As worshipping in person is limited, we are all having to learn new and innovative ways to communicate online.
Just as every church is different, every online communication tool is different. Some churches have studio cameras, while others have no cameras whatsoever.
The Coronavirus is pushing us into a new frontier, and it can be intimidating for those of you who might know what is available or what you can afford.
We have put together a list of resources that will help you.
This list is not exhaustive, but it does cover a great deal of ground. If you have a question, please reach out to the Communications Department for help.
Someone from the department will try their very best to get back in touch with you.
Facebook is a great platform for connecting to the outside world. The platform is stable and is growing in popularity during the COVID-19 outbreak (as if it needs to be more popular, right?) Here in Louisiana, Facebook has always been the platform containing the most Methodists. We recommend Facebook for LIVE prayer vigils and streaming your services online.
Zoom is essentially the new Skype. Remember when you would jump on a teleconference calls? Zoom does this and does it the best. It’s incredibly simple to use and very stable. Plus, there are free accounts. We recommend Zoom for meetings that you would like to keep private, such as Bible studies or church council meetings. Zoom offers 40-minute meetings for free and its a great platform for Bible studies and covenant groups as its private and secure.
The best camera is the camera that is in your pocket - don’t underestimate the power of simplicity. Sometimes in a pinch, content rules over quality.
If you go LIVE on Facebook, you will need what’s known as a “clean HDMI” camera. Here are some that are affordable:
The one aspect of any video production that will make people cringe and go away is bad audio. Please be aware that better audio will always improve your videos. Here is a list of microphones that we recommend:
Live streaming can be intimidating but also a technical challenge. We found five great tips from epiphan video and wanted to share them as they’re to the point and can sometimes be forgotten: