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Chrysander 'C.R.' Young

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Simple live stream options for a small church
« on: April 30, 2022, 02:06:43 PM »

I am in the process of helping a small local church upgrade the tech side of their worship and praise experience.  This church would like to live stream their services via FB/Youtube and so on.  They have limited funds and tech staff, so I want to keep it simple. I am leaning towards a rather simple option:

Zoom Q8 camera connected to a computer in the media booth and then streamed.  We would patch in a matrix from the FOH board (delayed to match the room audio) and blend as needed.

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
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Re: Simple live stream options for a small church
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2022, 12:22:00 AM »

Zoom Q8 camera connected to a computer in the media booth and then streamed.  We would patch in a matrix from the FOH board (delayed to match the room audio) and blend as needed.

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?


The Zoom Q8 is a fixed lens although it sounds like it can do digital sensor cropping to zoom at a few fixed positions.

There are cameras with better optics that have the capability to stream directly from the camera. The Sony PXW-Z90V is one but it's closer to $3k, not $400. If the streaming computer is a new purchase and can be eliminated, the price looks a lot better. I don't have direct experience with the quality or reliability of streaming directly from that camera, I just noticed it could while looking for something else the other day.
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Re: Simple live stream options for a small church
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2022, 08:41:45 AM »

Honestly a decent smartphone has a better camera sensor than the Zoom Q8. There was a thread here a while back with the similar question on getting video to the internet, but OP went with a cheapo camcorder with hissy audio. Putting more money into the camera will go a long way. This is out of your budget but I installed PTZOptics and Lumens PTZ cameras for livestreaming services and having the ability to zoom and pan remotely is a plus, you can mount these on a camera tripod for portable applications.

Another idea that's really cheap is to get a used iPhone, the lightning to HDMI adapter, and a zoom lens kit for iPhones. You'll have to search for an app like True Visage for a minimalist view that hides the camera controls.
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Re: Simple live stream options for a small church
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2022, 11:41:15 AM »

I am in the process of helping a small local church upgrade the tech side of their worship and praise experience.  This church would like to live stream their services via FB/Youtube and so on.  They have limited funds and tech staff, so I want to keep it simple. I am leaning towards a rather simple option:

Zoom Q8 camera connected to a computer in the media booth and then streamed.  We would patch in a matrix from the FOH board (delayed to match the room audio) and blend as needed.

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?


Whatever you do must include Open Broadcaster, you can use wireless phones as cameras for multipole sources (get a two hand gyro mount, monitor with intercom) you will find some nice cheep camcorders that can easily accommodate an intercom.


Open Broadcaster has tons of effects and most important a workin green screen.  All this allows your mixed down control room stream to be encoded raw on Facebook, Youtube and a bunch of others.   Proper waiting rooms with content too.
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Re: Simple live stream options for a small church
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2022, 11:37:33 AM »

Our church has gone through this process since covid,

I wanted super simple so anyone could run it, for that purpose we got 3 cameras, One for worship, one for teaching, and one for the audience. they are all set before the service so there is no fiddling with them during the service. And a BM ATEM mini pro, with a livestream button.

You press the button and your streaming to YT or FB, there is a little back end work to do. And once your streaming you do have "to go live" from a computer, but otherwise there is nothing else in between.

Little camcorders work great, Panasonic HC-V180K work well they are refurbed right now on B&H for $219, so 3 of those is 600-ish plus the ATEM that is $500, plus cabling you could be well less than 2k. No monthly fees for streaming services, or computer programs to break, upgrade, or otherwise service.
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