How to Discover the Big Picture in Church Communication

August 07, 2017

We’ve all heard it before: “Look at the big picture.” It didn’t occur to me until recently that the key word here is “picture.”

Focusing on the big picture, or taking a step back, is not a problem. The problem is knowing what the picture is. What are we even looking at in the first place?

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Why Are There Two Black Bars on the Sides of My Video? (Aspect Ratio)

July 18, 2017

Every so often, customers approach us asking why their live streams have black bars on either side of their videos.

This common problem has to do with what’s called aspect ratio, or the proportional relationship between the width and height of an image. 

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What a White Noise Machine Taught Me About Live Streaming

July 14, 2017

You’ve heard it since you were a kid: “You get what you pay for.” Still, there’s a certain temptation to the idea that when you use something for free, you beat the system. Companies prey on that instinct when they tout that their products are “free."  

I fell for that trap. This post describes my experience with a free product and what it reminded me about the true value of things.

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5 Ways to Attract New Members To Your Church

July 11, 2017

You pour your heart into your ministry every day. In an era in which people are often overcommitted and pulled in too many directions, how can you ensure that it reaches the most amount of people?

This post outlines five ways that may help attract new members and grow your church.

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Which BoxCast Streaming Plan is Right for You?

June 22, 2017

Welcome to the wonderful world of BoxCast streaming! We’re so glad that you’re taking the initiative to share your events online. This post will highlight the differences between our different streaming plans to help you choose which option is best for you.

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How Much Does Live Streaming Cost?

June 16, 2017

If your organization is thinking about live streaming its events, one of the first questions that will undoubtedly come up is “So, how much does it cost?”

Let's break it down. This post will outline three main factors to consider when determining your budget.  

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How We’ve Made Customer Support a Key Pillar of Our Business

June 02, 2017

When you're involved in streaming video production, there are a lot of nerves at play right before a broadcast goes live. For some reason, the stakes of any event always feel higher when it’s being shared with an unlimited online audience.

That's often because you not only have to make sure that the in-person event goes well, but also that your viewers enjoy a great experience online.

That can feel like a lot of responsibility to bear. And at BoxCast, we don’t think you should have to do it alone. Since our onset, we’ve approached customer support as one of the key pillars of our company. After all, without happy customers, we wouldn’t be in business!

This post outlines the various ways we strive to set our customers up for success throughout their entire streaming process.

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4 Ways to Make Your Church Video Announcements Great

May 26, 2017

Have you noticed that people often don’t remember what you review during your weekly church announcements? Though you might be speaking to a room full of people who hear you, it’s quite possible that not many are listening.

That’s because, as we discussed in this post, people come to church to worship and be among their fellow churchgoers, not to listen to a monologue of church announcements.

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Here's What to Remember When Writing a Church Video Script

May 18, 2017

Videos are compelling communication tools that harness the power of imagery. And as the saying goes, a picture tells a thousand words.

But when it comes to video, we often can’t only rely on visuals to tell the entire story. Words are powerful, too. In many cases, a script is the backbone of a video, providing it with structure and direction.

This is the final post in a series about video storytelling for your church. The first post discussed why video is so important. Next, we offered specific tactics to build a storyline and identify sources. This post explores a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when crafting your script.

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The Best Strategy for Buying Video Equipment

May 09, 2017

If you’re new to live video streaming, you might feel intimidated by the prospect of determining what equipment you need, especially with all the options you have for cameras, cables, switchers, etc. Finding what’s right for you can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be.

The five guidelines we’ve listed below will help you break down your decision process and properly evaluate what’s best for you.

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