Wow! What an exciting new year! In the world of Presentation software, it is a landmark day...more exciting tools to help you get those images on the screen.
I received a notice in my inbox this morning that Media Shout Version 5 is being released. Now personally, after over 15 years of worship ministry, I am a big fan of using ProPresenter over MediaShout, even though we are dealers for both. However, there are some advantages to using MediaShout. They are promoting some great new features that made me take a second look and so should you. Here are some of the features that stood out to me:
Go check it our HERE and see for yourself. The upgrade price to this new version is $219 and the new purchase price is $399.
BUT WAIT...Thats not all. I go over to ProPresenter's website and BEHOLD, they have released a CLOUD version...Wha...? Is that their answer to MediaShout 5? This is a great idea! At our church, the media person works on ProPresenter at home then brings up her thumb drive on Sunday mornings with everything on it. This new cloud version could be a great solution for us and for other churches that have volunteers setting up their presentations. Monthly plans start at $12.
Either way you go, both of these programs are easy to use and great for presentations. How do you pick? You need to decide what is best for your church, what are your needs? Who is setting up and running your presentations? Is it a paid staff person or a volunteer? It's always about the people and making Sunday mornings as stress-free as possible. I will do a more complete review on both products very soon.
If you need any help with recommendations, if you want to purchase the software or need training, CALL US. We are direct dealers for both products and will put together a package price with set-up and training. 479-646-5901
ProPresenter is my favorite option as presentation software for churches. As a worship leader for over 10 years and the owner of a business that services churches, I have worked extensively with them in the area of media development.
When looking at presentation software, the biggest concern for churches should always be the ease of use for their staff and volunteers. ProPresenter looks great visually and has a format where you can easily setup a presentation for Sunday morning service so that whomever may be running the show can easily click through from slide to slide during the service. You can import videos and pictures into ProPresenter and use them whenever you would like or you can leave them in a folder on the computer and drag and drop files as you need them. The software can manage audio files, DVD's, import powerpoint presentations easily, and more. ProPresenter also works very well with SongSelect from CCLI and I always strongly suggest to our customers that they pay their CCLI licensing fee and utilize SongSelect. When SongSelect and ProPresenter are linked together, it can save a lot of time setting up presentation slides because you can easily import lyrics using the SongSelect button at the top of the main page. Once the lyrics are imported you can edit them to put more or less words on each slide, change fonts, size, color, or many other elements.
Other features include...
The last feature that I will mention is what is called a "rear confidence monitor." You setup your system to use this feature on a back screen for your on-stage team to use. It displays a basic image, black words on a white screen or the opposite so that your team can easily see them from the stage. It shows the next slide so that the team can see the lyrics before they appear to the congregation, and it will display messages for the team onstage as well as a few other features.
See the full list of features on the ProPresenter website HERE. A single license is $399 and a site license is $799. A single license allows you to put the software on two computers, but only use the software in one location at a time, you cannot use both at the same time. Call us for a quote on an entire setup including an Imac, Mac mini, or Mac laptop system pre-loaded with the software.
Purchase your ProPresenter software from Carters and get free delivery and setup plus an hour of training in the greater Fort Smith area.*
*Travel expenses may apply outside of the greater Fort Smith region.
These guys are one of the hottest products on the market right now. There are three main reasons why churches are loving them...
In addition to these great options, this mixer still has all of the fun stuff a normal digital mixer would have. It has the built-in effects, the built in EQ's, and the memory for saving all of your settings to memory banks.
So many options for such a great price. The 32-channel mixer costs $3999, that is a bargain basement price for all of the features you get. When you start looking at the cost of a digital mixer, an in-ear monitor system, and a multi-channel recording system, a church could spend well over $15,000 for all three. With this system you get all of it in one package. Just the cost of an Aviom In-Ear Monitoring starter package can cost about $4500 by itself.
A few things that some may consider negatives are the fact that the system only works with Apple smart products and it has to be connected to a computer (preferably Mac) in order to use some of the features I mentioned above. But even if you add an IMac ($1599) to the system and purchase ipad minis ($299 each) for your worship team to use, you would still come out significantly cheaper than trying to purchase an in-ear monitoring system.
Just released in August, the newest Presonus Mixers have been so popular, they are over a month behind on shipping. If you ordered now, you would receive yours in January 2014. Call us today to put your deposit down on one and get FREE TRAINING with your purchase and installation. 479-646-5901
See more info HERE at Presonus.com.
Technology has advanced so much in the last few years, it is only natural for churches to learn to incorporate these new innovations into their worship services. If you wonder why its so important, then lets begin by looking at a few statistics that may surprise you…
According to the Nielson company:
99% of US households own at least one TV
In US households, the TV is on an average of 6 hours per day.
The youth in America watch TV an average of 1500 hours per year
According to research by Pew Internet
Over 69% of teens 12-17 have their own computer
80% of teens in the US that are 12-17 have a game console
The percentage of adults in the US who owned some sort of tablet computer (such as an Ipad) grew from 3% to 8% in one year
As you can see in these statistics, TV, Video, electronic media, video games, and the internet are a normal way of life for this generation, they are used to stimulation that comes in all forms electronic, why should church be any different? As we know from past history, change is inevitable and although some may see these electronic mediums as distractions or negative influences, they can and must be used for good. At Carters Audio Video, we understand all forms of technology that are available today, including:
Computer imaging systems (such as Mediashout)
and much more…
All of the employees and technicians at Carters AV are on staff or volunteer in their own home churches, we understand the specific needs a church may have, we will help you find what you want and advise you on product so your church does not buy more than they need for their desired results. There are options available for every size of church with every size of budget.
Call us if you have any questions or would like to set-up a free consultation.
“The Church welcomes technological progress and receives it with love, for it is an indubitable fact that technological progress comes from God and, therefore, can and must lead to Him.” – Pius XII Pacelli
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