Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Congregants attend church from all over the world through LifeChurch.tv

Oklahoma City-based LifeChurch.tv is encoding live webcasts, including three weekly services for its Internet campus, and various media presentations for video-on-demand programs. Using the Niagara PowerStream Pro video capture and streaming media encoder from ViewCast, the organization is looking to reach congregants in remote locations.

LifeChurch.tv meets in nine U.S. locations and over the Web through its Internet campus, which allows people worldwide to participate in live services and become a part of the LifeChurch.tv community, both locally and globally. Every LifeChurch.tv location shares a similar worship experience, thanks to video and satellite links among campuses, but each features a unique character through its own personal touches, such as a campus pastor, a live band and/or a worship pastor.

The PowerStream Pro encodes multiple WM9 video streams for viewing by Internet campus members. Designed specifically for the Internet, these streamed worship events bring together campus music and teaching pieces with other segments designed specifically for an online audience.

LifeChurch.tv also uses the system to make teaching and worship segments available on demand, and to share critical information and messages among campus staff over its internal network. The software suite accompanying the PowerStream Pro controls both the new encoder and backup encoders equipped with ViewCast Osprey capture cards, which the church used previously for encoding and was able to integrate easily into its new encoding workflow.

Future plans for the system include expansion of LifeChurch.tv streams to multiple formats for greater accessibility to church members.

For more information, visit www.viewcast.com./pages.asp?page=osprey-simul_stream.

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