Thousand Hills in Hilversum, the Netherlands, is an interdenominational church open to people from all backgrounds and cultures. The main campus is in Hilversum, where Dutch and English services are held every Sunday. The second campus is located in Huizen, a dozen kilometers away, with services in Dutch each Sunday morning. Thousand Hills’ goal was to find an encoder to stream the locally recorded Dutch language service to the Huizen Campus in high definition, with excellent video quality and stream stability.
The Thousand Hills online team started with a single camera and software-based encoder, streaming to the internet. To offer online viewers an even better experience, the online team soon added multiple cameras and a switcher, purchasing six used Sony cameras and a Blackmagic ATEM 1 M/E switcher.
The online team used the opening of the second campus in Huizen as an opportunity to upgrade the sermon video stream to HD for display on the big screen. This required a second stream without switching between the different camera angles and keeping the shot on the pastor. Also the video quality became more important now that the recorded online stream would be presented via a beamer on a big screen for the congregation.
The Thousand Hills online team relies on Teracue’s ENC-400-HDMI2-Portable encoder. It offers two independent and frame-synchronized HDMI inputs, and it generates two different RTMP streams simultaneously. As a bonus, the team can use the main embedded audio on the first HDMI input as audio source for the second video channel.