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How to Train Volunteer Camera Operators
Operating video cameras is like playing chess. There is a huge difference between knowing how the pieces move and being a real chess player.
Techniques for Your Video Arsenal
How to push your limits and get better footage from your camera
Throwing Light on New Technology
A focused look at cutting-edge projectors
A look at the latest, most promising developments in video switchers
Screen technology advancements give churches more options on shape, location and quality of video images
The Art of Comm Chatter
Talking on comm is all about the ABC’s, your communication needs to Accurate, Bold, and Concise. But it's also about fun and encouragement.
How to Automate Your Services
Tired of glitches in your services? You know --- those missed cues. Here is a way to create consistent, seamless video and lighting transitions.
What Makes Content Compelling?
Creating great content is an opportunity for churches to communicate the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Many times this opportunity is missed, because of the normal timetable in which most weekend church services are planned.
Top 5 Ways to Improve Video Directing Skills
You should never set out to make your IMAG look like church X, especially when you don’t know what church X’s circumstances are. Instead you should look at what church X does and try and figure out why they do it that way. The “why” is far more useful knowledge.
The Big Picture: A Closer Look at IMAG for Houses of Worship
“IMAG needs to be done well or not done at all,” says one expert. Poorly done IMAG has the potential to be a huge distraction.
Tutorial: Telling Stories with Video
Video production tips for capturing—and sharing— compelling interviews with your attendees
Tutorial: Do-it-Yourself A/V Installations: A Recipe for Success or Disaster?
As a church leader, would you rather have energized, fully-engaged and excited or tired, disengaged and aggravated staff? Sometimes it’s a smart call to let your highly qualified, fully capable tech staff leave at 5PM while someone else does the install.
Tutorial: Shopping for Camera Bargains
Video camera selection can boggle the best of minds. But thankfully, our reporter finds that “there has never been a better time to shop for a new, cost-effective pro HD camera.” Here, find some on-target options and their corresponding price points.
Video Streaming 101
Your church can look great, or it can look bad. You can improve your chances of it looking great if you consider--and address--these important questions before streaming content live.
Review: First Impression: Ross Video’s New, More Affordable Carbonite 10 Video Switcher
The Carbonite line has been very popular both inside and outside the church, and for good reason. It includes incredible processing power; plenty of inputs; multiple DVEs, frame synchronizers, and keyers; plus the ability to be upgraded with new functionality via software.
Creating Continuity For Multisite Churches
The goal is to limit variables. Anyone on our production team is able to immediately and seamlessly integrate or troubleshoot at any of our campuses.
5 Ways to Improve Your Video System
Achieving “great” video in your church service requires all the pieces of the puzzle working together. With each new technology doing its best to beat out the one before, how do we get the most out of the systems we have? ?
Review: First Impressions: Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera
Designed with the HDSLR videographer in mind, the new D7100 could change the benchmark for SLR cameras. A host of new features could bring a new level of creativity to church videography.
Projector Shopping In 2013: So It’s Been A Few Years, Eh?
Prices have plummeted, resolution has soared, and all of those old familiar analog signal interfaces are fading away, replaced by digital inputs and outputs. We chronicle the ways projection technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past decade.
Planning for Portable and Small Projection Systems
As it turns out, technical aptitude takes second place to a positive, can-do attitude.
Review: First Look: Honestech nScreen Deluxe Wireless Video Presentation System
The nScreen Deluxe can help a church send a video source wirelessly to any video display or projector with a composite or HDMI connector. CPM finds this product capable of saving churches both money and installation time when retrofitting new gear.
Review: Video Review: Epson PowerLite Pro Z8455WUNL Multimedia Projector
"With the name Pro Z you expect a professional-level projector— and Epson delivers."
How to Shoot Better Footage Manually
Understanding the manual operation of your video camera can help you achieve optimum results at video shoots
Review: Video Review: AJA Ki Pro Rack Tapeless Video Recorder
Its volunteer-friendly interface and very high quality video offer a fantastic replacement for the standard VTR
Projection Screens: The Latest Developments
Projection screens are an often overlooked and, more frequently, misunderstood component of video projection systems.
Review: First Look: Matrox DualHead2Go Digital ME Multi-Display Adapters
Turn two displays into one extra-wide display on your DisplayPort- or Thunderbolt-equipped Mac
Case-Study: Multiplication of a Multi-Campus Ministry
Florida’s Christ Fellowship of Palm Beach Gardens uses technology to grow
How To Guide: Video Projectors
In the market for a new video projector? Here's what you need to know to make a smart buying decision.
Tutorial: Color Correction
Make poor footage look good and good footage look great.
Video Projectors: The Latest Developments
Even many traditional churches are using projection systems in ways that were considered innovative just a few years ago. Manufacturers are responding with advances, improvements and lower prices.
