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Michael Parks

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Bio: Michael Parks heads up the video ministry at Hilltop Community Church in Richmond, Calif. He has been involved in film and video production for 25 years and is the author of the blog “Close-Up on One” at www.churchproduction.com/michaelparks.

Selectively choosing areas of improvement. more

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Got horror stories about hard drive crashes and lost files? It’s a disaster that is becoming easier and easier to prevent. more

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Continuing with the ideas discussed in the “Things I Learned at Pixar” March BackTalk. more

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"I was able to soak in the finer points of Pixar fundamentals, and since then I have endeavored to apply them to my video ministry work." more

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How to extend the scope of dramas and videos with blue- and green-screen effects using virtual sets. more

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Last month’s Church Christmas Presentation called for seventy digital effects shots. more

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A children’s church promo gets its voice from… well, children. more

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Volunteering in your church video ministry? You’ve been asked to record a wedding? Guess what! That doesn’t count as ministry so you can charge $$$! more

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Those free footage offers from Footage Firm may look like a marketing ploy, but the videos have been working pretty good for me. more

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Time to cut music into your video project... legally? Here are my experiences with shopping for and editing royalty-free music. more

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HD camera that can hide on the platform and handle every angle your arms can manage. more

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Some ideas on creating an effective promo for your church with video content on hand. more

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Full-featured capabilities with the ability to hook up and begin switching between cameras in a matter of minutes more

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Some ideas on how to make an interview more than a talking head. more

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If you’ve been collecting shots of church events throughout the year, send your congregation on a walk through memory lane with a video montage. more

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Even a promo that has to be cranked out in a couple days can have a few fun bits. more

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Don’t short-change the audio portion of your video project. After vamping up the visuals with snappy editing and graphics, audio mixing and cleanup may seem like a chore, but it is worth the effort. more

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