Put your camera crew in your pocket, literally

With this new technology, you can create a live church production with tools big enough to stream to the world, small enough to put in your pocket.

NewTek opens a whole new world in the way we approach church-based media production with NDI (Network Device Interface).

We now have more freedom and flexibility than ever before.

The first time I stepped into a production booth at Church it was like walking through the wardrobe door and into Narnia. I was instantly fascinated and dove head first into the ministry of media production. Since 2009 I’ve had the privilege of serving in 3 different Churches which lead to a paid position as assistant tech director of one of the largest megachurches in the D.C. Metro area. Since then I’ve built and tech directed more worship services and other in-house events than I can count. Honestly, I love the toys as much as the finished production.

One thing I’ve learned along the way is that building a production of any size takes time and hard work.

A few times a year we held baptisms, which meant setting up a new camera and re-aiming existing ones and paying special attention to keeping a clear line of sight in between the baptismal and the cameras. because wireless cameras aren’t always reliable setting up a new camera meant running cables under seats and taping them down so that they weren’t a tripping hazard.

I remember thinking There has to be a better way.

We were always searching for new and better ideas.

The people over at NewTek knocked the ball out of the park with their new idea.

The Freedom

NDI takes 95% of the work out of setting up and reduced setup time from 1 hour down to about 5 minutes!

No more big clunky camera and tripod. No more running cables and no more Gaffers tape.

NDI lets you use a cell phone or tablet to send live video right to your IMAG screen!

What about Latency and quality?

Glad you asked. John Cookman, the Director of Media and Production at SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University) shows in his demo that NDI is capable of a beautifully clear image and near 0 latency.

The flexibility

How does it work?

It sends your video over IP.

This technology was first introduced at IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) in 2015 and immediately gained the attention of producers and tech directors everywhere.

At the 2016 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, with a record number of tech connoisseurs in attendance, the long awaited NDI products hit the market lead by TriCaster Advanced Edition software.

From a Producer or Tech Directors point of view, the possibilities are endless.

Imagine being able to use a phone during worship to try camera angles that used to be unthinkable.

Ever have a speaker that wants a scripture or a picture onscreen that you didn’t plan for or a guest speaker that wants to project something from their phone?

NDI makes it easy.

How about reality tv type skits or pre-service prayer groups and interviews from the lobby as the “early birds” find their seats.

Imagine the coverage of youth sports events.

I could go on but I’m sure by now your head is spinning with ideas of what you could do with this kind of freedom and flexibility.

 I urge you to check it out for yourself.

For more info go to NewTek’s website. https://www.newtek.com/ndi/

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