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Live Streaming – Lower Thirds

A common next step when people start streaming is the desire to add lyrics or lower thirds to their video.  It’s actually really easy to do with the popular Blackmagic Designs ATEM Switchers.  You can use this method to add lower thirds to your stream o Facebook Live, or Youtube live streaming, or any where you send your stream.

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EQUIPMENT LINKS
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Blackmagic Designs ATEM Switchers
Datavideo DAC-70
Decimator MD-HX Cross Converter
SDI Card for Linear Keying, Decklink 4k Extreme
X-KEYS Stick for ATEM Control

*affiliate links

MX Light Walk Through

Several people have said they have struggled to get MX Light working for their live stream.  I’ve put together a video that takes you step-by-step how to install and configure MX Light and get it working for your live stream.

There are many setups you can use for live streaming your church service.  This is one method on a PC that I like for a couple reasons.  I like the Blackmagic H.264 Pro Recorder because it takes a lot of load off your computer’s CPU.  Unfortunately not many programs work with the pre-encoded signal that the Pro Recorder creates.  (OBS will *not* work.)  But MX Light was created for just this purpose.

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ENTRY LEVEL CAMERAS I RECOMMEND:
Canon VIXIA HF R700: http://amzn.to/2g06Og1
Canon VIXIA HF R800: http://amzn.to/2x59aQp

HDMI CABLE
15ft: http://amzn.to/2x5BnXe
6ft: http://amzn.to/2x5nTea

VIDEO INTERFACE FOR PC:
Blackmagic Designs H.264 Pro Recorder: http://amzn.to/2x5btTt

PC FOR STREAMING:
HP zBook Laptop: http://amzn.to/2fzp9zL
HP z440: http://amzn.to/2yN56Gp
HP z440 Additional Ram: http://amzn.to/2x3dYL0

VIDEO SWITCHERS:
ATEM TVS HD: http://amzn.to/2yeDVHL
ATEM Studio Pro: http://amzn.to/2x5kfAU

Live Streaming Your Church Service – Part 3 Audio

How to get great audio in your live stream. In this video I describe some ways you can improve how your live stream sounds. First you need to understand what the differences are between your Front of House mix and your Streaming Mix. Once those are understood, you can begin to make the proper adjustments to improve your streaming audio. These techniques can be applied if you are streaming on Facebook Live or YouTube, or using a streaming provider. Improve your church’s streaming audio today!

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ISOLATION HEADPHONES
Direct Sound EX-25 (ok)
Direct Sound EX-29 (best)

STUDIO MONITORS
Yamaha HS8

DANTE
Dante card for X32 Mixer
Network switch for Dante

CROWD MICS
AT875R (cheap)
AT8035 (better)
AKG214 (better)
AKG414 (best)

VOCAL MICS
Shure SM58
Shure KSM8
Shure KSM9

DRUM MICS
Kick Out, Shure Beta52
Kick In, Shure Beta91
Snare, SM57
Under Mic’d Cymbals, Shure Beta 98
Toms, AKG 421

PIANO MICS
DPA 4099
Audix SCX25
Earthworks PM40 (best)

PERCUSSION MIC:
Heil PR30

Live Streaming Your Worship Service

I’ve started a new series of videos on Live Streaming Your Worship Service on my youtube channel.  It’s going to cover a lot of the nuts and bolts of how to successfully stream your church service online. Our streaming has been fairly successful with an average of 500 unique IP addresses streaming our service each week.  I hear quite often from people who can’t make it to church for one reason or another, older folks who are no longer mobile, or even a business man who was out of town about how helpful it was for them to be able to tune in and feel like they are still a part of the church.

This first video covers a general overview of where to start and some best practice for streaming.