How to Collect Donations with Your Live Stream

August 09, 2018

This post covers how you can use your live stream to monetize your events with donations and fundraising. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Kent State University

August 01, 2018

 

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

Destinations: Website

 

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.

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How to Get Live DVR for Your Live Stream

July 27, 2018

This post covers how to allow viewers to DVR your live stream so that they can jump to different sections of the stream while it's live. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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4 Bible Verses That Encourage Technology in Ministry

July 26, 2018

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.

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How to Stream to Multiple Destinations at Once: Intro To Simulcasting

July 25, 2018

This post talks about how you can send your live stream to multiple destinations like Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Periscope (Twitter), your website, AppleTV, Roku, and many other platforms at once. At BoxCast, we call this 'Simulcasting'. It's part of our series on BoxCast Tech.

'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.

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HEVC (H.265): Impact on Live Streaming

July 23, 2018

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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Live Streaming Spotlight: U21 Deaf World Basketball

July 19, 2018

Customer: USA Deaf Basketball Federation

What they Stream: 10-day basketball tournament

Live Streaming Goals: Broadcasting the world championships to fans around the world

The Setup: Canon VIXIA HF G40 into the BoxCaster with scoreboard overlays via the BoxCast Wireless Scoreboard Adapter

Destination: Website

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.

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Live Streaming Story: How Simulcasting Increases Viewership [CIFF]

July 16, 2018

This post looks at how The Cleveland International Film Festival increased their viewership through the power of BoxCast's simulcasting feature. It's part of our series on BoxCast Case Studies.

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.

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How to Earn Money from a Live Stream with Ticketing

July 13, 2018

This post covers how to earn revenue from a live stream using the ticketing feature from BoxCast. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

1. Setting ticket prices to watch an event

2. Displaying ads and sponsor overlays

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.

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How to Add a Scoreboard to Your Sports Live Stream

July 10, 2018

This post talks about the various ways you can add scoreboard overlays to your live stream on your website, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or Periscope. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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.

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The Best Live Video Switchers (Mixers) for Beginners

July 06, 2018

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.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Redeemer Church

July 05, 2018

Customer: Redeemer Church- Madison, GA

What they Stream: Church services

The Setup: 3 Cameras and ProPresenter into a video switcher into the BoxCaster

Destinations: Their Website, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live

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.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Capital University

June 29, 2018

Customer: Capital University, Bexley, Ohio

What they Stream: Athletics

Live Streaming Goals: High-quality video to stay ahead of the curve

Destinations: Website, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Periscope

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Media Tree

June 28, 2018

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

The Setup: Multiple Cameras to Sling Studio to RTMP

Destinations: Facebook Live, Periscope (Twitter), YouTube Live

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.

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How to Stream for Multi-Site Churches

June 22, 2018

This post talks about how to send a live broadcast of a service or sermon from one church campus to others with a multi-site player. It's part of our series on Multi-Site Churches.

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Stream from Wirecast to BoxCast

June 21, 2018

This post looks at how to stream from Wirecast to BoxCast. It covers the advantages of the Wirecast and BoxCast integration, and how to stream from Wirecast to the BoxCast platform. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Integrations. 

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.

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BoxCast Named a 2018 Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio

June 20, 2018

This post talks about what makes BoxCast a great place to work in 2018. It's part of our series on BoxCast Culture.

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.

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How to Archive Live Streams

June 13, 2018

This post covers how to archive previously streamed broadcasts easily for on-demand playback. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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Balanced vs. Unbalanced Audio: What's The Difference?

June 11, 2018

This post discusses the types of signals that different cables carry and dive deeper into what balanced and unbalanced audio means. It's part of our series on audio tips for live streaming.

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.

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How to Integrate BoxCast with ProPresenter

June 07, 2018

Thousands of organizations use ProPresenter for enhancing events with top quality presentations and production elements. This post will teach you how to set up your workflow to integrate BoxCast and ProPresenter. It's part of our series on BoxCast Integrations.

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.

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How Much Does Live Streaming Cost?

June 04, 2018

This post talks about the price of starting to live stream. 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 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.  

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The Best 4K Cameras for Live Streaming

May 31, 2018

This post covers what we think are the best 4K camera options for live video streaming. There are plenty of 4K camera options out there, but we spec'd out options that are between $1,000-$6,000, to give you the best mix of quality and affordability. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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. 

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How to Stream Government  Meetings to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Twitter

May 29, 2018

This post addresses streaming public meetings to multiple destinations including Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Periscope (Twitter). It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

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.

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Your Ultimate Live Video Streaming Glossary: The Words You Need to Know

May 23, 2018

This post defines some of the key words and acronyms that you hear when you talk about live streaming. It's part of our series on how to start live streaming.

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.

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How to Add Sponsors and Ads to Your Sports Live Stream

May 23, 2018

This post covers how to make money from a sports live stream with sponsorships using the Graphic Overlays feature from BoxCast. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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.

