On January 27 as much of the world celebrates their freedom, there is much in the news about ongoing developments with the release of American prisoners from Iranian prisons. For example, on January 27, KTVB provides coverage on Pastor Saeed Abedini’s reunion with his wife and children, after imprisonment and torture in an Iranian prison for three-a-half years. In an especially powerful, riveting video-streamed interview, aired the evening of January 26 on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, Pastor Abedini begins to share his experiences of trial and imprisonment. Greta tells of more video footage to come with Pastor Abedini, his sister, and Dr. Franklin Graham, who has been assisting Pastor Abedini in his reentry to the United States.
Today, live and filmed streaming is becoming more and more commonplace around the world for news, sporting events, performances, as well as for movies and TV. However, some of the most powerful, captivating streaming is of personal stories and interviews of people, especially those who have been in desperately difficult situations
In many powerful interviews, Father Zakariah Boutros, Coptic Christian priest, who has also been persecuted and imprisoned in his native Egypt, shares his bold courage in the face of Islamist terrorism. He tells what is happening throughout the Middle East as Christians of all kinds are united especially for prayer. Father Zakariah Boutros video streams his wise and gracious challenges to President Obama’s speeches and thinking about Islamic terrorism and much more. (Note some video streams do not work on Google Crome but will on Explorer of other browsers.)
Movieguide.org presents many engaging streamed personal interviews of leaders in redemptive movies. Personal interviews via video streaming are often captivating when they are captured by skilled cinematographers. See, for example, the trailer for the documentary with its interviews related to the history of the First United Methodist Church of Temple, TX, which is linked to the fascinating Christian medical history of Temple, TX. Personal interviews and streaming of first-hand accounts and events have power to supersede misinformation, spin, and misleading narratives.
For those who want their video streaming to impact our world for good, cinematographic quality filming with effective speakers and storytellers can have engaging, lasting impact. This is something that husband and wife team, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, understand as they are on the frontlines of developing streaming video that is of the highest quality with the best redemptive content. Leading producers, Burnett and Downey, are aware of the growing interest and escalating technological improvements in streamed video and entertainment around the world. They have been working to expand the ever-growing renaissance of artistry and reformation of content in TV programs and movies by developing streaming programming for the best in artistic performances of excellent, redemptive content for viewers around the globe.
Downey and Burnett have been working on a frontline OTT (over the top video streaming) service to include the following: original content, premium film and TV catalog titles, Christian music videos, “portals” to regional and national congregations, sermons from around the globe, various short-form faith-based videos, and a return to the greatest story ever told, the Bible. This service is for internet TV (or online TV) with digital distribution of television content via the public WWW. Consumers access OTT content through internet-connected devices that include the following: desktop and laptop computers, set-top boxes (such as the Roku), smartphones and tablets.
For those who want to share good video, film, and movie content online, it is best to film with good lighting, sound, and cinematography. It is best to film people who have been trained in effective communication and who can be comfortable on camera. Personal interviews can be powerful with an effective interviewer who can make those interviewed feel comfortable and willing to share their stories.