Looking to bring an extra level of sophistication and interaction to your live video stream? Consider using lower thirds.


“Lower thirds” refer to information presented in the bottom part of the screen - literally in the bottom third of the image. The space is often used to display contextual details, like someone’s name and title, location, or other relevant information. It helps to place the text against a colored background to make it stand out and easy to read.

You’ve likely seen the technique used in newscasts to identify the person speaking on screen or to convey additional, related information.

But how and why is this relevant for your church?



You can use lower thirds to enhance your stream, going one step further to engage your audience.

The people watching at home likely know the name of your lead pastor, so there’s no need to identify him or her throughout the service. But consider using lower thirds if you invite other speakers to the stage to help lead your service, such as Gospel readers and choir soloists.  

What we’re seeing with increasing popularity is churches using lower thirds to identify scripture readings and provide accompanying text while they’re being read.

They’re also a wonderful tool for music. Viewers can see the names of songs and follow-along to the lyrics on-screen while they’re being sung.

And during announcements, additional information can be displayed, showing how your viewers can get involved.


While lower thirds can make a stream look more professional, they don’t require a video engineer to get started. Many editing programs let you easily create the graphics and other sources offer templates for free. Don’t know where to start? Check out Videohive.

Software like Wirecast and Pro Presenter a great way to integrate these lower thirds into your stream.

Using lower thirds isn’t the only way to take your stream up a level.

If you’re committed to making your live stream as good as it can be, you’ll want to be sure that your lighting is up to your standards. Without buying new equipment, here are some easy ways to fix your church’s lighting problems.


Published by Jim Sweeney on February 24, 2016 in Streaming, Church, Tech Tips

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