The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way everyday life is conducted for billions of people around the world. The ever changing restrictions and rules on what we can and can't do are affecting communities across the UK, and particularly the way the Church is able to reach out to it's parishioners and congregants.
We understand the value a place of worship has to the wellbeing of people. The sense of community that they give and the good that they do. When congregation restrictions make it difficult for full services to go ahead, technology steps in to help....
The online church is not a new idea, and many city centre churches have been recording and live streaming their services for years, but for the smaller churches this technology has always been unnecessary and expensive. Until now.
We have devised a package of equipment and installation that can get you online quickly, cost-effectively and with great results! We've worked with manufacturers and distributors of some of the broadcasting industry's big names to produce a live streaming solution that even the most inexperienced of users can operate.
Live streaming your service can help you reach out to more people, more regularly. Using social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook Live you can interact with your audience, and allow them to interact with each other in the various comments sections.
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High Definition block cameras from Datavideo (as pictured), mounted sympathetically to the building in permanent locations, give crystal clear pictures without having to set up and take down each week.
Power over Ethernet ensures cameras can be mounted remotely with no need for local power supply and with a selection of different mounting brackets, clamps and arms.
Faculty is easily appeased by the discrete nature, various mounting methods, and simple cabling requirements of the cameras.
The Atem Mini from Blackmagic designs is a simple, yet incredibly powerful, video switching device that can be used straight out of the box with very little training. Packed with powerful features such as chromakeying (green screen to you and me), for those of a more advanced technical ability, as well as different fades, transitions and an image library for beginning and end scenes.
Easily switch between four different cameras at the touch of a button, 4 HDMI inputs give you the potential for a great selection of angles and views.
Each camera requires a single co-ax cable for the SDI video feed and a single ethernet cable from a centralised power supply, keeping installation and location requirements to a minimum.
We understand the specific nuances of working in buildings which are quite often several hundred years old and potentially listed.
Wherever possible we follow existing cable routes, using light coloured cable to that the aesthetics of the building are impacted as little as possible.
To stream effectively in good quality, you will need an internet connection with an UPLOAD speed of 6Mbps MINIMUM. In almost all cases a standard ADSL connection is not sufficient. However, there are other options.
We have used Mobile 4G to good effect, we can check to see if there are Fibre connections available in your area, and we can even beam a good internet connection from another local building using point-to-point WiFi links. Whatever the issue, we have a solution for it.
A good video is nothing without sound, and the key to a good live stream is ensuring the quality of the audio is as good as the quality of the video.
The Atem Mini has two audio inputs, and we carry a multitude of connectors and cables to ensure we can receive an audio feed from your existing PA system straight into the video feed.
No PA system? We can provide everything from simple ambient microphones, capturing the natural acoustics, to a full PA system with microphones and loudspeakers.
You don't need expensive high powered Macs, with elaborate production software. Great results can be had with a mid-range laptop and the free OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) platform.
By letting the Atem Mini take care of the resource hungry video switching, the laptop is left to manage the streaming capabilities. Either direct to social media, or through a streaming distribution platform such as Restream.io or Castr.io, which enables you to reach multiple social media platforms with a single stream.