Have you thought about enabling people to be able to watch your worship service or other events live on the Web?
There are two ways you can offer video online: live and on-demand.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides both live and on-demand video of major General Assembly (GA) events; we stream them live, record them, and post the recordings on our website. The Church of the Larger Fellowship streams worship services at their Quest for Meaning website, although segments are pre-recorded.
You need a streaming service, encoding software, a computer, a fast Internet connection, a video camera, and microphones.
Some parts of your service may not be suitable for live-streaming or posting on the Web, because they may include personal information that congregation members do not want to share. Consider omitting the Candles or Joy and Concern or similar parts of your service. Also, if you plan to include video of your congregants, provide an area that you never video, where people can sit if they do not want to be in the video.
If you are live-streaming or posting video on the Web, you cannot include copyrighted material for which you do not have permission to do so. This includes readings, hymns, and music performances. See Copyright Issues Related to Worship.
To ask questions and share expertise about web video and other website issues, consider subscribing to the Websters discussion list or participating in the "UU Communications Lab" Facebook group.
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Monday, December 16, 2013.
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