During Month-Long Trip, Pastor Streams Video of Weekly Message
from African Mission to Houston Campus
SEATTLE — Nov. 19, 2008 — Streambox today announced that Community of Faith in Houston uses a Streambox® Software Encoder coupled with a Streambox® SBT3-5100 Decoder to stream video from Pastor Mark Shook’s missionary work abroad. This past summer when Shook spent four weeks in Africa as part of a missionary trip, the congregation in Houston was able to share in the experience via streaming video.
With an average weekly attendance of 5,000, and a second campus in Cancún, Mexico, Community of Faith is one of Houston’s largest houses of worship. Pastor Shook’s missionary trip was part of the church’s ongoing outreach to the Batwa people in the African nation of Burundi. With the Streambox software encoder running on his laptop, the pastor captured live video and sent files over IP back to Houston, utilizing Streambox’s File Transfer Tool. The video clips were then inserted into his weekly messages during services on four consecutive Sundays.
“We live in such a visual culture, and this is a great example of how video creates a much greater sense of immediacy,” said Matthew Crook, Community of Faith’s technical director. “With Streambox, we were able to bring our missionary work alive and show our congregation first-hand how our church is making a difference. The video sermons have created a real buzz in our community, and our international outreach work has piqued interest in our church and generated excitement for upcoming missionary work in Africa.”
According to Crook, the spotty Internet connectivity in Africa presented the only challenge for Pastor Shook. “The best transfer speed we ever had was 100 Kbps at which it took several hours to transmit the entire message back to Houston. That, plus the 11-hour time difference, made Streambox’s store-and-forward capabilities crucial,” said Crook. “Even at these extremely low bit rates, we were very impressed with the quality of the Streambox video, especially when we projected it onto a 25-foot theater style screen at our facility.”
In addition to incorporating the IP-based video into its Sunday services, Community of Faith has repurposed the African outreach footage for DVD. In the near future the church may also elect to use its Streambox® SBT3-5100 rack-mount video transport system to stream live video of weekly services from the Houston campus to Community of Faith’s Cancún congregation.
“Community of Faith’s success in getting high quality store-and-forward video back to its congregation over problematic IP networks is testimony to the ease-of-use and reliability of the ACT-L3T Software Encoder,” said Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO at Streambox. “We are delighted that this has opened up new possibilities for incorporating video into the message that is delivered to the church’s congregation.”
More information about the ACT-L3T Software Encoder and other Streambox solutions is available online at www.streambox.com.
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About Community of Faith
Community of Faith is a dynamic Christian congregation based in Houston, Texas, with an additional church campus in Cancun, Mexico. Every week, you can find thousands of people gathering in these locations to experience community and worship together. Community of Faith is led by Pastor Mark Shook, who started the congregation in 2003. For more information, visit www.communityoffaith.tv.
About Streambox, Inc.
Streambox provides a single software-based platform for live and file-based video transport and acquisition over IP. The platform comprises clients — from small form factor mobile devices and laptops — to rule-based video management and playout systems. The company’s scalable end-to-end solutions can be integrated into all IP centric broadcast and broadband operations.
Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3™ codec which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. The company’s platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.
More information is available at www.streambox.com.
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