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SD vs. HD vs. 4K: Live Streaming Video Resolutions Explained

May 16, 2018

This post is an overview of live streaming video resolution. In it, we talk about standard-definition (480p + 480i), high-definition (720p, 1080i, + 1080p) and 4K video resolutions. It's the main post in our series on HD Live Streaming.

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.

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How Local Governments Can Build a Strong Social Media Presence

May 10, 2018

This post talks addresses how local governments can build a strong social media presence to better engage with residents. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

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.

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How to Stream to Periscope (and Twitter)

May 10, 2018

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

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.

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How to Embed a Live Stream on Your Website

May 03, 2018

This post looks at how to embed a live stream as a video player on your website. It also talks about what to look for in an embedded live video player. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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Should I Stream My City Council Meetings on Facebook Live?

May 01, 2018

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

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.

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How to Add Video Indexing to Archived Live Streams

April 27, 2018

This post looks at how to index archived live streams to mark significant moments in a video. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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How to Upload Documents to Your Live Stream

April 26, 2018

This post looks at the best ways to upload documents, including presentation slides, agendas, bulletins, and schedules, to better replicate the in-person experience for your remote, live stream viewers. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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What is Cloud Transcoding?

April 18, 2018

This post talks about using the process of cloud transcoding to ensure smooth viewer playback for your HD live streams. It's part of our series on HD live streaming.

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.

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BoxCast Features: Making Live Streaming Easier and Smarter

April 16, 2018

This post covers a few of the features that make the BoxCast platform a powerful and easy way to deliver a live stream with a great viewer experience. It's the main post in our series on BoxCast Features.

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.

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1080p vs. 720p — Is a bigger resolution always better for HD live streaming?

April 12, 2018

This post explains why a 1080p video stream does not always look better than a 720p stream. It's the main post in our series on HD live streaming.

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.

 

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The Best Camera Angles for Every Sport

April 10, 2018

This post walks through the best camera angles to use for live video streaming of sporting events. It covers football, basketball, baseball and volleyball. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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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BoxCast Flow vs. RTMP: A Comparison of Streaming Protocols 

April 10, 2018

This post looks at the differences between BoxCast Flow and RTMP, two live streaming protocols used to deliver live video to streaming services. It's part of our series on BoxCast streaming.

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.

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The 5 Things to Look For When You Buy a Video Camera

April 05, 2018

This post talks about the features you should be looking for when you make a purchase of a new video camera. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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.

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How to Live Video Stream Amazing Outdoor Events

April 04, 2018

This post talks about how to ensure a great broadcast when you decide to stream outdoor events whether a wedding, a concert, or a festival. It's part of our series on live streaming events.

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.

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This is Why Your Live Stream Lags: Intro to Streaming Latency

April 04, 2018

This post talks about the live streaming process and the differences in video conferencing and live streaming. It's part of our series on video encoders.

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.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: Andrew College

April 04, 2018

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

Destinations: Website, Facebook Live, Youtube Live

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.

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Why Your Sports Team Needs a Social Media Manager

April 03, 2018

This post talks about the importance of having a social media manager for your team. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

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. 

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NAB 2018: The Live Streamer’s Recap

April 03, 2018

The NAB Show is the largest event focused on the intersection of technology, media, and entertainment. This post covers the trends that we saw at the 2018 show. It's part of our series on live streaming conferences.

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.

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

March 29, 2018

This post talks about the differences in using HDMI and SDI outputs for video in a live streaming setup. It's part of our series on video encoders.

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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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Every Level

March 29, 2018

This post is a guide to the cameras, tripods, and video switchers that we find to be easy, reliable, and professional at every level. It's the main post in our series on live streaming equipment.

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.

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4K Live Streaming — The Right Questions to Ask

March 28, 2018

This post covers the factors (including encoding, bandwidth, transcoding, playback, and device compatibility) required to deliver a 4K broadcast to your live streaming audience. It's the main piece in our series on 4K live streaming.

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?

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6 Important Things You Need to Host an Awesome Graduation Ceremony

March 27, 2018

This post talks about how to create a great graduation event by thinking about dress code, speakers, awards, entertainment, refreshments, and streaming. It's part of our series on live streaming events.

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.

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Upload Speeds for 4K Live Streaming

March 23, 2018

This post covers the factors that influence your ability to broadcast content in 4K and the recommended bandwidth requirements for your 4K stream. It's part of our series on upload speed for live streaming and 4K live streaming.

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.

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Why is Church Extra Important for Elderly Members?

March 21, 2018

This post addresses the importance of engaging elderly members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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

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5 Ways to Attract Fans to Your Games

March 14, 2018

This post considers different ways to attract fans to your sports games. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

Every year, fans across the country get swept up in Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby or the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest.

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.

