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Being an excellent steward of your church’s financial resources is important. However, we’ve all experienced situations where what seemed like a great bargain ended up not being a good deal. Real savings can be a delusion if the result doesn’t match expectations. For example, the promise of cheap church live streaming using a software encoder often doesn’t add up.
We hear from lots of people who’ve chosen a software encoder for their church live streaming solution. They tell us it’s complicated and unreliable. Unanticipated problems can quickly change your joyful noise into frustration with a stream that’s dropping frames and frozen software. In the end, a dedicated hardware encoder can solve many of the problems encountered with software encoders and simplify church live streaming for volunteers.
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Here’s how to avoid the church live streaming software encoder blues:
It’s better to use a desktop computer that has a separate GPU for live streaming then a laptop. Although you could use a laptop with a minimum i7 processor for basic live streaming, you still risk background processes kicking in and consuming the CPU power during a church live stream. Without enough CPU power to handle all the processing, you end up with dropped frames or worse. Your live streaming software can freeze and drop your stream.
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It’s best to offload all video encoding from the CPU and let the graphics card handle it. A desktop computer lets you make wise choices about where to spend your money so you can invest in a better graphics card that can handle video encoding.
For each video source, you need a capture card to get the video into your computer. A decent video capture card isn’t cheap. However, cheap capture cards can have compatibility issues with your live streaming software encoder as well as behave unreliably...
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