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How to Fix Audio Issues on Your Live Stream

May 15, 2019

Have you ever watched a video with no or really bad audio? Whether it's play-by-play commentary during a sporting event or a church choir singing its best song, viewers want the audio to be great. In this post, we'll outline how to fix any issues you might be having with your broadcast's audio.

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How to Add a Scoreboard to Your Sports Live Stream

May 13, 2019

Arguably the most important part of recreating the in-person experience of a game is letting your viewers see the score. If fans don't know who's winning or losing, your game's going to be tough to follow — especially for those who start watching in the middle of your broadcast.

For that reason, it's crucial for sports broadcasters to find a way to add a scoreboard to their live streams. Here are a few ways you can do it.

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What Upload Speed Do I Need to Live Stream?

May 08, 2019

This post explores identifying upload speeds required for broadcasting, finding your current bandwidth, and troubleshooting potential connection issues. It's the main post in our series on upload speed for live streaming.

Most broadcasters recognize the critical role of network connections in creating great live video.

As a result, one of the most common questions we hear at BoxCast is, “What internet speed do I need to live stream?”

Our answer— to the frustration of our inquirers is almost always, "It depends."

Unfortunately, the response involves more intricacy than a simple calculation. This post provides the information, context, and tools needed to estimate the network speeds you require for a high-quality broadcast.


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The Equipment You Need to Add Announcer Audio to Your Live Sports Streams

May 06, 2019

This post talks about the audio equipment needed to add announcers to your broadcast. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

Live sports aren't nearly the same without announcers. We're used to hearing the greats like Al Michaels and Bob Costas call the games while we enjoy the action on the field. If you're a football fan, you have to love listening to Jon Gruden's expert insight and analysis during Monday Night Football games, right?

If you're live streaming your games, you'll want to add announcer audio because it enhances the viewers' experience.

So, how do you easily add announcer audio to your live streams? This post, drawing from insights shared in How to Add Announcer Audio to Your Live Stream, provides you with a short list of equipment we recommend you buy if you want to add announcer audio to your sports streams.

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Connecting with Millennials: 5 Best Practices for Churches

May 05, 2019

This guest post covers how churches can engage with millennials. The article is brought to you by our friends at Vision2, a giving engagement platform for the Church. It's part of our series on church growth.

Your church has almost certainly heard a lot about the millennial generation, a term that refers to young adults roughly between the ages of 22 and 37. While they may be grouped together in a single generation, it’s impossible to generalize about such a large and varied array of people.

However, understanding the cultural moment in which millennials have grown up as well as some of the broader interests that many of them have expressed are both important to communicate effectively with them.

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How to Start Your Search For City Council Live Streaming

May 05, 2019

This post talks about beginning your search for a platform for local government live streaming. It's part of our series on local government live streaming.

If you're a communications director, clerk, elected official, or IT director for a local government, the world of public meeting live streaming can seem daunting.

If you’ve asked around to see how your neighbors are bringing their meetings into the online world, you may have received a wide variety of answers. One town next to you may have a $100,000 AV system while another may be streaming to Facebook Live off of a council member's phone.

If you have been tasked with figuring out the right live streaming solution for your municipality, the variation of options may be making it difficult to start on the process of finding the right solution. In this post, we breakdown both ends of the spectrum and explain an alternative that is a better fit.

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HDMI vs. SDI Video Connections: What's the Difference?

May 04, 2019

When streaming events live, there are several ways to output video and audio from a video source to a streaming device. Two of the most common are HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and SDI (Serial Digital Interface). This post sets out to explain the differences between the two.

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How to Write a Church Newsletter People Will Read

May 03, 2019

This post talks about creating a meaningful newsletter to engage members of your church. It's part two of our post on church newsletters. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

Ah, the art of the church e-newsletter...

Though email can be a wonderful way to communicate important information to your church body, many people struggle to understand what to include in the body of their message and how to use the platform to their advantage.

This is a two-part blog-series. Last week, I discussed the logistics and best practices for creating an effective email newsletter program. This week's post focuses on how to create a newsletter that your church body will want to read....and keep reading.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Worship Service on Your Live Stream

May 03, 2019

This post explores different ways that you can make sure your church's live stream is maximizing it's impact. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Take a moment to imagine a Sunday at your church. It probably consists of fellowship, congregational prayer, worship through song, Scripture reading, and the preaching of the Word.

Though worship is one of these main components, it often gets the short stick when it comes to your live video stream.

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7 Types of Camera Shots To Consider When Filming Church Services

May 02, 2019

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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Roland V-1HD Video Switcher: A Customer Review

May 01, 2019

This post is a video review of the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

We recently incorporated the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher into our production studio and love what it’s allowed us to do with our broadcasts. We’re convinced that this easy-to-use switcher is the perfect solution for any broadcaster, especially those who are new to the video production game, work on a small team, or even run a one-person show.

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