System Specs

Many of you have asked what type of system I’m running to do my video/graphics work. So I thought it would be a good idea of posting what my system specs are.
**WARNING – NERDY POST WITH A BUNCH OF TECHNICAL JARGON**

First of all cameras. I use a Canon t2i. This camera is beyond unbelievable for the price. It shoots full 1080p at 24 and 30 frames, with a ton of other video-nerdy options. With that I have an add-on battery grip to hold two batteries at one time. This also adds necessary weight to keep shots smooth during movement. The Lenses I use are a Canon EFs 55-250mm 4-5.6, and a Sigma 18-50mm 3.5-5.6. In my pack I also employ 4 opteka batteries and two 16 gig SanDisk Extremes (30mbs). For Audio I use an H4n coupled with an Audio Technica AT897.

For editing I use two different machines. First I use a custom built PC. An AMD Phenom II quad-core 3.4 ghz Black Edition, liquid cooled by a Corsair H50. My Motherboard is an Asus m4a79xtd evo with added on USB 3.0 PCI Express Card (for stinkin fast external drives) and 4 gigs of 1600 DDR3. My Video card is an Asus ATI 5770 with CuCore Voltage Tweaking and 1 Gig of on-board DDR5 memory. My primary boot drive is a Corsair SSD paired with a 1TB and 300GB Seagate Barracuda. I also employ a 1TB Western Digital 3.0 USB external. For a screen I use a 22″ LG 1080p LCD (honestly, not the most accurate, but it has a great response time and gets the job done!). Oh yeah, and OS – Windows 7 Professional.

Second, I use a Mac Pro (late 2007), Quad Core 2.6 ghz Intel, 3- 7200 RPM raided drives (Raid 0 configuration for fast read/write), 13 Gigs of Ram, two 20″ cinema displays, a Mackie soundboard with M-Audio Studio Monitors and Sub. I use a 2 TB G Drive (which are expensive, but I highly recommend because they are dead silent). OS – Snow Leopard.

For on the go – live environments I use a 13″ Macbook (early 2009).

Anyway, that’s the quick run down of my nerdiness when it comes to equipment. If you have any questions about the configuration or hardware, just ask away :) Hope this helps/answers any questions.

The Gift Stage Design

So here’s a look at what we did with our stage design to bring “The Gift” sermon series to the stage. For those of you that haven’t seen the graphics and bump that I came up with for our Christmas sermon series, look here. People absolutely love Christmas time and everything associated with it, so I like to take our designs from just the screens to really come to life on the stage. So we took the main image (a present) from “The Gift” christmas sermon series logo and utilized a lot of rather large presents as our backdrop on the stage. This provides a nice backdrop for worship and for sermons. I also created a bunch of 4 ft by 8ft gift tags from which we hung from the ceiling at different angles. These tags go as far as 20 rows back to really bring the people closer to the stage. Check out the pictures:

Of course all of this was not possible by myself. Mad props to Sherri Sokoly (one of our production volunteers) who took the presents backdrop to the next level. Mad props also to Fletch who took the images of the gift tags and implemented them to reality so we could hang them. Finally, Mad props to about 15 guys and gals of our production team who knocked this stage set out early one Saturday morning. You all made the difference!

It’s Christmas Time – Part Two

Here’s part two of It’s Christmas Time (If you haven’t seen Part One, scroll down the page and watch Part One first). This week features a special guest appearance by Rob Thomas. Rob is a dear friend of basically everyone at Northwood and is extremely active in the Kids Ministry. Everyone truly enjoyed seeing Rob and his wonderful acting on screen. Maybe one day I’ll get all of the out takes online, I’m sure everyone would love to see it. You’ll see what I mean – Check it out:

I would love to post all three of these so you can watch them all at once, but I can’t show the last one of the series until after this Sunday when we show it in service. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

It’s Christmas Time

It’s Christmas time! We had an absolute blast shooting this video. This is the first video in a series of videos to be played over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s a couple of pics from the shoot:

We grabbed most of Brent’s outfit from the Goodwill store – a video maker’s paradise. Then we ran to Wal-Mart to grab some pink fuzzy slippers for the punch line. Brent had fun trying those on in the store. Then upon checkout, I could immagine what the cashier was thinking when Brent, Chris (our intern), and I walked up to register to buy this:

Then came the video set up. We shot the video at my mom’s house. Setting up the set was fun. It was not only setting up for a video shoot, but setting up for Christmas at the same time, so it was a win-win. Felicia, my wife, and my mom set up the set beautifully. We aslo had a good chance to use the camera dolly we built a few months ago here.