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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