Using Simulated Live Video to Create a Real Experience for Your Ministry
With social distancing measures encouraging individuals to remain in their homes, more ministries than ever have been turning to the internet to connect with their congregations. And as with the adoption of any new technology, this transition hasn’t always been a smooth one.
However, there are tools available that will not only make this transition easier, but that provide certain unique advantages of reaching out online. Tools like Haivision Video Cloud, allow ministries to schedule their services, and utilize simulated live video to share their message.
What is Simulated Live Video?
Sometimes referred to as Sim-Live, simulated live video is video playback that appears live to the viewer – they can’t skip ahead, and must join the stream at a particular time – but was actually recorded in advance.
In this post, we will review some of the advantages of scheduling simulated live video, and how ministries use it to create meaningful engagement with their congregations.
This guide is a valuable resource for faith streaming, covering everything from the basics of online ministry, to advanced tips to improve the experience for both your congregation and your team.
One Step at a Time
Moving from an in-person service to sharing your sermon over the internet comes with a variety of considerations: setting up camera equipment, ensuring that your streaming solution is working, preparing the actual service and any additional media, maintaining social distance, all while hosting a service remotely. This can cause a great deal of stress.
However, thanks to scheduling and simulated live video, you can take your time preparing for your service. This makes social distancing much easier to achieve within your ministry, especially if you have multiple services, with different celebrants, on the same day; you can record these services at different times, then schedule them to air at their appropriate times.
Get it Right, Every Time
One of the main disadvantages of streaming your service live is that there are a host of things can go wrong, from something as simple as the volume of your music, to more complex issues with technical equipment. By preparing your service in advance, and scheduling it, you have the ability to catch those mistakes before they are broadcast, and fix them.
Of course, there are some ministries who opt to keep a couple of their smaller “hiccups” in the scheduled broadcast – like a minister stumbling on a word in a humorous sermon. It reminds your congregation that your ministry’s team is human, too, and creates a more authentic experience for viewers.
Focusing on the Message; Not the Means
Shifting from an in-person service to an online service can be a little jarring for both ministries and their congregants. However, tools like simulated live video and scheduling can make this transition easier. And by making these services easier to host online, your team can better focus on your message, and reaching your congregation, as opposed to being distracted by the technical aspects of your streaming solution while giving your service.
Creating a Communal Experience
With all the advantages of scheduling the broadcast of your service in advance, you might be asking yourself why not simply upload your service as an on-demand video, which your congregation can watch at any point. The answer is: the benefits of live video for the viewer. There is a reason live video over the internet has become so popular in the last few years – it creates a communal experience.
Viewers watching a live broadcast know that they are watching the same thing as a plethora of other people at the same time. Even though they may be physically apart, this common experience offers an emotional connection. And especially now, when it can be hard for members of your congregation to enjoy the fellowship of your ministry in-person, having that emotional connection is more important than ever.
Ultimately, you know your ministry best – and your team knows the best way to connect with your congregation. This is why Haivision Video Cloud offers a variety of solutions for ministry, which include simulated live and scheduling, as well as more traditionally live video and video on demand.