You’ve heard the mantra, “Content is King.”
It seems like every internet marketer has bought into the idea -and with good reason. Great content has excellent potential -especially in churches- to build an effective online presence, provide resources for members, and engage potential visitors.
But when it comes to content, the majority of churches don’t have the ability to create a monthly newsletter, a weekly blog post, or 3 shareable items every day. This usually makes us believe we don’t have anything to offer online.
This is simply not the case.
Each week, a sermon is given in every church. If you think about it, this is the most valuable “content” we can create as churches. And yet, it’s usually the last thing we consider when we think about online content.
RØDE recently released an innovative product called smartLav.
It’s a lapel microphone that makes it easy to record to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via the headphone jack.
Take a look at this beauty:
[Editor's Note: Be sure to check-out our post on church video streaming settings, too!]
How do you get your stream on?
How do you record audio in your church?
If you’re in a large church, chances are your worship services are recorded using high-end equipment, and probably on both video and audio. But for the majority of churches, such equipment is too costly to acquire and requires unavailable skillsets to manage.
Even in large churches, recording programs and studies outside of the sanctuary is simply unfeasible.
I’ve been shooting video with a DSLR for a little over a year now. It’s great to have the type of control that DSLRs are famous for without the price tag and weight of a ENG camcorder. The form factor isn’t perfect. I wish my T3i could shoot longer shots. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked, “Wait, are you shooting still pictures or video?” None of those things are the that big of a deal though.
What is a big deal is audio. I don’t know if every DSLR has such horrible microphone preamps, but Canons certainly do. Everything recorded on the camera, whether through the built-in or an external microphone just sounds bad. The frequency response is okay, but the noise floor is too high. Said another way, there is a fairly loud hiss that’s recorded at the same time as the good audio.
There are three ways to fix this problem. You can either fix it in your audio editing software, record audio on a separate device syncing it during editing, or replace the mic preamps.
iTunes 11 was finally released, yesterday!
How do you like it?
We always want more, don’t we?
More gadgets, more widgets, more things to own so we can be ‘happier.’
Just as the “pursuit of more” can drive our day to day living, it can also effect our creative output. However, the old adage still remains true:
“Less is more.”
Most of the videos on ChurchMag we show have a good Christian or parody tie in. This video takes the understanding of tech and music to a WHOLE new level by using oscilliscopes, an HP printer, hard-drives, and robotic parts to the extreme.
Put down whatever you pretended like you were going to be doing, prepare for 4 minutes of simple, tech hacking joy, and watch this techie version of Gotye’s, “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
This is pretty amazing technology, but it’s the sound that’s unique.
Take a listen:
Do you have some old cassette tapes you want to save?
Maybe your old Petra, Carmen, Amy Grant and Micheal W. Smith albums?
Check this out: