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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?

Free Motion of the Month – April 2014

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This month, we’ve partnered with the good folks over at Shift Worship to bring you an awesome motion for your Easter service. It comes from their new Lightburst collection that’s a recent favorite of mine. Be sure to check out their All Access Pass for more motions like these at a great price!

This freebie is only available for the month of April 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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Twelve Awesome Easter Freebies

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Easter Sunday is almost here and it’s likely that your church will experience your highest attendance numbers for the year. Making a good impression on visitors is crucial and communicating the Resurrection message in a fresh way to your regulars makes a huge difference. To keep you lookin’ good for your big service, we searched all over the web for the latest and greatest free resources for the holiday. Check them out below and spread the word!

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Have you found any other cool Easter freebies? Share them with us in the comments below!

Five Media Tweaks To Make Immediately

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There are many aspects of Worship Media and a million ways to improve your presentation, but sometimes it’s the smallest steps that make the biggest difference. Here are five practical tweaks that you can make for Sunday that will make a noticeable impact in your projection.

1. Create A Template For All of Your Lyric Slides

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 12.21.02 AMConsistency is key for excellent presentation on Sunday mornings. Templates make it super easy to coordinate and keep all of your songs looking their best. Choose a dependable font and text size that are easily visible to everyone in your congregation.  (Here are my font recommendations.)

2. Retire Outdated Content

framed-hands copyIf your church has been using media for a while, you’ve probably accumulated quite a bit of content. Styles come and go, so it’s healthy to regularly comb through your library to remove some of the older stuff. It may be time to retire that one background you’ve used a million times or just delete the ones that don’t really work in your space. Keeping your media library tidy goes a long way.

3. Split Larger Lyric Slides

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 12.20.12 AMThis is a rookie mistake that can really throw everything off. I’ve seen slides so jam-packed with lyrics that it made my head ache. Keeping with the flow of the song, split larger chunks of lyrics into multiple slides. I recommend displaying 2-4 lines of text per slide. Use pauses and transitions (verse to chorus, etc.) as natural splits.

4. Coordinate Media Throughout Your Service

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It’s a must that your lyric backgrounds match in both color and style. But to add an additional level of intentionality to your presentation, coordinate the rest of your media elements. Start with your sermon slides and match your motions, countdown, and announcement slides from there. (Service Packs make this really easy and are available from all major media producers.)

5. Display All Scripture That’s Spoken From The Stage

Sermon_Slide_Template-Images.002It’s become pretty standard for churches to display their pastor’s sermon Scripture, but I recommend going a step further. It’s common for Bible passages to be read at other parts of your service such as openings, worship, and offering, too. Touch base with all of your on-stage leaders before service so that you’ll be prepared to project their Scripture. This little bit extra of planning will go a long way for your audience.

 
Do you have any other tweaks that you’d recommend?

Five Tricks To Click With Confidence

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Projecting worship lyrics on Sundays may not be the most exciting part of Church Media, but there’s no doubt that it’s important. It plays into what I consider one of the most essential responsibilities of the local church – going above and beyond to make it easy for people to get involved. When you provide lyrics to your worship songs, you put everyone in your auditorium on an equal playing field. Whether they’re in a pew every Sunday or haven’t darkened the doorway of a church in years, providing lyrics makes it easy for everyone to participate.

Because lyric projection is such an important part of the Sunday morning experience, I consider it the responsibility of those involved in Church Media to give it their all. You are just as crucial to that moment as those on stage! You have the potential to point people towards Christ or be a distraction.

Here are five tricks to help you stay on top of your lyric game and click with confidence:

1. Label Your Song Elements

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.38.42 PMThis is a small adjustment that will make your life easier for years to come. Labeling all of the components in your worship songs makes it super simple to follow along with your worship leader. When you’re in a pinch and need to display a verse or chorus quickly, you’ll be thankful for this simple labeling system.

2. Outline Your Lyrics As They’re Sung

pro5_song_groupingThis may not work in all churches, but it’s awesome for worship teams who sing their songs in a particular pattern each week. Outlining your lyrics in the exact order that they’re sung enables you to confidently click to the next slide. Not having to worry about displaying the wrong words makes a big difference when you’re making an effort to display the next line before it’s sung.

3. Listen To Your Worship Set All Week

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.53.12 PMThis is an easy habit that everyone involved in worship on Sundays should pick up. Have your worship leader create a shared Spotify playlist with your worship set for that week and listen to it as a part of your daily commute. By the time Sunday comes, you’ll already have the songs in your head.

4. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.57.04 PMFor congregation members, once they see a typo in your worship lyrics, it cannot be unseen. It will stick out like a sore thumb and distract for the remainder of the song. Avoid the chuckles by proofreading your lyrics before service. There’s nothing worse than a tap on the shoulder with the news that you’ve been projecting “How grate is our God” for the past five minutes.

5. Test Everything Before Service Begins

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 4.58.52 PMThis tip not only applies to lyrics, but every element in your service playlist. If your motion background is too fast or skips, you’ll want time to fix it before you have a crowd staring at your screens. Make sure your words are clearly visible over all of your motions. Confirm that your sermon slides are in the correct order. Ensure that your mini-movies play correctly. When you’re confident that everything is in tip-top shape, you’ll move through each service element without stress.

Have you tried these tricks before? Do you have any others that you’d add to the list?