Doing Video on a Budget: Plan, Research and List

It’s doubtful that anyone is going to hand you a blank check when getting financial approval for the hardware or software that you are looking to get.

Doing Video on a Budget: Plan, Research and List
Once you have that plan in place, get ready to spend the next week sitting in front of a computer with a phone in your hand. You can’t just sort by the lowest price and pick the first thing (at the lowest price) on the list. This doesn’t just apply to hardware, but software, like Adobe Premiere, as well.

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It goes without saying, we’re all in the same boat, in that if we’re doing anything, it’s on a budget. And for that matter, usually a tight one. Fortunately, there are ways to work within financial constraints without having to bang your head against a wall at every turn.

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Will you be able to pull what you need to do with video off with just a GoPro camera and some low-cost or free software? Maybe. Maybe not.

If you’re reading this piece in the hopes of finding an itemized list of precisely what you’ve been shopping for, you’re going to be disappointed.

I couldn’t possibly know what equipment or systems would best meet your specific needs.

Quite simply, there are things that come before an equipment investment. That’s a great lead into the first point:

Make a Plan

You very much need to sit down with your team, administrators, pastoral staff, deacons, council, church leaders or whoever should be a part of an assessment of your ministry’s needs and goals.

Begin with one’s needs first, followed by one’s goals, but plan for both.

Single or multiple camera setup? What type of shots do you want to get? How many angles will you need to cover? Do we have people, either staff or volunteers, to run cameras? Can we actually purchase cameras that will require an operator?

Get it all figured out.

After a Plan, Then Do Your Research

Once you have that plan in place, get ready to spend the next week sitting in front of a computer with a phone in your hand. You can’t just sort by the lowest price and pick the first thing (at the lowest price) on the list. You must determine if any piece of equipment has the correct inputs, outputs, recording modes, audio options, whatever.

This doesn’t just apply to hardware, but software as well. Is there great software out there that doesn’t require a major investment or a subscription? You bet.

Do you need a decent NLE (Non-Linear Editing) system? A good place to start is to download Hitfilm Express or DaVinci Resolve, as both are free.

Need a software suite that will stream your service live? Open Broadcast Software (OBS) is a great open source, and therefore a free utility, that’ll stream to just about anywhere you want.

Will any of these work for you?

Install them and test what they can do.

It’s all part of the research phase.


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Luke Ward is the Lead Production Assistant at West Asheville Baptist Church in Asheville, N.C.
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