We have been recording our service for weekly public assess for at least 15 years, starting out borrowing cameras, tripods and a switcher from the public access folks, then purchasing our own equipment on a real budget. Our local access station has probably 5 churches providing a weekly DVD and use everything from embarrassing one camera shoots using camera sound to full video booths using folks with broadcast experience. We use 2 operator and one fixed DV cameras cabled s-vhs, mixed live with a Videonics 4 camera switcher and recorded on a Panasonic consumer DVD recorder. The DVD is ripped to our presentation computer, then edited and burned to DVD with Womble's MPEG Video Wizard DVD. We are getting to the point of needing new cameras, I would love to go to HD, but I don't see the support for a big outlay as our entire annual church budget is $200k and some leaders see a minimal benefit. We don't really need a camcorder, but they are much more common than just a camera. We also use the setup for very limited IMAG, children's message only when the pastor is sitting on the floor so he can't otherwise be seen. Anyone else have any experience in this area that you would care to share?
I see a ministry issue that probably overrides the rest. What is this weekly service adding to the Kingdom? How many people are actually watching it? Is it bringing in a steady flow of visitors? Does it have an adequate following of shut-ins who are being blessed by it? Or, are you spinning your wheels with this aspect of your ministry?It is said that there are churches that are multipyling their ministries by 100s of percent with this kind of offering. I'd like to see you look at the actual numbers.If the bang is there, then you might be able to fund significant enhancements by going outside of the annual budget.
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