The Formation of the CVC Video Ministry Part 2
The Formation of the CVC Video Ministry
Have you ever wondered about CVC's video ministry? Mike Randall continues to share with us his journey to get it up and running.
In my last blog post, we were working on the lighting for the sanctuary platform. With the help of volunteers, the stage lights were finally adjusted to better light the platform.
My next step was to decide what equipment the church needed for the video ministry. With the advice of B&H Photo, and several experts I had spoken with, and the months of research, the decisions were made on what camera and equipment to purchase. I asked the church office to order the camera, memory cards, protective camera lens, a carrying case, the XLR cables, a camera tripod, and warranty. The computer and video editing software would be ordered if needed.
Within a few days everything was delivered. Now what do I do? My understanding of the operation of a video camera was very limited and the instruction manual would take weeks to read. I called my friend who is an electronic wizard and does this type of work on a daily basis. I knew Mark could easily help me set up the camera. He programed the camera’s resolution, frame rate, memory speed and installed the lens filter, sun shield and battery. Then he programed the camera’s sound inputs and gave me instructions on the operation of the camera. I was then ready to record Pastor David’s sermon.
Computer and editing software
To use the church computer to edit the videos would mean spending hours away from home, so I hoped my wife’s computer could handle the workload. After researching video editing software I found one that was basic, simple to learn, had good reviews and it was on sale at 50% off. After installing the software, I watched tutorials on YouTube for video editing instructions. Our first video of Pastor David’s sermon was recorded and edited in July of 2016.
The next step was to choose an internet service that would host our videos. Our office staff set up an account on Vimeo. Vimeo is a video-sharing website in which users can upload, share, and view videos. It is similar to YouTube except it has more of a business type format and it has no advertisements. With this service, we were ready to launch our Video ministry. The next step was to upload the video to our Vimeo account.
After several attempts, I discovered that there was a data limit on the amount of video you could load. Our videos were recorded in high definition and the file size is very large. Our Vimeo account data limit was fourteen times smaller than one of our sermon videoes. With a small upgrade in our Vimeo account, the video uploaded to our account successfully. The next step would be to get the video linked to our churches web site. Thankfully this would be accomplished by our office staff and volunteers.
Until next time,
A/V ministry, CrossView Church, Antioch IL.
Mike Randall has been married for almost four decades to his lovely wife, Liz. They have four grown children and thirteen grandchildren. He accepted Christ in 1987 at Antioch Evangelical Free Church, is a member of CrossView Church, has served on the Elder Board, leads a Bible study for new believers, and serves in the Greeter Ministry and in the Audio Ministry. Mike is presently employed as an Inventory Planner, currently serves on the Antioch Golf Club Community Association Board of Directors, and is the President of Fairway Homes Condo Association.