Church Live Streaming: The benefits you had not even thought of
With the advent of the Covid-19 era, people are in house arrest. It’s about everything we do, whether it’s education, career advancement, shopping, entertainment, communication and even relationships. Whatever you want to do, our freedoms are restrained! But with one of the modern online techniques that has revolutionized the world we live in is live broadcasting. This option Church Live Streaming allows you to broadcast all activities via web cameras, smartphones, and other devices to reach the people you need for business or personal purposes.
Live streaming servers have become very popular nowadays. And no wonder, because it helps people to join and communicate with each other, regardless of the country in which they live. In addition, this online method can be tremendously useful live streaming church services, broadcasting your services, streaming funerals, re-transmitting events in the life of the church, keeping people who need most at this time to feel connected to their church.
Below are the key benefits that live streaming offers all these days:
A chance to reach more Churchgoers.
Whether you plan to broadcast your live streaming church service and Sunday services or make your special life event accessible to others, you will not be able to live without streaming. The technique will allow you to reach more people who cannot be present at the moment. This is very convenient for you and for them. The fact is that it is not always possible to attend an event due to coronavirus lock down. With live streaming, you can feel part of the event even if you are not physically there. But it’s not that! This amazing technique also allows you to invite as many people as you need to participate in the event, which is sometimes impossible when you invite people to your home.
The choice of content
If you think live streaming is only about audio and video, you’re wrong. This technique also allows you to select and show all the files to your audience, including articles, PowerPoint presentations, photos, images, and more. You can also chat with users who exchange messages and other files online. Your stream can be added on nearly every device, and Hosting Marketers is here to guide and help you step by step.
Simplicity and convenience
Church Live Streaming is not only functional and practical to use on a daily basis. It’s also pretty simple. If you think that you will need expensive equipment or software to create your own channel, you will be surprised to discover that you do not need all this. What you need is a web camera with a built-in microphone, encoder, and internet access, of course. If you already have this, you will need to focus on choosing the most reliable live streaming platform, which provides high quality videos and images. By the way, you do not have to be a technology professional to know how to use the system. Just follow the instructions provided by the service to configure the program correctly. Hosting Marketers will guide you step by step on setting up your Church broadcast, we are here to help you.
We’ve been streaming church services since 2009.
Using smartphones to browse the Internet is very convenient and allows you to search for all information directly on the go. That’s why you need to make sure your live stream is also accessible on smartphones and other mobile devices. Here’s how you will reach the target audience more effectively to achieve the desired result.
HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is here to stay, it works everywhere, high quality and stability, but latency or delays between the stream and the end user can be 60-90 seconds, if you streaming live events that can be a very big issue, imagine Sports betting? But with Wowza Streaming Engine it is possible to reduce the latency to 3 to 5 seconds. It is not good enough but for now there is no other solution.
Below we have some adjustments that using the Wowza Streaming Engine Manage, we can easily improve, although of course there are some negative components.
This risks inherent of the configuration adjustements are due to smaller chunk sizes may result in playback errors if you fail to increase the number of seconds built into the playlist. If a stream is interrupted, and the player requests the next playlist, the stream may be interrupted when the playlist doesn’t arrive.
Additionally, by increasing the number of segments that are needed to create and deliver low-latency streams, you also increase the server cache requirements. To alleviate this concern, ensure that your server has a large enough cache, or built-in elasticity. You will also need to account for greater CPU and GPU utilization resulting from the increased number of keyframes. This requires careful planning for load balancing, with the understanding that increased computing and caching overhead incurs a higher cost of operation.
Lastly, as chunk sizes are smaller, the overall quality of the video playback can be impacted. This may result into either not being able to deliver full 4K video to the player, or small playback glitches with an increased risk of packet loss. Essentially, as you increase the number of bits (markers on the chunks), you require more processing power to provide smooth playback; without it, you get packet loss and interruptions.
A- In Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, click the Applications tab and then click live in the contents panel.
On the details page Properties tab, click Cupertino Streaming Packetizer in the Quick Links bar.
In the Cupertino Streaming Packetizer area, click Edit, and change the values for the following properties:
1- cupertinoChunkDurationTarget- Set the duration of each chunk in milliseconds. The default value is 10000, but the chunkDurationTarget must be smaller to reduce the latency of Apple HLS streams. For a one-second chunk size, set the value to 1000.
2- cupertinoMaxChunkCount- Sets the maximum number of chunks Wowza Streaming Engine stores in the available chunk list. The default value is 10, but for reduced latency streaming we recommend storing 50 seconds worth of chunks. For one-second chunks, set the cupertinoMaxChunkCount to 50; if you’re using half-second chunks, the value should be doubled (100).
3- cupertinoPlaylistChunkCount- Sets the number of items returned to the player in the playlist. The default value is 3, but for reduced latency streaming we recommend returning 12 seconds of data to the player. This prevents the loss of chunks between chunklist requests. For one-second chunks, set the cupertinoPlaylistChunkCount to 12; if you’re using half-second chunks, the value should be doubled (24).
B- On the Properties tab, click Customin the Quick Links bar.
In the Custom area, click Edit.
