MEDIA MANAGEMENT – STUDIO FEATURES
WHAT IS THE SERMON STUDIO?
The All-In-One, turnkey broadcasting solution for Christian Ministries. A safe home-base for your content and your audience!
The Sermon Studio is the web-based tool that Pastors, Missionaries, and Teachers use to archive and deliver their sermons and lessons. Audio, video, and PDF files can be uploaded through the Sermon Studio for global on-demand access. Live Broadcasts can be streamed in real-time, and automatically published/archived for re-broadcasting purposes. All media is made available through Media Centers & Players, as well as via RSS/Podcast feeds, and Apps (iOS, Android, ROKU).
Automatically archive your stream for online / on-demand access.
SERMON STUDIO – FEATURES
Upload your Audio, Video, and / or Document files to our transcoding servers and we will do the rest. We will convert them to web-friendly formats to ensure proper playback across all devices. We will also embed the media’s meta-data information directly into the file. Your media is then made available through a variety of playback mediums, including; Players, Media Centers, Mobile & ROKU Apps, and RSS/Podcast feeds.
Broadcast anytime, from anywhere using your Sermon Studio. Are you new to broadcasting? …no problem we are here and happy to help! Broadcast to any device (desktop or mobile) through embed anywhere Players & Media Centers, iOS and Android mobile Apps, our ROKU App. We also provide you with directly access to the Live Stream’s HLS (.m3u8) URL. You can send your streams in multi-bit rates for adaptive playback on the viewer’s end. You can even run multiple simultaneous (unlimited) broadcast events through one Studio account. There is a countdown clock to live stream’s AIR time. Ability to post off-air media playback (medial promo / trailer) while you are not broadcasting. You can even archive your broadcast recording (in whole or in part) as on-demand media for rebroadcasting at a later time. So many features to enhance the Live Broadcast experience for your visitors! Let us know if you have ANY questions!
You can now simulcast your Live Stream from sermon.net directly to your Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or Periscope accounts. This makes it easy on you and your equipment as one Stream will hit your destinations simultaneously.
Trim “heads and tails” (the beginning and/or end) off of a recorded Live Broadcast before you Publish the event to your permanent on-demand Archive.
Auto-advancing date / time following each broadcast. Setup your weekly broadcasts in advance, and following each broadcast your “master live episode” will automatically update its details (date/time) to be ready for the next live event. This makes it VERY easy to flawlessly broadcast week after week!
You can create as many Playlists as you would like within your Studio. Playlists are how you group your Episodes (individual sermons, messages, teaching, etc…). For example; you can have a Playlist for your Sunday Morning Worship services, and another Playlist for your Youth Ministry. Each Playlist has its own / unique Podcast RSS Feed, and can be assigned to their own Media Centers or Players. No limits!
Create as many Players and/or Media Centers as you would like, and embed them anywhere! A Media Center has several widgets and features that you can turn on or off (live chat, integrated Bible, notes, social share tools, etc…). Players, on the other hand, are more basic with less features. All Players and Media Centers are viewable across just about all platforms. All Players are fully responsive to better accommodate the different screen sizes across the plethora of devices that are now connecting to the Internet.
Create your Episodes ahead of time, and have them automatically activate / de-activate (within your Media Centers, Players, and/or Podcast Feeds) on a scheduled date / hour.
Program your media delivery like a TV station. You can set the start date & time that the Episodes within this Playlist type will automatically begin to play/stream through your Media Centers and Players. The playback controls will not be visible and therefore all viewers will be watching at the same position within the media file’s timeline, during playback. You can then moderate and encourage interaction between your staff and the viewers through the Media Center’s Chat utility. It is like watching a TV program that beings at a set time, with everyone watching at the same point in time. Please note: due to the technology involved, this feature does not function properly on all mobile devices. For example; some mobile devices do not allow media to auto-play. However, if they join in late they will be taken to approximately the same location in the playback time-line as everyone else that is watching.
You can limit who has access to your media (live and on-demand) by adding a Password to protect the content of a Playlist(s).