Review: Video Review: Gefen EXT-AVCONFS A/V Conference Room Processor
"In many ways, this switcher/scaler is similar to other units on the market. However, it does have a few key features that will make it a great fit for your situation, or they will rule it out completely."
The ABC’s of Video Presentation Systems
What to consider before you buy your first video projection system
How I Learned to Love HDMI….(Or At Least Tolerate It)
Say good-bye to VGA. Display connections are going all-digital. Say hello to automatic setup of displays, higher bandwidth for 2K and 4K image resolution, easier interfacing with structured wire and optical fiber and more.
How-to Guide to Choosing a Video Camera
Live production, post-production, archival purposes, or a combination of all three?
Choosing an IMAG Switcher
A good choice will serve you well. A poor choice will frustrate you until it is replaced.
Tutorial: Lighting for Video: A Must-Read Q and A Conversation for the Church Tech
Our panel of experts discuss lighting for different camera angles, depth-of-field, color temperatures and simple design
How’d They Do That? Using a Media Server for Digital Scenery
You may picture a media server as a piece of rack-mount hardware, but in simplest terms it’s just a software program that allows you to send multiple image layers to a single projector or multiple projectors.
IMAG: A Tech Directors’ Roundtable
Sadly, some churches still want to do video for the wrong reasons.
Video Review: Roland V-1600HD Video Switcher
"Great in a volunteer-heavy environment. It’s simple to use—anyone can learn how to use it in a few minutes."
Video Review: Analog Way Eikos LE Multi-layer Seamless Switcher
"The two main differences from most other switchers in its class are its flexibility and its ease of use."
Projectors: A Manufacturers’ Roundtable
A discussion of current products aimed at the church market, and what their companies do to stay competitive.
Video Review: Blackmagic Design Atem Production Switcher
The new Atem switcher produces excellent video with minimal latency. It functioned flawlessly while we used it.
Getting Started in Video Projection
Churches often install three different systems before they “get it right." How to get it right the first time.
Projection Screen Primer
When we asked a panel of experts what makes churches unique from other users of projection screens, several consistent themes emerged: aesthetics, budget and time constraints, the frequent issue of ambient light, and the tendency of churches to jump on the first product that fits their budget without fully evaluating the situation.
Projecting the Future
What’s next in projection technology for houses of worship? Is the church market ready for 3D? While 3D is all the rage in the consumer market, it’s not the only innovation that could impact your next video display-related purchase.
Elevation Church Simulcasts Services to Four Satellite Campuses with New Switcher
Sophisticated point-to-point operation, bringing consistent message to worshippers in all locations
EQUIPMENT PLANNING AND PURCHASING ...without a crystal ball
Hone and target wise gear-purchasing decisions
How To Guide to Streaming Technologies and Internet Outreach
The variety happens in how you capture the feed, how you convert it and what host you choose.
How’d They Do That?
Creating “Live Edits” of Baptism Events, LCBC, Manheim, PA
CPM Projector Précis
Installation-Grade Projector Round-Up
Video Review: Singular Software’s PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro
"With DSLRs becoming mainstream and the move to tapeless workflow, I think the PluralEyes application has a big future ahead of it."
How-to Guide to IMAG (Image Magnification)
We explore how to do IMAG from input to output.
IMAG: A Tech Directors Roundtable
Four church tech directors offer guidance on doing live video for your worship services.
Preventing the Easter Pageant Nightmare
Don't take chances and try to "wing it." Create a shot list during rehearsals.
Production Overview: Lifechurch.tv, Edmond, Okla.
This high-tech church adds a studio to record weekend messages before a small live audience ahead of time.
Production Overview: International House of Prayer (IHOP), Kansas City, Mo.
Praying 24/7, this church recently began streaming live to reach 30,000 people a day.
Streaming vs. Podcasting
We define the terms and set the stage for making real improvements in your church's audio and video Internet offering.
Projectors: The Best of the Bright
Manufacturers' top models for house of worship market - along with product specs to back up talking points
Projector Roundtable 2010
As technology marches on, projector experts weigh in on the state of video projectors.
What’s Ahead in Video Display Technology?
IMAG redefined, new tiled display systems and DLP and LCD projectors with four times the resolution of 1080p.
Video Switchers: From Basic to Full Broadcast
Displaying vast range of video formats and sources quickly, seamlessly and distraction free
Interconnecting through Internet Streaming
Our three experts weigh in with advice on numerous mistakes churches commonly make.
Video Review: Atlas Camera Support System
Removes most of the weight of the camera from your arms, resulting in good hand-held footage for longer periods
Podcasting and Streaming for Churches
Will audio podcasting survive as video streaming becomes more common? Stream live or put more time into polished podcast?
Multi-Site Focus: A/V Support for Video Venues
Panel of A/V technical directors agrees that technical continuity is a key to success
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