Online Congregations in the Time of COVID-19

With many people having to spend more time in their homes, the TV or streaming device will become more of an essential part of the daily routine than ever before.

House of Worship

Leaders of congregations intuitively understand that messages of help, healing, and hope are as needed now as they ever have been. Ironically, the tried and true delivery method since ancient times – the spoken word, in person, inside a house of worship – is now suddenly outside the new World Health Organization mandate of ‘social distancing’ in the time of COVID-19.

Family members gathering once a week to attend religious services together now potentially act as transmitters of COVID-19 to loved ones. A large number of worshipers today fall into the single most vulnerable group threatened by COVID-19: the elderly. For religious organizations, this is a real dilemma as worshippers are being told to stay away from gathering places like churches during a time when the motivation to congregate may seem at its greatest.  

What to do?    

With many people having to spend more time in their homes, the TV or streaming device will become more of an essential part of the daily routine than ever before. This can and will include local church congregations who are able to adapt to the shift taking place.

Many ‘early adopters’ have been paving the way for those facing this situation unprepared by taking the steps necessary to live stream their worship services online. Modern video production technology has evolved tremendously over the last ten years that make producing content that looks like real TV easier and more affordable than ever before. Live video production solutions can play a big role enabling houses of worship to communicate outwardly to their congregation members who are practicing social distancing.

The biggest psychological roadblocks preventing many houses of worship from producing their own live streams have been the perceived high complexity and cost involved. These are areas we at Vizrt have been focusing on reducing for many years.     

A church pastor uses TriCaster Mini with virtual set to broadcast remotely to online congregation

A great example is a system like the TriCaster Mini 4K live production system. A small team – or even a single person — can run a live stream based off a tool that worship leaders have been using for centuries—a written script.

Using Vizrt software with any of our TriCaster systems including the Mini 4K, a script for the message can be created in MS Word. The system will then use this to automatically create a rundown (or set of directions for cameras, lights, on screen graphics and transitions, etc.) Using plug’n’play peripherals like the Vizrt NDI-powered PTZ (motorized pan-tilt-zoom) cameras, it’s possible to capture video from anywhere in your building or campus using an Ethernet access point. This can really reduce the time and effort it takes to make a production. NDI is the video transport standard that is designed to work over normal gigabit Ethernet networks, turning each video source into a destination as well, meaning there are even more options for pulling video into your presentation. Talking of presentations, NDI converters will enable you to include PowerPoint and other computer-generated outputs into your show, seamlessly. 

Software-based Live Story Creator tool allows TriCaster “show” to be triggered off of an MS Word script

Live video production systems used to be the preserve of broadcasters and required highly skilled technical operators. By harnessing the power of software and automation, broadcast quality productions, on-screen graphics, virtual studio sets and camera transitions can be set up and ready to go in under 5 minutes by the worship team themselves.  Have a look here to see how it can be done.

As more social distancing protocols are enacted in more locations, the demand for content is forecast to rise dramatically. Your audience, your congregation – is going to be more reliant on their TV and Internet-enabled devices for information and education more than ever before.

This mosque in Kenyan relies on TriCaster to create relevant programming for followers online

As the industry leader in live video production solutions, we are committed to ensuring that we do all we can to support our customers as they carry out the vital work of keeping their audiences informed.

Case Studies

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