Customer: Kent State University
What they Stream: Division 1 sports, school events
The Setup: Multiple setups and workflows depending on event to the BoxCaster Pro
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Jason Forbes, Senior Media Specialist at Kent State University, a Division 1 school in Kent, Ohio about how they use the BoxCaster Pro to stream athletics and school events.
The link between ministry and technology is not immediately obvious. In fact, it can be easy to question whether technology has any place in the church at all.
Still, as ministries around the country continue to incorporate various modes of technology into their day-to-day operations, it becomes paramount to examine God’s Word on the subject.
Below are four Bible verses that encourage techology in ministry.
'Simulcasting' is the name for live streaming to multiple destinations (your website, Facebook Live, AppleTV, etc.) at once.
If you're live streaming the same video content to your website and to YouTube at the same time, we would say 'your live stream is being simulcast to your website and YouTube' or 'you are simulcasting your broadcast to two destinations.'
It's just a term to help define that form of multi-destination digital broadcasting in a world where there are many places on the internet to send your live stream.
With that definition out of the way, let's dive into the value of simulcasting.
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.
Customer: USA Deaf Basketball Federation
What they Stream: 10-day basketball tournament
Live Streaming Goals: Broadcasting the world championships to fans around the world
We had the opportunity to go onsite to visit with Stephen DaSilva and the USADBF Organizing Committee. We learned about how they used BoxCast to stream the U21 Deaf World Basketball Championships to their fans around the world.
The Cleveland International Film Festival is an annual film festival based in Cleveland, Ohio. It is the largest film festival in the state. Every year, the film festival presents hundreds of feature films, and attracts over 100,000 visitors to the city.
Live streaming can be a great way for your organization to earn additional revenue. There are a variety of options for monetizing your streams. At BoxCast, there are two main ways our organizations make money from their broadcasts.
In this post, we're going to talk about the first method: ticketing viewers.
At BoxCast, we believe that your live streamed events should be as similar as possible to your in-person events. If you sell tickets to watch your in-person event, you should be able to sell tickets to the live streamed event as well. BoxCast makes it possible and easy.
Arguably the most important part of recreating the in-person experience of a game is letting your viewers see the score. If viewers don't know who is winning or losing the game will be tough to follow, especially if they tune into a broadcast in the middle.
For that reason, it's important for sports broadcasters to find a way to add a scoreboard to their live streams. Here's a few ways to do it.
This post covers the best video switchers for starting to live stream with multiple camera angles. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.
When it's time to level up your live stream from one camera to more than one camera, your production setup adds an additional piece of equipment: a video switcher.
A video switcher allows you to bring in multiple feeds (camera, audio, presentation slides, etc) and choose which feed to send live at any given moment.
Customer: Redeemer Church- Madison, GA
What they Stream: Church services
The Setup: 3 Cameras and ProPresenter into a video switcher into the BoxCaster
We recently had the opportunity to speak with the team at Redeemer Church in Madison, Georgia about how they use BoxCast to live stream their worship services.
Customer: Capital University, Bexley, Ohio
What they Stream: Athletics
Live Streaming Goals: High-quality video to stay ahead of the curve
Customer: Media Tree, Muscatine, IA
What they Stream: A morning show based in a grocery store, highlighting the community
Live Streaming Goals: Engaging the community and marketing the grocery store
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Chad Yocom, owner of Media Tree, a video production company in Muscatine, IA about how his team uses BoxCast to produce daily community shows for Hy-Vee grocery store.
BoxCast and Wirecast have teamed up to allow you to stream directly to BoxCast using Wirecast's video production software. This integration allows you to use Wirecast's impressive production tools with BoxCast's robust streaming platform.
BoxCast is ranked #30 on the Plain Dealer / cleveland.com list of 2018 Top Workplaces in Northeast Ohio in the category of small companies.
BoxCast made the list in it's first year of eligibility, after passing the minimum team size to qualify for the rankings.
The inclusion on this year's list is a validation of what we already know: An incredible team, strong company values, and fast-paced growth make BoxCast a great place to go to work everyday.
We know that streaming video content live is valuable to viewers who are unable to attend an event in person. However, in many cases, the archives of those broadcasts can be just as important for viewers as the live video.
