Welcome to Episode 6 of our Online Ministry Made Simple Podcast. Click here to subscribe and listen to the podcast, which is available on all major platforms.
Today’s episode is for the church that is limited in funds but still wants to livestream its service. Do you realize that the phones we use every day are far more powerful than camcorders just a decade ago? Now I want you to realize that any church can livestream, but not every church should livestream. Your church needs to have a good understanding of why you want to start your online ministry, and you need to have people in place for the ministry.
What You Need for a Simple Setup
- a modern phone (android or iPhone)
- a tripod
- a power source (for extended live-streaming)
- a connection to your soundboard
- a zoom lens (if needed)
This simple setup will work well, but remember there are some drawbacks. The phone will need to be close to the person speaking, and it is awkward to start and stop the livestream. It can also be tough to route the audio to the phone.
Using Multiple Phones
For a more advanced phone setup, consider using an app like Switcher Studio. It allows you to control multiple phones from an iPad. You can switch between phones for different camera angles, and you can start and stop the stream from the iPad. You can also use gimbals to pan, tilt, and zoom the phones. The biggest drawback to this setup is the cost, and the inability to integrate with traditional video switchers because of latency and delay.