Setting up a church studio - Easier than you think?

Uncategorized Apr 19, 2021

Instead of scaling back their online Church services as restrictions lifted, Digital Minister Andy Barras built his church a small studio. Now they offer a fully digital service and are creating material to assist their micro church planting. 

In this video, we chat about:
- Experimenting with the service run sheet when online
The ‘Tri-modal’ Church: In-person, Online and Home Hub planting
The 5 kinds of online viewers
- Digital Pastoral Care plans
- How to set up your own studio

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How many cameras does a church livestream need?

cameras livestream Apr 08, 2021

Well, technically... only 1.

Let’s ask a better question. 

What does adding additional cameras to a Livestream achieve?

Now, that’s a better question, but one that will take more time to take apart.

Recently I asked how many Cameras different Churches used in their livestream. For context, the participants of the survey were primarily from American Churches and were engaged in worship technology Facebook groups. 

Make your own conclusions, but it is interesting to see the landscape of Church live streams. 

As someone who has worked as a professional...

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Pre-Record vs True Live

Remember the beginning of lockdown? Covid restrictions forced Churches to adapt to the online world fast. So what's better than the best option? The most feasible option. 

Pre-recorded services were a no-brainer.

Now that the dust has settled, what's really the best option? Let's explore both in full. It might surprise you which is better and easier longterm!

This video comes from our 'Church Livestream Level Up' Course. If you enjoy it and learn something new, click the button below to find out more!

 

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Why Quality Matters

facebook livestream quality Mar 14, 2021

Why does QUALITY Matter?

When you first started streaming, quality might have looked like trying to get an image that wasn't flickering with acceptable audio.

Many video professionals and Youtube gurus are always pushing for 'cinematic visuals'. This group is wrapped up in a specific visual aesthetic. 

The desire to improve seems natural. But why?

That's the question I'm passionate about. In fact, there's a whole section in the Church Livestream Level Up course about quality: what it looks like, why it matters, and why it's achievable at ANY level. This...

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What is a Hybrid Service?

How do you define a hybrid service? Getting the answer to this question was vital to us when we created the Church Livestream Level Up course. 

After interviewing over 200 Churches during and after COVID lockdowns, we found that creating a hybrid service wasn't just vital to serving the church during restrictions. 

It's vital long-term. God has taken many Churches through a one-way door into the digital age.

"If there were church livestreams before COVID, why does it seem like a hybrid service is a new term?" 


Check out my thoughts by clicking the video below. This...

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Church Trends In A Post Pandemic World

I was inspired to write this blog post after reading  latest yearly list of Church trends. In this post, I am going to reflect on a few of his trends while adding one of my own. 

To state the obvious, COVID has made some changes to Church.

...I probably didn't need to reiterate that. HOWEVER, to add nuance, it seems that COVID hasn't created a paradigm shift... it has only accelerated the changes which have been bubbling over for years. 

Cinema attendance was already declining... now megaplexes might be on their death bed as 4K TVs become...

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Is THIS the new go-to church streaming solution?

Last week, Blackmagic Design announced a new product: The ATEM mini Extreme.

Does anyone else love how they name their products?

Many members of the Church Livestream Level Up course use the ATEM Mini Pro as the centre of their streaming kit. In fact, it's been my go-to recommendation for churches looking to upgrade their stream. 

So... is the upgrade worth looking at? 

In this video, I break down the game-changing new features and share a nuanced view over whether this could be for you. 


You might be especially interested if:

- you are thinking of...

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Elevate any pre-recorded church segment - Edit breakdown

Uncategorized Nov 04, 2020

The triple threat: b-roll, stock footage and sound effects!

Hey Team! I was inspired to make a quick tutorial for the group. Although we are shooting a full course on how to 'Level up your Church Livestream', this teaching opportunity was too good to pass up! 

I was commissioned to work on a pilot episode for a web series the Bible Society has in the works. 

Thanks to BSA for letting me show you some unreleased clips that perfectly illustrate how a little bit of sound design, music, b-roll or stock footage can elevate pre-recorded church segments. 

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How do you find Church livestreaming Best Practice?

facebook livestream Oct 15, 2020

When it comes to Church livestreaming, how do you find...

Best Practice?

It's one of those questions that is hard to answer, but once you find the solution you realise it was obvious. 

Finding best practices don't happen overnight. It's a process of iteration. Trial and error can be time-consuming and costly. So why try to discover it on your own when you don't have to? 

Come join our private Facebook group! 

We believe best practice is found collectively. Our group is for the body of Christ to share its wisdom beyond individual church walls! 

Here you...

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Is Facebook banning livestreamed worship?

facebook livestream Oct 07, 2020

Have you heard of the new Facebook terms of service that came into effect on October 1st? Chances are you have, especially if your church livestreams its services. Some churches are fearing that the new updates will be the end of their Facebook livestream services.

"You may not use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience.

We want you to be able to enjoy videos posted by family and friends. However, if you use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience for yourself or for others, your videos will be blocked and your page, profile or group...

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