What Camera Should I Use For My Live Stream?

As churches are producing and streaming digital content we’ve had many questions about what cameras we recommend. There are a lot of variables at play such as what platform you might be using (Zoom, Youtube/Facebook etc.), what expertise you have amongst your volunteers, as well as budget.

We’ve come together with a few of our professional friends to contribute some thoughts and recommendations for cameras that hopefully suit your live-streaming needs.

For the purposes of this post, we are assuming that you are using a computer and have the ability to feed an HDMI (or SDI as appropriate) input into the computer in a format that works for your platform of choice. We are also mostly ignoring audio, as we are assuming you will feed the audio either into the camera outlined here, or directly into the computer (with the ability to sync the audio up with the video feed).

We’ve also put together some handy package guidelines with rough prices that we would recommend which will hopefully give you a ballpark idea of what solution at what price point is suitable for you and your needs. If you have any questions about your setup, please do get in touch with the friendly team at OBT.

The Open Box Team

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Live Streaming Products That Can Help

By now most of you have heard of ‘live streaming’. Whether it is for church, school or university, it has become the new normal thing these days to participate in a live streamed event. Whilst laptops and phones are good starting points there are quick and in-expensive ways to improve your live streaming quality.

Open Box Technology has sourced some of the best products we think would help and improve the quality of your digital content. These items are in-stock and available to purchase now. Feel free to send us an email should you wish to purchase anything listed below.

Don’t forget we are here to help with any AV/Tech problems your organisation should any problems arise!

The Open Box Team

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4 Quick Tips To lmprove Online Content

And just like that almost every platform went digital.

Welcome to 2020, the year where everyone had to figure out how to zoom, how to live stream and how to get on with life whilst being stuck inside all day. Over the last few months OBT has been helping churches, schools and individuals get their technology up to date with the latest needs for digital content.

By now, most organisations have figured out how to live-stream and produce digital content (if you haven’t you should check out digital resources page) and we thought it might be helpful if we gave 4 quick tips on how to make it even better! Here it goes…

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Guide to Livestreaming your Church Service

With the recent Coronavirus outbreak and recommendations to limit gathering sizes, churches are having to rethink how they conduct regular gatherings. With increasing uncertainty over whether churches may be able to gather at all, it is increasingly necessary to consider online video options. This guide aims to provide some practical considerations when thinking about video and live streaming options, along with advice on the technical aspects of online video production.

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Engaging with the Future of IT

Churches have a complex and dynamic relationship with technology. Often a church will use a mix of technologies to aid, support and enhance their ministries and mission. In particular, information technology can be used for many tasks, from coordinating rosters to doing evangelism via social media.

At OBT, we spend a lot of time thinking about how technology can be effectively used by churches, and we think churches should do the same.

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