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Free Motion of the Month – August ’14

Free Motion of the Month

This month, we’ve partnered with the awesome Church Motion Graphics to bring you a custom motion that’s going to look great in your services. I love this background because it stands out from a lot of the other motions that I’ve seen lately and can work in a number of environments.

This freebie is only available for the month of August 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.

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Free Motion of the Month – July ’14

Free Motion of the Month - July '14

This month, we’ve partnered with our friends over at Playback Media and they’re hooking you up with an awesome motion that is going to look great in your services. Be sure to check out their memberships for more motions like these at an affordable price!

This freebie is only available for the month of July 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.

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Free Motion of the Month – June ’14

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This month, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Igniter Media and they’re hooking you up with an awesome motion that is going to look killer in your services. I first saw this motion in a live worship experience and it immediately stood out to me. I really love how it blends modern shapes with nature. Be sure to check out their website for more motions, stills, and mini-movies.

This freebie is only available for the month of June 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.

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Creative Ministry Toolbox: Media Subscriptions

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I’ve been involved in church media for over ten years now. One of the best decisions I’ve made in my journey has been a shift from purchasing individual pieces of content to all-inclusive subscriptions.

Individual motions can cost up to $13 each now. Seriously? Ain’t nobody got the budget for that! And what about mini-movies? $20 videos add up fast when you use them as a regular part of your preaching.

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If your church is going to use media each week, the most logical choice is to invest in a subscription service. While there are several producers offering programs like this, I personally use two of them – Centerline New Media’s Complete Subscription and Church Motion Graphics’ Monthly Mega Pack.

While both of these companies do advertise with TCP, this blog post is not a paid endorsement. These subscriptions are actually in my creative ministry toolbox and I legitimately love using these products. I can solidly say that I’d recommend these to any church.

Here are three reasons why I love these subscriptions:

1. You Save A Ton of Money

A full subscription to Centerline will only cost you $200/year for a virtually unlimited supply of mini-movies, countdowns, motions, and stills. (They’ve even recently started including Photoshop sermon slides.) CMG’s Monthly Mega Pack is only $10 per month or $99/year and includes a fresh pack of motions, stills, and a new countdown each month. You’ll have great content each week without breaking the bank.

2. Consistency In Your Services

If you’re projecting lyrics, scripture, and sermon points in your services, they need to follow a common theme, color palette, and style. These subscriptions make this easy by providing matching motions, countdowns, and stills. You can easily start your service with their stills for announcement slides, flow into a coordinating countdown, use their motions for worship lyrics, and finish up with their stills for sermon slides. This coordination communicates intentionality and professionalism.

3. The Variety Will Stretch You

Both of these producers release new content each month, so you’re able to grow a diverse media library very quickly. They’re both devoted to stretching themselves to create new content outside of the norms and that has stretched me, too. Before signing up for these subscriptions, I tended to use only one particular style of media. Looking back, this was a recipe for boredom. These subscriptions have allowed me to try new things and experiment with different kinds of looks in our services.

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TCP Tip: As I’ve served in a creative ministry role under several lead pastors, I’ve learned that it’s always easier to present a larger one-time cost than multiple smaller expenses. Your leaders will feel much better about purchasing a subscription for the year than multiple random expenses throughout the year.

Find out more about Centerline’s subscription here and about CMG’s Monthly Mega Pack here.

Do you use either of these subscriptions? Let us know in the comments below!

Creative Ministry Toolbox: Creative Cloud

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Creative Ministry Toolbox is a new, weekly segment that highlights one of our favorite tools that we use in the creative department of our church. Have a resource worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below!

Great design is super important in today’s church because our culture equates an organization’s aesthetics with its legitimacy. Simply put—God may look on the inside, but man will judge a book by its cover every time. If our ministries are going to be successful at reaching people in this digital age, we must present ourselves in a way that is aesthetically inviting.

gg07miuo3a2kfzx5zsthOne of our favorite tools for design in our church is Adobe Creative Cloud. When this subscription-based service was first introduced, there was a lot of hesitation in the creative world. People thought this was just another way for Adobe to make money. Well…that might be true, but there are definitely some benefits that make it worthwhile.

Without some of Adobe CC’s programs, most of the work that we do with video, projection, print, web design, and social media wouldn’t be possible. Photoshop is the #1 piece of software that I use in my department. But I’d be lost without Illustrator and Premiere, as well.

Here are three reasons why I’d recommend it for any church:

1. This is professional-grade software

In the design world, Adobe is king. Their software is used by designers everywhere and is the number one choice for professionals. When you subscribe to the full Creative Cloud suite, you’re equipped to edit images, design vector illustrations, publish print documents, create websites, produce videos, make music, and design motion graphics. You’re only limited by your creativity.

2. You can find tutorials everywhere

Because Adobe’s software is used by so many people, you can find tutorials all over the internet. There are professional classes on websites like Lynda.com or an endless supply of free, fan-made tutorials on YouTube. These will really come in handy because Adobe’s products aren’t always beginner-friendly. They take time and tutorials to truly master.

3. The pricing structure is reasonable

While there has been some critique of Creative Cloud’s pricing structure, there are definitely benefits. Beginners and those serving in ministry cannot always shell out hundreds (or sometimes thousands) for software like this. With CC’s monthly pricing plan, it’s very affordable for people getting started. You can get the entire suite of programs for only $50/month (for two computers). Upgrading from CS4 or higher? You can get a deal for only $30/month. Students can also get a deal for $30/month.

TCP Tip: Only need Photoshop? There is a really sweet deal that is only $10/month. Check it out here. 

Do you use Creative Cloud? Let us know in the comments below!