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Creative Ministry Toolbox: ProPresenter 5

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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!

One of the most frequent questions that we get at TCP is also one of the easiest to answer.

What presentation software do you use?

PowerPoint all the way. If it was good enough for Jesus in the 90’s, surely it’s good enough for him today.

Of course, I’m kidding.

pro5_overviewChurch presentation software (CPS) has come so much further than PowerPoint would ever allow. And if there is one that outshines them all, it’s ProPresenter.

I’ve had the privilege of working with every CPS available. Whether you’re projecting song lyrics, displaying sermon points, or playing videos, ProP is going to do it better than any other piece of software. I’ve used it in small venues like youth groups, Sunday morning services of all sizes, and even large conferences of up to 20,000 attendees. It’s worked great for me everywhere.

Here’s three reasons why we’d recommend it for any church:

IT’S RELIABLE. You can be confident that ProPresenter is going to work as hard as you do to make Sunday morning great. In fact, it’s one of the most dependable pieces of software that I’ve ever used.

IT’S POWERFUL. I put ProPresenter through the ringer on Sundays and it’s fully capable of keeping up. It has seamless transitions, plays just about any format of media, and has the smoothest playback you’ll find.

IT’S SIMPLE. While it performs like a professional product, it’s very easy to use. I’ve trained volunteers to run a service in a matter of minutes and to create high-quality presentations in less than 30 minutes.

Check out all of the ProPresenter 5 features here.

Version 5, their latest release, is available on the Renewed Vision website for $399 for a single license or $799 for a site license. Keep in mind that you’ll only need the site license if you plan on running ProP on multiple computers at the same time.

For example, you could legally install it on both your pastor’s laptop and the church’s presentation computer with the single license. But, if you wanted to use ProP in the main auditorium and your kid’s ministry at the same time on Sundays, you’d need the site license.

TCP Tip: All of my ProPresenter enthusiasm is strictly directed towards the Mac-based software. If you’ve got an Apple Computer and ProP, you can take on the world. However, in my opinion, you will not get the same experience with the Windows-based version. For PC’s, I’d recommend something like MediaShout, though this will nowhere compare to the performance of the ProPresenter/Mac combo.

What church presentation software do you use?

Inspiration: #HowTo Vine Video


#HowTo Vine from Potential Arts on Vimeo.

I recently discovered this video on Vimeo and thought it was worth sharing. Potential Church created it to show during their services at the peak of Vine popularity to encourage their congregation to get involved. The great thing about social media is that you get to hear from ordinary people rather than just church staff. This can create quite a buzz in your city if done correctly. I think it’s great how Potential used a video like this to communicate the best way to spread the word about their ministry.

Do you use social media for your church?

Inspiration: “Simplify” Series Promo


Simplify // Message Series Promo from Eagle Brook Church on Vimeo.

I recently stumbled upon this series promo from the folks at Eagle Brook Church and couldn’t help but to share it. I’m a big fan of simple, eloquent videos like this. It’s a powerful way to promote, yet attainable for churches with even the smallest budgets. You could easily create a similar promo with free video clips from Vimeo (Creative Commons) and free audio from Free Music Archive.

Have you ever created a promo video for a sermon series?

Free Motion of the Month – January ’14

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To start off 2014, we’ve partnered with the awesome folks at Floodgate Productions to bring you an exciting freebie. This motion is from their Reflections Service Pack—one of my personal favorites from their library. Check out their site for more motions, mini-movies, and their discount for small churches.

This freebie is only available for the month of January 2014.
This download includes HD and SD versions in both MOV and MPEG1 formats.
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 – December ’13

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This month, we’ve partnered with the great Igniter Media to bring you a freebie for your winter services. Igniter has been in the Church Media world for ten years and has made a huge impact on the modern church. Be sure to check out their site for more freebies and their awesome memberships.

This download includes HD and SD versions, as well as JPEG stills.
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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