My humble notes here recently got published over at Eternity News! For you readers, here are some further (probably better written) resources to help you out:
Also, you can join the new facebook group Online Church - Ideas and Resources. There's some good stuff here, like this word on church tech people “burning out”, and the comment on thinking about “sustainability”.
Stay up to date with NSW regulations here: https://sydneyanglicans.net/covid19
Hi! We've been dipping our toes into livestreaming lately. It first started a couple of months ago, just for privately sharing to our link missionaries. With the outbreak of COVID we just did our first public livestream last week as a trial. Unusual times indeed. (“House churches” next !!?)
^ I've been sent this meme a few times now
Things you need to livestream:
Our main goal for production quality is clear audio and 'good enough' video. We've really just been using whatever we had available.
The easiest video input source is a webcam. We did this for the first few months with a (second hand) HD Pro Webcam C920. We found that Logitech webcams have poor software zoom (to be expected) but also that the zoom settings reset each time the computer is restarted.
A better video input source is a video camrecorder, as that has better optical zoom (to close up on the speaker). The video camrcorder will need HDMI output for this to work (or some kind of live video feed output into your PC).
To get the HDMI output into the computer, we are using a HDMI capture device - a second-hand USB “Elgato Game Capture HD” (older, first generation ~$60). We also needed a mini HDMI cable to use with our camera.
For Canon DSLR's, use refer to this Magic Lantern to disable the 30 min powersave for a continuous video feed
Most ideal is to use your mixer's audio output. You're probably already set up to do this for sermon recordings on the AV desk PC.
If you're using a (second) separate laptop just for livestreaming, you'll also need to figure out a second audio output from your mixer.
The two easiest and free services we've looked at so far are:
There is also a YouVersion live streaming thing (??). I think YouTube is adequate for our purposes. You may / may not be interested in audience interactivity features.
I think Facebook will record and publicly display (and replay) who joined in the livestream. So potential security risk for link missionaries.
As a bonus, the livestream doubles as a video recording which can be played back afterwards. So if we move to “house churches”, they won't need to join in “live” but can watch later on at their own schedules. In this case you could also just produce a normal video recording and upload that without the need to “livestream”.
Zoom is another good option which can publish to Facebook livestreaming. (e.g. https://www.facebook.com/GracePointSydney) We ourselves are in the process of buying a Zoom Pro subscription for linking house groups together.
If all you have is a webcam, this is optional. Just navigate to https://www.youtube.com/livestreaming/ and stream away. Same thing for Facebook from desktop PC.
If you are using the Elgato Game Capture HD, it comes with software to stream to YouTube and others. (It does not register as a regular UVC webcam in Device Manager). (Correction: UVC, not WIA as I stated earlier)
If you want to get 'powerpoint slides' to overlay onto the livestream, you MUST use OBS https://obsproject.com/
The simplest solution is to livestream from a smartphone, for example Facebook Live. Not recommended. This has clear disadvantages:
See my brother's write up here: https://featherbear.github.io/blog/post/church-livestreaming-getting-started/