FAQs

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  • Why Should Our Church Broadcast Our Services?

    The answer is simple. When Jesus uttered the words "therefore GO" in Matthew 28, it took the Great Commission from a good idea to a mandate. As believers, we carry a responsibility to fulfill what was asked of us―to make disciples, baptizing and teaching them. But here's the trap. We often process  those words the exact same way as the disciples, using the paradigm that suggests the word "go" means to be physically present. But Jesus knew what he was saying. The physical limitations of this world―or a particular period of history―were never obstacles to Him. The disciples didn't see the technology of today, but there's no doubt― Jesus did. And He sees tomorrow. So, the mandate remains the same. We are called to go. But aren't we also called to use every resource in the going? That's where MyChurchTube can help. Whether your ministry is regional, national, international or focused just on your local neighborhood, the MyChurchTube network makes it easy and economical for ministries of all sizes to do their part - to go.

     

    You can:

    • Broadcast your teachings
    • Create your own television series on topics and ministries about which you are passionate
    • Increase awareness of your local church in your own neighborhood, and help to reach those who watch television, but don't regularly attend church
    • Produce and broadcast seminars for people who would like to attend but can't due to time or travel restrictions.ᅠ You can even charge a registration fee to viewers just as you would to those who attend locally
    • Give your youth minister a camera and send the youth out into your city to make a documentary on how they are helping to change their world

     

    The reasons, and uses for broadcasting your church activity on the MyChurchTube network is limited only by your imagination, and your desire to change the world. Here's the bottom line. MyChurchTube is here to become an extension of you. And together we extend your reach around the block. Around the nation. And around the world.

     

  • Isn't it Really Expensive to Broadcast on Television?

    It used to be, but the landscape of television broadcasting has changed thanks to innovations like boxes that attach to televisions, called "Over The Top" or OTT, devices.  These devices provide a layer of programming "over the top" of what is normally received by the TV from cable, satellite, or antenna. Set-top boxes like ROKU, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast all provide viewers with additional programming that is streamed via an Internet connection.

     

    Anyone with home access to the Internet and WiFi can utilize one of these OTT devices to make additional programming available. An excellent example is Netflix.  If a household can watch Netflix on their television, they already have the ability to watch your broadcasts on ROKU, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Yahoo Screen network.  Additionally, households with "SmartTVs"  — TVs that can plug directly into the Internet, or receive a WiFi signal — can access your broadcasts even if they don't own an OTT device.

     

    Through arrangements with OTT device manufacturers, and streaming services like Yahoo Screen, MyChurchTube makes it possible for your ministry to broadcast to virtually any television in the world.

  • How do we send you our video?

    Just go to the upload page.  All you have to do is "drag and drop" your video file onto the page, and enter some information, and we do the rest. For information on how to convert your video to a file for upload, click here.

  • Is there a maximum allowed for video length?

    There's no limit to the length of videos you upload.  Most church sermons run between 30 minutes to an hour, but if your sermons run longer, no problem.  There's no extra charge for longer videos.

  • Can we send you a DVD or tape of our service?

    We only accept video files that are uploaded via the upload page on our website.  Click here for info on how to convert your videos to a file for upload.

  • What are the video format requirements?

    In order for your program to be broadcast in high-definition, video files need to be output as 1080p files, and preferably with wide-screen format of 16:9.  You can also send files in standard definition, and standard 4:3 aspect ratio, but your viewers will have a better viewing experience if you provide files that are meant to be viewed on wide-screen, high definition TVs. CLICK HERE for the basics on getting started, or CLICK HERE for advanced technical specs.

  • I want to create a series. How do I do that?

    A series can be anything as simple as someone sitting at a desk and speaking to the camera, to as involved as a scripted drama with actors.  The format and content is totally your choice.  The great thing about creating a series is that it becomes a permanent part of your Video-On-Demand (VOD) catalog, and can be viewed anytime 24/7.  Some great ideas for a series could be:

    • A series aimed at newly-engaged couples with information about the Biblical principles of marriage.
    • A series produced by or for the youth in your church, covering the topics that concern teenagers today.
    • A series covering what your church is all about aimed at people interested in visiting one of your services.

    The possibilities are endless, and are only limited by your imagination and budget. For PLAN I and PLAN II subscribers, each series you add to your broadcast lineup is only $50/mo and remains available on demand for as long as you're a subscriber. There is no additional fee for PLAN III subscribers.

