Ministries around the country are finding the value in live video streaming, as it allows them to reach and engage their communities in ways that they were unable to before. Since you’ve found your way to this article, chances are high that you’ve decided that streaming could enhance your own ministry! 

Choosing video equipment can be an overwhelming task. We’ve put together a list of our favorite equipment to make your decision as simple as possible.

Though BoxCast works well with all kinds of cameras and production equipment, these are our top choices for whether you’re new to the world of streaming, a professional videographer, or fall somewhere in between.

STARTER KIT:

If you’ve decided to dive into video production for the first time, these devices could be just what you’re looking for. When churches are first starting to stream, many will mount a single camera in the back of the sanctuary to capture their Sunday sermons. The technology in these gadgets is great for single-camera set-ups and will ensure that you put your best foot forward, even if you don’t feel like you totally know what you’re doing yet.

  • Camera: Canon Vixia HF R700 ($299.99)Canon Vixia R500
    • Why we like it: This intuitive and easy-to-use R500 captures images in crisp 1080p quality and is a great camera to use when you’re learning the basics of video.
  • Tripod: Weifeng WF717 ($119.99)
    • Why we like it: This tripod is great for any level. Its fluid drag head lets you tilt and pan so that there’s no jerkiness to your image.
      Tripod Weifeng WF717
  • Mic: Audio Technica System 8 (144.95)
    • Why we like it: The System 8 Wireless System gets you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s easy to set-up and will reliably produce good audio.
  • Production: BoxCast Switcher ($300.00/yr)
    • Why we like it: For people who aren't ready to invest in expensive switching equipment, the BoxCast Switcher App is a great place to start. It's an innovative live switching solution that lets you to produce multi-camera events without the hassle of cables, expensive cameras, and complicated switching hardware. 

The Best Equipment for Live Video Streaming: Spring 2017
INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTION:

You have a developed understanding of video equipment and are no longer seeking the most basic production tools. Still, you’re not ready to dive into the most sophisticated technologies. It can be tough to navigate this middle ground, so we’ve done your research for you! Not only are these cameras, tripods and microphones more sophisticated than the ones for beginners, but we’ve also added a Production Tool to the line-up. For a little bit more information on how BoxCast works with Wirecast, watch this video.

  • Camera: Canon XA10 ($1,499.00)
    • CanonXA10.pngWhy we like it: There’s a common concern that to look good on a live video stream, you have to update your entire lighting system.  This HD camera looks great in low light and shuts down that idea. Plus, with its 10x optical zoom, your image will still look amazing for close-ups.  
  • Tripod: Weifeng WF717 ($119.99)
    • Why we like it: (See above)
  • Mic: Audio Technica System 10 ($379.95)
    • Why we like it: The mic’s wireless system is designed to provide its users with advanced 24-bit operation, meaning it produces the highest audio quality possible. And, it comes equipped with “frequency selection technology,” making it one of the best wireless microphones on the market to deal with signal interference. 
  • Production: Wirecast (starts at $495.00)
    • WirecastWhy we like it: Wirecast is one of the most user-friendly software switchers on the market. You can easily switch back and forth between various camera angles and incorporate overlays onto your stream. Though you do have to pay for it, you can test it out with a free trial.

ADVANCED PRODUCTION:

You’re a sophisticated broadcaster and are looking for tools that will truly enhance your production. We’re sure that these devices will help you do just that.

  • CanonXF105.pngCamera: Canon XF105 ($2,999.99)
    • Why we like it: This camera is very much a prosumer product. Its HD-SDI/SD-SDI Output and HDMI Outputs make it compatible with other equipment, and the 2X XLR Audio Inputs guarantee high quality audio. Plus, it works great with Blackmagic ATEM switchers (which we also love).
  • Tripod  : Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head ($579.88)
    • Why we like it: We’ve found the fluid motion of this tripod to be impeccable. Plus, you can raise it to incredible heights and it’s sturdy enough to support more expensive camera equipment. We’re big fans of this tripod and think it can take a broadcast to the next level.
  • Mic: Audio Technica System 10 ($379.95)
    • Why we like it: (See above)
  • Production: Blackmagic ATEM 4K ($1,610.25)
    • Why we like it: Blackmagic is known for its sophistication and simplicity. The ATEM is an affordable solution with a user-friendly interface that can provide a studio-quality broadcast. We love that it's portable and a great solution for almost any shooting environment.    

 

Recommended For You:

If you've decided to stream but aren't sure which streaming provider is right for your organization, you're not alone. The free Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming highlights key features to consider when evaluating your different options. 

Download the Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming

 

Published by Lena Kelly on November 11, 2015 in Streaming, Church, Tech Tips

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