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Download this cool mpg video "FireSky"
from volume 4, River of Fire.
You can use it in any worship presentation
software. Here's how I used it last week
in church (06-27-04.)
I pulled a still image of "FireSky"
off the CDROM (the CDROM also acts as a DVD
- you can play the video loops in a DVD player
as well as pulling off the mpg files for
computer use. There are also still images
of each video.)
Using a photoediting program, I copied and
pasted our cool church logo (created by Steven,
aka Mr. PowerPoint) in the slide and clicked
the shadow button. I added the word "Welcome"
and created a shadow for it, too.
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Now here's where the fun began! We put this
slide in PowerPoint and put it on screen.
Then we played the "FireSky" video
in our DVD player (with the repeat on so
it would loop endlessly.) We have a Panasonic
video switcher thing that can fade from PowerPoint
to the DVD. We made it fade halfway, so you
had a combination of the still image mixed
with the swirling clouds.
A real video pro could make you a similar
image in a fancy (and probably expensive)
video editing program, but this way was still
cool and very easy.
I really do love the Digital Hotcakes stuff.
If you just get one, I'd recommend volume
2 LookingUp. It has clouds and sunsets over the ocean,
plus a nice fireworks video perfect for July
4! My second favorite is volume 1 enLighten with the shimmering church window and the
RainbowRock texture that we used when Mitch
sang "If We Are the Body" (Casting
Crowns.) Click on the images to get an idea
of the video.
Exclusive discount: from Diana Teeters at Digital Hotcakes:
"Tell your subscribers that they can
get $10 off any single volume of Digital
Hotcakes when they call in and ask for discount."
So there you have it - just call them when
you decided which one(s) you want and ask
for the WorshipMax discount.
Digital Hotcakes worship loops
Following is my review from the 06-29-04
>>>Digital Hotcakes: I just found
out about a cool new worship resource company
that has awesome video backgrounds! Digital
Hotcakes has produced 5 volumes with lighting,
clouds, fire and water effects, plus a countdown
collection. (Like I've said before, this
countdown thing is the latest worship "fad"
and I love it!)
Each company has their own niche: WorshipFilms
seems to specialize in actual nature footage,
whereas Digital Hotcakes has images that
appear to be computer generated. Not cheesy
digital images, either - really sharp 3D
graphics that look stunningly real (and show
up really great on our screens.)
I'm crazy about this stuff - it's so easy
to add pizzazz to your service nowadays if
you have video. I used 2 Digital Hotcakes
images last week in worship and think that
our video ambiance was the best it's ever
Each Digital Hotcakes volume is cleverly
configured - it can play in a DVD, or you
can put a video mpg file in your worship
projection software. Each video background
loop also comes as a still image.
I took a still image, "FireSky"
from Vol. 4 River of Fire. I used this still
as a background to our song lyrics. All during
the music, we also simultaneously ran the
"FireSky" in a continual loop on
the DVD player. When we'd finish a song,
we'd dissolve into the DVD looping image.
We'd also leave the DVD looping image up
during announcements & etc.
I also added our logo to a "FireSky"
still and cross-faded it with the DVD looping
image. It looked like our church logo was
hovering in the sky with clouds swirling
around it. Awesome!
For the final song last Sunday, Mitch sang
"If We Are the Body" by Casting
Crowns and I used the Digital Hotcakes moving
texture "RainbowRock" from Vol.
1 enLighten. It added an abstract visual
accompaniment that enhanced the song perfectly.
Take a look at their website, click on the
still images and watch mini video previews
of the cool animations. I highly recommend
these videos and will be using them weekly!