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Live Streaming Basics

Oct 19, 2011 4:22 PM, Provided by Digital Rapids

Expanding a ministry’s reach through live video streaming.

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With the growing popularity of mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone, churches should consider streaming to not just computers on the Web but also mobile phones. PC-based video players and mobile phones typically require different streaming formats, resolutions, and bit rates, so separate streams must be generated for each. Fortunately, the most flexible encoding systems enable the simultaneous live creation of multiple formats for reaching multiple devices.

Last but not least, make sure that your live streaming system also allows you to save the live streams as files that can later be put on your website for on-demand viewing. That allows your congregants who couldn’t view the sermons live to access them later at their availability. While most CDNs offer the ability to save the streams to files on their servers as part of their service, advanced encoders that allow you to do so locally onto your hard drive (such as TouchStream) enable you to create the file copy at higher resolution, bit rate, and quality than you’re actually streaming to the CDN—ideal if you plan further postproduction (editing, etc.) or reproduction (publishing to DVD, etc.) of the content.

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