Posted by Juliana Gonzalez on 19 August 2015

At EasyWorship we know how important it is to use tools that enhance your worship experience without distracting from it. Church presentation software provides tremendous flexibility for all kinds of churches. From designing slides to scheduling your service, software has the potential to get everyone’s creative juices flowing. Here are five ways you can use it to help create a more engaging service… not to mention a super cool experience for your tech guys.

#1 A new take on moving backgrounds

You know you can display song lyrics over a moving background, but did you know that you can also display multiple videos on one slide? Let’s say you’re preparing the Christmas production with a video of the Three Wise Men walking across the screen and you want to overlay it with a nighttime background of twinkling stars. Now, with software like EasyWorship 6, you can combine both videos to create your ideal Christmas backdrop.

#2 Using integrated videos

Videos are an effective way to reach a diverse audience by adding both storytelling and visual aid to the sermon.  From animation to live action, there is no limit to what’s available to meet the needs of your congregation. Use a comedy video to break the ice at the beginning of the service or a thought-provoking video to help bring the message home. With the latest in presentation software, you will be able to use most video formats without switching programs or downloading Codecs.

#3 Pre-service showreels

Showreels can be especially helpful to get people to their seats before the service begins. These reels may be a combination of stills and motions, and even though countdown videos are used a lot, don’t let that limit you! You may want to start your service with looping announcements and then a countdown.  And with the latest in presentation software, you will be able to play all popular video formats directly through the software.

#4 Broadcast your service

With the increase in internet accessibility across the globe, live streaming has become easier than ever. You can use a Tricaster video mixer along with your presentation software so you can receive a video feed over your local area network, or connect your video cable directly to a PC loaded with live streaming software to broadcast your service in real time. With the right configurations, you can also display your song lyrics and sermon notes over the live feed that is seen by your broadcast audience.

#5 Display the words to the stage

Stage display is no longer limited to a mirror image of what the congregation sees.  With an NVIDIA GTX desktop graphics card that supports surround technology, or a laptop connected to a Matrox DualHead2Go, you can display two different outputs running simultaneously. This is especially handy when the congregation doesn’t necessarily need to see the song lyrics but the choir can’t live without them.

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