What your church needs to get started

Quick Summary:

  •  AC Central account with AC Publications 
  •  Windows PC with sound card[1]
  •  Winamp[2]
  •  Broadband internet connection

Account Setup

To give your local members and the broader AC brotherhood easy access to your sermons on your website and the new mobile application, you will need to first sign up by going to http://www.apostolicchristian.org/ac-central-contact-form.

We will then create an AC Central user account for your church. This is where you will log in to upload your sermon archives. Please let us know what user name and email address you want for the account. Email that to Rachel Schrock at rschrock@onwardmedia.org.

A modest monthly fee is assessed to pay for the ongoing expenses, maintenance, support and to fund future system enhancements. Invoicing and receipting is handled by AC Publications.

Computer

Your recording bench will need a Windows PC running Windows 7 or later with the latest compatible version of Winamp installed. You can download Winamp at http://primcast.com/download/winamp5666_full_all.exe

After you have Winamp installed, you need to install the Shoutcast plugin. Download that at http://download.nullsoft.com/shoutcast/tools/shoutcast-dsp-2-3-5-windows.exe

The PC must have a sound card with a “Line In” jack.

A member of the AC Central team will setup Winamp for you. For future reference, this documentation walks you through the process. Note: we no longer use Primcast for streaming, but the process outlined on this page is still very similar. http://www.primcast.com/shoutcastsetup  

Internet Connection

Streaming

Live streaming requires a broadband Internet connection at your church facility. Nearly any modern method will work: DSL, Cable, Fiber Optic, or Cellular Data (3G or better). Satellite may also work, but is not recommended due to the extreme latency. 

Recommended minimum upload speed = streaming bitrate x 4

We recommend a stream rate of 128kbps, therefore you should have a consistent upload speed of 512kbps or better.[3]


Testing your upload speed:

To verify that you have the required speed, go to:

http://speakeasy.net/speedtest.


Uploading

You will need an Internet connection to upload sermons to the AC Central server, but it doesn’t have to be at church. Sermon files can be uploaded from any computer, anywhere, through a browser. Therefore, if you prefer to take the sermon files home to upload, you can. Any Internet speed will work, but since sermon files are rather large, fast broadband is recommended.

[1]A Macintosh computer (OS X 10.7 or higher) with Audio Hijack installed also works. Audio Hijack costs $59 and can be downloaded at https://rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/. However, we do not provide tech support for streaming on Macs.

[2]Or Audio Hijack if using a Mac, but see above.

[3]The absolute bare minimum upload speed is 2x the bitrate of your stream. However, that leaves very little extra room. To be safe, we recommend 4x your stream. The higher, the better.

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