More information and examples:
Within the Episode’s video tab, select a portion of the media file’s timeline (instead of the full duration) for playback within Media Centers and Players. Note: if the playback takes place outside of your Media Centers or Players, for example if the file is downloaded, the full file will play (not just the portion of the time-line you set within the Episode).
Select media files from your archive to serve as a pre-roll and/or post-roll for the Episodes in a particular Playlist. You can have them play only once per Playlist, or for every Episode within the Playlist as the viewer moves between Episodes within your Media Centers or Players. Please note: due to the technology involved, this feature does not function properly on all mobile devices.
Select what content (Playlists) will be accessible through the Apps (iOS, Android, & ROKU) within which your Live and On-Demand content is available.
Upload images to your Artwork manager then use the integrated editor to crop the source image, thereby creating unique images for specific applications (player art, podcast art, etc…).
Upload your video files to your Sermon Studio and then push the same video file to your YouTube or Vimeo channel. (Without having to re-upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo as a separate process.) Media that has been published to an external service can be safely removed from your Studio, if desired. (This will not affect playback from those external services.)
Upload a single high quality source video file and the Sermon Studio can produce multiple files (“derivatives”) at various bit rates and resolutions (including HD). You select your desired transcoding profiles and the Sermon Studio will take it from there. For playback, the viewer’s device will automatically play the best quality stream based on their connection speed. The viewer can also manually select between the different qualities of video ‘on-the-fly’ (and not lose their position within the file during playback). Please note: each video file bit rate / derivative that you create will produce a separate video file and this will add to your Storage total.
Search and sort your archive, then perform a batch operation across all selected Episodes. For example, you can turn off the podcast and download settings, or delete a batch of Episodes with a single process. You can also change the Artwork across all of the selected Episodes – simultaneously.
Create your own Sermon Studio template so that as you create new Episodes your presets will already be in place (to simplify workflow).
Secure FTP uploading as an alternative upload method to the in-browser solution.
Point your own domains (using an C-Name) to each of your Media Centers. All public links will be masked with your custom domain name (download links, rss feeds, etc…).
Both the Media Centers and Players are fully HTML5 compliant to ensure cross-platform compatibility.
Create as many user-logins as needed for your Sermon Studio, and set individual permissions for each. For example; a restricted Studio user can only add new media to their assigned Playlist(s).
The Sermon Studio, Media Centers, and sermon.net site will utilize the Google translate feature to automatically translate the text and labels into the available/supported languages.
You are able to set the date format that is used throughout your Sermon Studio. mm/dd/yyyy, dd/mm/yyyy, yyyy/mm/dd
SERMON STUDIO – THE BASICS
Episode: each sermon or lesson posted is contained within an individual “Episode” (acting like the media’s container). An Episode consists of the sermon or lesson’s unique details (title, date, speaker, series, scripture, etc…). The Episode can include an ON-DEMAND audio file, video file, PDF document, and/or artwork. Or, the Episode can be used for a LIVE BROADCAST. An Episode is assigned to one (or multiple) Playlists that are made available through your Players, Media Centers, Podcast Feeds, and/or Apps.
Playlist: A Playlist is a collection of Episodes. A Sermon Studio can contain as many unique Playlists as you would like (for example; a Playlist for your Sunday Services, and separate Playlists for your Youth Ministry, Bible Study Groups, etc…). Your Playlists are then assigned to your Media Centers, Players, and/or Apps for access by your viewers. Each Playlist is also its own RSS/Podcast feed.
TYPES OF PLAYLIST:
Static Playlist: is a list of Live or on-demand Episodes from your Archive that your visitors can access at anytime.
Dynamic Playlist: allows you to set a “rule” that will control the availability of Episodes within this Playlist type. For example, you may want only the single most recent Episode to show, or perhaps the past five. Creating a dynamic rule will automatically manage Episode availability to your end-viewers.
