Posted on : 03-24-2014 | By : Andy | In : uncategorized
Tags: church video, imag
(Note: this is the final post of a series on how to do iMag without a megachurch budget.)
We’ve been through a lot here, and while this particular setup fit our church, your needs will probably be different. Adjust as necessary!
If you had no cameras or equipment, a great start would be the ATEM Television Studio, a used Sony FX7 (does 1080i), and a PC with HDMI out running PowerPoint (using a chroma key for lower thirds). If you camera was within 12′ of your TVS device, an HDMI cable would suffice to connect it, otherwise a BMD Mini Converter will run you signal great over SDI. Total outlay? Maybe $2,000 – $2,500, and you’d have a really nice-looking sermon recording.
Cameras that support SDI natively are a good bet, and the HPX250′s we went with are a steal. Redundancy of systems is nice with a really mission-critical application, but frankly in 5 months of usage, our Television Studio only crapped out on us once, and that was related to someone messing with the android control app. I wouldn’t go redundant if our sermon recordings weren’t being shipped to other churches every week.
With MXLight, you can do a direct pass-through of the H.264 stream from your TVS, which takes very little PC resources. If you have an old PC lying around, you might be able to repurpose it for such a use at little to no cost.
A Mac with ProPresenter running the Alpha Keyer is really beautiful, but hardly necessary. You can do great things without that expense if you’re a little creative with Keynote or PowerPoint.
If you have ambient light issues with your projection screens, check out Screen Innovations. Really.
Spend your dollars where it counts:
Let’s face it, we’re in the business of inviting people into eternal relationships with an infinite God. If you can get the job done well enough, and at the same time save some money on technology that could be better used in reaching the lost, why wouldn’t you do that?
God bless, and good luck. Questions left in the comments may or may not be answered with any sort of expediency, but it couldn’t hurt to try, right?