Since I wrote this post we have been through some major transitions with the way we do NewSpring’s service’s online. We are still refining the way that we use the internet as a ministry tool. This has all the meat the previous post did, plus the changes that we have made.
This post is for you fellow geeks out there that regularly speak in acronyms like DSK & H.264. We still encode the 9:15 service, but instead of switching Nick in live on the fly, we now pre-produce his three pieces- ‘Before’, ‘Welcome’ and ‘End’. Preproduction is possible due to the addition of a Sony DSR-DR1000A DDR and an iMac into the loop. This DDR allows us to start capturing the service when it starts, but delay when we start playing it back. We go with a standard 5 minute delay in order to allow us to trim down the Anderson auditorium welcome to whatever length Nick’s prerecorded welcome is.
If the concept of time-shifting is new, here is a break down of what we are doing:
- • We start capturing to the DDR at 9:13AM, the actual service begins at 9:15AM
- • At 9:20AM we switch over to the playback function of the DDR (while it continues to capture the service)
- • We jump ahead to the very beginning of the service right as the counter winds out and stop the DDR
- • We now begin the Flash Media Encoding
- • I start playing the ‘Before’ clip of Nick from the iMac
- • As the ‘Before’ clip ends I hit play on the DDR to start the service playing back from the beginning
- • When it comes time for the Anderson auditorium welcome, I hit play on the ‘Welcome’ video from the iMac and switch to it
- • During the prerecorded ‘Welcome’ video we jog forward on the DDR to the end of the Anderson auditorium welcome and cue it up
- • When the ‘Welcome’ video is done, I hit play on the DDR and switch back to it
- • At the end of the service I switch from the DDR to iMac and Play Nick’s ‘End’ piece
If you are still trying to grasp the whole time-shift concept- think of the DDR as a Gatorade water cooler, the IMAG feed from the auditorium as a garden hose. You turn on the hose and water starts filling up the cooler. Once you have some water in the cooler, you can push the button on the spout and let out water, as long as you have enough water already in that you don’t drain it empty. If you fill up the cooler with 5 gallons of water, but want to fill 10 one gallon jugs you will run out. This is the same as trying to cut out 10 minutes of the service if you only delayed your playback by 5 minutes.
The following is a simplified version of how we make things happen. Download the wiring schematic here
(PDF) for more details along with a complete gear list here
We are taking an SDI program feed out of A-Control along with 2 analog audio lines that are split going to the MacPro for capture, the Sony DSR-DR1000A
and one of the Marshall V-R72P-2SD
monitors for an E-E reference. The other Marshall V-R72P-2SD
is used as an output reference coming out of the Sony DSR-DR1000A
I usually shoot Nick
the week of, or sometimes the week before using a Panasonic HPX170 camera
and Sennheiser ew100 wireless kit. I then edit the 3 videos in Final Cut and load them into ProPresenter
on the iMac. The iMac runs through a Matrox MXO
to the Panasonic MX70 switcher
, coming in SDI with embedded audio.
The MX70 switcher SDI & XLR outputs are then split in order to feed both PCs running Flash Media Encoder
enocdes the video on the fly to an .flv, meaning as soon as the service is done we have the file to upload to Lightcast
. See the screenshot here
for the FME
settings. We then cue up the video to playback at 11:15AM, 2:00PM and 6:00PM using Lightcast
’s simulated live option.
In addition to the encode for the Web Campus, I also capture each service to a Mac Pro using Final Cut Pro. The service is edited and transcoded on Monday using Episode Engine for our various outputs:
If you have questions hit me up on Twitter
or shoot me an email will.rodes|-at-|newspring