About The Project

In the year 2018, I made the decision to reconnect with my local church community following my completion of the YWAM program. I was filled with a sense of purpose and felt that I was being called to serve in some capacity within the church. After some reflection and discussion with the pastor, I realized that there was a need for live] streaming services to be implemented within the church. Even though this was initially an unpaid position, I was eager to undertake the challenge and bring this innovative way of bringing the gospel to churchgoers. However, there were a number of obstacles to overcome along the way. Firstly, we needed to acquire the necessary equipment to livestream our services, which can come at a considerable cost. Secondly, I had no past experience working with the specific technology required for live streaming, which posed a significant learning curve. But despite all these challenges, we were determined to make it happen and bring our community closer together.

Phase One Acquire the Equipment

Once the approval for the project was granted, the team found themselves faced with a daunting challenge – securing the necessary equipment and ensuring that everything was in working order. As the week of the live stream drew near, the team was still struggling to get everything set up properly. Doubts began to creep in as they wondered if they’d be able to make it happen at all. Just when things were starting to seem hopeless, a stroke of luck came their way – a helpful member of the AV team discovered a capture card that was set to be thrown away. Grateful for this unexpected gift, the team set to work with renewed vigor. They researched and found a software called Wirecast that would enable them to make full use of the capture card. In no time at all, the team had the equipment they needed and had become quite proficient at using it.

Phase Two Learn The Equipment

The journey that the team at Michael Production embarked on was full of twists and turns, with one of the most challenging obstacles being learning how to use the highly advanced software called Wirecast. This software was not for the faint of heart as it was utilized by big name corporations such as Fox News and Fox Sports. However, despite the initially daunting learning curve, the team realized they had made the right choice in selecting Wirecast as it enabled them to perform a plethora of functions and actions that they otherwise would not have been able to achieve.

Despite this, their obstacles were far from over. When the pastor requested that the slide be shown during the presentation, the team initially thought it would be impossible to pull off. However, the team was determined to find a solution, and went back to the drawing board to come up with a plan. After some careful research, they learned that by upgrading their equipment through a company called Black Magic, they could add as many inputs as they wanted. This enabled them to overcome the challenge of displaying the desired slide, and with some quick thinking, they were able to connect the necessary equipment and get the show back on track, allowing guests to enjoy the presentation alongside the slides.

The Result years later

The story of the live stream project is a fascinating one. It all began right before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a time when the church was thriving with in-person services. However, when the pandemic hit and the church was forced to shut its doors, many were left feeling lost and uncertain. That’s when the live stream project became essential, serving as a critical lifeline to the church community during this trying time. Moreover, this project also marked a significant shift in video production, with the decision to invest in a new Sony video camera after realizing the limitations of their previous equipment. For two long years, the live stream project continued to serve the church, with Michael Production doing an outstanding job ensuring the church’s services never skipped a beat. It was their unwavering commitment to excellence that kept the church running even in the face of such challenging circumstances.

Work We Do Today

At Michael Production, we have always been committed to providing quality services to our customers, and today is no exception. Recently, we had the opportunity to assist with setting up Propresenter, a leading software package that has been used by countless churches for many years. We are proud to say that we were able to help CVC transition away from Keynote and onto a platform that is specifically tailored to the unique needs of the church. This was no small feat, as it required us to invest over 3 weeks of our time into configuring the software and ensuring that everything was working as it should. Fortunately, the hard work paid off, and the first week of implementation was a resounding success. To this day, CVC continues to rely on Propresenter for all of their presentation needs, and we couldn’t be happier to have played a role in their journey.

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