The use of digital media has become an important part of the church service. Music, imagery and video can weave a multi-layered sensory experience throughout the service and into the hearts of worshippers. As more churches employ digital media, the need for experienced personnel to operate computerized and sophisticated projection and audio systems increases. The responsibilities of the audio-visual professional cannot be understated; one malfunction or misstep can disrupt the entire service.
Digital Audio Job Detail
The audio-visual team leader will usually set up and take down the sound system for the Sunday morning service, including all microphones for the pastors, choir and other worship leaders. He will also assist with the sound needs of the worship band and choir, including performing a sound check for quality prior to the service and operating the sound mixer. The sound technician should maintain all sound equipment, and arrange for repairs or purchases of equipment. Special services, such as memorials, weddings or other performances through the church year require setup and special attention to the particulars of the service. The audio-visual person ideally should recruit and train church volunteers to step in when the sound technician is not available.
Churches often videotape services to stream online. This is a convenient service for church members who cannot make it to church. The audio-video team member will usually operate the camera and then edit the footage in complex editing programs such as Final Cut Pro or Pro Tools. He may need to convert it to compatible formats for streaming, on-demand viewing or social media sites. Audio recordings are also captured simultaneously and kept for sermon reference for the pastors, archival purposes, uploaded to the church's website or burned to a CD for distribution.
PowerPoint and Projection
The church service typically integrates digital video into the worship services. This includes photos, song lyrics & notes, graphic images, art, scriptures and announcements. The audio-visual team member will work with the media production staff to ensure that the computer is pre-loaded with appropriate slides that are needed. He may also perform as the PowerPoint operator to advance the slides and keep the flow of the service. He may need to set up, operate, and put away all equipment, such as a laptop and projector, for each scheduled service. Equipment repair and service should be scheduled by the audio-visual person to ensure everything is working correctly.
Production and Creation of Promotional Materials
The audio-visual professional may perform in-house editing of pre-recorded videos or audio material for promotion of church ministries or special event announcements not related to the worship service. This is useful in outreach and evangelical purposes. Themed vacation Bible school programs may utilize video in their lessons or productions, and the digital media team member may be called on to produce special clips or backgrounds for this purpose.
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