In September, we explored livestream software options for churches looking to broadcast their services live. The livestream software is only half the equation however. Now we want to examine livestream hardware for churches: the tangible tools that you’ll need to make your church livestream a success.
Of course, live-streaming a sermon or church event doesn’t require complicated equipment. For example, all it takes to stream live video to Facebook is a smartphone with the Facebook app. This setup works for quite a few churches. For congregations seeking a well-developed and “put-together” setup, there are some equipment needs to take your livestream to the next level. Here are some livestream hardware options that churches should consider when starting their livestream journey.
This is an obvious need for a video livestream. A camera is one of the most fundamental pieces of livestream hardware for churches. The camera you use depends in large part on your budget and vision for the livestream ministry. Consequently, if this is a priority at your church, consider investing in a high-quality camera. For example, the PTZOptics USB camera is an excellent option for serious livestreamers with its built-in USB functionality, remote-control feature, and magnificent image quality.
Churches on a budget or with lower priority on live-streaming, can benefit from more affordable options that get the job done. For instance, the Canon Vixia HF R800 camera is recommended by church live-streamers as an affordable and functional option for congregations starting out small.
Boxcast gives churches plenty of great recommendations on camera equipment based on the live-streamer’s experience level. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional streamer, this is a great place to check on your options!
Beyond a camera, you’ll need an HDMI device and connecting cable to convert the data from the video source (camera) to your computer. This looks like a little box. You’ll plug your camera into one end and your computer into the other.
Church live-streamers recommend this device for video converting. The PTZOptics camera (mentioned above) doesn’t require a connecting device thanks to its built-in USB functionality, designed specifically for livestreams.
If your church is really serious about creating a high-quality, professional-grade livestream, you might want to research audio input options. There are a number of recording devices that can provide high-quality audio for relatively cheap. Jake Gosselin from ChurchFront recommends the Behringer Audio Interface for this purpose.
This might not technically qualify as “hardware” but having a computer with livestream software is essential for high-quality live-streaming. Churches should consider implementing the best practice of adding an additional member to the media team on Sunday mornings to oversee the service livestream. There is enough work that goes into it to justify a dedicated team member managing the equipment.
Viewing the Whole Process
Sometimes the most helpful thing is to view the entire process. This can help give context to churches just starting out in the livestream adventure. The Five More Talents team can also serve to get you connected with the proper people and resources to establish a winning livestream system for your church!
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