Is Your Church Using Social Media the Right Way?

April 28, 2019

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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5 Things We Learned from NAB 2019

April 23, 2019

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 2019 show.

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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How to Choose the Right Microphone for Your Pastor

April 21, 2019

This post talks about the advantages of different types of microphones for your church including headset, gooseneck, lavalier, and shotgun microphones. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

If you’ve been live streaming services or other church events, you realize the importance of audio quality.

Few things can ruin a broadcast more thoroughly than bad sound. We’ve written before about ways to improve audio without getting into equipment, but this post deals with the types of microphones your church should use during services.

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8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Live Video Stream

April 18, 2019

This talks about the steps to makes sure that you have a successful stream each time you broadcast. 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 you are trying to increase the production quality of your broadcast instead, check out this guide. Otherwise, read on to learn about the checklist you should create to ensure that your broadcast goes off without a hitch.

Below are eight ways that you can really take your stream to the next level.  

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How to Embed a Live Stream on Your Website

April 18, 2019

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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The Best 4K Cameras for Live Streaming

April 17, 2019

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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6 Important Things You Need to Host an Awesome Graduation Ceremony

April 17, 2019

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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What is Cloud Transcoding?

April 10, 2019

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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What Does 4K Actually Mean?

April 09, 2019

This post is a brief introduction to the world of 4K. It covers the basics of the video resolution and addresses what makes it better than HD resolution. It's part of our series on 4K live streaming.

Whether you work in the world of video production or are merely a purchaser of electronics, you’ve likely heard about 4K video. 4K isn’t just a buzzword; it’s an incredible, new quality of video that’s soon to be the standard quality for any TV, computer screen, or camera. 

Understanding what 4K technology actually means will help you make educated purchasing decisions on 4K labeled products, regardless of whether they’re at the consumer, prosumer, or professional level.

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BoxCast Platform Update- April 9, 2019

April 09, 2019

This is the April 2019 update for the BoxCast Platform. The update includes the following:

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10 Expert Ways to Make Your Tournament Unforgettable

April 06, 2019

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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5 Steps You Must Take Before Streaming Live

April 04, 2019

This post addresses five steps to take before each stream to ensure you have a quality broadcast. It's part of our series on how to start live streaming.

When you live stream for the first time, it's important to build a repeatable process to ensure that you deliver the best possible broadcast.

Here's what you should be doing each time you stream:

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5 Ways to Attract Fans to Your Games

April 03, 2019

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

April 03, 2019

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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