Live-Streaming: Equipment | Tech, No Babel

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Live-Streaming: Equipment

In order to live-stream, you need a camera that can connect to an encoder, which then connects to the internet and your live-streaming host.

This can be as simple as a webcam connected to a computer, but the quality will be horrible because webcams are designed to shoot very close (so they have a wide lens).

It’s better to have a camera with a built in encoder. JVC makes some of these.

An even better solution is to have two or more cameras connected to a switcher and then an encoder. BlackMagic Design makes some good entry-level switchers.

Finally, your encoder can be a computer with software or a hardware box. Hardware is more reliable, but less flexible. Software is more flexible, but less reliable.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.