  • Are there any restrictions on sermon or series content?

    Not many, but the few restrictions there are, are common sense:

    • The material you include in programming you provide to us must be owned by you, and not infringe on anyone's copyright, whether it's written word, music, artwork, etc.  The content of the videos you produce must belong to you.  For example, you can create your own study of the book of James, but you couldn't read someone else's published commentary as your own. Same goes for worship songs, unless they are original songs written by someone who has given you permission to broadcast them.
    • Content must be free of profanity and nudity.
    • Generally, whatever you would consider appropriate to present in one of your church services, is appropriate for your broadcast.
  • May we include the worship portion of our services in our broadcast?

    Yes! All you need is the additional streaming license from CCLI and you're covered. Simply follow the CCLI requirements for identifying your license in your videos, and make sure the songs included in the worship portion of your video are covered under your license by using their song validation process, and you're good to go.   No extra reporting required. One of the best things about MyChurchTube is that we don't monetize your videos by placing ads anywhere in your video. You can be assured that an ad for Ford trucks won't show up in the middle of your worship service! We don't place ads anywhere, so you're not regulated by YouTube's need to monetize your video and place copyright restrictions on your content.  If you need more info about CCLI's streaming license, click here, or give them a call at 1-800-234-2446.

  • What is bandwidth, and are we charged for it?

    First to answer the question "are you charged by the bandwidth used to broadcast your program to viewers," the answer is NO.

     

    If you're interested in how bandwidth works, and why it's important to the broadcast of your program, read on:

     

    Bandwidth is how the size of a transmission is measured.  The higher the bandwidth, the better the quality of the transmission. Video transmission services like YouTube present their videos in a variety of bandwidths in order to accommodate people who may have slower download speeds from their Internet provider.

     

    In relation to broadcasting to television, video is digitized into small packets called bits.  The higher number of bits sent to the receiving television at one time, the higher the quality of the picture and sound.  For example, low-definition video playback on YouTube's setting of 240p is being broadcast to the viewer at 400,000 "bits" per second.  It sounds like a lot, but it isn't really, when you compare it to YouTube's high-definition setting of 1080p is sent to the viewer at 4.5 million bits per second.  By comparison, DVDs and Blu-ray discs are sent to the TV at 29.5 million and 40 million bits, respectively.

     

    So, at what bandwidth is your program being sent to viewers? We broadcast at two different bandwidth rates, 3.5 million and 4.5 million bits per second, to accommodate those with standard definition and high-definition TV sets, respectively.  Your programming is always broadcast in the highest quality output available.

     

    Why don't we charge you for bandwidth usage like other streaming companies?  We don't have to, and neither do they, really.  Some companies only allow you a certain number of viewers at a time, and charge you for the amount of programming each viewer watches.  As you can imagine, even when charged what seems like the paltry amount of $0.09 per gigabyte broadcast, those charges can add up to hundreds of dollars per month.  We use our own servers to deliver your programming to viewers around the world, and don't need to charge you every time someone wants to watch one of your programs.

     

    A more thorough explanation of bandwidth is covered in this Wikipedia article.

  • How many viewers can watch our channel at a time?

    An unlimited number of viewers can view programs, or even a single program, on your channel at any given time.

  • We want to broadcast a seminar, and charge viewers to watch it.  How does that work?

    The process is nearly identical to broadcasting your free programming.  Just contact us when you want to create a pay-per-view event, and we'll set everything up for you. You let us know if it's a pay-per-view program, or monthly subscription program, and how much you want to charge viewers to see it.  We then set up the pay-per-view program in a special menu on your channel's page*.  Viewers are given instructions on how to pay for viewing your program, and we take care of the billing.  You don't need a merchant account to accept credit cards from viewers.  You can set pay-per-view pricing from $.99 per view up to $99.99 per view.

     

    You may set up programming to be a one-time charge to view, or an ongoing monthly subscription.

     

    If you're interested in offering paid programming on your channel, please contact us to get started.

     

    The basics of the agreement are:

     

    • We take care of all billing and customer service issues with those viewers who choose to view your fee-based programming.
    • We split the net revenue with you 50/50, less any applicable taxes we receive from the viewer and remit to the proper authorities, less credits and refunds.
    • For Content that has a one-time fee or which is available as a monthly subscription, you will be paid within 30 days of the end of the month following the month in which we collect the revenues. For yearly subscriptions, you will be paid monthly, within 30 days after we collect the revenues, an amount equal to 1/12th of the annual subscription fee, or the first month’s prorated amount, as applicable. All remittances will be paid to you via PayPal, and will include any deductions for credits or refunds.

