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Things to Consider When Buying Streaming Encoders
Livestreaming and recording events at your house of worship require that you have all of the right equipment, and a streaming encoder is a crucial part of that equipment. Streaming encoders come in many designs and price ranges, so the first thing you’ll need to do is ascertain your needs so that you can make sure you get the right one in the end. Most of these encoders are very reasonably priced and they are made by several different companies.
Once you decide exactly what you need in your streaming encoder, it’ll be much easier to find something that suits those needs. Below are a few things you should look at before deciding which encoder to purchase.
A streaming encoder can cost as little as $250 or as much as $7,000, but the good news is that any streaming encoder you buy is going to be high in quality and will work right as well. The differences are in the “extra” features it offers, which are usually important only for very large houses of worship and large, extensive productions. Once you decide which features you need and which ones you don’t, it should be easier to decide on a price range.
Streaming encoders are made by companies such as Blackmagic Design, Epiphan, Roland, and LiveU, among others, all of which have excellent reputations. If you’re unfamiliar with a brand but they make an encoder you’re interested in, you might want to research them and find out a little more about them before buying the encoder. This can put your mind at ease and give you some confidence that you’re buying the right encoder in the end.
If you have specific needs, it’s best to check out the encoder you’re interested in to make sure it has those particular features. Do you need picture-in-picture DVEs? Do you want several chroma keyers? How many USB ports and outputs do you need? Once you decide which features are most important to you, you’ll be able to find the streaming encoder that will work best for your livestreaming events.
Manufacturers always offer some type of warranty, but they can vary a lot between one company and the next. Most warranties are one to three years in length, but some are only limited warranties, which means they don’t cover everything. While you likely won’t ever need to use your warranty, it’s still good to know it’s there because after all, the unexpected happens all the time, and you’ll want to be ready for that.