Religious Institutions

Houses of worship are increasingly moving towards live streaming to expand their reach. The ability to connect with people who are unable to attend services due to physical, geographical, or time restrictions has had a tremendous positive impact on the lives of thousands. The increased engagement that a live stream allows is helps people stay connected to their community, even if they’re away for work or travel. Many churches have seen a measurable increase in donations after adding the ability to donate online. This combination of benefits has made live streaming a tool that can no longer be overlooked.
What does it take to get started?
The most important step to take when designing a live streaming system is to first identify the needs and goals for the system. A helpful way to do this is by making a list of all the ways the system could be used, and all the features that are needed or desired.

Ask questions like – how many camera angles are needed? Is one camera enough to cover these angles? How will the cameras be controlled, and who will operate them? How far is the distance from the camera to the subject? What type of video connections are needed? How will audio be connected? What is the streaming platform of choice? When the list is complete, prioritize the items from “critical need” to “nice to have”.

Step 2 is establishing a budget. There are equipment options to fit nearly every need and budget, so having the knowledge of what you need to accomplish and how much you can spend empowers your decision-making process. A typical entry-level budget for a live streaming system using a PTZ camera begins at around $2,000.

Once armed with this information you are ready for step 3 - a conversation with a one of BZBGEAR’s expert sales engineers. Our staff is fully trained in designing live streaming systems and can helpfully answer your questions. They may even be able to identify items or use cases that you haven’t yet considered.

Commonly Purchased Components for Houses of Worship

Most houses of worship utilize 2 – 3 PTZ cameras. This allows them to capture multiple angles and zoom levels, creating a more dynamic and engaging live stream. When eequipped with only a single camera, the operators are often forced into a static wide-angle shot to capture everything. This prevents them from taking full advantage of the capabilities of a PTZ camera and results in a dull and lifeless production. This makes it difficult to retain viewership, hampers outreach, and negatively affects donations.

Joystick controllers and video switchers are commonly employed in multi-camera setups. When working with more than one camera, a joystick controller is a necessary component. The precision and fluidity of movement that a joystick provides can’t be replicated in a digital interface. Joystick controllers make it fast and easy to set and recall presets, as well as making real-time adjustments to things like white balance, color, iris, and focus. This provides a tremendous benefit to the production by helping maintain higher image quality.

Video switchers come in both software and hardware form, but the vast majority of users prefer a hardware solution. Physical switchers are preferred for the same reasons that a joystick controller is preferred – ease of use. A well designed video switcher has large, easy to read controls which help eliminate operator mistakes while providing professional-looking transition options. The simplified control interface is much easier to train volunteers, making it easy for anyone to step in and take control.


6-input 3G-SDI and HDMI Video Mixer and Production Switcher with Integrated Capture

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4-Channel HDMI Live Streaming Video/Audio Mixer and Switcher

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Universal Advanced IP/RS232/422 Controller 3rd Generation

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