Blog Posts

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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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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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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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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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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