For that reason, it's important to consider where your archived broadcasts will be available for on-demand playback and how you’re going to get them there.
Anyone who’s dipped their toes into the waters of live audio production knows that various small things have a huge impact on sound quality. For example, did you know that every cable you use in your production setup has the potential to add noise to your audio feed? It’s important to understand audio cables – and how they’re made – to properly assess which one is right for the job.
Having audio issues? You might want to check out How To Fix Audio Issues On Your Live Stream first.
In this post, we’ll discuss the types of signals that different cables carry. As you’ll soon learn, they can either be balanced or unbalanced. This post dives deeper into what balanced and unbalanced audio means.
Because BoxCast uses the BoxCaster to encode video, there's no need to purchase an additional computer to stream. While setups may vary by case, here's the most basic way to integrate ProPresenter and BoxCast to stream high production video using these two powerful tools.
If your organization is thinking about live streaming its events, one of the first questions that will undoubtedly come up is “So, how much does it cost?”
Let's break it down. This post will outline three main factors to consider when determining your budget.
If you’re just getting started with 4K streaming, there are a few things to keep in mind when seeking a 4K camera. One is that in order for a camera to live stream in 4K, it has to be able to output a 4K signal (typically over SDI or HDMI). The recommended cameras below can output a 4K signal over HDMI, SDI, or both.
Streaming council meetings on your website is a great start to public meeting transparency. However, as more and more platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter announce the ability to stream live video, you may be wondering how to take advantage. The good news is you don’t have to create separate streams for those locations. Instead, you can use an easy technique called simulcasting.
Now that you’ve started to stream, you may have run into a few words or terms that you’re unfamiliar with.
Having a solid grasp on industry vocabulary will help you navigate the technology available to you, troubleshoot potential issues and improve the overall quality of your streams.
Below you’ll find definitions of some of the most frequently used and important streaming terms.
Many organizations use their live streams to make money. There are a variety of options for monetization.
1. You can use ticketing to charge your viewers to watch.
2. You can use Graphic Overlays to display ads overtop or during breaks in your broadcast.
In this article, we will address the second method. We aren't going to be talking about how to go about finding sponsors for your stream (if that's what you're looking for, this post might be helpful), but rather how to go about adding them to your broadcast.
Things are moving so fast in the video world that it can be hard to keep up. If you're in charge of live streaming or building out your live streaming strategy for the future and need to wrap your head around it all, you're in the right spot.
The resolution of your stream is something that is most likely top of mind. In this brief overview, we'll address the direction of live streaming resolution in order to help you determine what quality level is right for you.
Social media, when used correctly, is an incredibly effective communication tool.
Still, many municipalities that run social media accounts struggle to understand what to do with them. A social presence is important, but it’s tough to build an engaging audience.
Below are five best practices that will help your city build a stronger social media presence.
These days, it’s hard to keep track of all of the many streaming platforms out there. It seems like every social media company is diving headfirst into the world of streaming.
Periscope, one of the pioneers in the world of online streaming, is the platform of choice for Twitter. Over the years, Periscope has become more natively integrated with Twitter. It is now essentially thought of as “Twitter Live,” even though it still maintains its own platform separate from the Twitter-sphere.
All that said, many organizations have active Twitter accounts and can benefit from streaming their live video to that platform.
If you are streaming through a social platform (Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube Live, etc) you might find the process of embedding the stream on your website to be clunky. Most of those platforms make embedding difficult because they would rather keep your viewers on their platforms.
The main exception to that is YouTube. YouTube makes embedding easier, but their player will link to other third party videos on your website and ads so that they can monetize your video.
In April of 2016, Facebook entered the live streaming world and brought new levels of attention to the online engagement platform that had been growing for years. Within a matter of months, they quickly discovered that users spend 3x more time watching live video than any other form of content. Live streaming is powerful.
At BoxCast, we believe that significant moments that are captured live should be kept and cherished. With that thought in mind, we are constantly making it easier for viewers to find significant moments in an archived video.
At BoxCast, we believe that every event that is viewed live should be streamed live. With that thought in mind, we are constantly working to recreate the in-person experience for remote viewers.
Cloud Transcoding: The act of duplicating video into all of the various resolutions needed for smooth playback in the cloud.
Example: BoxCast uses cloud transcoding to break live video into five resolutions: 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p to ensure smooth viewer playback.
