Live-Streamed Masses

If your parish is live-streaming or recording Masses, please email a URL link to the video page along with the time Masses will be available to socialmedia@diocesekcsj.org.



Live Streaming How-To

Priests have been encouraged to request help from laity to live-stream (or record-then-share) Masses in their parish, using social media.

Below are step by step instructions for those helping stream/record a Mass, using a smartphone and either the Facebook or YouTube app.

Basic Equipment Needed

+ Fully-charged smartphone, with app downloaded and account made

+ Good internet connection, or good cellphone signal and sufficient data plan

+ Tripod or makeshift stand (table+books, music stand, altar rail, coat hanger wire+stand, etc.)

+ Backup power source, such as a charging cord and battery pack (optional)

Facebook Live Streaming

From a personal Facebook account

SETUP

  1. Open your Facebook account on a desktop/laptop and navigate to your Profile; once viewing your Profile, copy the URL (bar at top of page) and share that URL link so people know where to find the video. You may need to adjust your account’s privacy settings so your account is visible to them, so double check in advance of the Mass.
  2. Make sure your phone is fully charged (a charger cord and battery pack is nice for backup, if available) and has a good internet connection/sufficient cellphone data and signal.
  3. Check your phone settings, to make sure Facebook has permissions to access the phone’s microphone and camera.
  4. Open the Facebook app on the phone.
  5. At the top of the screen (on iPhone) near where you would type up a post, tap the red video camera with the word ‘Live’ next to it.
  6. Before starting the live video, check your post’s settings:
    1. To share the live video to the Public: in the top left corner of the screen, tap the To: setting and select Public so fellow parishioners who are not Facebook friends/on Facebook can see the video.
    2. Make sure the correct phone camera lens is selected/displaying on your screen; if you need to turn the screen, tap the camera icon at top left (on iPhone).
    3. Look for anything indicating a camera filter has been selected to avoid silly mishaps while live (filters are accessed by tapping the fairy wand icon–the circle with a line through it is ‘no filter’).
  7. Place the phone on a tripod or makeshift stand where the entire Mass can be seen through the camera and close enough your phone can pick up what Father says (about 10-20 feet), but not in the priest’s way. Freehand holding of the phone is possible, but not suggested (your arms will get tired!).

STREAMING MASS

  1. Just before Mass begins, hit the big, blue ‘Start Live Video’ button on the screen. When you see a red ‘LIVE’ box in the top left, the video has started.
  2. At the end of Mass, tap the ‘Finish’ button in the lower right hand corner of the screen; once the video has ended, tap the blue ‘Share’ button in the lower right corner so people can view the video later.

From a Facebook Page

Requires an account that is an admin/editor on a Facebook Page (preferably the parish Facebook page).

SETUP

  1. Open your Facebook account on a desktop/laptop and navigate to your Page; once viewing your Page, copy the URL (bar at top of page) and share that URL link so people know where to find the video.
  2. Make sure your phone is fully charged (a charger cord and battery pack is nice for backup, if available) and has a good internet connection/sufficient cellphone data and signal.
  3. Check your phone settings, to make sure Facebook has permissions to access the phone’s microphone and camera.
  4. Open the Facebook app on the phone and navigate to your Facebook page (Pages is under the 3 stacked lines icon).
  5. Under where you would type up a post/it says ‘create a post’, tap the video camera with the word ‘Live’ next to it.
  6. Before starting the live video, check your post’s settings:
    1. Make sure the correct phone camera lens is selected/displaying on your screen; if you need to turn the screen, tap the camera icon at top left (on iPhone).
    2. Look for anything indicating a camera filter has been selected to avoid silly mishaps while live (filters are accessed by tapping the fairy wand icon–the circle with a line through it is ‘no filter’).
  7. Place the phone on a tripod or makeshift stand where the entire Mass can be seen through the camera and close enough your phone can pick up what Father says (about 10-20 feet), but not in the priest’s way. Freehand holding of the phone is possible, but not suggested (your arms will get tired!).

STREAMING MASS

  1. Just before Mass begins, hit the big, blue ‘Start Live Video’ button on the screen. When you see a red ‘LIVE’ box in the top left, the video has started.
  2. At the end of Mass, tap the ‘Finish’ button in the lower right hand corner of the screen; once the video has ended, tap the blue ‘Share’ button in the lower right corner so people can view the video later.

Posting a Video to Facebook

  1. Open your Facebook account on a desktop/laptop and navigate to your Profile or Page; once viewing your Profile or Page, copy the URL (bar at top of page) and share that URL link so people know where to find the video. (You may need to adjust your account’s privacy settings so your Profile is visible to them, so double check in advance of the Mass.)
  2. Make sure your phone is fully charged (a charger cord and battery pack is nice for backup, if available), and has space for recording a long video.
  3. Open your phone’s camera app, and place the phone on a tripod or makeshift stand where the entire Mass can be seen through the camera and close enough your phone can pick up what Father says (about 10-20 feet), but not in the priest’s way. Freehand holding of the phone is possible, but not suggested (your arms will get tired!).
  4. Record the Mass.
  5. Open the Facebook app on the phone; if you are a page admin/editor, navigate to your Page (Pages is under the 3 stacked lines icon).
  6. Tap where you would write a post, then select Photo/Video.
  7. Select the video to upload, and tap ‘Post’. It may take several minutes for Facebook to display the video.
  8. Alternatively, the video can be uploaded on a computer from the phone.

YouTube Live Streaming

Live streaming on YouTube from a mobile phone requires a verified YouTube channel with at least 1,000 subscribers. Share the URL for the YouTube channel in advance of the Mass, so people can watch live. Instructions on live-streaming or scheduling a live-stream can be found here.

  1. Download the latest version of the YouTube app.
  2. Grant permissions for the YouTube app to access the Camera, Mic, and Storage.
  3. Select the camera button .
  4. Select GO LIVE.
  5. At the top right of the screen, tap the  camera icon to record with your camera, or the  phone icon to stream what’s on your screen (Android only).
  6. Create a title, then select ‘Public’ as a privacy setting.
  7. To share your stream, tap SHARE.
  8. Select Next to take a picture for your video’s thumbnail. You can upload a custom thumbnail.
  9. Place the phone on a tripod or makeshift stand where the entire Mass can be seen through the camera and close enough your phone can pick up what Father says (about 10-20 feet), but not in the priest’s way. Freehand holding of the phone is possible, but not suggested (your arms will get tired!).
  10. Select GO LIVE.
  11. To end a stream, select FINISH, then OK. An archive of the live stream is created on your channel after the stream ends.

Uploading Video to YouTube

Uploading video to YouTube requires a verified account. Instructions for uploading videos to YouTube can be found here.


Instagram Live Video

A live video on Instagram can be up to 60 minutes (recorded-then-posted videos can only be 1 minute long). Be sure to communicate what account/username and date+time people should tune in to; once a live video has ended it is no longer visible, unless a replay is shared to the account’s story. Instructions for live video on Instagram can be found here.

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