal space is often coupled with extended research and frustratingly long implementation timelines.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

This post lists three easy steps you can take to be ready to stream your public meetings.

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Here's What to Remember When Writing a Church Video Script

May 18, 2017

Videos are compelling communication tools that harness the power of imagery. And as the saying goes, a picture tells a thousand words.

But when it comes to video, we often can’t only rely on visuals to tell the entire story. Words are powerful, too. In many cases, a script is the backbone of a video, providing it with structure and direction.

This is the final post in a series about video storytelling for your church. The first post discussed why video is so important. Next, we offered specific tactics to build a storyline and identify sources. This post explores a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when crafting your script.

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The Best Strategy for Buying Live Video Equipment

May 09, 2017

This post is a summary of the steps that you should consider working through as you purchase new video and audio equipment for your organization. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

If you’re new to live video streaming, you might feel intimidated by the prospect of determining what equipment you need, especially with all the options you have for cameras, cables, switchers, etc. Finding what’s right for you can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be.

The five guidelines we’ve listed below will help you break down your decision process and properly evaluate what’s best for you.

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Can I Make Money from My Live Streams?

May 04, 2017

Organizations around the world, including schools, churches, city councils, and sports leagues, have discovered that no matter how hard they try, not everyone in their networks can attend every event.

That’s when live streaming comes in. Live video streaming has proven itself as a formidable way to engage an audience when people can’t attend an event in-person. But streaming doesn’t only benefit online viewers; it can actually be a wonderful way for organizations to generate additional revenue.

How can you make money from your live streams? With BoxCast, it’s easy.

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3 Big Reasons Your High School Needs To Be Live Streaming

May 03, 2017

This post talks about the benefits of streaming for sports including creating revenue, increasing engagement, and involving students. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

Sports streaming is taking the world by storm. Think of any pro sports game you’ve wanted to watch. If you can’t get tickets to the game, you watch it live. If it’s not on TV, chances are that you can find the game streaming online. Live streaming makes every game that much more accessible to fans, wherever they are.

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How to Choose the Right Microphone for Your Pastor

April 20, 2017

This post talks about the advantages of different types of microphones for your church including headset, gooseneck, lavalier, and shotgun microphones. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

If you’ve been live streaming services or other church events, you realize the importance of audio quality.

Few things can ruin a broadcast more thoroughly than bad sound. We’ve written before about ways to improve audio without getting into equipment, but this post deals with the types of microphones your church should use during services.

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What Should You Know About Live Video in 2017?

April 18, 2017

There's no doubt about it: live video streaming has taken off.

Over the past couple years, video streaming has proven itself as a meaningful way for organizations to connect with audiences and retain their attention. We believe that 2017 is the year that live video streaming will cement itself as a mainstream digital medium. In fact, by 2020, video streaming will account for 82% of all internet traffic, according to a recent Cisco report.

As streaming inevitably becomes even more popular, video equipment will become increasingly accessible and affordable. Below are other video trends you can expect in 2017.

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How to Stream to YouTube Live

April 17, 2017

This post looks at how to stream to YouTube Live. It covers the steps for streaming directly to the platform and how to stream to other locations like Periscope and Facebook Live. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Integrations. 

When you think about video on the internet, YouTube is the biggest name in the industry. With over 1 billion unique viewers each month, the platform is a powerful and effective space for sharing your digital video content.

As live video streaming rose in popularity over the past few years, YouTube slowly rolled out their own live streaming solution. Initially available to its creators with high subscriber rates, YouTube Live is now available to the masses.

As a powerful center of online video, many organizations find YouTube Live to be a great destination for their live streams.

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Top 5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Live Streaming

April 05, 2017

This post covers the main reasons your church should be considering live streaming it's services. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Increased access to the internet has transformed the way people communicate. It is nearly impossible to be in a public place for more than a few minutes without seeing someone use a smartphone to check Facebook, read an article, or send a quick text.

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Why Should Local Governments Stream Their Meetings Online?

April 05, 2017

For centuries, civic engagement and a collective interest in communal affairs is what gave life to the American democracy. Residents would crowd into town halls to gain insight and contribute to what was happening in the community. Journalists and other members of the press would turn out to get the hot story for the day.

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How to Turn Your Games into Pay-Per-View Events

April 05, 2017

When we started working with ECAC Hockey in 2015, they were looking for a way to monetize their tournaments outside of traditional ticket sales.

