UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
Creating a streamed video part 2
Updated on 19 September 2021
Starting the video
WARNING: In the few months since we started using it YouTube has changed the sequence of screens and actions at least 3 times. If you don't see exactly what is predicted here you may have to experiment!
- Open OpenLP and then File→Open service and select today's service plan
- Ensure that the 'YouTube thumbnail' image is 2nd item in the service and the 'End of service' image is the last item
- Open Chrome and click on YTS in the favourites bar
- Content then Live
- Click on today's service's thumbnail image (which will open the live streaming window)
- Start projecting the OpenLP notices slides as usual
- 5 mins before the service starts press STREAM on the DataVideo unit (which turns red)
- When the YouTube screen shows Excellent connection click on Go live
- Advance OpenLP to 'End of service' image
- Wait until the organist finishes
- Click END STREAM on the YouTube page
- Press STREAM on the DataVideo unit (which turns white)
More details below.
On the day of the service
These instructions assume you have already done part 1. You have to do part 2 using the sound desk laptop and equipment. It's a good idea to get ready at least 20 minutes ahead of the service.
Turn everything on (laptop, Roland mixer, Kramer scaler and DataVideo streamer). The power switch for the Roland is an inconspicuous small slider switch on the right hand end panel of the unit.
Ensure that OpenLP has the thumbnail image you prepared in part 1, or add it to the service plan after '01 Notices'. Start OpenLP showing the '01 Notices' presentation. Also ensure that the item in Images called 'End of service' is the last item in the OpenLP service:
Open Chrome. In the shortcut bar near the top of the Chrome window you will see a YouTube logo with 'YTS' (YouTube Studio) next to it. Click that to go to the studio, which looks like this:
Click on Content in the menu at the left. It's the 2nd logo down. The click on the Live tab. You should then see the stream you created in part one listed as 'upcoming'.
Click on the thumbnail to open the live studio:
About 6 minutes before the service starts, ensure that '01 Notices' is being shown on the big screen. On the DataVideo unit mounted on top of the Kramer scaler the STREAM button should be showing steady white. Press it and hold for 2 seconds until it changes to alternating red and white, release it and after another couple of seconds it should change to solid red, indicating that the streaming output is being generated - though not yet being captured by YouTube.
So now the streamer is sending data to YouTube and YouTube is listening but not yet streaming it to the world. On YouTube you should see the 'No data' message change to 'Excellent connection' - it may take a few seconds. You should then see a thumbnail of the video feed (which should be the Notices slides rather than this camera shot). You may see the message 'Looks like you're ready' although it doesn't always seem to appear, and also, superimposed on the picture thumbnail, 'Preview'.
When you are ready to start the broadcast at about 5 minutes before the service starts, click on GO LIVE. In a few seconds, at the top left of the thumbnail you should now see a red box saying LIVE and a count-up timer showing how many minutes and seconds have been streamed.
You can now ignore this display until the service is over.
When you think the minister is about 30 seconds from starting, advance OpenLP to the thumbnail slide, and when he really is ready use the Roland mixer to switch to a view of him or her.
When the service is over
Advance OpenLP to the image of St Andrew's logo. Wait until the organist has finished playing.
Go back to the YouTube screen and click on END STREAM. It will ask you to confirm, and do so. It will say that the stream has ended. Press the STREAM button on the streamer for 2 secs. It should flash red and white and then turn solid white.