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Capital Christian Ministries International goes live

Capital Christian Ministries International goes live

Capital Christian Ministries International goes live

Zambia:

Making a positive impact has always been a goal for president and Capital Christian Ministries International’s (CCMI) senior pastor, Bishop George Mbulo, one of which consists of helping vulnerable children in Zambia. In order to support them with the right tools and financial resources, CCMI live streams its services with the use of a Matrox Monarch HD encoder.

‘Using the Monarch HD to do live streaming from these remote sites, we’re able to take a message that, two or three years ago, would have been trapped inside a building,’ said Randall Rike, director of technical and media at CCMI. ‘With live streaming, we’re literally worldwide and anyone with internet can get on and see it.’

Rike added: ‘When I saw this tiny box, it resolved everything, and moreover, I was blown away. I knew that many ministries were live streaming, and I knew that CCMI needed to get involved sooner rather than later, and seeing Monarch HD made me realise this was now a very real possibility. I personally purchased Monarch HD for CCMI. The price point was well within my budget for these types of projects, and [the fact that it is] easy to use is an understatement.’

For services and events, the CCMI media and technical team uses cameras that are connected to a video switcher, which sends feeds to Monarch HD via HDMI. Some venues such as the Mulugushi Conference Centre have a high-bandwidth internet connection, however other sites need a subscription to a local Zambian phone company in order to have enough internet bandwidth. For these sites, the team bought a reloadable, pre-paid SIM card while the phone company provided 3G/4G capable routers, which are connected to the venue’s Ethernet network.

When there is enough internet bandwidth, the team connects the HDMI video source to Monarch HD, which is then set up to stream 3 Mbps video to Facebook at 720p and 30fps. However, if there isn’t enough, the Monarch HD streams 1 Mbps video at 360p and 30fps, which allows CCMI to send live streams no matter what quality the internet connection is. Monarch HD’s SD and USB ports are also used to record copies for the director’s cuts during live productions. With its independent streaming and recording settings, Monarch HD can record at the highest possible resolution and quality regardless of the streaming bitrate.



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