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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HEVC's Impact on Live Streaming

August 22, 2017

This post talks about HEVC compression and the implications of the new technology for the video streaming industry. It's part of our series on video encoders.

It wasn’t long ago that the discussion of 4K capture and delivery seemed like an elusive hypothetical. Debates abounded regarding the need for 4K versus its high cost and potentially slow rate of consumer adoption.

Five years ago, you’d have to take out a second mortgage to get your hands on a 4K camera. Today, your iPhone is a 4K camera. The change has been dramatic. 4K is no longer a topic of debate; the industry has clearly arrived.

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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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