We get questions all the time about how to get a simple live streaming setup for small churches.
I get it. Live streaming and video technology can be intimidating to purchase – it’s expensive for the good stuff – and volunteers are often scared to try and run it.
The truth is, it’s not really that complicated.
In this article, I’m going to show you a simple and cost-effective solution that is easy to buy, and easy to operate.
The Simplest Live Streaming Setup for Churches
For the record, this article is not about finding the cheapest setup. Churches especially need to understand that quality and inexpensive rarely go together in video tech.
True, you don’t need to spend $25k on a camera to get an amazing image. In fact, most non-professionals won’t be able to tell a difference between a $1300 camera and a $25,000 RED cinema camera. One sits on my desk right now, and the other was used to film The Hobbit.
Sure, one is a Hollywood blockbuster, and another is a “consumer-grade” camera. But I’ll be honest; video is my business and unless you have a professional color grader and some great software, you won’t produce any better video quality with the RED.
At the same time, if you drop down from the $1300 to an $800 camera, you will tell a world of difference. Most churches (even with awesome stage lighting) are “low light” environments. Going for a cheaper camera, in almost every instance, means noisy footage.
So the simplest is not synonymous with cheapest. What we mean by simplest is the easiest to set up and to operate. So let’s get to it!
The ATEM Mini Pro Kit
When someone looks for a streaming kit, most of the time they are thinking about using a computer and OBS, Vmix, or ECAMM. Other’s are thinking about using Zoom.
But when you start working with software, it adds complexity. Sure, it adds some bells and whistles as well, but there are a lot of ways for things to break or not work quite right.
With this kit, we bypass all that complexity and go for three things:
- Great Quality
- Ease of Use
- Record & Stream Simultaneously
The ATEM Mini Pro Kit Includes:
- The ATEM Mini Pro
- The Sony a6400 4K Camera
- 18–135mm Stabilized Camera Zoom Lens
- 24″ Reference Monitor
- Cables & Adapters
Why We Like This Kit
The ATEM Mini Pro is not just a video switcher like its little brother, the ATEM Mini. The PRO version includes a built-in encoder.
What does this mean in plain English? You don’t need a computer to stream with it.
Once you plug in your YouTube or Facebook (or Restream) streaming key, you can go live from the ATEM Mini Pro by pushing a single button.
Next, we like it because it’s scalable.
You can add up to 4 cameras without purchasing any additional hardware. If you want to move from a single camera to a 2-camera set up, just purchase another camera.
And, if you want to record your services as well, you can plug in a USB-C SSD to the back of the unit, and record and/or stream. Again, you can start recording with the push of a single button.
How Most Churches Use This Kit
Most churches use this streaming kit for single, double, and triple camera streaming kits. Then, they use the last input to bring in their projection software, like Pro Presenter.
This last input allows them to bring in their sermon slides, scriptures, and song lyrics into their live stream and video recordings.
How to Get This Kit
You can build it yourself. Or, you can get the all-in-one streaming kit here:
With all our kits, we include 12 months of premium support, product support, and volunteer training. With our kits, you get everything you need all at once, no need to shop around or worry about compatibility. And, you get our great support as well.