Common Myths when upgrading video systems: Just get an all in one system

Working with churches I have learned two things. The first is that it is nothing like the sports or broadcast market at all! The second is that no 2 churches needs are alike. All in one systems are usually designed for a specific purpose. Sales people will tell you other wise. Because of this it is important to know exactly what you want to use these systems for and how you want to use them. Design a workflow and make sure these systems will work the way you want them to.
I have used a couple of all in one systems and have seen a couple of different issues with them. The first is that they are usually software based or at least has to do some type of processing that causes delay. The second one was that it was designed for a one man show.
I was working at a church and we bought an all in one system that switched sources, acted as a CG for song lyrics and played videos. We found out that it was very difficult to cut cameras and run song lyrics at the same time, the system didn’t want to allow it. Videos had to be encoded into a special format that sometimes could take a long time depending on the video length. Without giving all the details the system couldn’t handle doing all of the things we wanted to do with it and it consistently crashed.
It is much better to purchase gear to do one task rather than multiple in the same box. The shows will go much smother and if one piece of gear fails the entire system won’t fail. In my opinion Churches needs stable systems.

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About brhoda

I freelance doing a few different thing in the video and live production market. I worked for a church for 5 years directing services and designing control rooms.
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One Response to Common Myths when upgrading video systems: Just get an all in one system

  1. Chris says:

    I kind of agree with you, not saying you’re wrong, just a different opinion. At my Church we use an all in one system, not so we can do it all with one system, but to have the ability to. We use the Switcher and The Clip player and we have a dedicated character generator.

    now here’s the fun part: Christmas Morning, our character generator went down. guess what!!!! we had a backup, good call.
    also we use the built in graphic store to do titles for speakers as well as Alerts that needed to be displayed in the Main auditorium, right from the control panel.

    by far the best feature of our all in one, is the clip store, being able to have one person, load videos, play them back and switch the service, is beyond amazing!

    so i wouldn’t completely discredit all in ones.

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