(click the image above to watch a brief video by The Digital Pastor) Livestreaming of worship services is growing. No longer do churches have to buy expensive airtime from television stations for a one-time broadcast. Streaming allows churches to reach new potential members, seekers and shut-ins with their weekly service and rebroadcast it as often as they like by way of on-demand. Here are some practical suggestions on equipment and companies to help you launch your own livestream. Recommended Computer Specs: • Windows 10 • Intel Core i7 Processor 3Ghz+ • 8GB DDR3 Ram • Solid State Hard Drive • Nvidia GTX 950/960/970/980 or GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080 Reference Computer Systems: • Sapphire (4 SDI or 3 SDI & 1 HDMI Inputs) • Emerald (4 1080p HDMI Inputs) • Ruby (8 1080p SDI Inputs) When it comes to streaming equipment, churches have two choices, a computer or a dedicated streaming box such as: • Tricaster • Teradek VidiU • Epiphan Webcaster There are several options for streaming services and video mixing software: • vMix • Wirecast • OBS • Livestream Studio • Flash Media Live Encoder • VidBlaster Several content delivery networks are available. CDN’s put your worship service livestream in many places at once, providing superior coverage to your viewers: • The Cloud Media Group • Edgecast/Verizon Digital Media • Akamai • Facebook Live (free) • YouTube Live (free) One other topic that should be addressed is licensing. You can’t just plug your camera into a computer and hit go. You have to buy the license that allows you to do that. CCLI sells a streaming license. Source: Ministry Tech Shelby Systems has decades of experience helping churches in all aspects of ministry, for assistance contact one of our Ministry Consultants today!