Click Add Custom Property, specify the following custom property settings in the Add Custom Property dialog box, and then click Add:
1- In Path, select /Root/Application/LiveStreamPacketizer.
2- In Name, enter cupertinoMinPlaylistChunkCount.
3- In Type, select Integer.
4- In Value, specify the minimum number of chunks required before Wowza Streaming Engine provides a playlist to the player. The default value is 1, but for reduced latency streaming we recommend requiring a minimum of 6 seconds worth of chunks. For one-second chunks, set the cupertinoMinPlaylistChunkCount to 6; if you’re using half-second chunks, the value should be doubled (12).
Click Save and restart the application to apply the changes.
Done, try now. Or just contact Hosting Marketers and order our RTMP Wowza with our shared hosting Wowza Engine.
Real-Time Messaging Protocol or RTMP was developed originally by Macromedia, which then became Adobe. It was a system to implement streaming of video, text and audio over the internet between a flash player and a server with the RTMP setup.
Using fragments between the server and the user, it maintains a stable connection and because of that it has low latency, meaning that there is a very short delay, between the server and the user. The delay is perhaps 1 or 2 seconds.
The RTMP servers available are Adobe Media Server, Red5, Wowza Streaming Engine, Nginx RTMP server and a few more, but this 4 are the most common, although Adobe is very expensive and Red5 is difficult, personally I prefer Wowza RTMP, which has a number of advantages, we will talk about this on another post.
Going back to RTMP, it is a TCP-based protocol which maintains persistent stable connections and allows low-latency communication. To deliver streams smoothly and transmit as much information as possible, it splits streams into fragments, and their size is negotiated dynamically between the client and server.
RTMP servers are ideal for live streaming but also for Ondemand video streaming, it is also a necessary component for live video chats.
RTMP Server, how it works
The server must be setup with a media server, like Adobe or Red5, then the video stream connects to the RTMP installed on the server, the video stream could be a laptop with a software installed, this software is an encoder, there are a number of them, OBS Studio, but the most common is the Adobe, FMLE, which you can download free at http://hosting-marketers.com/flashmedialiveencoder_3.2_wwe_signed.msi (for windows computers, Mac computers you can download directly at Adobe site.)
On the encoder you enter the server RTMP, which would be something like this:
Then you connect and start the broadcast. this stream will go directly the RTMP server and you can now setup a player for your users, if you using a RTMP player you will need to use a flash player, but using Wowza Streaming Engine on the RTMP server it converts the stream to a HLS protocol which can be used on many other platforms as well, like smartphones and HTML5 Players. Although the HLS has the latency issue because of the flash players end of live it is nearly impossible not to use it. Nowadays, with a good configuration you can reduce the latency to 3 or 4 seconds.
So we have, YOU on your laptop with a camera and an encoder >>> your internet connection and the RTMP Server connection >>> and finally the player on your site broadcasting your live event. Or your video files.
Our wowza live streaming supports live events, sports, church and anything related with a high quality, While ordering you can order which service you need, from
1- Live streaming
2- Ondemand video streaming
3- TV Station withe option to schedule playlists and go live broadcast when ever you need
4- IP Camera re-stream, this great to keep a security camera 24 X 7
Our RTMP works on any encoder from FMLE to wirecast.
And our player is ads-free and Embeddable on any site.
Wowza Live Streaming works on any platform, from desktops, VLC, Tablets, IPhone, IPad and Android, you can also stream to Facebook or other video platforms, like youtube. If you need any help on this don’t hesitate to contact our engineers.
Addons, as of Wowza Transcoder, Wowza nDVR and extra web space for videos are available at any time.
If you wish to run Python scripts in your hosting account, you can create and edit them in two ways: either in cPanel or via SSH.
To create and edit Python script in cPanel use the following steps:
1. Log in to your cPanel:
2. Go to section Files > File Manager:
3. You can choose whether you want to run the script in the cgi-bin folder or outside of it.
The cgi-bin folder contains executable CGI scripts. If the file should be placed out of the cgi-bin folder, .htaccess should be created additionally.
4. In order to run the Python script in the cgi-bin folder follow the steps:
Go to the cgi-bin folder
Create a file with a .py extension, for example nctest.py in the /home/cPuser/public_html/cgi-bin directory (where cPuser is your actual cPanel username).
5. In order to create the file, click New File > specify the name of the file with the required extension and click Create New File:
6. Change the permission of the file to 0755
NOTE: Files are created with default permissions 0644. The .py file will become executable when the permissions are changed to 0755.
7. In order to change the permissions of the file you need to select the file > click Change Permissions > Mark Execute for User, Group, World columns and click Change Permissions:
8. Open the file, click Edit and add the code.
We will add the following script for testing purposes:
print “Content-type: text/html\n\n”
print “How to run Python scripts in cPanel”
NOTE: The file should start with the path to the Python scripts that is /usr/bin/python on our servers, but you can run the whereis pythoncommand via SSH to check the directory.
Now the script should work using http://domain.com/cgi-bin/nctest.py
If you would like to run the Python file not in the cgi-bin folder (in public_html or any other directory), it is necessary to add the following code to the .htaccess file in the same directory where the Python script is placed: