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Title: Easy Worship
Post by: Mike Sveda on December 14, 2005, 10:48:13 AM
We've been using Easy Worship for putting lyrics on screen with animated background loops.  Also have converted DVD video to MPEG-1 to use in Easy Worship so we can use fade effects and have better control getting video to screen.

Any other users?
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Aaron McQueen on December 15, 2005, 11:30:20 AM
EasyWorship really is "easy".  This is probably the best feature.  It takes about five minutes to teach someone how to use it.  An 8 year old runs it in our children's service.  The latest snapshot has built in DVD support although it may not work properly yet.
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Aaron McQueen on December 15, 2005, 11:32:36 AM
What church to you attend Mike.  My parents live in Greensboro.
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Mike Sveda on December 16, 2005, 12:15:04 PM
Cathedral of HIS Glory
4501 Lake Jeanette RD.

Easy Worship has been working great for doing words on screen during service.  The black out and clear functions are great.  Someday we need to add a video input feed to easy worship.  

One trick to get DVD video to MPEG-1 VideoCD resoltion is to use a program called EazyVCD (get it at www.videohelp.com).  Once click solution to transfer DVD to VCD.  VCD is 320 x 240 MPEG-1 which projects well @ 80 ft to our projector and doesn't choke the cpu during playback.

It also works great for powerpoint playback too.
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Rodd Lowell on December 18, 2005, 04:59:38 PM
I am really considering getting this software for our ministry.  Currently we are using PowerPoint because it is so cheap.

Any suggestions for me as to why I should take the plunge?

Thanks!

Rodd
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Mike Sveda on December 18, 2005, 08:08:27 PM
Easy to change songs. No trying to find pages.  I think you can download a demo version.  Cut and past songs from power point into easy worship.  Set up verses an chorus parts. As song plays, click the part of the song to show on screen. can vary background (static image or looping video)on the fly. Can blackout and clear words leaving backround imgage/video.  Much more flexible.

http://www.easyworship.com/home.php

Download the demo and try it out.

Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Bob Miller on January 09, 2006, 01:52:35 PM
I, personally, prefer MediaShout. My advice...
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Rob Armstrong on January 15, 2006, 07:47:27 PM
We have been using EasyWorship for 4 years now.  We started with powerpoint like a lot of churches do. What we found was editing songs, adding new songs and putting together the playlist for the services was difficult for the "slide guys" and on-the-fly editing nearly impossible without freezing the projector image via the remote(and hoping it was frozen before editing), making the fix and unfreezing the projector all before the next slide was to be put up.   I helped evaluate EW and Media Shout and maybe another package, and we went with EW for the ease of use and the price.  

The pro's of EasyWorship we found are:
*  VERY easy to use (as mentioned by others)
* allows you to easily edit the song on-the-fly without interupting the screen
*  All the text is uniform in font and color
*  The song copyright and CCLI # is stored once and displayed on every screen
*  importing Powerpoint's and video (MPEG)
*  VERY easy to use
*  Adding songs by copy and pasting text from other sources
*  large public domain list
*  saving song lists
*  VERY easy to use (did I mention that already  Very Happy )

We evaluated MediaShout and found it more difficult to learn and setup, although I know people who say Media Shout was easy for them to use and setup.  With our teams and having 2-4 "slide guys" rotating weeks, ease of use was key to the choice.  At the time, we also found the licensing was budget friendly as only one license was needed and we could install on multiple computers if needed.  So if your song leader had it installed, they could import a song list, export it and then import it on the main HOW computer without re-keying new songs.

Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Roy Richards on January 19, 2006, 08:39:54 AM
We use Easy Worship, it has been easy learning for new operators.
Only feature that bugs me is when the sermon powerpoint is displaying, the slide view window does not track along with you automatically. You have to manually scroll the pane down.

It would also be nice to have a plain advance button, so once the playlist is saved, one button click would toggle to the next screen, until the playlist is done. I run audio, and with Powerpoint if the slide op was missing, I could just tap the advance button without watching the computer screen, just monitoring the stage with screens in background.

Has anyone been able to import DVD video from an internal drive?
Our setup seems to be looking for the DVD to come from the firewire port, which we use for miniDv imports.

I admit, I stopped trying too soon, so if I missed an obvious step it's my fault.
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Mike Sveda on February 02, 2006, 08:18:38 AM
Goto www.videohelp.com

Rip the dvd to the harddrive and convert to MPEG1 or 2 VCD/SVCD.

Import the mpeg video to easyworship.
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Aaron McQueen on February 02, 2006, 10:27:53 AM
Get the latest snapshot here:

http://www.easyworship.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3607

and Power DVD.

We actually use a standalone dvd player with a video capture card.
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Roy Richards on February 07, 2006, 09:02:08 PM
Thanks for the info on the DVD support. Hopefully it will help.
Title: Re: Easy Worship
Post by: Travis Roberts on March 10, 2006, 10:39:36 PM
We use easy worship as well....real "easy"