BoxCast offers the easiest and most complete streaming solution that fits our customer's needs.
Our product team is constantly working to release features that make live streaming easier and smarter.
Here's a summary of a few of the features that we offer empower broadcasters to create incredible streams for their viewers.
The common belief is that more pixels means a higher-quality picture for viewers. But this isn’t necessarily true, thanks to the video compression process.
When encoding for live streaming, hardware and software encoders compress raw video using techniques like chroma subsampling, spatial image compression, and temporal motion compensation to reduce the bandwidth of the original video to about 1/1000th of its original size.
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.
You’re watching a video online. It plays for a couple of seconds, and then it begins to buffer. This can be frustrating for any type of video content, especially if you’re watching a live broadcast, because now you’ve missed seconds, or minutes, of an event that you can no longer experience at the moment.
The task of finding your next camera can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re searching for one that costs $400 or $10,000, there seems to be a never-ending list of features and options to evaluate.
To guide you through your search, we’ve pulled together a list of “must-have” and “nice-to-have” features to consider when choosing the right camera for a high-quality live video stream.
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?
In the summer, your organization might host various outdoor activities you want to stream: a wedding, a concert, or a festival. This poses a whole new set of challenges for your crew. Pulling it off will require some planning and maybe even a rehearsal or two.
Below are the challenges you might face and tips on how to overcome them.
It happens about once a week — someone starts their very first stream with a camera pointed at themselves; while watching it on their computer or tablet, they’re surprised to discover that they’re watching themselves from about 30 seconds ago, and they call us to ask why their stream is so delayed.
Customer: Andrew College, Cuthbert, GA
What they Stream: School-wide events and eight different sports
Live Streaming Goals: Engaging alumni and the community
The Setup: Single camera into the BoxCaster
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mark Brown, the Facilities Coordinator to the College in Cuthbert, GA about how Andrew College uses BoxCast to stream their school-wide events.
You’ve set up a great live stream and are ready to broadcast the success of your athletic teams for everyone to see. You’ve even set up ticketing to monetize your stream. But how do you market it?
When it comes to getting the word out about your live video streams, many experts will point you to social media platforms.
This article discusses why sports organizations at any level should have a dedicated social media manager who gives life to the team’s social media presence - someone who can create and post content, engage with viewers, and best represent your organization to a massive audience.
This year, BoxCast attended the show and learned some new insights into what trends are popular within the industry. This post is your guide to all of the trends related to live streaming and how they are changing the state of the industry.
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.
So, you’ve decided to start live video streaming.
Or you’ve at least started to do your research. As you’ve probably already discovered, choosing equipment can be challenging and time consuming.
Let us help. Though BoxCast works well with all sorts of different cameras and production equipment, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites to help you get started. Whether you’re just getting started or a professional videographer, this post is for you.
It seems like everything in video is now 4K—TVs, cameras, and even my iPhone can shoot 4K video. I’m sure I could record some unbelievable footage of my family, my bands, and my church. But how would all of this 4K talk translate to the world of live streaming?
It’s that time of year again: colleges, high schools, junior highs, elementary schools and pre-schools are gearing up for their graduation ceremonies.
These ceremonies, though entirely symbolic, are often included in the list of people’s most important life moments. They celebrate the culmination of tireless work, late nights, some failures, more successes, and individual growth.
That means that as an organizer or a host of a graduation ceremony, there's a lot riding on your shoulders. Below are certain things you should consider to ensure your graduation ceremony is flawless.
In order to live stream video content, significant amounts of bandwidth are required. Your required bandwidth to broadcast in 4K depends on the type of compression that you use on the video.
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.
This post considers different ways to attract fans to your sports games. It's part of our series on sports engagement.
Modern sports marketing seems to be all about “the fan experience.” Though we don't like to acknowledge the truth in it, that expression suggests that the game itself isn’t enough of a draw anymore.
And for many fans, it isn’t.
To draw a broader audience and extend the shelf life of your events – whether it’s a conference tournament, rec league all-star game or even a league championship – you may want to consider creating fan-friendly attractions.
As every broadcaster knows, the most important piece of equipment in your production arsenal is your camera. (The second most important piece is your encoder). Viewers won’t watch something that’s poorly captured, so as you develop your live streaming strategy, be sure to dedicate proper resources to finding the right camera.
