Simple Steps to Recognize Black History Month in Your Church

The African-American contribution to worship is far too often overlooked. Here is a simple way you can begin to recognize and honor the contribution of black history in your church… whether it’s Black History Month or one of the other 11. 

SONG LINKS:

Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayin’ On Jesus – http://bit.ly/2Z2808P

Restore My Soul – http://bit.ly/2Oh74eo

Down In The River To Pray – http://bit.ly/2Z4Xq0A

MEDIA LINKS:

Slave Songs of the United States: The Classic 1867 Anthology – https://amzn.to/3dcrKin 

Blind Roosevelt Graves – https://youtu.be/VAfng2XlA-8

Mississippi Fred McDowell – https://youtu.be/UhreFA8qoLY

Freedom Singers – https://youtu.be/7WP_oFeCG1g

Restore My Soul w/Earl Washington – https://youtu.be/XB_E1ILGuMs

Thanks to Praise and Harmony TV for the song snippets. Subscribe to their service for 100’s of hours of wonderful content. https://praiseandharmony.tv

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Green Screen Set-up less than $300 (Pt.2)

Set up a green screen studio for your church or organization for less than $300. This video (Part 2) covers lighting for your subject, setting brightness and color temp, and apps. Illustrated on four different cameras.

Part 1 of this video series: https://youtu.be/CZexwAutqko

Here are the links that are mentioned in the video (these Amazon affiliate links may provide the channel a small commission, but your price is the same):

Lighting 3-Point Lighting System by StudioFX
https://amzn.to/2XQynxV

Kelvin apps:
Apple – Lightspectrum Pro – http://apple.co/39NFYTq
Android – White Balance Color Temp Meter – http://bit.ly/2NnoHch
FiLMiC Pro
Apple – https://apple.co/3sF5rqI
Android – http://bit.ly/3nUnO7j

Cameras
Canon XF405 – https://amzn.to/39UWrW2
Google Pixel 4a – https://amzn.to/3922A3g
DJI Osmo Pocket – https://amzn.to/3nZ8pCY
Sony HDR-CX405 – https://amzn.to/3ivC2dO

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Green Screen Set-up for Less Than $300 (Pt.1)

Episode 2 of Worship & Tech dives into the world of green screens. It covers the initial set up, lighting, apps and best practices. Future episodes will cover talent lighting, cameras, teleprompter and editing.

Here are the links that are mentioned in the video (these Amazon affiliate links may provide the channel a small commission, but your price is the same):

Emart Photo Video Studio 8.5 x 10ft Green Screen Backdrop Stand Kit
https://amzn.to/2Xt6601

4FT LED Shop Light
https://amzn.to/3i8Szo0

Backdrop Muslin Multifunctional Clips
https://amzn.to/3byOQ1M

Green Screener App
Apple – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/green-screener/id604935529
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.us.hollywoodcamerawork.greenscreener&hl=en_US&gl=US

New Year, New Channel


It’s a new year and time for a new thing. A YouTuber thing.

I’ve decided to start knocking out content related to some of my many experiences over the years. I’m calling the channel Worship & Tech.

Worship & Tech is all about what it takes to foster corporate worship events successfully. I’ll cover worship leading, teams, planning and the human resource aspect of it all. I’ll also dive into the technology behind a worship event, what it takes to do it right and how to get to that point.

I’d love to have you along for the journey. Follow this link to subscribe to Worship & Tech. I’m going to try to release one video each week. Leave a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see on the channel. I will, of course, be posting the videos here as well.

Looped Video Behind Notation in ProPresenter Software

Two of the most popular choices for presentational software in churches are Proclaim and ProPresenter. Both packages offer expansive options in the way content in presented and I would highly suggest either one. For churches who wish to present notation on screen (sheet music), your options for aesthetically pleasing images pretty much go out the door. Unless, that is, you know how to format things correctly and make the software do things it wasn’t necessarily intended to do.

This article will focus on how to allow a looped video to play behind your notation on screen in ProPresenter.

Getting a moving background to play behind on-screen notation in ProPresenter is a simple action. The brunt of the work comes in prep for the slides itself.

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Looped Video Behind Notation in Proclaim Software

Two of the most popular choices for presentational software in churches are Proclaim and ProPresenter. Both packages offer expansive options in the way content in presented and I would highly suggest either one. For churches who wish to present notation on screen (sheet music), your options for aesthetically pleasing images pretty much go out the door. Unless, that is, you know how to format things correctly and make the software do things it wasn’t necessarily intended to do.

This article will focus on how to allow a looped video to play behind your notation on screen in Proclaim.

Getting a moving background to play behind on-screen notation in Proclaim is not a simple action. Maybe I have not discovered the “easy” way to do it in Proclaim, but I have found one way. I imagine there are other options. 

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Make Your Worship Song Slides More Appealing

The First NoelIf you are a visual/tech person for an a cappella church, you may be interested in this post. Otherwise, this is a fun exercise in graphic editing.

