Doing Video on a Budget: Buy What You Need To Get Going, Start With A Plan

If you are still capturing video in SD, and are looking to jump to HD (1280 by 720 pixels) or even Full HD (1920 by 1080 pixels), know you'll likely have to change out most of your cables, screens, and cameras.

Doing Video on a Budget: Buy What You Need To Get Going, Start With A Plan
At West Asheville Baptist, our current system began with three used video cameras. The process began after a company had upgraded a church, after which we bought the church's old equipment. The vast array of equipment we purchased ended up costing $25,000, but that included all of the gear and the installation, including cameras, cables, recorders, computers, monitors, and other associated equipment.

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Also, with the help of YouTube, there are training videos available for just about everything in getting you ready with using video for your church.

I will caution you, though, don’t just listen to just anyone.

Before you buy, ask a professional, show them your plan to make sure that you can accomplish everything what you want, either with the equipment you have, or what you intend to get. Make sure that the gear you are planning on getting will all work together, and find the time to have those who will use that gear, to train on those devices. It is very easy to get sidetracked and spend money and time on things that are unnecessary. Use your time and funds wisely.

In the end, the important thing is to decide what you will be filming and why.

Once that is done, identify all of the equipment that you will need to accomplish your goal.

Whether you end up buying new or used, remember you can start small and build on your foundation, to do all that you can envision.

Start today.

Take out your smartphone and start filming, and from there make a plan for the future.




More About Ralph Hicks
Ralph Hicks is the Tech Director for the West Asheville Baptist Church, based in Asheville, N.C. He started serving in church when he was seven and has been a part of the volunteer staff ever since. After singing in church and running sound for 20 years, he moved behind the camera where he spent several years. He was the church's Front of House Engineer, before becoming the Technical Director six years ago.
Get in Touch: rhicks@westashevillebaptist.org    More by Ralph Hicks

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