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The Best Video Cameras for Live Streaming

March 14, 2018

This post talks about some of the best video cameras that we have found for live streaming at every level. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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.

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your Church

March 08, 2018

This post covers the best cameras, switchers, tripods, and encoders for streaming your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

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.

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Is Your Church Using Social Media the Right Way?

March 08, 2018

This post addresses the importance of using social media to engage with members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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.

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10 Expert Ways to Make Your Tournament Unforgettable

February 27, 2018

This post talks about how to engage your fans and create an incredible tournament experience. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

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.

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4 Reasons Your Organization Needs a Strong Social Media Presence

February 26, 2018

This post addresses why having a social media presence is a crucial  part of growing your organization. It's part of our series on live streaming events.

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: 

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How BoxCast Encodes, Ingests, Transcodes, and Delivers Live Video Streaming at Scale

February 23, 2018

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.

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5 Steps to Promoting Your Biggest Game of the Year

February 20, 2018

This post talks about how to promote your athletic events and maximize engagement for your sports fans. It's the main post in our series on sports engagement.

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:

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How Do I Set Up a Single Camera Stream for Baseball?

February 19, 2018

This post covers the equipment you need to start streaming a baseball game with a single camera. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

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.

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How to View Enhanced Analytics for Your Live Stream

February 16, 2018

This post talks about how to analyze the way viewers engage with your live streams using enhanced analytics. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

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. 

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3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Church

February 16, 2018

Here are three ways you can continue to grow your ministry and reach new audiences for your church. It's the centerpiece of our series on church growth.

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. 

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Live Streaming Spotlight: The Cathedral Church of St. Peter

February 16, 2018

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

Destinations: Website

 

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.

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The Equipment You Need to Add Announcer Audio to Your Live Sports Streams

February 15, 2018

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

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.

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What is a Video Switcher (Mixer)?

February 13, 2018

This post covers how to add multiple camera angles using a video switcher (mixer). It gives an introduction to this piece of equipment. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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.  

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3 Ways to Grow Your Team’s Fan Base

February 13, 2018

This post discusses different ways to grow your team's fan base. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

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.

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Should I Stream My City Council Meetings on YouTube Live?

January 30, 2018

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

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?

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Seeing It First: Why We Love Blockbuster Premieres and Live Video

January 23, 2018

I love watching movie trailers. I especially love this time of year because production studios are pushing their big-budget winter blockbusters.

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How to Stream to YouTube

January 22, 2018

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How to Stream to Facebook Live

January 22, 2018

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

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.

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What's the Difference in SDI Signals (3G, 6G, 12G, Quad Link, etc)?

January 22, 2018

This post is a video explanation of the differences in SDI signals like 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 12G-SDI, and Quad Link SDI and talks about what they are used to accomplish. It's part of our series on video encoders

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?

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How To Add Lower Thirds On A Roland V1-HD

January 22, 2018

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How Fast Does My Internet Need to Be to Live Stream?

January 22, 2018

 

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Decimator MD-HX: A Customer Review

January 22, 2018

This post is a video review of the Decimator MD-HX, one of the most versatile tools in a live streaming production set up. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

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. 

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Magnus VT-4000: A Customer Review

January 22, 2018

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.

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How to Fix the Buzzing Noise on Your Live Stream

January 19, 2018

This post explores buzzing or audio noise that can come from the cables, audio mixer, or directly from the source audio, like a microphone and offers a few troubleshooting tips. It's part of our series on audio tips for live streaming.

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.

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7 Types of Camera Shots To Consider When Filming Church Services

January 18, 2018

This post talks about video production tips for framing individuals in your church live stream. It's part of our series on church live streaming. 

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?

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8 Easy Ways to Survey Your Congregation

January 18, 2018

This post shows eight easy things to keep in mind when attempting to survey the members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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

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

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5 Easy Ways to Improve the Audio of your Church's Live Streams

January 15, 2018

This post covers the best cameras, switchers, tripods, and encoders for streaming your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

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.

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Video Analytics for Local Government Live Streaming

January 15, 2018

This post talks about the the importance of understanding viewer analytics while you live stream local government meetings. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

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. 

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How to Integrate BoxCast with MediaShout

January 12, 2018

MediaShout is a terrific tool for your church to add graphics such as lyrics and presentations to your broadcast. This post will teach you how to set up your workflow to integrate BoxCast and MediaShout. It's part of our series on BoxCast Integrations.

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:

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How to Keep Your Church Relevant in the 21st Century

January 10, 2018

This post talks about how technology can be harnessed to improve engagement with your church's members. It's the main post in our series on church engagement.

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?

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How to Fix the Audio Issues on Your Live Stream

January 04, 2018

This post covers troubleshooting tips for your live stream audio: fixing levels that are too high or low, audio buzzing, or how long to run your audio cables. It's the main post in our series on audio tips for live streaming.

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.

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