Hi, Interesting points OA



Interesting points OAR.

I take a look at the worship posts wherever they show up. Im recalling issues like what equipment to acquire to upgrade the AV dept; and questions about switchers, armadas of monitors and many matters relating to live broadcast. These are all relevant to the VM forum and these posts will continue to show up, wherever.

There is no question that houses of worship have huge budgets for AV, focus being to communicate The Message in the most persuasive, sophisticated, palpitatingly immediate (yes even hip) methodologies that are available. I recently left my neighborhood to attend a service in San Diego. I spoke in front of the congregation, so I have some sense that the church could hold 500-600 people (easily) seated. The AV board at the back of the church, feeding the delivery systems surrounding the congregation, rivaled boards I have seen in sophisticated recording studios and many larger clubs/entertainment venues. The only churches that dont have money are the ones that try to hire me to fix an AV problem.

Id be interested in why VM pulled the plug. In itself, the subject is technical and secular, not promoting the message or giving message content. Perhaps some posts crossed the line into the message area, and this might have been viewed as a sensitive thing that could upset some, due to (probably unintentional) proselytizing. In all other areas, proselytizing is OK as posters inadvertently or otherwise throw in tidbits about weddings, aviation, motor cycle racing, Moms birthday, etc. Thats what we are about, capturing real and contrived special moments for clients and posterity; but the worship message is a bit off limits; has its place, and there is PTL no shortage, just not here.

Speaking of secular, I have a cuz now retired who was principal writer/director for one of the major TV Network soaps many years ago. I have never seen a more devout Catholic. He was fired by the TV Network in an arbitrary manner. (Those young turks were lurking about and he was too old, about 40.) He had to sell cars (his own), homes (his own) and ended up teaching for a while at a small liberal arts college to put food on his table. Eventually though, he became a senior producer for CBN (thats Christian Broadcasting Network/Pat Roberts). Being a seriously practicing Catholic, he was not interested in CBNs Message and all they cared about was his amazing technical ability to deliver professional programming to their audience. Thats the way it should be.

With all those high end AV systems and those amazing AV budgets in the worship field, I would be surprised if there are not other cyber forums humming out there specializing in this subject at this very instant. I would also be surprised if there is not a trade journal (or two or three) dedicated to this subject, with a title like, Enlightenment Video or HOW Video Today (HOW/Houses of Worship). If this doesnt exist, someone will make it happen. Interested?


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