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by Rich McPherson
A house of worship’s purpose is to bring people together to share a positive message about faith, and when a facility is able to serve its members more effectively using technology, it translates to higher attendance and positive word-of-mouth – keeping current members coming back and encouraging new ones to join.
To meet these goals, many houses of worship constantly reevaluate their technology lineup to ensure it successfully engages the community and benefits the staff, and as new offerings hit the market, it’s important to understand the advantages of breaking away from the status quo.
by John Chevalier
Let’s start with a quick definition of “Video on Demand”. Video on demand (VOD) is a system that allows users to select and watch video content when they choose to, rather than having to watch at a specific broadcast time. This can be available to people on some TV’s, computers, tablets and mobile phones.
Deciding what video you want to make available largely depends upon your intended audience. This series is not going to address this in detail; however, let me put a few things out there for you to consider. Possible video on demand for your church could include; complete services, partial services, such as a worship & music video or the pastor’s message only. Because people tend to not watch long programming online, you might want to create a service highlight video that has a link to the complete service. Other options are special videos highlighting any number of things, such as special services, information on specific ministries within the church or even short vignettes that communicate a certain message. The options are really endless.
by Drew Taylor
One aspect of broadcast ministry that can easily get overlooked when choosing a new video or digital film camera is the lens. For consumer video cameras, the lens is often fixed, so you don’t have much choice in the matter. For professional video or digital film cameras, a lens can make or break the project, but if you’re not careful it could also break the bank! The quality and optical clarity of the lens is paramount, but you also have to consider the type of lens mount your camera has, and whether or not you require a fixed lens or zoom lens.
by Paul Schmutzler
Great video can be a great asset to a great church. But what is the most effective way to implement that video? It’s a key question to ask yourself as a church when deciding to produce videos. Going beyond the live service stream/record can enhance the reach and impact of your church’s ministry, but it can’t be done with a shotgun approach. Just pull the trigger and hope to hit your target. Creating a great video is not the same as utilizing a great video. In researching church videos for this article, I came across some spectacularly produced videos that had 100 or less views. These were created by churches with weekly attendance in the hundreds or even thousands. If the majority of their congregations aren’t even watching their videos, perhaps there’s something wrong with the strategy. Our churches don’t send teams to mission fields without hours of research and planning to make sure their resources are put to good use, so why would we do that with a complex, expensive and time-consuming video production?
Q&A with Russ Gentner, President and CEO of Listen Technologies
In December 2017, Listen Technologies announced its acquisition of the Audio Everywhere brand and products from ExXothermic, Inc., a global technology leader in Wi-Fi streaming technology. Technologies for Worship recently caught up with Russ Gentner, president and CEO of Listen Technologies, and inquired about the significance of this announcement.
TFWM: Why did Listen Technologies acquire the Audio Everywhere brand and products?
Russ: Listen Technologies has partnered with Dr. Lance Glasser and his team at ExXothermic, Inc., the developer of Audio Everywhere, over the years because they share our passion for designing technology and solutions that deliver clear sound to everyone, regardless of setting or acoustics. Audio Everywhere technology has become the go-to solution for affordable, plug and play streaming of wireless audio over existing Wi-Fi networks and is the perfect complement to our existing portfolio of innovative assistive listening products.
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by Rich McPherson and Ryan Pitterle
Many houses of worship have discovered that multimedia projectors enable them to engage their congregations and to enhance worship experiences in sanctuaries, classrooms and other areas. To operate at optimal levels, projectors may require maintenance, performed either by your own tech staff or by an A/V service vendor.
Laser projectors use advanced solid-state lighting technologies to project bright, uniform images. Current laser projectors are designed for 20,000 hours or more – in most cases. Because the replacement cycle of laser projectors’ light sources is a fraction of traditional lamps, their maintenance costs are dramatically lower. Some projectors provide maintenance-free operation. For houses of worship, which usually have relatively low usage per week, a laser projector will provide little or no maintenance for the projector’s entire expected lifetime.
by Collin Makariak
There are few, if any, moments in history more significant than the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the very essence on which our faith in God and salvation is based. When I was first approached about doing a review of the Sibelius composing software, while composing an original piece for Easter, I was excited.