Many churches are using worship song slides that include music notation. Quite often, there is somewhat of a debate between the people who like the notes and people who want pictures and words. Some need the intellectual stimulus of singing parts from a prepared arrangement while other prefer the visual stimulation of nature, colors, backgrounds, etc. It’s very hard to find common ground. This is a tutorial on how to create song slides that appeal to both tastes.

This will not be an all-inclusive tutorial. I will proceed on the basis that you are aware of some fundamental aspects of editing graphics, and I will be using Photoshop CC 2014 as my graphical interface.

To begin, you’ll need a song. Some churches create their own notation. If so, more power to you. That’s not what I’m covering in this tutorial. If you don’t have the ability to create notation from scratch, take a look at Paperless Hymnal or A View of Worship. Both offer excellent arrangements in pre-formatted slides. For this illustration, I will be using Paperless Hymnal’s version of In Christ Alone.

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Stay away from GuitarTapp Pro

GuitarTapp PROGuitarTapp Pro nuked me.

It’s not often I write inflammatory posts, but this one deserves it. I’ve even reached out to 8:45 Tools, the creator of GuitarTapp Pro, for help.

Silence.

Some background… for quite a while I was in possession of a very nice iPad. It belonged to a company I no longer work with, so I lost it when that employment ended. One of my most used apps on the iPad was OnSong (on which I’ve done a previous review that you can see here). OnSong is a great song chart viewer for live situations… sort of like a teleprompter with all the bells and whistles.

When I moved over to the android platform, OnSong was not available. Shame. Anyway, I had to find an alternative. I thought I had found it in GuitarTapp Pro.

For the past year or more, I have used that app heavily… at least once a week, if not more often. I have over 150 songs programmed into it, all of them tweaked to the way I like and prefer. I even have some alternate arrangements to songs that I liked to use.

It was going swimmingly until a couple of weeks ago. Either android did an update or GuitarTapp Pro updated. Either way, my entire song catalog is now gone. Over a year’s worth of work, disappeared. Talk about frustrating…

Consequently, I would encourage you not to use GuitarTapp Pro. It is most definitely NOT a safe platform. I am even considering getting back into an iPad because of this failure.

Old Tech Ain’t Always Bad Tech

LG220CI consider myself to be slightly behind the bleeding edge of tech innovation. I’m not one of these guys who will jump on some new gadget the day it comes out, but I know about it and I’ll probably have my hands on it before too long. Being 50+ in age, I’ve seen my fair share of new gadgets. I remember well how amazing it was to have a fax machine and sit around staring at it waiting for orders to come in. And I fully realize that the smartphone I carry has more technology in it than Apollo 11 carried, and has had for several years.

That’s why I am slightly surprised how much I’ve enjoyed my new 5-year old clamshell flip phone.

“Le me splain. No. There is too much. Le me sum up.” My contract with AT&T has passed the two year mark, so I am free to either upgrade and get stuck for another couple of years, or go elsewhere. As I was considering my options, Google lowered their prices on the Nexus 4 by $100. That made the Nexus basically the same price as a new phone with new-contract pricing. I jumped.

I love my Nexus 4, but that’s another blog entry. As Inigo Montoya said, “there is too much.” I began to research options other than AT&T. They’ve been good to me and I’ve been with them almost a decade now. Still, they are pretty pricey in the grand scheme of things. After some research, I settled on Straight Talk as the best option for me, but I did not want to just jump and port my number into their system without some further testing.

Which led me to my clamshell. Straight Talk’s lowest level of service is called “All You Need” or something similarly silly. It includes 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and a pitiful 30MB of web access for only $30. That’s the equivalent of one meal at Montelongo’s for my family. I figured it’s worth a test.

I did not want to buy a new phone just to try their service. As I looked through their offerings, I ran across a refurbished LG 220C. It was free with the $30 one-month plan. Why not? I can try out a 2nd line for a month just to see if Shallowater and Straight Talk are a good fit.

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Melodyne: Tuning Vocals… and Tuning Guitars, Keyboards and Other Things During the Mix

melodyne

This post will most likely find a much smaller interested audience than my last post, which topped half a million readers (craziness!). This time I’m talking to that unique demographic of people who spend countless hours in the engineer’s chair at a recording studio. So, for the 12 people who will read this, I’ve discovered a wonderful program called Melodyne.

For years, I’ve been involved in vocal production for studio projects. I am always striving to get the best sound, as any engineer would do. Some musical styles call for that slightly out of tune floating-around-the-pitch sound. I am not involved in much of that. My stable of projects either have a full band with a lead vocal and background vocals that need tuning, or a complete a capella song where everything needs tuning.

For years, I’ve used a program called Autotune. Most people have heard of this, since it was popularized by its overuse, resulting in robotic voicing. I believe Cher was one of the first to do this back in the 90’s. It’s so popular it has resulted in a slew of iOS apps that achieve the same result for the fun of it. Too much.

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