Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Why Live Video?

TV Camera Over the past several years, the use of video in a church setting has exploded. The use of video projection was common in the church by the early part of this decade. Most of that use was limited to outlines of sermons and the occasional movie clip or still illustration. Today, even the smallest of churches haul out a portable projector to project song lyrics and announcements on a screen, or in some cases, on a wall.

In the past few years, congregations in larger churches have suddenly been treated to (or assaulted with) the giant smiling face of the teaching pastor, and videos produced specifically to support that teaching. Other churches jumped to use video to extend the reach of their church, on broadcast or cable television, or on the Internet.

They have installed broadcast quality cameras, state-of-the-art equipment in full video control rooms, and post production suites, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in technology.

  For the church considering taking video beyond simple lyrics and Powerpoint, or making a leap into the world of live video, it can be a confusing world.

But for most, the first step toward the use of live video in a worship context has nothing to do with technology. It starts with a conversation, and a question: “Why do we want to use live video?”


1 comment:

Paul said...

We've been doing IMAG (Image MAGnification) for 6 years now. It's costly in both the financial sense, but also it uses the screens, which could be powerful tools for other things.

The reason we do it is summed up in one word--emotion. Initially our room was small enough that people could easily see the speaker, but the emotion on his face, was more obvious if you had less than perfect vision. Now (with a 2400 seat venue) it's necessary to make out any emotion on faces at all. IMAG makes all seats good. In HD, I prefer to watch the screen than the live people (the colors are more vibrant).

Lives and eternities ride on people hearing and seeing clearly. Last Sunday over 100 changed. It's worth the trouble and expense.