You will likely use software or a video switcher ;to live-stream or record events at your house of worship. Experts recommend video switchers over standard software, even though both have advantages and disadvantages. Why? This is why.
The Basics of Video Switcher vs. Software
Software installed on your computer will receive the audio/video content, then convert it to streamable data. Encoding is the process of converting audio/video content into streamable data. This step is crucial if you want to live-stream an event. A video switcher is a piece of hardware that encodes audio and/or video data into streamable content.
Software is another important aspect to consider. There are many live-streaming software packages. OBS is a free program; other software packages can run up to $1200. Nevertheless, it would be best if you kept in mind that not all houses of worship will require the same advanced features as the more expensive versions. A free version of the software might work well for you. OBS is popular because it is free and does more than most people realize.
When deciding between computer software or a video switcher, it is important to consider the needs of your synagogue or church. You don’t have to use the most expensive software packages. It seems that most churches don’t need the most expensive software. Your house of worship will make the final decision.
A Video Switcher’s Advantages
First, the computer and all its problems benefit from using a video switcher. Consider what happens if your computer crashes or has other issues while streaming live from an event. You may only need the basics, or you might want more advanced features for your live stream. If you use a computer to switch between video switches, your results will always depend on the computer.
A computer with a fast processor and high-quality graphics cards is essential. Your streaming software might offer 4K@60 FPS and 50Mbps, but that doesn’t mean your computer can keep up. The truth is that the more you expect your computer to do, it will be more straining it. Computers with weaker computers can cause problems such as slowing down or crashing. Other issues include buffering and frame loss.
Keep in mind, however, that not all video streaming ;software is compatible with every computer. Software such as vMix or XSplit is not compatible with Mac OS computers. Another problem comes when you use external sources like cameras. In these situations, computers may not be able to capture video signals, such as HDMI or SDI. You will need additional video capture cards to capture these signals. You won’t need to do this when using a video mixer.
There is no one-size-fits-all video streaming option. And even though both video software and mixers have pros and cons, here are some reasons why a video mixer is often more convenient than computer software.
It is generally more reliable than software.
- You need less gear, so cleanup is easier
- It’s a versatile solution
- It is a great all-in-one solution
- It’s super simple to use
You will need to invest more to get the best value for your money. Because of its ease of use and versatility, more people choose a video mixer for their streaming and recording needs. A video mixer is more expensive than a computer. Video mixers need to be replaced and updated more frequently. A video mixer’s initial cost may be higher than a computer, but it will not need to be replaced as frequently as a computer.
A video mixer is a great choice for companies that:
- Live-stream to YouTube and Facebook Live with one or more video sources
- Produce your live productions using multiple video inputs, chroma keys capabilities, and titles
- You can live-stream or record multiple events at once using two sources and basic titles.
In other words, the more advanced you are, the more likely you will choose a video mixer for a computer with software. The former can handle these tasks, but a video mixer makes them easier.
Although each person must decide between a video mixer or a computer for streaming video, there are many advantages to using a mixer instead of computer software. There are many benefits to choosing the computer option. This is why every house of worship chooses something different. It is best to research each option thoroughly and do your homework to find out which one is best for you.