New from Livestream: Studio Software for Platform Subscribers

We’re excited to add Livestream Studio, our best-in-class live editing and encoding software, to the Livestream platform. Now all Livestream platform subscribers can add the full version of Studio to their production and switching/encoding machines directly from the web.

Livestream Studio unlocks the power of a fully-functioning broadcast studio from your desktop PC. Studio supports the use of multiple camera inputs and includes a customizable graphics library, so you can add dynamism and sophistication to any live event.

Instead of paying an additional $799 for a standalone software license, the full scope of our Studio software is now included in your subscription to the Livestream platform. For a turnkey hardware solution, including 4K camera and audio inputs, and a powerful built-in PC, Livestream Studio is available as a full license across our family of hardware encoders.

Use Studio to stream to the Livestream platform, Facebook Live, YouTube, or a custom RTMP destination from within the software interface. Whether you syndicate your content from within your Studio computer, or through the web with Livestream’s Simulcast feature, we have an easy-to-use option that works with your set-up.

Adding wireless video sources like laptops, mobile devices, and our Mevo camera is easy with Studio, which includes support for up to 10 remote sources. And Studio’s integration with the Google Chrome browser lets you control your Studio remotely (Web Control) or bring in live guests (Live Interview) from wherever you are.

Non-subscribers can still purchase a Livestream Studio USB dongle for offline use, separate from a Livestream subscription. If you wish to test our encoder with your existing workflow, you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial and unlock the full features of our Studio software.

Here’s How to Get Started

Download Studio and proceed through the in-app sign-up flow to start using Studio. If you already have a Livestream plan and the free version of Studio, update to the latest app version and log in to your account in the upper right to unlock your Studio license.

Now every Livestream plan subscriber can harness the power of Studio from the Livestream platform, and take their live events to new heights. It’s easier than ever to stream high-quality events to the Livestream platform, Facebook Live, YouTube, and other destinations.

For more information about activating your Studio software license, or to get started with Livestream’s end-to-end streaming solution, visit our help center article here.

How Livestreaming Worship Services Can Grow Your Ministry

A pioneer in livestreaming worship services, Life.Church has come a long way from its early days of meeting in a two-car garage. Headquartered in Oklahoma, it is now one of the largest multi-site churches in the US, attended by more than 75,000 people with 27 campuses across eight states. On any given week, its ‘Church Online’ community welcomes over 225,000 unique visitors.

Founded by its senior pastor Craig Groeschel in 1996, Life.Church launched its internet campus a decade later, with a vision to provide a live experience for people around the world to engage in community at www.live.life.church.

Life.Church is a prime example of how you can start small and grow your community exponentially beyond your walls with livestreaming, and faith communities are discovering new ways to do so.


Worship has gone digital: livestreaming worship services

Livestream recently conducted a survey with our house of worship community and discovered some key findings about how they are livestreaming worship services:

48% of house of worship survey respondents say the main benefit of livestreaming is in growing an online audience.

#1 Growing a digital audience is the main reason houses of worship are livestreaming
Nearly half (48%) of survey respondents say the main benefit of livestreaming lies in growing an online audience. A sizable portion (28%) of respondents do it to reach people who aren’t able to make it to their physical locations due to sickness or distance. The remaining cite growing their in-person congregation (23%) and increasing donations (1%) as motivations for livestreaming.

#2 Houses of worship are streaming at least once a week
77% are livestreaming events and worship services weekly; 15% are streaming several times a year. Just 5% and 4% of respondents are livestreaming daily and monthly.

#3 Websites are the most popular livestreaming destination
66% of respondents are livestreaming worship services on their websites, slightly edging out social media platforms (64%) and mobile apps (28%). Our Livestream Enterprise and Premium worship customers have the ability to embed video players on their website to drive page views and traffic as well as enable donations through their Livestream account page. You can also simulcast to multiple platforms and promote your worship services with built-in social tools through the Livestream platform.

#4 Finding the right equipment to livestream is the biggest challenge
31% of respondents say finding the right equipment is their greatest challenge in livestreaming worship services, followed by reliable internet connectivity (28%), budget (27%) and training (14%). Larger churches may have a full production studio and crew but you only need a basic recording device and a laptop with a reliable internet connection to get started. For a checklist of what you need, check out our how-to guide: “Spreading the Word: Livestreaming for Houses of Worship.”

Besides livestreaming worship services, you can also share the good news in other ways…
Consider other opportunities to connect with your community such as streaming to your overflow rooms, sharing your study sessions, as well as celebrations like weddings, first communions, or bar/bat mitzvahs.

Find out how other houses of worship like Champions Centre Church and The Crossing Church are livestreaming worship services and impacting lives by increasing their physical and online attendances, as well as online contributions.


Watch our video below to learn:

  • What equipment you need to start streaming
  • Tips to increase page views and traffic to your stream
  • Best practices from three houses of worship