by: Russell Pavlicek
Some anniversaries you plan for; others sneak up on you. This is one of the latter. Seven years ago this week, we did our first recorded livestream of our Sunday church service. The quality wasn't great, but it worked. Over the months following, we made improvements to video and audio, expanding from our initial 2 camera system up to 5 cameras. We tried a few video service providers before finally selecting Christian World Media to host our streams. With a meager picture resolution of 320x240 and a slight hum on the audio, the results weren't technically excellent, but people could and did watch our services whenever they couldn't attend in person.
Fast forward to 2020, the Covid shutdowns prompted us to revisit our streaming quality. We upgraded to 2 HD cameras, maintaining 1 SD camera (until we can afford to replace it with something better), and introduced a direct-to-stream video capability which allows much better clarity when viewing worship videos. We also replaced the video switcher, the sound interface, and the streamer PC, resulting in a much improved 720p wide screen stream with much clearer audio. We also began using new software which allows us to add additional graphic elements to the stream, including a more professional-looking intro and outtro.
So many churches had to wrestle with the task of going online for the first time during the lockdowns. We are grateful that God has allowed us to stream for 7 years and upgrade during these times of stress. God is so good!
To view any of the services over the past years, go to our Sermons page.