I just published my first article as a featured writer in a great online publication, christianmediamagazine.com. There are a lot of talented folks writing for this magazine, and there are many articles that can benefit anyone with any involvement with church media.
Welcome to the new, improved Stevan Speheger Media Services website. It represents a consolidation of several sites and blogs which were dedicated to business ventures and personal interests.
A central location which is easier to access and to keep fresh will hopefully offset the slight extra effort to navigate to whatever facet drew you here in the first place.
The top and side menus are the key to getting to where you want to go. Main areas are immediately visible while sub-pages of that topic are fly outs from the side menu.
At this time, there are four major areas consolidated into this site: my voiceover business, my video consultation and training service, my Scripture Science section including links to 26 one-minute television programs and soon-to-come links and information on the Creation-Evolution issue, and finally a description of and link to my eBook, Video in the Church, available for from amazon.com for Kindle and Kindle reader software and apps.
My blogs on voiceover and on video systems have been combined into one, separated by categories. If you are interested in one category but not the other, you can select a category in the left panel, and only blog posts on that topic will appear. I’m likely to add another blog category on Scripture Science topics in the near future.
As I slowly slip into what’s know as retirement, I want to use what I’ve learned over 50 years, primarily in the broadcast and video fields, to benefit others in similar pursuits. As an electrical engineer and a Christian, I want to share evidence that the Bible is accurate when it speaks to matters of science. I am convinced that one does not need to check one’s scientific sensibilities when entering the door of the church. I realize that this topic represents a lightning rod for the non-believers, and even some within the church. I’m always open to free and open discussion of these assertions, but I’m also aware that there are some who hold opposing views passionately who chose to attack the messenger with name-calling and other degrading remarks. Since those folks are usually high in emotion and deficient in information, I will purge those types of responses and replies in order to maintain a calm and honest dialogue.
Some other topics that could show up here in the future include amateur (ham) radio, and future developments in a plan to produce a weekly radio program featuring music from the 50s and 60s.
Once again, welcome and come back any time to see what has been added or changed. Hopefully something you find here will encourage or benefit you in some way.
In this post I want to pull back from equipment and production technique to reflect on program content. It goes without saying that someone must watch what you produce for all of the time, effort, and expense you’ve invested to be worth while. In addition, you want to have your video elicit some positive change, however large or small, in the person who watched. Continue reading What to do? Some Thoughts on Content
Camera operator is usually the entry level position for volunteers in church media ministry, but it is actually one of the most or perhaps the most important position. As mentioned in an earlier post, the function of a television production is to convey and perhaps enhance the program content delivered to the viewer without calling attention to the process. Out of focus images, jerky camera motion, poorly framed shots, general inattention can quickly distract from what is being conveyed. A few simple tips to new camera operators along with on-the-job experience can go a long way toward encouraging the novice to hone his craft. Continue reading Six Tips for Camera Operators
The foundational principle for video directors is to support and enhance the viewer’s experience without calling attention to what they are doing. Here are some sure fire ways disrupt the smooth flow of content from the source to the viewer:
1. Using “special effects” type transitions.
Video is becoming more and more a part of worship services and church ministry in general. Often the video which is acquired during the service must serve several purposes, and that fact will sometimes mandate some compromises, especially when multiple cameras are involved. Whether you are already into multiple camera origination or just considering, I thought it might be helpful to look at these situations and see how some churches are dealing with them. Continue reading Multiple Cameras in a Church Service
Hello everyone, and welcome to this post on video systems.
The first question to be answered is just what in the world is an On Site Video Coach? Well, it’s a term I’ve coined to describe what I do. I work with organizations (mostly, but not exclusively churches) to help them make the most effective use of modern video production and distribution techniques. One major component is the training of media staff and volunteers in the various skills needed to produce quality video programming, whether it is for broadcast, streaming, IMAG, DVDs, YouTube, websites, or any other distribution means available now or in the future. Continue reading On Site Video Coach