Standard Webcast Requirements
Units that use webcast technology are encouraged to keep their webcast setup as simple as possible. Overly complicated systems can be difficult to run, and they represent an unnecessary expense. Advanced features such as speaker titles, hymn text, and multiple cameras are optional and not required for a successful webcast.
Use this article to help you determine which equipment will be needed at your transmitting site and receiving sites. See Purchasing Webcast Products for information on specific equipment and where to purchase.
Transmitting Site Equipment Requirements
The transmitting site is the originating location of the webcast (typically the stake center where the conference speakers are located). The transmitting site will need the following equipment:
- Internet connection
- Teradek VidiU encoder
- Video camera
- HDMI video signal converter (unless camera or A/V distribution hub output is HDMI)
- Audio source connection—from chapel sound system output or direct microphone
- Audio mixer—if you need to mix or boost audio levels into the Teradek VidiU
- Various cables and converters needed to make your connections depending on your specific setup (e.g., HDMI, SDI, RCA, network, XLR, phono, A/V adapters)
Video Camera Requirements
One video camera is sufficient for a successful webcast. Video cameras do not need to be permanently mounted for a successful webcast.
The video camera used should include the following minimum functionality:
- 10x optical zoom lens
- Standard definition (480p)
- Low light sensitivity
- Option to disable automatic shut off when not recording (allows camera to stay on during the webcast without recording the webcast)
- Video output that is compatible with the encoding device (may require a video signal converter)
- Ability to turn off the time stamp or other camera display information in video output
- Note: The decision to permanently mount a camera should involve both the unit and the facilities management group.
Receiving Site Requirements
Receiving sites are where groups or congregations are viewing the webcast event. These sites will need the following to view a webcast:
- Internet connection
- Computer/laptop (see Using the Right Personal Computer below)
- Video projector or large display
- Audio amplification (connect to room sound system via crab box or display sound)
- Various cables and converters needed to make your connections depending on your specific setup (e.g., HDMI, RCA, network, XLR, phono)
Using the Right Personal Computer
Personal computers are currently required to receive live-streamed webcasts. The following practices will help you select a computer with the best rate of success:
- The computer can be a Mac or PC.
- If possible, use a computer that has a four-core (quad-core) processor. If that’s not possible, the minimum necessary is a dual-core processor.
- Use a supported internet browser (Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, or Firefox).
- Use an Ethernet cable to connect your computer to the meetinghouse network (a wired LAN connection). Do not use Wi-Fi.
- Do not use mobile devices to receive the webcast stream unless there are no other options.
To learn about personal device viewing requirements, see Viewing on Personal Devices.
Internet Requirements (Transmitting and Receiving Site)
Both the transmitting and receiving locations need to have reliable, stable internet connections.
Please see Webcast Network Health and Encoder Settings for the specific network information and bit rate settings needed for a successful webcast.
- Note: Advertised internet speeds do not mean actual speeds. Conduct speed tests and a test event to determine the best encoding bit rate for the transmitting site.
- Audio mixer—allows greater control of audio signal levels
- Tripod—for cameras which are not permanently mounted
- Gaffer tape—to cover cabling for both safety and neatness (gaffer tape does not leave residue on cables or carpet)