Video on a Budget: Seek Cost-Effective Solutions Over Cutting Corners

Poorly designed and underpowered church video systems are oddly prolific. It’s your job, as a steward of the video system at your church, though, to instead push for the right tool in the right application, for maximum impact.

Video on a Budget: Seek Cost-Effective Solutions Over Cutting Corners
I can’t tell you how often I walk into churches that are using PowerPoint 2011 on a Dell desktop PC running Windows XP, along with a Sony HandyCam from 2009 set up for (unnecessary) IMAG, and a projector that is no more than 2,000 lumens, tasked to project on a large 4:3 screen.
Video on a Budget: Seek Cost-Effective Solutions Over Cutting Corners
I can’t tell you how often I walk into churches that are using PowerPoint 2011 on a Dell desktop PC running Windows XP, along with a Sony HandyCam from 2009 set up for (unnecessary) IMAG, and a projector that is no more than 2,000 lumens, tasked to project on a large 4:3 screen.

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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.
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Companies like Blackmagic Design, and many others, are offering incredibly low-cost SDI solutions, often with prosumer-friendly benefits like HDMI inputs/outputs or low-cost conversion from HDMI to SDI, and vice-versa. Only a few years ago, a built-in multiviewer on a video switcher seemed like a luxury, and now it’s included on nearly every switching product on the market today. Gone are the days of “Program is Everything” – now we live in a world where a cost-effective video switcher can have multiple auxiliary outputs or even multiple M/E buses.

Laser projection solutions and LED wall technology have also reached a level of low-cost and efficiency, where they are now seen as very attractive by churches that just a few years ago could not afford them. 

With laser projection, you never need to change a lamp, or filter. It uses a fraction of the power consumed by traditional lamped projectors and has an average light-engine half-life of more than 20,000 hours!

LED walls are becoming a financially viable option as well for many churches, with a lot of ambient light or windows typically a factor in their worship spaces, where projection is just impossible to get the desired level of contrast.

Stewardship

So many churches end up throwing away funds on what to them seems like solutions, that at first seem too good to be true. Good stewardship is realizing a solid solution that is often brought about by wise counsel, yet churches are rarely equipped with people in their congregation with knowledge in a particular area, like video.

Partnering with an experienced church integrator will help your church make wise decisions and likely save a significant amount of money to accomplish your goals the first time.




More About Marcus Hammond
With over a decade of church technical leadership and production experience, Marcus Hammond serves as Church Resource Director with Stark Raving Solutions, based in Lenexa, Kan. Hammond is passionate about helping local churches connect with their congregation and helping church technical teams reach a new level of success. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Jill, and enjoys travel, Hi-Fi audio, and KC BBQ! Connect with Marcus on Twitter @marcus_hammond.
Get in Touch: marcus@starkravingsolutions.com    More by Marcus Hammond

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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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