Putting together a new production system (or updating an existing system) can seem like a daunting challenge with endless solutions to choose from. Whatever the size of your worship facility, this guide will help you narrow down the choices and select a system that's right for you, and that can grow as your production needs change. Below are a couple of questions to keep in mind when putting together your shopping list, because it's just as important to think about tomorrow as it is to think about today.
Production Needs Today and Tomorrow
- What is my intended production output and audience?
- What, if any, requirement changes do I expect in the next 24 to 36 months?
If your current production has single screen (or multiple screen/single source) IMAG in HD with no expectation from the ministry to change in the near-term, then all of your focus can be on the solutions that provide the best live produced images for a large format screen with the minimum latency possible. As projection technologies advance, however, the impetus to move beyond 1080i or 720p production becomes more appealing. What would it take to upgrade your current or a planned HD solution to 1080p or beyond?
If your current production has IMAG with a switched output for duplication or archive, there will be additional factors to consider. Depending on the size of the room and the requirements, your production needs could be significantly different. For example, to give your members a more connected feel to the worship leader(s), camera angles are a consideration. Providing more camera angles, particularly wider angle shots, along with one or more cameras dedicated to tight follow shots may be appropriate. In addition, routing requirements could also expand significantly with requirements to record ISO feeds.
Choosing a solution does not have to be an unpleasant task. The capabilities of today's solutions can easily open new avenues and provide the tools to reach your members effectively inside and outside your worship walls. Take a clear look at your current system, gain insight from your ministry and your peers, then take the steps to serve your congregation and share your messagenow and in the future.