Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The tc1100 rocks the media booth

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I’ve recently completed my training to begin working in the media booth at church.  I’ve been wanting to get more involved and this really feels like a good place for me to be.  I just love sitting behind a computer and letting it run through things.  We run words during worship and sermon points with ProPresenter 4, which makes the experience, especially words during worship, feel very much like clicking through page turns for a pianist.  The main difference being that the slides do not run straight through like a piano score does.  It’s more like a score with a gazillion multi-endings and DS’s.  That’s where the tablet comes in.  I just create a new section in my church notebook in OneNote (which is one of Microsoft’s best kept secrets and most valuable tablet tools), print in the charts for the songs from PDFs, then start a new page to keep track of the roadmap.  There are any number of Verses, Choruses, Bridges, and Tags (which can run like let’s tag this other tune at the end of the one we’re on or maybe go back and do another Chorus or two, but this time with the background down so the words can be overlaid over the video) happening.  I just jot down a quick list of the order the band goes through things in and they hope they do it the same way when we hit service time.  Some of the nice things about using digital ink for this are the paper savings, the ease of erasing and re-writing sections, and the ability to have the (annotatable) charts for reference in another tab in the same program.  My new after market battery will easily survive the meeting, rehearsal, and evening service on Saturday, then the rehearsal, and 3 services on Sunday.  By the last service, when things are running more on auto-pilot, I can even open up Evernote where I keep my sermon notes and get my own notes in.  This tablet just keeps getting more and more useful. 

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