With the help of BoxCast's complete live video streaming platform, ECAC Hockey created a new revenue source that is helping their organization thrive. They monetized their video content and brought some of the best collegiate hockey action in the country to thousands of people who can't be in the stands.

Here's how it works....

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How to Craft a Compelling Video Story for Your Church

April 04, 2017

It’s undisputed that there’s immense power in video.

Many of us don’t even realize how pervasive of a communications tool it has become. But think of how much video content we process daily, whether it be from news, commercials, movies, or YouTube. Video's ability to simultaneously appeal to both sight and sound has captivated audiences for decades. We’re hooked!

The previous post in this series discussed why video is so important and listed several ways you could incorporate video storytelling at your church. This post offers specific tactics to build a storyline and identify your sources.

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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 Local Government

March 22, 2017

This post covers the cameras, tripods, and production equipment that we have seen work well for local government video. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

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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Does Live Video Streaming Hurt Church Attendance?

March 16, 2017

This post talks about whether or not streaming your services hurts your church attendance. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

When a church is deciding whether to stream its services, one of the most common concerns is if going online will affect in-person attendance on Sunday mornings.

This post addresses that concern head-on, showing how live video streaming is actually an important step to grow and strengthen your church community.

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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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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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How to Better Connect With Your Live Stream Audience

March 02, 2017

This post explores best practices for connecting with your live stream audience. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

As wonderful a tool as live streaming is, watching a worship service online is not the same as attending one.

So much of the worship experience is enhanced by connecting with fellow members and the greater church family.

Those aspects are harder to achieve from a distance.

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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 for Church Leaders

February 14, 2017

This post explores five Facebook groups that will help you develop your own ministry, whether you’re the senior pastor, an A/V professional, or worship leader. It's part of our series on church tech.

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

This post is an in-depth comparison of three hardware video encoders: the BoxCaster, Teradek VidiU, and Digicast. It's the main post in our series on video encoders.

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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How to Get the Most Out of Your Worship Service on Your Live Stream

February 01, 2017

This post explores different ways that you can make sure your church's live stream is maximizing it's impact. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Take a moment to imagine a Sunday at your church. It probably consists of fellowship, congregational prayer, worship through song, Scripture reading, and the preaching of the Word.

Though worship is one of these main components, it often gets the short stick when it comes to your live video stream.

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How to Include New Voices in Your Church Communications

January 30, 2017

The members of a church are what make a church so powerful. Without the people who make up the body, a church would simply be a building or gathering place.  

Too often, however, we only hear a few select voices in a church’s communications.

Any sort of exclusion is not usually deliberate; to remain consistent and efficient, many churches rely on the same staff and volunteers to put together newsletters, bulletins, and social media posts. While it’s important to keep control of church communications to avoid confusion and ensure the right messages are delivered, there should be room for a variety of voices and opinions.

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How to Choose the Best Live Video Streaming Solution

January 24, 2017

This post addresses how to go about finding the best live streaming solution. It's the main post in our series on how to start live streaming.

The secret’s out: There’s immense power in live video streaming.

When organizations like schools, sports leagues, churches, or municipalities, decide to stream, they no longer confine their events to the spaces in which they're held; instead, streaming allows people to watch from wherever they are.

There are several different streaming providers to choose from. Evaluating each one and navigating the differences between them can be overwhelming. This post outlines six key features to consider when evaluating different streaming solutions.

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What Can Your Church Do to Attract Young Adults?

January 12, 2017

This post covers some of the best ways to reach out to young adults adults and engage them in your ministry and community. It's part of our series on church growth.

If you ever feel like your church struggles to attract and keep young adults as they transition into adulthood, you’re not alone. Churches around the world struggle with this same thing.

Many young people are less likely than older generations to be religiously affiliated or believers. Some can be resistant to outreach and others are even downright hostile to organized religion. Yet, their participation in the ministry is essential to the future of churches.

So what can you do?

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Do You Know What People Are Saying About Your Church?

January 05, 2017

Do you know what people are saying about your church?

Not what they’re saying in person or during the meetings of various church bodies, but online?

You should.

Just as the internet and social media help your church share its message with more people than ever before, these mediums allow anyone to publicly leave both positive and negative comments about your church.

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