Thursday, March 25, 2010

ProPresenter and Video Team Changes

We are only three Sundays away from what will be a watershed moment for our video team. On April 11, 2010, we are finally casting off SundayPlus and Keynote and making the switch to ProPresenter. ProPresenter is a single software package that will allow us to handle all of our video content needs other than live camera shots. With this software change, there will be a number of other changes for the video team.

Sidenote: those who are directly affected by these changes have been notified and are in the process of reassignment and retraining. This post is to update those of you on the video team indirectly affected by the changes.

Video Team Role Changes - We are using the change in software to also make some changes in the team roles and responsibilities. We used to have three positions, two people running lyrics and sermon notes (Lyrics) and one person playing back announcement slides and DVDs as well as handling all the recordings (Playback).

Those three people will now be arranged differently. There will be one Lyrics Operator, who is responsible only for song lyrics via ProPresenter. Alongside the Lyrics Operator will be one Graphics Operator, who is responsible for announcement slides and sermon notes. And we are adding a new person to the Sermon Media team: Sermon Video, who will be responsible for recording to the tapes, DVDs, and directly to computer.

Computer Arrangement Change - We will also be moving computers around to make the most of the switch to ProPresenter. Instead of having both computers in the sound booth show up as CPU1 in the video room, the two computers in the booth will show up seperately as CPU1 (run by Lyrics Operator) and CPU2 (run by Graphics Operator). CPU3 will remain in the video control room as a backup.

Stage Display on Confidence Monitors - ProPresenter 4 has a great feature called stage display, which allows a third output from the computers in the booth to be shown to the people on stage through the confidence monitors. This extra output includes a clock as well as both the current and the next slides, which will be a significant benefit to the singers.

To enable this feature, we will have to reconfigure the matrix switcher. We'll be removing CPU3 and DVD1 from the inputs and adding CPU1 Stage and CPU2 Stage. Each matrix switcher preset will be slightly different, though the number of presets required will likely be very similar to our current arrangement.

Please comment away if you have any questions on how this will affect you.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

3.21 Reverb

So, my return to Reverb posting is still happening in fits and starts, but I hope to return to weekly posts in the not-too-distant future. I have been encouraged by the team, in order to keep up the posting, to limit each post to the essentials, so here goes.

Great Job Video Team - The video team this weekend did a great job. The baptisms were seamless in both meetings, and both Cam 4 and Cam 5 looked great. Thanks for your attention to detail and excellence in execution.

Tall Guys at the Short Pulpit - If we end up with a situation like we did on Sunday, where a tall guy is behind the short pulpit, the video team should push in and remove the pulpit from the shot. I'm going to be more careful to get the right pulpit up there, but in case something odd like this happens in the future, you can just ignore the pulpit and get a medium shot, waist up.

Baptism DVDs - We recently purchased a new HD-DVD recorder, which will allow us to easily create a DVD of just baptisms. These DVDs are occasionally given to or ordered by the people who have been baptized. Sermon Media, Playback, and Video Producer checklists will be updated to adjust for this addition to the routine. Please look closely next time you serve.

Dress Code - It's March madness and Duke is still in the tourney (sorry Terps!), and the weather is getting warmer. Please remember our simple dress code: Dark clothing is preferred; please, no shorts, and; please, no shirts with large recognizable logos or words. We want to remain in the background.

Snacks in the Green Room - Yep, we still have snacks in the green room. No change there. But I realized just this weekend that the sermon media team may not been officially invited yet. If you are serving through both services, you are now officially invited. Please come out of your little recording closet after the first service editing is completed and enjoy coffee and snack bars in the green room backstage.

See you next weekend, friends, and feel free to leave your comments and thoughts here.