The simplest and most affordable solution is to use what most people already have, their phone. Most phones these days are capable of impressive video quality and audio capture. And with YouTube and Facebook offering direct live streaming from their apps you can get up and running with a livestream quickly.
If you are going with this solution there are a few things to keep in mind.
- You are restricted to the placement of the camera, most phones don’t have great zoom so it’s important to be close to the action.
- Keep the camera stable. If possible place the phone onto a tripod. Your audience will struggle to stay engaged with an unstable shot.
- You are limited to the phone’s audio pickup, you are likely to pick up a lot of crowd noise over your preacher. Get as close as you can to the stage to avoid this.
The main downsides to this solution is the lack of angles, no close up shots of the action and the audio pickup on the phone is not as good as a microphone attached directly to the camera.
The next solution is to upgrade your camera and audio set up. For this we would suggest a decent mid range camcorder that has good picture quality and colour accuracy and zoom. Like the Canon XA50.
With a camera like this you will be able to be set up at the back of the room on a tripod and zoom in and out of what is happening on stage. Creating much more dynamics with your live stream. Your audience will also be more engaged as you are closer to the action.
We would then suggest the addition of a microphone. The audio pickup on the camera will be just as limiting as your phone. If you are able to get an audio feed from your audio mixing desk in the room, or purchase a simple lapel mic and attach directly to your Pastor or Priest.
You will also need an extra bit of hardware like the Magewell HDMI to USB converter to get your camera feed into a laptop and use this to stream to your destination. You can use a free piece of software called OBS to facilitate this.
Multi Camera Setup:
Check out our videos below on the AJA U-tap and a simple multi camera live streaming setup.
Using the Roland Switcher you can bring in multiple camera sources and also switch graphics and holding slides. We can then output this to our computer using either the AJA U-Tap or the Magewell capture card.