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BoxCast Flow vs. RTMP: A Comparison of Streaming Protocols 

January 30, 2019

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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Encoding, Decoding, and Transcoding: How Your Live Stream Reaches Your Viewers

January 29, 2019

This post covers encoding, decoding, and transcoding, the processes behind sending live streams efficiently across the internet to your viewers. It's part of our series on video encoders.

In its raw form, high-quality video is too bulky for broadcasters to upload and viewers to download. Encoding, decoding, and transcoding are three core processes that underlie the speedy transfer of video files to a playable format for your viewers around the world.

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

January 24, 2019

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

January 17, 2019

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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Research Shows This is Why People Switch Churches

January 10, 2019

This post addresses what the data says about why people move to a new church. It's part of our series on church growth.

Approximately half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most often prompted by a move. A 2016 Pew Research Study explored the various reasons why people switch churches and the factors that influence how they find a new one.

This post dives into the research data to further explain why people switch churches.

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Does Live Video Streaming Hurt Church Attendance?

January 10, 2019

This post talks about whether or not streaming your services hurts your church attendance. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

When a church is deciding whether to stream its services, one of the most common concerns is if going online will affect in-person attendance on Sunday mornings.

This post addresses that concern head-on, showing how live video streaming is actually an important step to grow and strengthen your church community.

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What is Frame Rate (fps) and Why Does it Matter in Live Streaming?

January 08, 2019

This post addresses frame rate (fps) and the role that it plays in creating a great quality live stream. It's part of our series on HD live streaming.

While many factors affect the quality of your live video, resolution and frame rate are the most prominent. In this post, we'll talk about the latter.

Note: You can read more on video resolution here.

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3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Church

January 07, 2019

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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State of Live Streaming in 2019: Last 5 Years + Next 5 Years

January 02, 2019

In this post, we'll reflect on the major trends in live streaming over the last five years. Then we'll make some predictions on how the industry will continue to develop into the future.

In 2018, BoxCast celebrated its 5th Birthday 🥳 !

It's been a wild ride so far. The live streaming landscape going into 2019 barely resembles that of 2013. It's a fast-paced world, but that's what makes it so exciting.

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