I’m coming up on four years of being the primary video guy at my church’s satellite campus. Last Sunday, I was thinking over the changes in those four years.
We started things knowing that we wanted a backup of the sermon running at all times. Back then, everything was shot in SD, so DVD seemed like a good choice. This added a step to editing and only provided a backup for the message itself. If the main computer decided to lock up during worship, the only thing I could do is reboot it; since it was the sync signal that the AnalogWay Octofade used, that meant a visible glitch on the screen.
Probably a year or so into being there, we shifted to HD for the main service recording. DVD seemed like a bad choice then because it added a step AND it was lower resolution, so if we had a problem during the message and switched to the DVD, it was pretty obvious that we’d made a switch.
I started playing a backup recording in QuickTime on the audio iMac as a solution to the HD/SD problem. It wasn’t perfect, but it helped.