With group gathering cancellations coming down from the CDC and Department of HHS, these can be trying times when it comes to being providing your congregation with an easy way to connect and worship. If you’ve never live-streamed an event before, you might be surprised to learn that getting setup to stream your services live – and link to it in your PocketPlatform application – is actually quite easy and simple.

Today, we’re going to discuss using Vimeo Premium to get a livestream set up for your church service this weekend, and link to it from the PocketPlatform application, right on your dashboard!

Please note – you can also use YouTube Live for this as well, however, Vimeo livestream will allow you to eventually scale up your livestream operation to offer deeper integration with PocketPlatform – and eventually – Roku or AppleTV integration if you need it in the future. If you would like to be able to set up direct integration into the PocketPlatform application and Roku/AppleTV apps, you can contact us and we’ll help you identify a solution for you.

Step 1: Sign Up for Vimeo Premium

Vimeo premium costs $75 a month, billed annually.

Step 2: Set up your streaming environment, aka: set

If you’re suspending all gatherings during this time, you’ll want to set up your environment in a cozy, welcoming way. Think smaller spaces, with interesting but subdued backdrops.

Think more video set and less worship venue. We think Perimeter did a pretty nice job with this last week.

You can stream directly from a phone with Vimeo Premium!


This allows you can start streaming immediately without additional equipment. Adding a simple tripod or a gimbal meant for a phone goes a long way. I personally bought this one from Amazon.

As your set up grows, Vimeo can grow with you.

You can also use a camera with microphones set up through a laptop, however, setting up a complete A/V configuration is beyond the scope of this article.

Step 3: Test your livestream!

Do a dry run without telling anyone about it, but have at least a few people watching remotely to make sure that your video and audio quality is where you want it to be.

Step 4: Add a dashboard recipe to set your live stream!

If you’d like us to configure this for you, we’d be happy to. Alternatively you can set your own up. – here’s a basic recipe structure to get you started.


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