It’s time to debunk the misconceptions about streaming. Although more and more churches are using streaming, there is too much miss-information and confusion out there.
- Myth 1: You need expensive equipment to stream. While having the best equipment can improve your stream quality, there are more affordable options available. We’ll explain what you need to stream and what cost effective options are available.
- Myth 2: You need a ProAV team to stream. In order to stream in the past, you needed a technical person, but there are simpler options. We will discuss what level of technological know-how is needed to set-up a streaming workflow.
- Myth 3: Using a Webcam lets you stream a quality feed. While webcams can stream video and audio, they weren’t designed for houses of worship (HOW). We’ll explain what they are best suited for and why, and what you should be looking for to optimize your streaming experience.
- Myth 4: Only large Houses of Worship can stream. In the past larger HOW streamed their sermons due to the high set-up and equipment costs but more affordable workflow configurations are available. We’ll explain what workflows work best in which environments and how to find the right workflow setup.
Separate streaming myths from reality; Walk away with understanding what equipment is needed for streaming (camera, encoder, streaming service); Gain confidence about streaming without breaking the bank; Expand the reach of your worship; Implement a workflow to access remote congregations and affiliated satellite churches; Stream and simultaneously record sermons for later viewing or archiving; Find peace of mind with built-in reliability and redundancy.
About the speakers
Michael P. Upshaw, SR
President & Co-Owner
In 1993, Michael enlisted in the most elite fighting force on the planet, the United States Marine Corps. Working in field communications, he acquired skills and training that allowed him to master executing high-level tasks in a fast-paced environment. Upon honorable discharge, he continued working in communications and electronics. He has worked in home security and automation, mastering installation of hardware and software solutions. His career progressed from analogue transmission into robust digital delivery of content and content management procedures and crossed boundaries into sales and service.
In 2005, he left the telecommunications industry and accepted a job offer with Streaming Faith as an Account Executive, entering the developing industry of live, video streaming on the World Wide Web. It was there where he soon learned how ministry could benefit from the use of technology. Within a few years, Michael was invited to join LifeStream.TV and Omnimediacast. Advancing technology has allowed him to learn the high-energy cycle of complex computing of decoding, encoding, transcoding, delivery and overall system management to include Cloud storage and delivery methods.
He enjoys the rigors and high learning curve that the industry affords. He remains determined to advance both hardware and software interchanges and perfect the delivery of a superior solution as a CDN. With Omnimediacast’s engineering and ingenuity, Michael and his team has maximized virtually every tool available including but not limited to load balancing, web management tools such as APIs and high-level systems integration to ensure an optimal, user experience.
Today, he is the President and Co-owner of Lifestream.tv where his passion for technology aligns with his calling as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has learned and continues to learn what it takes to deliver pure-quality video streaming that viewers can truly enjoy. His vast industry knowledge, proficiency and tenacity has heavily influenced the video delivery industry.
Above all, Michael is the loving and devoted husband of his wife, Priscilla. They have been married for 18 wonderful years, and they are privileged to be the parents of 3 remarkable teenagers. Together they continue to strive toward excellence, accepting and expecting nothing but God’s best.
LifeStream TV is an online internet content delivery network and service provider. Our Team is dedicated to helping Christian ministries deliver Christian content through our online streaming platform powered by Omnimediacast, LLC. As a leader in internet broadcast technology LifeStream TV continues delivering quality services. Our superb online Streaming Platform delivers Live, linear live and on demand content to global audiences. Engineering, Educating, and Leading the way in OTT and mobile technology. LifeStream TV Started in 2006 with a vision to take the message of Christ around the world digitally. ‘‘We Take Your Message To The World’’
Director of Sales – Americas
Matrox Electronics Systems
Francesco Scartozzi is Director of Sales for the Americas at Matrox Video. He is responsible for identifying video industry trends, uncovering customer pain points, working with research and development teams to create cost-effective solutions, and educating customers about new opportunities to improve their workflows. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in management from McGill University.