We've done the legwork to make your search easier. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite cameras for live streaming at the consumer, prosumer, and professional levels.
Ministries around the country are finding the value in live video streaming, as it allows them to reach and engage their communities in ways that they were unable to before. Since you’ve found your way to this article, chances are high that you’ve decided that streaming could enhance your own ministry!
Choosing video equipment can be an overwhelming task. We’ve put together a list of our favorite equipment to make your decision as simple as possible.
Your church might already have a presence on social media, but is it doing enough to attract and engage worshippers? Below are ways to strengthen your ministry through social media.
If you had to guess, how many American kids between the ages of 8 and 17 would you say play organized sports? Would you believe that the number falls somewhere between 21.5 - 28.7 million kids? And it’s only growing.
The youth sports space is becoming increasingly competitive as the caliber of high school play improves each year. And if parents have dreams of their kids playing at the collegiate level - you better believe they’ll start them young.
Since playing on local or school teams simply isn’t enough anymore, club teams and tournaments have become essential to developing a child’s talent. If you’re a tournament organizer, consider these 10 factors to take your tournament to the next level.
There may be nothing in history that has revolutionized our online behavior as much as social media.
What started as a fun way to stay in touch with friends and family has grown into a medium by which organizations can share, learn from, and interact with their online audiences. Social media platforms have the power to increase brand awareness, drive prospects, convert leads and delight customers. Failure to leverage these platforms runs the risk of your organization becoming irrelevant online.
Below are four things your organization can do when it puts adequate time into building a strong social media presence:
BoxCast is a complete, easy-to-use live video streaming solution for organizations. Our customers vary wildly in size from small churches to pro sports teams and professional broadcasters. It is common for us to observe a single broadcast spike in viewership from a few dozen to tens of thousands of concurrent viewers very rapidly.
All the while, hundreds of other broadcasts are being live streamed around the globe. And our system automatically responds day or night to handle the load without blinking an eye.
BoxCast was built by an engineering team who focused on automation. In fact, BoxCast holds patents for automated streaming. Prior to founding BoxCast, our team built mission-critical automation systems for aviation and other industries with no margin for error. Taking this mindset, we have spent years engineering the most advanced video cloud infrastructure in the world.
Rivalries. Every school knows which opponents they love to hate. And each year, teams work hard preparing for the big game when - in front of screaming crowds - they’ll face off to declare that year’s victory.
While coaches and players put in hours in the gym, on the courts and fields, there are several things you can do as an athletic director to ensure you successfully promote the big game:
I can't think of many things better than grabbing a cold drink and some peanuts before settling down to watch a baseball game for a few hours on beautiful summer day. The sun in my face and the roar of the crowd — I love it.
But what happens if, as a fan, I can’t make it to my favorite team’s games? Many schools have solved this exact problem by streaming their games live. If you’re looking to stream your baseball or softball games, this post outlines everything you’ll need.
You can grow your live streaming audience by improving the quality of your broadcasts, and by analyzing viewership data to improve your viewer's experience. The total number of viewers for your broadcasts is a great statistic to know, but access to in-depth analytics can help you learn more. These numbers give you metrics for reporting and also provide information to help improve your reach and engagement.
With BoxCast's Enhanced Analytics tool, we provide you with robust viewer metrics. This article breaks down the robust statistics provided by the BoxCast Dashboard.
If you have fewer than 100 members attend your church on a given weekend, you’re in the majority. In fact, 60% of Protestant churches fall into this category.¹
Though becoming a mega-church (church bodies that typically attract more than 1,000 adults each weekend) is in no way the goal for most pastors, you probably want your ministry to touch as many people as it can.
Customer: The Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Petersburg, FL
What they stream: Church services
Live Streaming Goals: Engage congregation and reach those who cannot attend service in person
The Setup: Single camera into the BoxCaster
We were recently lucky enough to speak with John V. DiPietro of Cathedral Church of St. Peter, an Episcopal cathedral in St. Petersburg, Florida. He talked to us about his BoxCast experience as well as how he was able to convince his church to stream.