Scheduled Broadcasting Playlist: program your media delivery like a TV station. You can set the start date & time that the Episodes within this Playlist type will automatically begin to play/stream through your Media Centers and Players. The playback controls will not be visible and therefore all viewers will be watching at the same position within the media file’s timeline, during playback. You can then moderate and encourage interaction between your staff and the viewers through the Media Center’s Chat utility. It is like watching a TV program that beings at a set time, with everyone watching at the same point in time. Please note: due to the technology involved, this feature does not function properly on all mobile devices. For example; some mobile devices do not allow media to auto-play. However, if they join in late they will be taken to approximately the same location in the playback time-line as everyone else that is watching.
Apps: All of your content, Live & On-demand, is available within the sermon.net Apps for iOS, Android, and Roku devices.
FREE Custom Apps for your Ministry! Share your Live and On-Demand Media to your Android & Apple users, within your very own Apps. (All you need is your own developer accounts.)
All Sermon Studio users are accessible through the sermon.net iOS, Android, and Roku apps. Deliver your on-demand audio, video, PDF files, as well as your Live Broadcasts.
Media Center: the Media Center is a feature-rich “player” (also referred to as an Internet Campus) that provides many additional features/widgets beyond just media playback. The Media Center allows your visitors to access all of your archived and Live content, and will work on iPhones, iPads, etc.
Additional Media Center Features:
- Live Chat for real-time interaction with your visitors during a Live Broadcast event
- add sermon Notes that your visitors can add to, and save privately, for them to access at a later time
- follow along in the integrated YouVersion Bible
- your guests can login and bookmark their Favorite Episodes/Sermons
- easily Share your message/media through Social Networks.
- use the Call to Action to display messages or graphics to your visitors, in real-time, with no page refresh required
- use the Related Episodes feature to draw a special connection between episodes/sermons that “fit” together
Players: Create individual Episode Players, or Playlist Players that you can embed across multiple websites and blogs. These Players are contained within size-responsive iFrames to accommodate a wide variety of device.
SERMON STUDIO – THE WORKFLOW…
- Embed your Media Center / Players wherever you would like, and submit your Podcast feed(s) to iTunes.
- For each sermon/lesson, you will create a new Episode within your Sermon Studio (enter the title, date speaker, description, keywords, etc…). Then, upload, or Live Stream your content (media) to the Episode.
- Note: You can Live Stream to the same Episode every broadcast, and have the Sermon Studio automatically publish the live recording to a new Episode within your permanent Archive… following the event.
- That’s it! People can watch as you Live stream, or they can enjoy your content on-demand through your Media Centers, Players, Podcast Feeds, or Mobile Apps!
A FEW TERMS / DEFINTIONS
Live Stream (real-time): anyone not in attendance (from your community and around the world) can tune-in and watch an event from your location as it happens! The equipment required to perform a Live broadcast can be very basic and does not require a large budget. To get started, a decent quality webcam connected to a computer with an internet connection is all it takes. The encoding software is free and easy to use. You can be live broadcasting within minutes! Publish your broadcast following the event to provide on-demand access to the recording. Our support is free and we are happy to help… just ask!
On-Demand (from archive): media is archived/stored on our servers and can be accessed 24/7 when requested by your visitors. You can upload an existing video and/or audio file, or Live Stream the content to us for archiving. We can suggest software tools that you can use to prepare your media (audio, video) prior to uploading to help simplify the process.
Apps: Apps allow your visitors to access your content (Live and archived) anywhere they have access to the internet through WiFi or a cellular data connection. All Premium accounts are included within our Network Apps for the iPhone, Android, and ROKU set-top device. Customized iOS and Android apps specific to only your Ministry are also available for an additional one-time purchase.
Podcast Feeds: as you create new Episodes and upload/stream your content to your Playlists, you are automatically building your Podcast/RSS feed. These feeds can be submitted to online services such as iTunes for inclusion within their Directory. People can subscribe to your feeds and the content will automatically be downloaded to their systems as new content is added to the feed by you. You can also use these RSS feeds to create your own players through 3rd party software & widgets.
THE PROGRESS CONTINUES
As your media partner, we consider sermon.net and the Sermon Studio – a work in progress. We will continue to evolve this platform to make it the best solution for your Ministry. Your support and suggestions are appreciated!