Hi everyone. I thought I would share the cost effective and low stress setup we are using in our stake. I've made this an easy setup for anyone and it uses the Meetinghouse Webcast system to boot.
This setup is quite simple. Just turn on or off the encoder is all that is needed by anyone on the stand. All else is automated.
I webcast 12 of 13 wards on Sunday with no technical issues on the webcasting side of things. I do admit that I had specialists
configure each encoder before each session, however, they will no longer be required to configure with this firmware.Benefits of this setup:
Low cost - No expensive web camera or computersCost: $205.00 MSRP per building
Stationary - Podium can move up and down
No fuss - Power on/off to start and stop the webcast
Simple configuration using the Church provided Meetinghouse Webcast system
Easy to train and delegate
Open source, so we can improve this system together!
I'm listing MSRP, but I was able to find them far cheaper on Amazon
J-Tech Digital H.264 IP Encoder: MSRP: $179.99 https://jtechdigital.com/product/jtech-ench4-0220/
RCA to HDMI Converter: $12.00 https://www.amazon.com/GANA-Composite-Converter-Adapter-Supporting/dp/B01L8GG6PW
Camera with Microphone: $14.00 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073P1K48T/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_y6MAFbXG48WGZ
Firmware Release:https://github.com/bretep/webcast-auto- ... tag/v1.0.0
Full test of full automation - Zero touch to webcast encoder, simulated scheduling and playing all 3 worship meetings only using the Meetinghouse Webcast system.
I have followed this set up pretty closely as I am no expert when it comes to this topic. Most of what I have learned has come from reading these forums. I have the video and audio from the church system connected to a J-Tech 18GAE (HDMI Audio Embedder). This is then connected to the J-Tech ENCH4 (HDMI H.264 Encoder). We are then using the Church Webcast system to stream the sacrament meetings. I have followed all of the instructions as described on github. I am not sure what changed two weeks ago but I am having two issues:
1) At different times during the broadcast the signal is lost to the encoder and the viewers see the church logo or the choir singing. This usually requires me to disconnect the HDMI cable and reconnect. This tends to reconnect the stream.
2) As of two weeks ago the video and audio are no longer in sync. Previously they were fine. I can't figure out for the life of me what changed and how to correct this. After speaking with Salt Lake we tried different servers and this as not corrected the issues. If the view refreshes the browser the video and audio will be in sync again for about a minute and then the progressively get worse.
Any help and advise would be greatly appreciated.