Live sports aren't nearly the same without announcers. We're used to hearing the greats like Al Michaels and Bob Costas call the games while we enjoy the action on the field. If you're a football fan, you have to love listening to Jon Gruden's expert insight and analysis during Monday Night Football games, right?
If you're live streaming your games, you'll want to add announcer audio because it enhances the viewers' experience.
So, how do you easily add announcer audio to your live streams? This post, drawing from insights shared in How to Add Announcer Audio to Your Live Stream, provides you with a short list of equipment we recommend you buy if you want to add announcer audio to your sports streams.
If you're looking to enhance the value of your live stream, integrating multiple camera angles is a great way to get started.
How? By using a video switcher.
We all know there are few things more enjoyable than being in the stands of a great game. Emotions run high and the strangers who fill the arena seem suddenly to be best friends, brought together by the love for your team.
However, generating this enthusiasm for your team doesn’t happen automatically.
Here are three things you can do to build your fan base and foster a community that people are excited to be a part of.
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 city official, you may be wondering if YouTube Live can help you effectively engage with your residents. What if you could stream your city council meetings online? How about community events and other happenings around city hall?
I love watching movie trailers. I especially love this time of year because production studios are pushing their big-budget winter blockbusters.
Of all of the streaming platforms out there, Facebook Live may now be the most popular.
Here's a quick background: In April of 2016, Facebook entered the live streaming world and brought new levels of attention to the online engagement platform that had been growing for years. Within a matter of months, they quickly discovered that users spend 3x more time watching live video than any other form of content. Live streaming is powerful.
Facebook is a powerful tool. With a large audience potential, many organizations find Facebook Live to be an important destination for their live streams.
Today we'll be talking about the different types of SDI signals. So, when I started in video production I thought that there was just one type of SDI signal. Boy you have no idea how excited I was when I found out it wasn't just that simple. I guess nothing's really ever simple is it?
Today, I'm excited to show you the new Decimator MD-HX one of the best tools to keep handy for any event that you stream. I like to take one of these everywhere that I go because it's like a Swiss Army knife for handling video signals.
Today I'm going to show you the Magnus VT- 4000: the best tripod you can buy if you're new to video production and live video streaming. I've had mine for about five years now and honestly it's still one of the most reliable pieces of video equipment that I own.
Buzzing or audio noise on a live stream can come from a lot of things. It can come from the cables, audio mixer, or directly from the source audio, like a microphone or another sound source. Here's how you identify and troubleshoot the issue.
This post is based on the "Video Framing & Composition Guide: What You Need to Know to Frame a Killer Shot." To learn simple framing and composition techniques to improve your live streams, download the free guide.
As a camera operator for your church, you can make your message even more powerful by taking some time to consider the goal of each sequence of a service.
Are you trying to evoke emotion? Do you need to emphasize the scenery behind the pastor? What’s the theme of the pastor's sermon?
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.
Live video streaming is taking off. Churches around the country are realizing that when they stream, they can connect with their communities in new ways and engage members when they can’t make it in person.
Still, even the most devout believer is going to have a hard time watching with a live stream if the sound quality is poor.
Often, when local governments begin live streaming their public meetings, they are surprised by the number of people tuning in to watch the broadcasts online. The number of viewers for your broadcasts is a great statistic to know, but access to even more analytics can help you learn more. These numbers give you metrics for reporting and also provide information to help improve your reach and engagement.
With BoxCast's Enhanced Analytics tool, we provide your government with the robust viewer metrics. This article breaks down the robust statistics provided by the BoxCast Dashboard.
Because BoxCast uses the BoxCaster to encode video, there is no need to purchase an additional computer to stream. However, there are a couple different setup options when it comes to adding graphics:
How many times a day do you check your phone?
Though many of us hesitate to admit it, a recent study shows that average users actually check their phone an amazing 110 times a day.
There’s no hiding it - we live in a mobile society. We've grown accustomed to sending an email and getting a response almost immediately. Social media makes pictures of all of our closest friends – and distant acquaintances – instantaneously accessible in the palms of our hands. And with text messages, we can get quick answers to our pressing questions without having to take time to make a phone call.
What does all of this mean for the church?
Have you ever watched a video with no audio or really bad audio? If it is play-by-play commentating for a sporting event or your church's choir singing its best song, your viewers want the audio to be great. In this article, we will discuss how to fix audio issues you might be having.