Wednesday afternoon I had the opportunity to hang out with Todd Breiner, CFPB Middle School Pastor - along with several volunteers and students in the CF Students Middle School Venue. I was blown away...
Several of their volunteers approached me about using our old Standard Definition video equipment. "Sure, why not. We may still sell it. I may take it back, but have fun until then." Well, evidently these guys have turned a 200 person Middle School venue and turned it into a living, breathing production facility using scraps from all over CFPB. Unbelievable.
What are they doing? Five cameras. Some manned. Some static. Plus Alpha/Chroma keying lyrics/notes on top of camera... all this for middle school students. And they are still pushing to do more. Incredible.
How do they run this? Who makes all this happen? Evidently the CFPB Middle School Ministry has 40+ media volunteers every week. I'm hoping to swing by a worship service this weekend. Can't wait to see the creativity of these kids realized.
If Middle School wanted to go High Def, they could not afford five cameras. They could not afford a HD Switcher/Scaler... or the cabling involved... Instead of limping into HD and putting together a weak production, Middle School decided they were going to be KING of STANDARD DEFINITION and go overkill with old equipment that still functions.
Lesson Learned: Sometimes, quantity trumps quality. And there's nothing wrong with resurrecting old gear! CFStudents Middle School, way to go!