So tonight was the Christ Fellowship Academy open house, and there was a small, short program in the worship center. So, after a dozen calls to the cell phone, I commit to helping them produce it.
While setting up the show in ProVideoPlayer, I had a thought... this would be a great time to play around with some iPhone software.
Let me say this in layman's terms.... I can control software on my laptop from anywhere in the worship center, even though that laptop has to be tethered to projectors in the control room. Yeah, that makes me excited! I got to sit at the light console, able to mouse-click through a presentation file in a completely different room, and was able to hit the lights for the video when it came time. Plus, I could easily communicate with the sound person (since I wasn't stuck in the control room).
How'd I do this? Using iPhone software called Teleport. Teleport is the most expensive iPhone software I own (a whopping $25) but the ability to get into the control room while not in the control room... priceless.
Teleport is still buggy. It loses connection occasionally (especially while starting to connect), but the pros strongly outweigh the cons. There is another iPhone VNC software called Mocha, that comes in a free and ultra cheap ($6) version. Several features (graphics, limitations in typing) were worth me paying the extra $ for Teleport.
Thank you, Apple, for once again making my life easier.
But it's not always about Apple. Stay tuned this wknd for how Microsoft is making an impact at our Downtown campus. I guarantee, it's not what you think.