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

December 26, 2018

This post is an overview of live streaming video resolution. 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.

The video world is advancing quickly. It's tough for us all to keep pace with increasing standards and qualities.

Video resolution is only one aspect that affects the quality of a live stream. Alongside frame rate, it's the feature most top of mind in determining video quality.

If you're responsible for your organization's live streaming strategy and need to wrap your head around the advancement of video resolution, you're in the right spot.

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The Best Ways to Buy Used Video Equipment for Your Church

December 21, 2018

This post covers the best strategies for acquiring used AV equipment for your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

The cost of video equipment can be a deterrent to churches when they're considering broadcasting services. While most churches aren’t putting on movie-quality productions that require top-of-the-line gear, decent equipment will go a long way toward improving the quality of any broadcast.

Not every church has the budget to buy new equipment. The good news is that there is plenty of high-quality, used equipment out there. You just got to find it. Video lovers and audiophiles tend to be gear junkies and regularly upgrade to the latest equipment. The gear they sell or trade in to finance their habit is often only a year or two old and nearly as good as the latest model.

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How to Make Highlight Clips from Your Live Stream

December 14, 2018

This post covers how to make the most of the significant moments in your live stream with highlight clipping. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

When you live stream, some moments stand out more than others. As a broadcaster, you may want to highlight particular moments in your stream. Those moments could be anything from a soccer goal to a particularly interesting quote from a speaker.

One way to note those moments is by tagging them in the video index of your live stream. If you want to capture those moments in a more shareable format, you need the ability to clip highlights.

On most live streaming platforms, capturing highlights requires downloading the recorded video, editing it elsewhere, and re-uploading clip it as a separate highlight file. At BoxCast, we make capturing highlights easy.

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How to Add Graphic Overlays to Your Live Stream

December 11, 2018

This post looks at how to use easy graphic overlays to add logos, watermarks, lower thirds, and full-screen graphics to your broadcast. It’s part of our series on BoxCast Features.

At BoxCast, we believe high-quality live streaming should be easy. With that in mind, we're constantly working to offer our broadcasters simpler ways to increase the production quality of their streams.

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BoxCast Platform Update- December 7, 2018

December 07, 2018

This is the December 2018 update for the BoxCast Platform. The update includes the following:

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How to Create a High Quality Live Stream on Your iPhone

December 06, 2018

This post talks about how to create high quality live video from your iPhone. It covers internet, stabilization, audio, and choosing the right streaming platform. It's part of our series on How to Start Live Streaming.

In concept, live streaming from your phone appears straightforward. You just whip out your iPhone and press record, right?

Not quite. Anyone who has live streamed from a mobile device before will tell you that there are a few more factors involved in creating a quality live stream.

This post breaks down those factors which include internet, stabilization, audio, the right platform.

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Two Ways to Include Audio on Your Sports Live Streams

December 04, 2018

This post covers two ways you can integrate audio into your sports team's live stream. It's part of our series on audio tips for live streaming.

Imagine turning the TV on to watch your favorite sports team only to discover that no sound was playing. You’d think something was broken. That frustration would quickly turn into anger and you’d likely watch something else.

Viewers’ expectations of your streams aren’t any different. Sure, when people tune into a sports game, they want to see the action. But they also want to be able to hear what’s going on.

If you’ve opted not to include sound because you’re short-staffed or don’t have appropriate resources, there are still ways to provide your viewers with a better experience. This post outlines two easy ways to do just that.

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The Little Things that Make a Great Live Stream Viewer Experience

December 03, 2018

This post addresses features like Captions, Graphic Overlays, Video Indexing, and Document Uploads that take your live stream viewer experience from good to great. It's part of our series on BoxCast Features.

Your live stream lives and dies by how your viewers experience it. If you don't create a great experience for your audience, they won't come back to watch it again.

Notable factors that are fundamental to creating a watchable live stream include video resolution, video frame rate, transcoding, audio quality, and proactive monitoring. These are the basics. If you successfully consistently deliver on these, you are delivering a good viewer experience.

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