As a reminder of what the tech teams supported this last Sunday, here is a brief rundown of the service:
- Three songs led by Ken Boer
- Announcements by Josh Harris
- Alpha promotional video
- Welcome the new Pastors College class
- Sermon by CJ Mahaney
Also, special thanks to the video team, who put in extra effort to get a high-quality recording of CJ's message for Sovereign Grace. I do hope this message gets widely distributed because sermons on sports are a rarity.
The sound team did a great job this weekend, from my limited vantage point. As you will see, I was wrapped up in video issues all morning, so I'm not sure I have the most clear perspective. I only noticed one little glitch: the backup podium microphone was put out for the pastors instead of the regular podium handheld. This caught Dave by surprise because he was expecting the regular one. Thankfully, he caught the change within a sentence. Please make sure to use the regular podium mic (no labels) instead of the backup (with 2-2-2-2-2-2 on it's antenna) at all times.
Lighting was ultra simple this weekend because we tried not to change anything from the play. Thanks, David, for doing double-duty between the play and Sunday to make everything happen smoothly.
We definitely had some video complications this weekend, mostly related to equipment glitches:
- The center graphics switcher wasn't switching both audio and video for a while. It took several reboots to make that work correctly again.
- The DVD player audio was really weak, so we played one DVD off each of the two laptops. I plan to replace this DVD player soon, since we've had too many issues with it.
- Computer 2 crashed at the beginning of the Alpha video in the second service. Thankfully, Josh is the master of spontaneous announcements. He was able to cover for the equipment failure. We definitely need to update those computers.
One little thing came up as a result of the special sovereign grace recording of CJ's message. The detail is known as safe area in the world of television video, and it is something we don't normally deal with because our video screen does not overscan.
Overscanning is somewhat of a relic of old tube televisions and happens when the cathode ray (which creates the actual tv image) moves beyond the edges of the screen. To make sure that everything a video director sees on his monitor actually translates to the television world, the video experts have identified suitable safe areas for action and for text. You can read more about them and see a picture here.
Because our video projector does not overscan, we normally don't have to worry about the red area, designated as invisible. We simply think of the whole screen as green and use the yellow area as text safe. However, since we were interested in getting the best video recording possible, we had to pretend there was an invisible area of the screen.
The best way to accomplish this is to simply zoom out a smidge on all cameras to allow for a bit more headroom and a little more room on the bottom. It may feel a little strange on the big screen, but people will adjust quickly and it will make for a better video recording.
Thanks, everyone, for serving this weekend. Leave your thoughts and comments here.
*Photo Credit: David Somerville