     

    It's pretty simple.  You provide the programming and promote it to your audience, we broadcast it on demand, collect the fees, handle the customer service, pay the taxes, and send you 50% of the proceeds less refunds and credits.

     

    *Pay-Per-View event broadcasting is only available on the ROKU platform and requires your viewers to have a ROKU settop box, a ROKU stick, or a ROKU-enabled TV.

  • What Equipment Do We Need?

    Surprisingly, not much.  You can create video programming with anything from a smartphone, webcam, or a fully-functioning multi-camera setup.  The choice of how elaborate you want to be is entirely up to you.  If you are already recording your services on video, then you can probably skip this section, especially if you're using a multi-cam setup with switchers, etc.  If not, we have some suggestions to capture the best audio and video for your broadcasts:

     

    CAMERA/VIDEO

    • The better the camera, the better quality your final video.  We recommend that whether you shoot with a SmartPhone, a camcorder, or a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, like a Canon T5i) that you shoot in high-definition at a minimum of 1080p, and a frame rate (when possible) of 30fps (29.97fps). Older camcorders may not allow you to shoot with these specifications, but will still provide you a "good" quality, though NOT high-definition, picture.
    • It's not necessary to shoot with multiple cameras, but being able to do so helps break up the monotony of a stationery shot for the duration of a sermon.

    AUDIO

    • Perhaps, even more important than the quality of your video is the quality of your audio.  People will forgive a not-so-great picture as long as the audio is clear, clean, and loud enough to hear.
    • We strongly recommend that your camera (or at least ONE of your cameras if shooting with more than one) gets it's audio DIRECTLY from your PA System.  Most cameras will accept audio input from an outside source, and it's usually fairly simple to run a cable from the AUDIO OUT of your PA System to the AUDIO IN of your camera.  This is the simplest solution. Audio that is recorded using only the mic on your camera, is usually NOT suitable for broadcast because it usually contains all of the background noise in the room where the audio is recorded, and lacks the "presence" of having the person speaking sound as though they are close to the camera.
    • If you are using a multiple camera setup, this is mostly likely an issue you've already solved because your cameras are mostly likely being fed to a "switcher" which also receives an audio feed directly from your PA System.  If you're new to multi-cam setups for recording audio/video, we suggest you Google the terms "dual audio system recording" to read more about synching your audio and video together using more than one camera.
    • MICS:  The Mic you are using now, whether it's a lavalier, or a mic you hand hold or place on a stand (e.g., Shure Vocal Mics) are perfectly fine for capturing the audio of the average speaking voice.  As in all audio recording, it's important that your recording level is such that the audio doesn't become distorted if he person speaking should suddenly raise their voice.

    LIGHTING

    • Some church auditoriums have stage lighting which is more than adequate for capturing broadcast video.  The most important thing to to make sure the face of the person speaking is lit well enough to see their facial expressions, and that they are not standing in a shadow. Your existing lighting is most likely fine to produce good video.  Do a test with the camera you are going to use to record your services, and watch the video back on a home television set.  If you're happy with the light level, we're happy.  Of course, large multi-camera setups require more specific broadcast-standard lighting, but that's usually the exception rather than the norm.  Let your budget be your guide.

    EDITING

    • Video you shoot of your church sermons don't usually require editing, unless you want to add a fade-in/fade-out at the beginning and end. While we DO NOT edit your video in any way, we can recommend some simple and inexpensive solutions to accomplish rudimentary editing, and even add titles to your video.
      • Whether you're using a Windows or a Mac, both come with video editing programs, i.e. Windows Move Maker, and iMovie on the Mac.  These are free with the operating system and provide adequate tools to do simply editing of video and audio for most programs you will produce.
      • ADOBE PREMIERE PRO/SONY VEGAS/FINAL CUT PRO:  These are all considered professional editing programs for Mac and PC. Adobe Premiere Pro is available on a subscription basis from Adobe, for as little as $19.99/mo USD.  Sony Vegas Pro 13 (Windows only, starting at $399) and Final Cut Pro (Mac only, $299.99) are available for purchase. We recommend these programs if you are going to do multi-camera recording, or plan to create programs where multiple videos need to be edited together.

 

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