Webcasting refers to broadcasting a video and audio signal over the internet. The broadcasting may be of any type or information or content.  Simply point your camera at something interesting and start webcasting to the world.  In this type of webcast, transmission is done live, that is, it is being broadcast as it is happening.

The internet is the most popular mode for communication. Billions of people all over the world are connected through the internet. Therefore, sharing any information through this media ensures that scores of people watch the transmission. Webcasts helps people attend any event “virtually” in real time.  A persons’ physical location is no longer an inhibition to whether or not they can attend an event.

How is webcasting done?

Live webcasting is a simple process of capturing video & audio with the help of devices like phones, cameras, tablets, etc., and then uploading the video & audio via the internet. This transmission is done with the help of global servers called CDN’s (Content Delivery Networks). The process of webcasting is done in five steps:

  1. Capturing the content:Using the appropriate equipmentto capture the information that is to be broadcast.
  2. Converting the content: The video and audio signals are prepared for uploading to the internet with the help of a cable (HDMI) or convertor box as the signal is fed into a PC or laptop or streaming appliance.
  3. Encoding the signal: Software is used to prepare the signal into a type that can is suited for live streaming, typically an H.264 or H.265 formatted video file (with AAC stereo audio).
  4. Uploading to the internet: The encoded content is transferred over the internet via the broadcaster’s ISP (Internet Service Provider) to a CDN’s global servers.
  5. Broadcast: The content received by the servers is broadcasted to multiple server nodes who, in turn, distribute the video & audio to all online viewers worldwide.

Where do you begin webcasting?

There are several websites available for the purpose of webcasting. Some sites even avail users of free webcasting, where the users can broadcast without paying anything. But these sites may not provide the best streaming quality. One of the best webcasting sites is http://worshipchannels.com/network.html. If church events need to be broadcasted, then this is the best website to visit and get started with live streaming.